Buyers can attend mart sales under Level 5

Buyers will be permitted to attend mart sales under the new Level 5 lockdown.

The Minister for Agriculture and Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has confirmed the news.

Farmers can only attend the mart if they have pre-booked their place with the auctioneer. Online sales will also continue to be in operation during the restrictions.

Leitrim Councillor and agricultural spokesperson/ Paddy O’Rourke says it’s welcome news as farmers were reluctant to show cattle with only online sales in operation.