Marts across the country have reviewed their work arrangements to improve safety for farmers, according to East Galway TD, Sean Canney.
Speaking this week, he said that health and safety issues are a growing concern in all marts.
His call came after several fatal and serious accidents involving animals and farmers in the west in recent weeks.
“Changes are being implemented which will restrict access to mart yards. This may be a cause of concern for some farmers, customers, sellers and buyers. The motivation for these restrictions is to ensure safety of the farmers, sellers, and buyers.
‘I visited some marts in recent days and I have seen the new procedures which are in place. Speaking to farmers at the Marts, there is general acceptance that new measures were needed. Where there is a huge flow of cattle in confined spaces, dangers exist,” he said, adding that it is important that all visitors and customers at the marts co-operate with mart management in implementing these necessary changes.