The Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets could be back to "normal" by the end of the month, says Dubbo Stock and Station Agents president Martin Simmons.
On Friday, Dubbo Regional Council and the DSSA are allowing restrictions at the June store sale to be lifted to allow restockers and primary producers to inspect the livestock prior to the auction and remain onsite during the sale.
It's the first time they'll be able to attend the saleyards since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced.
Mr Simmons said as restrictions started to ease, there had been increasing pressure for the saleyards to allow more people - including from Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders - but he said now was the right time for it to occur.
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"For us, the most important thing was to be able to continue to operate our businesses. That's why we took the approach we did," he said.
"I can assure everybody that had there been an outbreak at the Dubbo saleyards and we had to shut the yards down for a period of time, that would have caused a lot bigger uproar than having to turn away some restockers from being able to come in and purchase livestock."
Mr Simmons said he wasn't denying that farmers needed to restock during the restrictions. He said they were still able to buy livestock via online platforms.
"After Friday's cattle sale we will reconvene with the council to decide the next step. I would nearly say, without getting ahead of ourselves, if we can have a positive outcome out of Friday's store sale, I would almost expect by the following Monday that life will certainly start to begin to look normal again," the DSSA president said.
Throughout the pandemic restrictions, Mr Simmons said he had been following the advice of the federal government and the relevant authorities.
"Over the last couple of weeks, with the restrictions easing, we were coming under a bit more pressure to make a decision but I think everything we've done we've done in line with the orders from the federal government," he said.
On Friday, Mr Saunders released a statement saying he saw no reason the numbers at livestock sales should be limited.
"While a lot has changed in the world as a result of COVID-19, livestock sales have been exempt from restrictions outlined in NSW Public Health Orders, except for adhering to 1.5m physical distancing," he said.
Any users who plan to attend the June store sale must preregister their intent to enter with their preferred agent before Thursday, 12pm and sign a COVID-19 declaration on entry.
The general public will not be admitted.