The Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, has suspended Delvin Mart’s trading licence.
The premises has been temporarily closed following breaches of Covid-19 regulations.
Delvin Mart’s licence suspended
In a brief statement on social media on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, a spokesperson confirmed that the mart would not hold a cattle sale today (Thursday, March 18th).
“Please note: There will be no sale at Delvin Mart this Thursday, March 18th. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
That’s Farming understands that management is not planning any further sales, as discussions are ongoing with the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine.
Last April, Ballymahon Mart’s licence was suspended due to a breach over Covid-19.
In a statement to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said: “At the request of DAFM, Gardaí attended Ballymahon Livestock Mark on Mostrim Road, Ballymahon at approximately 12.30pm on April 16, where individuals had gathered and were not adhering to social distancing.”
“An Garda Síochána advised those gathered of their obligations under the covid-19 measures and ensured that the mart was cleared.”
“Those present complied with Gardaí and no further action was necessary. “
Guidance and directions issued by ICOS:
- The mart is no longer a public auction but rather an auction by appointment whereby all sellers and buyers must give advance notice of their intention to attend the centre;
- Face coverings are mandatory and must be worn. Hand washing is essential and sanitising gels must be used;
- As is currently the case, all people attending the mart must have their time and mobile number recorded;
- All sellers dropping animals must then immediately leave the mart premises;
- All potential buyers must contact the mart manager to arrange and get approval to view livestock before the sale.
- The actual viewing time allotted for viewing is up to the mart manager to decide. When the viewing time is up, all potential buyers must leave the mart premises and bid remotely online;
- Any mart not online can use a tendering system as was in place last March. Sales cannot start if buyers are on the premises.
- Buyers must co-operate and adhere to all necessary measures instructed during viewing times;
- Social distancing of 2 metres is obligatory at all times and “there is to be no waiting or hanging around by customers on the premises”;
- All sellers must be available to receive phone calls to accept /decline final bids for livestock, by arrangement with their local mart.