40% of livestock marts around the country have a poor broadband service - according to the Government's own website.

It shows marts in Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Sligo are among 19 marts included under the National Broadband Plan to have their service upgraded.

With 40% of marts failing to have decent broadband, the current restrictions allowing only online sales of cattle and sheep need to be reviewed, according to Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten.

 

Meanwhile, farming organisations are also calling for a limited number of bidders to be allowed in the ring at mart sales, while adhering to social distancing and other public health guidelines.

The IFA, Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association, ICMSA and the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association have all called on the Government to make immediate changes to the current restrictions, to facilitate ring-side buyers in a socially-distanced manner.

 

 

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