Earlier this year, livestock marts across Ireland adopted new health and safety measures to minimise hazards following a serious incident at Aurivo Mohill Mart.
This coupled with significant hikes in insurance premiums has forced marts to roll out significant changes, in a bid to reduce risks and enhance the safety of the customer and staff base.
Mart officials are the only authorised personnel that can gain access to the lairage /sales yard area and in response, mart management staff have introduced pre-sale viewing periods ranging from 15-60-mins, while others have opted to construct walkway viewing facilities.
Other marts have constructed safe viewing areas/ facilities/ passageways, to allow customers to view stock, without direct content.
New signage; additional training of livestock drovers and safety patrons have all formed part of this major change at cattle marts.
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