IFA calling for support for marts

IFA President Tim Cullinan has welcomed the resumption of auction rings at the marts under the new Department of Agriculture ‘safe sale’ conditions and protocols.

He said while the protocols are detailed and restrictive in order to protect people, it’s a significant step towards getting this essential service back up and operating again.

The IFA President strongly encouraged farmers to support their local mart.

“Marts provide an essential service to farmers and the agricultural community in terms of the livestock trade. They provide open and transparent market price competition and security of payment,” he said.

“While online trading has been a great help and is certainly part of the future for marts, the closure and restrictions on the trade this spring has hit the livestock sector, marts and farmers. The spring is peak trading season for cattle and a lot of this trade has been lost”.

IFA commends the efforts of the marts and their representative bodies to reopen the services as soon as possible.