On Wednesday 1 August at 7pm, RTÉ’s Nationwide will be broadcast from Aurivo’s Balla Mart in Co Mayo. Popular presenter and women in ag advocate Mary Kennedy will showcase the hard work that goes into running one of Ireland’s top livestock trading points, as well as finding out about the future of our sheep and cattle auctions.

On entry to Balla Mart, the programme team are greeted by the bustling energy of livestock enthusiasts. Whether it’s Tim and Geraldine Davitt’s restaurant at the heart of the establishment, where traders huddle and agree to disagree, over some top-notch grub and friendly service, about the high standards in the ring, Aurivo’s Balla mart is “totally professional”, according to RTÉ’s Mary Fanning.