The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that some services can continue.

Limited services at marts across the country can now resume. Normal mart activity was banned last weekend when new restrictions to reduce the spread of Coronavirus were announced.

In a more recent update, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed that some services can continue at marts. However, this is limited to essential movement, in particular, to maintain the food supply chain and protect the health and welfare of animals.

A farmer can now deliver calves to the mart, by appointment, and the mart can facilitate the sale.

Normal mart auction activity can not resume until further notice but if someone does want to carry out work under these new restrictions they must contact their local regional veterinary office for approval.

Icos, who represents mart operators, welcomes the deal while IFA president Tim Cullinan has also described it as a big boost for farmers.

The Department of Agriculture says other activities, including online will also be considered to this service.