Health and Safety discussions have come to the fore in numerous livestock marts across the country this week.
Concerns this week stemmed following an incident that occurred at Aurivo Mohill Mart on Saturday of last week when a farmer in his seventies sustained severe injuries after he was attacked by a bull. Resultantly, Aurivo made a decision to temporarily close their four locations including Balla; Ballinrobe; Mohill and Ballymote for the week, as reported by us here.
Headford Mart led the charge this week by confirming that only mart staff will be allowed in the yard from Saturday, 14th, April.
“Health and Safety issues are always a growing concern in all marts and it's time to make a change. Going forward, we will only allow certified drovers in our Mart yard. We are aware that this will cause major concern for many farmers, customers, sellers and buyers.” A statement released by Headford Mart to That’s Farming stated.
“We do hope that this stand will be a very positive one for Marts going forward. We are only making this change for the safety of our customers; staff; and livestock for the future. Each Saturday going forward, we will do our utmost to improve this process for sellers and buyers.” The statement concluded.
What are your thoughts on these new measures being introduced? Should drovers be professionally-trained & certified? Let us know in our poll - the results will be announced on That’s Farming on Monday.