The Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has confirmed that buyers may return to mart rings, while adhering to public guidelines, from 17th May next. The decision was made at a meeting of the Cabinet yesterday.
Online trading will continue to be facilitated, alongside the return of in-ring buying.
Buyers may attend the sales ring and view stock in pens. However, this must be done by prior appointment with the livestock mart. Buyers who wish to be present at ringside must wear face coverings and adhere to strict 2m social distancing. Marts must also prevent the congregation of members of the public in the mart car park or at entry ways into mart buildings.
It is important to note that cattle throughput from 1st January to 14th March 2021 was at 94% of the comparable period in 2020. Sheep throughput in the same period was at 100% of the comparable period for 2020.