Associated Livestock Marts (ALM) views An Taoiseach Leo Vadakar’s announcement yesterday (Tuesday, March 24th), as a “realistic approach” to the country’s fight against Covid-19.
The association did, however, stress, that it is concerned for farmers as they continue to supply the food chain.
In a statement to this publication, an ALM spokesperson said: “It is most important that we do everything possible to protect the public health while furthermore taking corrective action.”
“This announcement, which leads to the immediate closure of livestock marts, which is to be reviewed on 19th April, brings many challenges for the agricultural industry.” the spokesperson added.
They then noted that marts have, and will continue, to play a major role in the food chain after Covid-19.
ALM is of the opinion that it is “highly prudent” that Minister Michael Creed shows leadership now more than ever by securing a financial support package, and the adaption of farm schemes to elevate concerns for farmers.
“Farmers, are and will continue to be, the backbone of Ireland for this momentous and courageous group of people.”
The association believes that financial support must be put in place with immediate effect, while also encompassing tax reliefs regarding their inability to purchase stock at this time.
“We, as mart managers/owners, have worked closely with our farmer clients over generations. We know the farming calendar like the back of our hand.”
“We were welcoming the spring trade into our rings, a time which seen many livestock traded especially cattle traded and an air of optimism amongst farmers.”
“We will work with our farmers to broker deals facilitating procure of stock, ensuring a fair price is been achieved, while ensuring all is been done in a professional and correct manner.”
Those who wish to purchase or sell stock are advised to contact their local mart manager.
‘Proactive in our actions’
“Ireland, Europe and the world are adapting and meeting with a situation never know to us before at this scale.”
“We all need to play our part in ensuring this virus is taken control of. We, the livestock marts, have a proud tradition of been part of the community in our towns and villages in Ireland.”
The spokesperson extended a word of gratitude to all health professional as they work in the battle against Covid-19.”
“Let’s be proactive in our actions and with this in mind, we will be ringside once again in the not so distant future.” the spokesperson concluded.