Covid-19 has caused huge disruption for all livestock markets and individual sales, and the end is far from in sight, with two of the fast approaching Blackface ram sales having had to be rescheduled to accommodate the increased numbers of buyers and the 2m social distancing.

The first of the main breed sales at Newton Stewart, next weekend, on Saturday, October 3, is this year being staged in Craig Wilson's larger Ayr Mart, thereby allowing increased numbers of potential buyers to attend.

The entry of 268 shearling rams and 66 ram lambs for the Ayr sale, commences at 12noon, allowing breeders more viewing time. Individual tups can be bid for from three separate areas – the ringside, the concourse or back of the ring – both of which will have large viewing screens and seating areas.

However, attendance is restricted to two people per flock selling and to one person per farm buying, with potential purchasers having to register prior to the event. Face masks are mandatory at all times, and while the canteen will be open, it is available for takeaway only.

The Ulster Ram Breeders' sale at Ballymena, which is scheduled for Monday, October 5, is also seeing some changes with the south-type being sold that day, but the north-type is being held the following day on Tuesday, October 6, to reduce the amount people attending.

United Auctions' big sale at Stirling is going ahead as planned on Saturday October 10, however, the firm's Dalmally sale which was due to be staged on Saturday October, 17, will now take place a week later on Saturday, October 24 and at Stirling, to allow for an increased number of buyers. Again 2m social distancing and face masks are compulsory and the canteen is available for takeaway service only.

Lawrie and Symington's two-day sale at Lanark on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, for shearling rams and tup lambs respectively, is going ahead as scheduled, but again requires pre-sale registering and face coverings at all times.

And, contrary to popular belief, Dingwall and Highland Marts' sale at Ben Nevis Auction Mart, is going ahead at Fort William and not at Dingwall.