Newport Mart in Co Tipperary has introduced a new fortnightly sheep sale. Mart manager James Lee said the move was taken after producers in the area expressed a desire for the mart to venture into the sheep trade.

“We have farmers trading cattle with us who had to travel long distances [to trade sheep] and wanted an option closer to home. We hold the cattle sale on a Thursday, so it made sense for us to hold an evening sheep sale. The second sale was held on 5 July and the plan is to have fortnightly sales until at least September and then review the frequency,” he said.