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PHOTOS: Covid-19 – How one mart facilitated buyers and sellers

Headford Mart introduced strict procedures at its sale on Saturday (March 21st) as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The mart’s ring area was limited to approximately thirty people maximum, with buyer-only entry permitted to allow “maximum trade”.

In a statement on social media, Headford Mart said: “We marked out our ring area to the HSE 2-metre guideline for safe social distancing.”

“We asked all sellers to sit in there vehicles to wait for a phone call 10 minutes prior to their stock being sold – they could enter the premises into the seller’s box for their stock to be sold.”

Other sellers availed of the mart’s ‘drop-and-go’ system and sold cattle subject.

“We have laminated numbers that are cleaned every time they exchange hands upon entering the ring area, with someone managing the door.”

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“We have approximate times up for sellers and buyers to know what time bullocks, cows, heifers and weanling will be sold.”

“This is a learning curve for us and we are trying our best to keep trading.”

Follow HSE guidelines 

All attendees were thanked for their co-operation. “We would remind everyone to keep your hands washed, stick to the HSE guidelines.”

“Remember your own safety and the safety of others is a high priority in this current situation.” the statement concluded.

Image source: Headford Mart Facebook 

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