While the farmers who met at Carnaross Mart this week see James Mallon as an able operator to take over the business, they called on its future owner to keep the open sales going.

With Mallon’s existing Viastar business focused on live exports, there were concerns that the premises could instead be turned into a private shipping yard. “I’d like to see the mart kept open,” David Lynch, a local drystock farmer and haulier, said. “A lot of people are making a good living off the mart: farmers, auctioneers, hauliers, five or six people to keep each of the three rings going all day.”