A person who wishes to operate a livestock mart must apply to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for a licence.
What marts must do
Marts must comply with the conditions set out in the licence. These conditions relate to the following:
cleanliness and disinfection of buildings, fixtures and fittings
visual displays which show the required details of cattle at time of sale
segregation of livestock
assignment of staff responsibilities for animal welfare, site cleanliness and traceability
written standard operating procedures on issues such as animal welfare, signage and general operation of the mart
keeping of records
movement and traceability of animals
capacity of the livestock mart
Only staff who hold a certificate of competence following completion of a relevant training course may be permitted to handle animals.
The mart must document each cleaning or disinfection routine completed describing:
sector of the mart involved
time and date of completion of the routine
nature of the routine
agents and dilutions used
person performing the activity
person supervising the effectiveness of the activity
Buildings, fixtures and fittings must be build so that they do not cause injury or unnecessary suffering of animals. They must have sufficient covered, well-lit accommodation to restrain animals safely and accommodate animals comfortably without overcrowding. Animals must have access to adequate food and water.