The Department of Agriculture has lifted the suspension on the licence of Delvin Livestock Mart effective from Monday 29 March 2021.

The Westmeath mart had its licence suspended due to breaches of COVID-19 protocols for sales earlier this month.

It is understood that Department officials were not happy with the number of people on site at the mart in the penning and lairage areas.

There were also issues relating to the canteen and the incorrect wearing of masks by both staff and patrons of the mart.

COVID-19

Auctioneer Thomas Potterton told the Irish Farmers Journal that the mart had undertaken to appoint a COVID-19 officer who will oversee compliance with the rules at the mart.

"I am delighted to resume our cattle sale on Thursday. We already have a large entry pre booked from our loyal customer base,so I'm looking forward to to a good sale durning this busy period at Delvin Mart.We have decided not to open our sheep sale for the moment and I'll advise you when we do," Potterton said.

Delvin Mart is the only mart in Co Westmeath and at this time of the year handles around 400 cattle, up to 300 calves and around 600 sheep every Thursday.