Livestock market approvals

The Sales, Markets and Lairs order (Northern Ireland) 1975, as amended, requires that any premises offering livestock for sale must be approved by DARD.

Eligibility criteria

A premises will be approved as a market if the planning, construction and operation of the market meet the standards set by DARD for that premises.
The approval requirements include the provision of covered accommodation for the protection of some animals such as calves and facilities for the washing of vehicles used in transporting animals.

Planning approval granted by the Northern Ireland Planning Service may also be required and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure this has been granted.

Regulation summary

A copy of the regulations can be obtained by contacting DARD using the contact details below.

Application evaluation process

Once an application is received you will be contacted by DARD within 15 working days to arrange an inspection visit. The approval process will be discussed at the visit and an indication on when approval will be granted will also be given at this point. When the inspection report is completed, providing all conditions are met, notice of approval will be issued within 10 working days. Normally approval is granted within 40 working days of an application being received.

In some cases the application process may take longer for instance where major structural work is required. In these instances the applicant will be kept informed of when approval is likely to be granted

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from DARD within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Apply online

Failed application redress

Applicants will have an opportunity to discuss and redress issues affecting their eligibility during the approval process so that applications are not rejected.

If an application is not approved, where necessary, applicants should contact the DARD using the contact details below.

Consumer complaint

If you have a complaint about an approved premises we would advise that the first contact is made with the premises by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, please contact the Department using the details below.

Contact details

Further information can be obtained by contacting DARD at the address below:

Veterinary Service
Food Animal Information Support Unit
Room 930
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Ballymiscaw
BELFAST
BT4 3SB

E-mail: DARD.ImplementationSupportUnit@dardni.gov.uk

List of currently approved markets


Aghanloo Field Sales
1 Springhill House
Catherine Street
Limavady
BT49 9BZ

Armoy Livestock Market
16 Mill Street
Cushendall
Co Antrim
BT44 0RR

Ballymena Livestock Mart
Unit 1 Woodside Road East
Ballymena
Co Antrim
BT42 4QJ

Clogher Valley Livestock Mart
44 Station Road
Clogher
Co Tyrone
BT76 0AH

Crumlin Livestock Mart
Masserene Park Farms
99 Dublin Road
Antrim
BT41 4PN

Downpatrick Co-op Marketing Ltd
24 Bonecastle Road
Downpatrick
Co Down
BT30 8HB

Draperstown Market
41 Cahore Road
Draperstown
BT45 7LY


Dungannon Farmers Market
90 Granville Road
Dungannon
Co Tyrone
BT70 1NJ
 


Gortin Livestock Market
109 Glenpark Road
Omagh
Co Tyrone
BT79 7ST

Hilltown Farmers Attested Sales
Ltd
14 Rathfriland Road
Hilltown
Newry
Co Down
BT34 5UR

Killeter Livestock Sales Ltd
22 Main Street
Killeter
Castlederg
Co.Tyrone
BT31 7EL

Kilrea Livestock Market
C/o H A McIlrath & Sons Ltd
48 Maghera Street
Kilrea
Co. Londonderry
BT51 5QN

Lisahally Livestock Market
109 Glenpark Road
Omagh
Co Tyrone
BT79 7ST

Markethill Livestock and Farm
Sales
2 Mowhan Road
Markethill
Co Armagh
BT60 1RD

Newtownstewart Livestock
Market
10 Derg Road
Strabane
Co Tyrone
BT82 9JW

Omagh Auction Mart Ltd
5 Gillygooley Road
Omagh
Co Tyrone
BT78 5PN

Plumbridge Livestock Market
60 Tully Neill Road
Sixmilescross
Omagh
BT79 9NY

Rathfriland Farmers Co-op
Society Ltd
Islandbog Road
Rathfriland
Newry
Co Down
BT34 5DT

Saintfield Livestock Mart
74 Belfast Road
Saintfield
Co Down
BT24 7EX

Sperrin and Bann Valley Mart
29 Garvagh Road
Swatragh
Maghera
Co Londonderry
BT46 5QE

Ulster Farmers Market
Tempo Road
Enniskillen
Co Fermanagh
BT74 4RL

 

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