The upcoming December Sales at Tattersalls will go ahead as scheduled in accordance with government regulations concerning livestock and horse auctions during the new England lockdown, the sales house confirmed on Wednesday.

Beginning on November 23 with the December Yearling Sale and concluding with the December Mares Sale, the auctions will be held under strict Covid-19 protocols and attendance will be restricted to those who will be involved in a professional capacity.

For those unable to attend, live internet bidding and telephone bidding through members of the Tattersalls will once again be available.

In a statement, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said: “We are delighted and relieved that we have received clarity on this crucial issue, and it is clear that the ratified government regulations will allow us to stage the full Tattersalls December Sale on the originally scheduled dates.

“This is a huge relief for the industry, and we are enormously grateful that the 2020 bloodstock sales season in Britain can proceed and conclude as planned. The Tattersalls December Sale is an event of global significance within the bloodstock industry and the possibility of wholesale disruption was a deeply worrying prospect for all concerned.

“As we all know, staging bloodstock sales in 2020 has been challenging to say the least. To be able to hold the Tattersalls December Sales on the scheduled dates will be universally welcomed and applauded not only in Britain and Ireland, but by the wider bloodstock industry and we will continue to do our utmost to bring the testing 2020 Tattersalls sales season to as successful a conclusion as possible.”