From Monday 3 May, farmers selling livestock through marts in Northern Ireland will be permitted ringside while their animals are being sold.

The decision, which was announced by the Livestock Market Stakeholder group, comes as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed across NI.

Prior to the latest announcement, only farmers buying livestock were permitted entry to the ring once sales were under way.

The Livestock Market Stakeholder group indicates that marts will continue to enforce strict health and safety protocols to combat the spread of COVID-19.

These include social distancing, wearing of face coverings and sanitising hands.

All farmers attending sales are urged to follow the outlined measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both the mart staff and farmers who use marts to trade livestock.

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