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Elphin Mart manager Gerry Connellan pictured in his empty mart recently, when the marts were shut down by Covid-19 restrictions. Photo Brian Farrell

Elphin Mart manager Gerry Connellan pictured in his empty mart recently, when the marts were shut down by Covid-19 restrictions. Photo Brian Farrell

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Elphin Mart manager Gerry Connellan pictured in his empty mart recently, when the marts were shut down by Covid-19 restrictions. Photo Brian Farrell

As Covid-19 keeps much of the country under lockdown, life on the farm remains mainly uninterrupted as the good weather continues.

Compared to the millions trapped in apartments in crammed cities all over the world, being on a self-contained farm is a near-perfect form of self-isolation - work continues and the need to travel off-farm is minimal.

Farmers can consider themselves lucky in that regard, but all is far from rosy down on the farm.