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Farmers are being encouraged to continue to buy and sell their animals online where possible during Level 5 lockdown. It comes despite marts being allowed to stay open as part of the new restrictions. Strict protocols will be in place at the facilities, including the requirement for buyers to pre-book…

The issue of online mart sales continues to be of the most hotly debated agricultural topics this week. With Marts allowed to sell cattle only online due to the Level 5 restrictions, farmers are fearing that animals will be held back, resulting in a reduction in supply and adding pressure…

A Sligo councillor is seeking an immediate meeting with the Minister for Agriculture and Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue over the difficulties that have arisen surrounding attendance and the selling of livestock at marts. Farm leaders says if farmers are to get the best price for their animals, buyers must be…

The Department of Agriculture says livestock sales will have to continue as an online-only operation — despite the collapse of one of the main apps earlier this weekend. Sales were delayed for around two hours in more than half the marts in the country on Saturday due to a server…

Calls are being made from a number of farming organisations to allow some form of in person trading of livestock to take place. There are also appeals for an urgent upgrade of broadband facilities in rural marts such as in the north west. It comes after hundreds of animals had…

Livestock mart operators and the main farm union want the ban on buyers coming to buy animals in person lifted urgently. It’s after the app used to arrange video sales at 15 marts across Ireland crashed leaving farmers to take thousands of animals home. The IFA says it’s causing “major…

A Sligo/Leitrim TD says the future is ‘extremely grim’ for some marts and for farmers who are selling stock during the current Covid restrictions, and especially in areas of poor broadband coverage. Independent Deputy Marian Harkin says she has written to the Minister for Agriculture and Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue,…