IN light of the Government announcement to place England into full lockdown restrictions the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA) has issued updated guidance to its members to ensure continued safe trade within livestock markets.

The LAA has strongly recommended that all livestock sales, conducted within a livestock market, adopt a “Drop & Go” policy with immediate effect and until further notice. Social distancing in markets must also revert to the minimum two metre gap.

The sale of prime stock, cull animals, store and breeding stock are still permitted. Sales of machinery, on farm dispersal sales (one vendor), sales of fodder and other goods should be conducted online, where possible.

Gatherings of people will not be permitted at any time. All canteens and/or catering facilities will now revert to a take-away service only.