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.”
“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