Livestock markets were able to remain open as they play a ‘vital role’ in the food supply chain
Auction marts have been recommended to move to a ‘drop and go’ policy until further notice following the announcement England would enter a lockdown on Monday (January 4).
The Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) has issued updated guidance to members to ensure continued safe trade at livestock markets.
This included a recommendation that all sales adopt a ‘drop and go’ policy with immediate effect. Social distancing in markets must also revert to a minimum two metre gap.
The sales of prime stock, cull animals, store and breeding stock were permitted but sales of machinery, on farm dispersals, sales of fodder and other goods were to be conducted online where possible.
Catering facilities would also to revert to takeaway only services.
Chris Dodds, executive secretary of the LAA, said: “The LAA appreciates the continued support and understanding of our clients and operating member marts.
“Our priorities are to protect public health while still being able to supply the food chain, and therefore we will do everything possible to mitigate the risk of further virus spread.”
The latest lockdown was expected to stay in force until mid-February and LAA urged buyers and vendors to contact their local auctioneer for specific measures within individual markets.