A number of livestock marts have announced that they intend to abolish the entry booking system for cattle, replacing it with a system whereby sellers will get numbers for their animals when they arrive at the mart.
This system will come into play for bullocks and heifers at Kilmallock Mart from January 1st; the mart said that the main issues with the booking systems were the significant numbers of stock being booked in and not coming and also stock arriving very late for sales.
"It posed issues from a Health & Safety point of view with animals coming in when other animals were going out and it also meant that large numbers of pens in the mart were either empty or only partly full on Mondays." A statement released by the mart stressed.
Aurivo Balla Mart, Co. Mayo changed its method for starting its weekly sales in September. From this sale onwards, a number is selected by a member of the public at the ringside; this determines if lots will be sold in descending or ascending order.
A spokesperson for the mart outlined that “there is no advantage in ringing/booking early”.
The change was made in response to customer requests; all numbers are equal going into the pot for a draw, meaning that this eliminates certain numbers being favourable.
This system has been successful at various locations throughout Ireland for several years now.
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