Livestock Live (LSL) has developed technology, which allows livestock marts to operate sales while complying with Covid-19 public health guidelines.
Virtual marts are scheduled to take place on LSL as follows:
- Friday, April 10th – Carnaross, Co. Meath – calves – check-in: 06.00 – 09.30; viewing: 09.30 – 10.30; sale: 11.00;
- Monday, April 13th – Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim – cattle – check-in: 06.00 – 10.00; viewing: 10.00 – 12.00; sale at 12.00;
- Monday, April 13th – Carnaross, Co. Meath – heifers, bullocks & cows – check-in 06.00 – 09.30; viewing 09.30 – 10.30; sale: 11.00;
- Tuesday, April 14th – Carnaross, Co. Meath – sheep – check-in: 06.00 – 09.30 – viewing: 09.30 – 10.30; sale: 11.00;
- Tuesday, April 14th – Carnaross, Co. Meath- weanling heifers & bulls – check-in: 14.00 – 16.30;viewing: 16.30 – 17.30; mart: 18.00;
- Wednesday, April 15th – Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim – sheep – check-in: 06.00 – 10.00; viewing 10.00 – 12.00; sale: 12.00.
How does a virtual mart work?
- All animals are checked into the mart and issued lot numbers and put in pens as normal;
- Lots can be view prior before the sale begins (only a certain amount of people at a time);
- A catalogue list of all lots available for sale on the day is compiled;
- Animals are weighed and enter the sales ring as normal;
- All relevant information (data is imported from AIM, ICBF and Bord Bia) relating to the animal is displayed on a virtual mart board;
- Sellers issue the mart with a reserve price they want for the lots at check-in and it is entered in the system;
- An auctioneer manages the ring as normal, calling out the bids as they come in online – bidders and sellers can see bids as they are made;
- The whole system is in real-time with almost zero delay;
- Buyers arrange to come to the mart to collect their purchases.
To view LSL sales here.