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


List of currently approved markets

Armoy Livestock Market
C/O 16 Mill Street
Co Antrim
BT44 0RR
Ballymena Livestock Mart
Unit 1 Woodside Road East
Co Antrim
BT42 4QJ
Crossmaglen Livestock Sales
2 The Square
BT35 9AA
Crumlin Livestock Mart
Masserene Park Farms
99 Dublin Road
BT41 4PN
Donemana Livestock Market
Main Street
BT82 8BA
Downpatrick Co-op Marketing Ltd
24 Bonecastle Road
Co Down
BT30 8HB
Draperstown Livestock Cattle Mart
8 Derrynoid Road
BT45 7AH
Draperstown Market
8 Derrynoid Road
BT45 7AH
Dungannon Farmers Market
90 Granville Road
Co Tyrone
BT70 1NJ
Fivemiletown Livestock Market
Main Street
BT75 0PG
Keady Farmers Mart
Co Armagh
BT60 3TG
Killeter Livestock Sales Ltd
22 Main Street
Co Tyrone
BT31 7EL
Kilrea Livestock Market
C/o H A McIlrath & Sons Ltd.
48 Maghera Street
Co Londonderry
BT51 5QN
Lisahally Livestock Market
109 Glenpark Road
Co Tyrone
BT79 7ST
Lisnaskea Livestock Sales
Co Fermanagh
BT92 0JF
(Main Street)
Markethill Livestock and Farm Sales
2 Mowhan Road
Co Armagh
BT60 1RD
Newtownstewart Livestock Market
10 Derg Road
Co Tyrone
BT82 9JW
Omagh Auction Mart Ltd
5 Gillygooley Road
Co Tyrone
BT78 5PN
Plumbridge Livestock Market
60 Tullyneill Road
BT79 9NY
Pomeroy Livestock Market
109 Glenpark Road
BT79 7ST
Rathfriland Farmers Co-op Society Ltd
Islandbog Road
Co Down
BT34 5DT
Ulster Farmers Market
(Old) Tempo Road
Co Fermanagh
BT74 4RL
Beatties Centres Beatties Livestock Sales
109 Glenpark Rd
Co Tyrone
BT79 7ST
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