ICSA suckler chair, Ger O’Brien, has welcomed the decision to allow marts to facilitate the livestock trade under strict standard operating procedures.
The decision means that marts can be used for delivering calves for sale and for weighing lots of older cattle and sheep.
“Farmers have to sell livestock for cash flow purposes. This is a critical time of year for many farmers who wish to sell calves or stores, especially now as the grass season takes off. Keeping marts operational, even in a reduced capacity, is essential.”
“Farmers are very frustrated that meat factories are cutting prices and we need every possible outlet for stock, including the live export trade.
Fast track applications from marts
On the other hand, O’Brien added, farmers need a trusted broker that will ensure secure payment, provide accurate weighing facilities and deliver compliance with the Department AIM database.
“Looking ahead, it is critical that marts are assisted to stay going and this will help them somewhat.”
The farm organisation is urging the Department officials to fast track all applications from marts which involves quickly approving their standard operating procedure documents, which marts will be submitting in the coming days.