Farmers are being encouraged to continue to buy and sell their animals online where possible during Level 5 lockdown.

It comes despite marts being allowed to stay open as part of the new restrictions.

Strict protocols will be in place at the facilities, including the requirement for buyers to pre-book their place.

Ray Doyle from the Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society, which runs the country's marts, says farmers should only attend marts if its necessary.

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