Ireland’s second virtual cattle mart will take place in Manorhamilton today (Wednesday, April 8th).
Livestock Live has developed software, which allows livestock marts to operate cattle and sheep sales with a live auction, while complying with Covid-19 public health guidelines.
The Irish-based agri software company trialled its live streaming and online bidding services at Carnaross Mart’s cattle sale on Monday, March 24th – the afternoon before the government announced the blanket closure of marts.
On Monday (March 31st), the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) confirmed that it would allow livestock marts to reopen to provide limited services, read our article as reported by us.
Ireland’s first virtual mart took place at Carnaross on Monday (April 6th) and sale dates at the mart, along with Manorhamilton, have been set for the coming weeks.
Cattle are being checked-in at Manorhamilton from 6am-10am today and lots can be viewed from 10am-12pm. The virtual sale will begin at 1pm and you can view by visiting LSL website.
How does it work? (More information can be found in this article)
- All animals are checked into the mart and issued lot numbers and put in pens as normal;
- Lots can be view prior before the sale begins (only a certain amount of people at a time);
- A catalogue list of all lots available for sale on the day is compiled;
- Animals are weighed and enter the sales ring as normal;
- All relevant information (data is imported from AIM, ICBF and Bord Bia) relating to the animal is displayed on a virtual mart board;
- Sellers issue the mart with a reserve price they want for the lots at check-in and it is entered in the system;
- An auctioneer manages the ring as normal, calling out the bids as they come in online – bidders and sellers can see bids as they are made;
- The whole system is in real-time with almost zero delay;
- Buyers arrange to come to the mart to collect their purchases.
Image source: Manorhamilton Livestock Sales Facebook