Enniskillen uses technology so mart can operate in spite of restrictions in place due to the foot and mouth disease outbreak.

Despite the empty pens and the clear passageways buying was still going ahead at Enniskillen mart when for the first time 21st century technology was used.

Last week saw mart workers out and about at different farms, videoing animals and assessing them for weight, confirmation and condition. Big screens showed the footage and with information sheets to hand, everything proceeded as usual, even if the country is in the middle of a Foot and Mouth Disease pandemic.

There were certainly no shortage of sellers or buyers in attendance.

It is vital for farmers that the marts remain open, says one farmer who spoke to RTÉ News,

When you have them to sell, you have to sell them.

The marts need to continue to operate as buyers and sellers need to know what to pay, says manager of Enniskillen Mart Stuart Johnson.

This establishes a trade, enterprise and a market.

John Boylan who is National Treasurer of the IFA (Irish Farmers' Association) believes that farmers will not feel they are losing out with this new mart experience,

Farmers do like to be able to see the animals in front of them...I think they will move over to it quite quickly.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 May 2001. The reporter is Declan McBennett.