New health and safety restrictions were officially rolled out for the first time at several livestock marts throughout the country this week.
That’s Farming have been informed of changes to the format of usual mart sales and the introduction of swipe-card systems, while several marts have refused to accept late entries. That’s Farming understands that a number of marts have not granted attendees the opportunity to view stock in the sales yard/ lairage, by allocating a short viewing period prior to when the sale commences and for a short period thereafter. Other marts have dedicated a short period from 15-60 mins to enhance the experience of the customer base.
In response to the implementation of these measures, That’s Farming ran a poll last weekend to capture the initial reaction of mart attendees and the results were as follows:
When asked ‘ Should mart staff be the only parties that are authorised to gain access to the mart yard?’ - 57% disagreed while the remaining 43% agreed.
When then purposed the question ‘Do you feel that these restrictions will hinder your ability to view livestock before the sale commences?’ - 83% said ‘yes’, while 17% answered ‘no.
Will these new measures discourage you from attending a livestock mart? 51% responded by saying ‘yes’, while 49% said ‘no’.
That’s Farming concluded the poll with a final question - ‘Should drovers be professionally-trained & certified?’ - 73% said yes, while 27% replied ‘no’.
On the back of this, That’s Farming will run a second poll this weekend, with a particular focus on the installation of walkway systems and viewing times, with further developments on this story to follow. If you cannot view the below poll, please click here.