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Farmers Encouraged To Sell Through The Marts

30 August 2011

IRELAND - To ensure security of payment and the most competitive prices, livestock farmers should sell livestock through their local mart, commented Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) National Livestock Committee Chairman, Michael Doran.

Michael Doran said: “Livestock marts provide farmers with a valuable transparent means of buying and selling cattle together with security of payment."

"Security of payment is essential in the current economic climate and marts are required to be in funds at all times for the value of livestock sold.”

He said it is very important farmers insist on payment on the day when selling finished cattle to the factories.

The IFA Livestock Chairman said 1.68m cattle were sold through the marts in 2010, including 1,437,000 beef animals and 243,000 dairy animals.

In addition, he said there was major potential for marts to increase throughput with the Department of Agriculture AIMS data showing 945,000 animals moving farm to farm.

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