Farm Ireland

Monday 19 February 2018

Planners approve livestock market outside Tipperary

Declan O'Brien

A new livestock mart is to be developed on a greenfield site outside Tipperary town.

The development was given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála following a recent planning hearing.

The mart will be located at Ballynilard on the Emly road, less than a mile from the town centre.

The business will be operated by the Donovan family, who own the town's existing mart.

Mark Donovan, who is Tipperary Mart managing director, said the seven-acre site would provide greater scope to grow the mart's business.

The existing mart is just 100m off the main street in Tipperary town and restricted access to the 1.5ac site means just one vehicle at a time can unload stock.

Mr Donovan said the Bally-nilard site would provide improved sales facilities, as well as more parking and truck wash areas.

A date has yet to be set for the start of construction.

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Tipperary Mart holds a general cattle sale every Friday and pedigree bull sales every second Wednesday from March to June.

Asked if now was the right time to invest in a livestock mart, Mr Donovan pointed out that Tipperary Mart sold over 25,000hd each year.

"We have increased numbers here year on year for the last six years," he added.

"The only dark cloud on the horizon for the livestock marts is the proposed EU ruling which could restrict the sale in marts of cattle going directly for export," Mr Donovan said.

As the existing mart is zoned 'opportunity development' under the Tipperary town development plan, Mr Donovan said the aim would be to sell it once the new mart is open.

He said that the new mart would be used solely for livestock sales.

Irish Independent