Why rural Ireland misses in-person marts

Livestock Mart 001Agridirect discusses how in-person marts were an important social outlet for Irish farmers, and argues for their post-pandemic return.

 

A comic strip on page 2 of last week’s Irish Farmers Journal caught my eye. In the foreground of the scene, Taoiseach Micheál Martin engages Agriculture Minister Charlie MacConalogue in conversation.

An Taoiseach: Could we reopen the marts just for the over 80s, Charlie?

Minister MacConalogue: They’re all vaccinated Taoiseach, it could work!

Off to the right, in the background, elderly farmers queue up for what looks like a late bar or nightclub. But the sign above the door reads “MART”. Another sign, at the top of the queue, sets out the entry requirements: “Over 80s only”. A tuxedoed bouncer wearing dark glasses stands in the doorway, checking IDs, ready to turn away anyone not yet an octogenarian.

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10 Survival Tips for Show Spectators

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Last time we offered advice for those showing animals at shows this year, so now we’ve put together a few tips for those thinking of heading to some shows as spectators, be they small local ones or larger national shows. Livestock shows bring a lot of life to communities over the summer and it’s always a good day out no matter what age you are. However you can easily get overwhelmed by the event and you can end up leaving regretting some decisions if you aren’t careful. So here are the Agridirect teams tips to make sure you make the most of the day. Continue reading “10 Survival Tips for Show Spectators”