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IFA meets German Farmers’ Association on Dairy and other issues

IFA President Eddie Downey held what he described as a very constructive bilateral meeting recently with the German Farmers’ Association in Berlin.

  The IFA President, General Secretary Pat Smith, and Director of European Affairs Liam Mac Hale met with DBV President Joachim Rukwied, and Bernhard Krüsken General Secretary DBV.

 The organisations discussed the worsening situation on dairy farms and were clear that the Commissioner in Brussels must take immediate action by agreeing to review intervention and make the €900m in superlevy fines paid by farmers available to assist the sector. German farmers are currently being paid 26-27/cent per litre, at least 5 cent below the cost of production.

  The future direction of CAP was discussed in detail and both organisations agreed to progress a series of principles with likeminded organisations and COPA to present to the Agricultural Commissioner Phil Hogan before the end of this year.

  Both President said that a strong well-funded CAP was critical to underpin future food security and to maintain the viability of family farms. Simplification was also agreed as a priority objective.

  On trade deals both organisations said that European negotiators must ensure equivalence of standards for Europe’s meat sectors in any final deal with America.

  On climate change the powerful German Farmers Organisation had the same concerns as Ireland and committed to work to ensure that parts of the world that can sustainably produce food for the world growing population are not penalised for doing so.


Mart Reports 7th August

Roscommon Mart Report

Friday, July 31st 2015: There was a nice entry of stock again this week. There was a similar trade for quality stock with the lesser quality a little less and more difficult to sell. The price for dry cows was on par to last week.

  Date for your diary is the Show and Sale of autumn born weanlings which will be held on Tuesday August 11th at 5 pm. A Special Sale of bullocks and heifers will take place on Friday August 14th at 11 am and a Show and Sale of weanlings takes place on Tuesday August 11th at 5 pm.

  New booking arrangements: Please note as and from 1st August bookings for all special sales will be accepted up to 5 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the week prior to the sale. The draw for the pens will take place on Thursday at 5 pm ie Bookings for weanling sale on 11th August will be accepted on Tuesday 4th August, Wednesday 5th August and Thursday 6th August - draw for pens on Thursday August 6th. New draw system for starting pen on sale days: The draw for the starting pen will be made at 10.45 am. on Fridays and 4.45 pm on Tuesdays. The first number drawn will be the starting pen and a second draw will be made to determine whether the draw will go up or down.

  Dry Cows made from €1100 to €1350 per head. Sample prices: Lim X 660 kgs €1350, Char X 705 kgs 1300, BBX 565 kgs €1075,Lim 545 kgs €1040, BBX 600 kgs €1000.

  Heifers made from €515 to €820 over. Sample Prices Char 635 kgs €1375, Char X 555 kgs €1375, Char X 485 kgs €1270, Lim X 490 kgs €1270, 2 Simm 512 kgs €1235, Lim x 395 kgs €1140, Char X 385 kgs €1060, Char X 365 kgs €1000, Lim X 395 kgs €1140.

  Bullocks made from €445 to €990 over. Sample prices: 2 Lim X 780 kgs €1770, AAX 725 kgs €1470, Char X 590 kgs €1375, Lim X 560 kgs €1370, 2 Lim X 565 kgs €1330, Char X 595 kgs €1310, HEX 595 kgs €1200, 3 Simm X 486 kgs €1145, AAX 370 kgs €845, Cows with calves at foot made from €1620 to €1800. Bull weanlings sample prices: Char 430 kgs €1060, Char X 440 kgs €1030, Char X 355 kgs €950, Char X 470 kgs €950.

Sheep Sale, August 5th: There was a very good entry of sheep at this week’s sale despite the inclement weather. The trade for store lambs was better with prices improved from the previous week. There was no change in the price of factory lambs. The trade for cast ewes was in line with last week’s prices. Once again there was a good clearance of lots.

  Weekly sales for sheep continue on Wednesdays at 11 am. Please note ewe lambs will be sold separately to wether/ram lambs. Draw for starting pens. Commencing Wednesday August 5th the draw for the starting pen will be held at 10.45 am. A second draw will take place to determine whether the draw will go up or down.

  Dates for your diary - Breeding ewes sales commence on Saturday August 8th, Show and Sale of pedigree suffolk sheep on Wednesday August 12th, Show and Sale of pedigree charollais sheep on Saturday August 15th, Show and Sale of pedigree texel sheep on Saturday August 22nd, Show and Sale of pedigree vendeen sheep on Saturday August 29th.

  Sample Prices: ram lambs: 47.10 kgs €96.50 47.0 kgs €95, 58.90 kgs €106, 42 kgs €85, 41.30 kgs €83, 52.30 kgs €101, 52.10 kgs €101.50 49.47 kgs €105, 49.30 kgs €10. Ewe lambs: 37.50 kgs €93, 44.20 kgs €91.50, 40.4 kgs €101, 46.10 kgs €118, 47.80 kgs €117, 38.2 kgs €83, 46.50 kgs €115, 44 kgs €117.50,44.60 kgs €92. Mixed lambs: 53 kgs €103, 47.70 kgs €102, 42 kgs €84, 36 kgs €75, 43.60 kgs €88, 43.20 kgs €89, 50.18 kgs €101. Wether lambs: 42.40 kgs €82, 48.2 kgs €95.50, 39.30 kgs €81, 37.50 kgs €84, 32.1 kgs €82,49 kgs €99. Cast ewes made from €59 to €120 per lot.

Castlerea Mart Report

Thursday, 30th July: There were 650 cattle on offer and despite the recent inclement weather conditions trade was maintained for most categories of stock on offer. Bigger numbers of bullocks and heifers presented for sale this week with the heifer ring reporting a very lively trade while the bullocks also reported a good clearance despite the recent dip in prices for plainer lots. Breeding stock and weanlings reported strong prices especially for the quality lots on offer.

 Sample prices: bullocks: Chx 425kgs €1240 Lim 410kgs €1200 Ch 530kgs €1320 Lim 560kgs €1385 Ch 640kgs €1590 Ch 755kgs €1700 AA 720kgs €1620. Heifers: Chx 395kgs €1235 Ch 420kgs €1120 Ch 490kgs €1500 Ch 440kgs €1275 Lim 660kgs €1660 Ch 500kgs €1400.

  Dry cows: Lim 490kgs €1045 AA 760kgs €1550 Ch 695kgs €1500 BBX 595kgs €1475 Lim 625kgs €1445. Cows with calves at foot made from €1200 to €1720. Springers made from €1200 to €1650 per head.

  Calves: Good numbers presented with calves making from €200 to €780 for stonger continental types. Weanling bulls: Chx 270kgs €1000 Lim 270kgs €910 AA 290kgs €830 Lim 415kgs €1190 Ch 530kgs €1350. Weanling heifers: BBx 380kgs €1225 Lim 340kgs €1170 Lim 325kgs €1055 BBx 350kgs €1200 BBx 400kgs €1215.

  Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday next the 6th August with a sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am with three rings in operation.


On form Concannon takes win

Round Robins continued in The Hollywood Bar this past Friday, concluding in an exciting final between two McDermott’s players. On one side of the tie was Thomas Concannon and his opponent in the final was McDermott’s team mate David Concannon.     

  David registered a 15 dart leg and to win on a 4-1 scoreline. Many thanks to all players who took part in the event; it is greatly appreciated. Also Special Thanks to The Hollywood Bar for use of their premises and continued support for competitions.

  Summer Round Robins In The Hollywood:

Well Done to Mick Kilroe who won last Friday’s Round Robin with a win over Mark Finneran in the Final. Summer Round Robins will continue in The Hollywood Bar, Roscommon Town this Friday.

  For more details or to enter your name contact David on(086-0823180 or join the Facebook page ‘Hollywood Bar Darts Events’ for more information. All welcome!

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Ladies land semi-final spot

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship

Roscommon 2-11 Westmeath 2-9

A strong first half display from the home side was enough to see off the determined challenge of Westmeath at Rockfield last Sunday.

The result means that Roscommon are now in the semi-finals and they will face Dublin in a few weeks time.

The strong wind ruined the game as a spectacle, and with the elements at their backs Roscommon took full advantage in the opening half and by half-time they led by 2-9 to 0-4.

Roscommon went 0-6 to 0-1 ahead after 12 minutes and were looking good. Then in the 15th minute Niamh Coyle blasted home a fine Roscommon goal and just before the half-time whistle Annette McGeeney struck home Roscommon’s second goal and at half-time the home side led by 11 points.

But Westmeath laid siege to the Roscommon goal and especially in the last 20 minutes. Denise McGrath scored an early goal and Westmeath were back in the hunt. Roscommon defended well and the home side scored two frees from Niamh Farrell in the 53rd and 56th minutes and they were to prove crucial scores.

In injury time Westmeath’s best player Caoimhe McCrossan scored her sides’ second goal but Roscommon survived to edge home by two points.

Best for Roscommon on the day were Annette McGeeney, Caroline Connaughton, Susan Spillane, Niamh Coyle and Niamh Farrell.

Roscommon: C Connaughton; C Killeen, E Daly, A Byrne; C Gunning (0-1), S Coyle, C Morris; S Spillane, R Fitzmaurice; A McGeeney (1-2), N Farrell (0-7), R Brennan; F Connell, N Coyle (1-1), C Curley. Subs: M Fannon for Curley, J Beattie for Gunning.

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