Sheep sales will resume at Mountbellew Co-Op Livestock Mart LTD later this morning (Saturday, February 18th, 2023), a spokesperson has confirmed.
The sale will get underway at 10 am, two hours after intake began at the premises, which is based at Ballygar Road, Mountbellew, Co Galway.
The confirmation comes just days after the mart announced on its Facebook page on February 10th, 2023, that its PRSA licence was temporarily suspended.
A statement read: “There will be no sheep sale this Saturday, February 11th, 2023.”
“Our PRSA licence has been temporarily suspended. This relates to an ongoing deficit due to a historical bad debt incurred over a decade ago.”
“We are working with the PRSA to resolve the issue and are keen to resume trading as soon as possible.”
“We are aware that inaccurate information is currently circulating. Please follow this page for official updates. We thank all our patrons for their continued support.”
“We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from both our patrons and local communities – thank you.”
That’s Farming has contacted the PRSA for a statement concerning the matter and has, at the time of writing, received no correspondence.
According to a spokesperson, the mart was established as a registered co-operative in July 1989 and has been running cattle sales since 1986 and sheep sales since 1989.
TB testing rules
In other mart-related news, February 1st, 2023, saw the roll-out of the first phase of new bovine TB testing requirements in Ireland to reduce the level of transmissible disease in animals, including bovines.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine agreed to introduce new mandatory TB testing requirements on a “phased basis” in line with the EU Animal Health Law Regulations 2016\429.
Over the past number of weeks, That’s Farming has been inundated with queries from readers in relation to the new rules, which have sparked widespread confusion among some farmers.
We have published a news article which provides a breakdown of how the rules may impact how you conduct business as a seller/and or a purchaser – Read on our news portal.