Agriculture Minister announces mart managers can facilitate animal sales in some circumstances

Agriculture Minister announces mart managers can facilitate animal sales in some circumstances

The Agriculture Minister has allowed some trading to continue at marts - despite the Covid-19 crisis.

The Irish Farmers Association has welcomed this morning's announcement.

Normal mart activity was banned last weekend when the Taoiseach's announced new restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus.

But this morning, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed says some services can continue at marts.

He says mart managers can facilitate the sale of animals in some circumstances.

A farmer can deliver calves to the mart, by appointment, and the mart can facilitate the sale.

For older livestock, the mart can also allow a deal between a buyer and seller, in specific circumstances.

Minister Creed says the measures will allow the food chain to be maintained and protect animals' welfare.

But he says normal mart auction activity cannot resume until further notice.

A statement said that it is hoped the new measures will "allow marts to help facilitate the necessary movement and trade in animals in an orderly alternative manner."

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

More on this topic

Work on Farm Sustainability Programme postponed for at least two monthsWork on Farm Sustainability Programme postponed for at least two months

Stephen Cadogan: Improved farming has saved a billion hectares of forestStephen Cadogan: Improved farming has saved a billion hectares of forest

Farmers get €500,000 for hen harrier breeding successFarmers get €500,000 for hen harrier breeding success

Ireland ‘losing golden opportunity to market heather honey’Ireland ‘losing golden opportunity to market heather honey’


More in this Section

Tax rises and pay freezes can’t be ruled out, says fiscal watchdogTax rises and pay freezes can’t be ruled out, says fiscal watchdog

Call to halt depletion of Defence ForcesCall to halt depletion of Defence Forces

Covid was 'transported by bus to Kerry', says TDCovid was 'transported by bus to Kerry', says TD

Munster Technological University gets long-awaited approvalMunster Technological University gets long-awaited approval


Lifestyle

The model mum took a coronavirus test in preparation for the procedure.Everything to know about breast implant removal, as Chrissy Teigen says she’s undergoing surgery

Cathal Coughlan is known for his part in Microdisney, but for many people his best output came with the harder-edged band he formed afterwards, writes Ed PowerB-Side the Leeside: The Fatima Mansions and the story of 'Viva Dead Ponies'

Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford recently released a new single ‘Mariana’ available to buy on Bandcamp, with all proceeds going to Safe Ireland.Question of Taste: Singer-songwriter Emma Langford

These jammy thumbprint cookies are dangerously moreish.Jammy thumbprint cookies recipe

More From The Irish Examiner