A Donegal-based livestock mart has confirmed that it is deferring the opening of its premises due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases.
Raphoe Livestock Mart issued a brief statement on its Facebook page last night (Friday, January 1st, 2021).
“In the interest of the health and safety of our staff and customers, we have taken the decision to defer the opening of the mart due to the current situation with rising case numbers.”
“There will be no sales this week. In the meantime, stay safe and thank you for your patience and understanding. Keep an eye on our page for updates.”
On December 30th, the mart issued another update on social media:
“As a result of the Government announcement tonight and the beginning of Level 5 restrictions again, we would like to inform you all of the changes to our sales during Level 5.”
“ALL SALES WILL BE ONLINE ONLY – BIDDING AVAILABLE THROUGH THE MARTBIDS APP. Sellers must drop off their stock in the morning before 9.30am and they will be contacted when the stock is being sold in the ring.”
“Buyers will be permitted to view the stock prior to the sale by appointment only and then must leave the premises for online bidding.”
“Face coverings remain mandatory when on the premises. Stock must be pre-booked for all sales. Buyers wishing to view the stock prior to the sale must also book a viewing time. “
Covid-19 Level 5
The government has agreed that Level 5, as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19, will apply nationally from midnight on December 30th for all measures.
The following services relating to agriculture are deemed essential:
- Farm labour
- Farm relief services
- Crop and animal production
- Veterinary, animal welfare and related services
- The provision of support services relating to any of the services specified above (including artificial insemination and animal disposal)
Level 5 marts
“Marts held online with arrangements to facilitate weighing of animals, matching of stock between buyers and sellers, drop off of animals and buyers inspection of stock in the pens by appointment. Bidding process is online only.”