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Regulations Governing the Sale of Animals at Livestock Marts

The Livestock Marts Act, 1967 (Date of Test and Identification of Seller) Regulations 2002 (S.I. No. 188 of 2002) came into effect on 1 July 2002. This legislation requires all livestock marts to place on view by means of an electronic display unit the following information, when the sale of an animal takes place at a mart:

  • The name and full address of the owner and the person in whose name the herd or flock from which the animal is being offered for sale is registered;
  • Where the animals has been tested for either or both bovine Tuberculosis and bovine Brucellosis under the Diseases of Animals Act, 1966 (No. 6 of 1966);
  • Where an animal is presented for sale by or on behalf of a dealer, a statement to that fact.

This information must be clearly legible to each person present at or in the immediate vicinity of the sales ring where an animal is being offered for sale. In circumstances where sheep are being sold direct from pens the Regulations require that the relevant details be publicly announced before the sale.

The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that there is greater transparency in the operations of livestock marts and that clients are provided with a uniform quality of service.