The Government is being strongly criticised for shutting down all marts across the country because of Covid-19.
The Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society (ICOS), which represents co-ops running marts, said it is "disappointing" as organisers put a big effort into keeping them open safely.
However, IFA president Tim Cullinan supports the move, saying: "Any decision made by the Government that will stem the spread of Covid-19, these people are taking advice from the medical officer and I think we will have to adhere to that.
"It's another blow to the farming community at this point in time, but on the other hand, if this is going to help in the battle of fighting the virus we have to support any measure that the Government and the HSE is coming out with.
"Obviously it's a blow to the farming community and for the marts themselves."
In response, Fianna Fáil proposed a set of measures to help farmers and the agrifood sector to deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
The party's spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue, said: “Unfortunately, the very necessary public health measures are restricting economic activity and markets for Irish agri-food. Considering that we export 90% of all our dairy and beef internationally this places a gigantic challenge in the present climate and will require direct market supports (intervention and Aid for Private Storage) and compensation for losses incurred.
“My party and I are calling on Commissioner Wojciechowsk, the government and Minister Creed and his European counterparts to examine the following measures to protect farmers and the agri-food sector as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak."
Amend the stocking density rules under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme so that all farmers do not come under pressure to purchase cattle immediately.