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Roscommon students to rear calves for popular project 


 

 

 

Six groups of second-level students from right around the country gathered this week to meet the Irish Angus calves which they will rear for 18 months as part of a unique competition.

  The Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition, run by Irish Angus Producer Group in association with ABP and Kepak, aims to encourage second level students to gain an understanding about the care and attention that is required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers.

  Following a competitive application process, including presenting to industry judges at a high profile event in Croke Park recently, the successful schools to move forward to the next phase of the competition are: Roscommon Community College; St. Josephs Mercy Secondary School, Navan; Royal School Cavan; St. Ita’s Special School, Drogheda; Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna and Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk. 

  The teams will each receive five Irish Angus Cross calves in September, which they will be required to rear for 18 months until their slaughter in 2020. In addition to rearing the calves, the schools will complete a project focussing on a different aspect of farming and the food chain.  

  These include – The Value of Irish Angus in Suckler Systems: Roscommon Community College students Keelan Gallagher, John Cunniffe and Sean Trundle will explore what Angus contributes to suckler systems. The benefits of choosing an Angus bull including how output can be increased, coupled with environmental and animal welfare benefits.


  Each of the finalists will receive the financial benefit involved in the selling of the animals to the processors on completion of the project. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.

 

IFA call for increased Ash Dieback grant availability

 

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins has welcomed the review of the national response to Ash Dieback disease to provide more management option to farmers. However, he said that the reconstitution element of the scheme must be available to all forest owners affected by the disease.

  “The key problem with offering farmers more options to manage or mitigate the effects of Ash Dieback is that no efficient treatment or cure is known. The benefits of providing farmers with more management options is firstly to alleviate the immediate consequences of dieback to maximise commercial value, but mainly to potentially identify disease tolerant ash trees”.

  Pat Collins said several studies have reported that a low proportion of trees, typically 1–5 per cent of the population, may possess a high, but partial resistance to the disease.

  “Management can play a key role in preserving potentially disease tolerant trees, however, if the management strategy is unsuccessful farmers must be able to avail of the reconstitution grant. There is still no scientific evidence that thinning infected plantation is beneficial in the long-term when Ash Dieback is present”.

  He said that Ash Dieback has devastating consequences on the survival, growth and wood quality of the ash tree.

  Submissions to the Ash Dieback Consultation can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before May 18th.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - May 18th

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart 

“There was another good entry of top quality stock on offer on Tuesday, May 8th. There was a lively trade for weanling bulls with a good demand from both exporters and farmers resulting in an excellent clearance of lots. Lots averaged from €2.57 per kilo up to €3.50 per kilo.

  “There was a good trade for weanling heifers and for quality lots in particular, while plainer lots were more difficult to clear. Prices for weanling heifers ranged from €2.64 per kilo up to €3.23 per kilo. Cows with calves at foot made from €1350 up to €2200 and springer cows made up €1150. Springing cows made up to €1150. Cows with calves at foot made from €1350 up to €2200.

  “We had a smaller entry of sheep at last Wednesday’s (9th) sale. There was a dip in trade for hoggets with prices topping €140. We had a large entry this week of spring lambs with a top price of €150. The trade for cast ewes was similar to the previous week with prices ranging from €60 to €150. There was a smaller entry of ewes with lambs at foot on offer this week however, and there was a brisk trade for them with all lots sold. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs, cast ewes and ewes with lambs at foot.

  “There was a good entry of cattle on offer at last Friday’s sale. There was a good demand for all classes with plenty of interest from the large numbers of customers in attendance. Prices for bullocks averaged from €2.58 per kilo up to €3.15 per kilo. Heifer prices ranged from €2.50 per kilo up to €3.07 per kilo. Dry cows fetched from an average of €1.83 per kilo up to €2.34 per kilo. 

  “The mart will host a special sale of bullocks today (Friday) at 11 am with 36 pens on offer as well as heifers and dry cows. There are also special sales of bullocks and heifers on Friday, 25th at 11 am. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (17th).

  “The mart will also host a special sale of weanlings on Tuesday, May 22nd at 5 pm including springers and suckler cows”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Weanling heifers

Lim X 430kgs €1130, Lim X 360kgs €1100, BAX 405kgs €1070, Char X 335kgs €1050, Lim X 370kgs €960, 2 Char X 285kgs €850, BBX 340kgs €810, 2 Char X 320kgs €950, BAX 370kgs €1005, 2 AAX 272kgs €700, Char X 215 ks €680, Char X 255kgs €745, 2 Char X 275kgs €840, BAX 295kgs €875, Lim X 340kgs €970,  Char X 335kgs €1050.

Weanling bulls

Lim X 445kgs €1240, Lim X 500kgs €1200, Char X 460kgs €1200,Lim X 435kgs €1140, Char X 330kgs €1065, Char 370kgs €1050, Char X 325kgs €1040,AAX 455kgs €985, Lim X 370kgs €1000, Lim X 300kgs €1005, 3 Char X 366kgs €970, AAX 340kgs €870, AAX 310kgs €780, Char X 295kgs €885, 2 Lim 302kgs €905, Lim X 315kgs €690.

Dry Cows

Lim X 735kgs €1570, Char X 670kgs €1500, Lim X 725kgs €1475, Lim X 650kgs €1450, Simm X 675kgs €1180, Lim 650kgs €1135, Fr 600kgs €820, BBX 590kgs €950, Lim X 600kgs €1325, Lim X 470kgs €920, Lim 650kgs €1135, Lim X 460kgs €1075.

Heifers

Char X 620kgs €1635, Lim X 615kgs €1620, Lim X 560kgs €1620, Char X 535kgs €1560, BBX 585kgs €1410, 6 Lim X 575kgs €1440, 2 Char X 547kgs €1520, AAX 570kgs €1510, Char 470kgs €1235, Simm X 655kgs €1400, Char X 440kgs 1200, AAX 465kgs €1180, Lim 325kgs €930, Lim X 385kgs €1030, Simm X 490kgs €1080, Lim X 470kgs €1305.

Bullocks

AAX 575kgs €1410, HEX 645kgs €1305, Lim X 535kgs €1300, Lim X 480kgs €1265, HEX 580kgs €1210, 3 Char X 373kgs €1175, Char X 375kgs €980, AAX 415kgs €1000, 3 Char X 366kgs €1155, Char X 405kgs €1110, Char X 425kgs €1135.

Spring lambs

53.5kgs €150, 54kgs €150, 49.8kgs €148, 52kgs €148, 47kgs €146, 47kgs €145, 52.5kgs €143, 40.8kgs €140, 42.3kgs €133.50.    

Hoggets

58.9kgs €140, 61kgs €138, 52.5kgs €133, 49.3kgs €120.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“There were 900 cattle presented for sale on Thursday last. A strong trade prevailed for all the quality continental store cattle on offer with plainer quality lots similar in price to last week.

  “The weanling trade, boosted by buyers sourcing stock for the Turkish market, recorded some very fancy prices while the dry cow remained a strong trade also especially for the forward lots. Breeding stock reported a good clearance while the calf trade remains strong despite fewer numbers on offer last week.

  “Dairy cross calves made form €20 to €125 Hereford and Angus cross made from €150 to €325 with continental types making up to €450. Cows with calves at foot made from €950 to €2270 for a Simmental cow and her Limousin bull calf at foot. Springers made from €1010 to €1350 per head.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, 17th of May, and bullocks will be sold on Thursdays in conjunction with our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings.

  “All sales commence at 11 am with three rings in operation. Sellers are advised to have stock penned before 10.30 am in order to facilitate viewing prior to sale”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Heifers

BBX 425kgs €1360, Lm 380kgs €1200, Ch 370kgs €1065, Lm 490kgs €1320, AA 485kgs €1245, Ch 580kgs €1665, Lm 515kgs €1495, Ch 570kgs €1470.

Dry cows

Lm 760kgs €1820, Lm 720kgs €1715, Ch 770kgs €1655, Si 730kgs €1535, Lm 700kgs €1615, lm 490kgs €1060.

Weanling bulls

BBx 295kgs €1090, Lm 275kgs €1010, Lm 290kgs €965, Lm 425kgs €1255, Ch 385kgs €1190, lm 355kgs €1180.

Weanling heifers

Lm 280kgs €870, Lm 260kgs €800, Ch 355kgs €1100, Lm 350kgs €1050, Ch 280kgs €810, Lm 370kgs €1055.

Bullocks

AA 530kgs €1340, Lm 470kgs €1470, Ch 568kgs €1445, Ch 305kgs €910, Ch 400kgs €1090, Her 555kgs €1350.

 

 

Kilrooskey’s two rare tractor treasures!

 

 

 

Most sheds across the country feature the same old items; gardening equipment, bicycles, the odd rusty wheelbarrow and the other forgotten products that are occasionally dragged out when the sun shines. The Monaghans’ shed in Kilrooskey is an entirely different matter however, as it features two beautifully refurbished David Brown tractors, which were originally manufactured in the 1960s.

  Michael Monaghan and his sons, Paul and John, have worked together to refurbish old machines over the past number of years and boast over ten restorations, including vintage cars.

  Michael started in the late 1970s and has since passed down the passion to his sons. John says it has become an all-consuming hobby.

  “He (Michael) started in the late 1970s, early ‘80s, but it really took off in the ‘90s here. My first project was an old Ford Anglia when I was 16. I’m a Garda in Mullingar so this is a hobby but something that we really enjoy. Myself and my brother Paul got the bug from our father!”

  Paul provided some background into the origins of the two very rare machines.

  “The tractors were widely used in Ireland and the UK by tillage farmers for ploughing, harrowing and that. My father Michael purchased the red implematic 880 in Cavan back in 1990 for a small fee. It originally came from the famous David Brown factory in Meltham Mills in Huddersfield.

  “John started to restore the machine in September 2015 with the aim of returning it to its former glory. It involved a massive amount of time, dedication and commitment but it was fully completed in March 2017,” he said.

  John highlighted just how rare the red model is: “The 3 cyclinder version is extremely rare. Only 6,520 of these were manufactured so you couldn’t put a price on this”.

  Paul himself purchased the white selectamatic 880 in Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare in May 2017, not long after the newly-restored red machine had been unveiled.

  First manufactured in 1966 and powered by a 44 HP engine until 1971, 33,378 units of this particular model were manufactured. Paul started the restoration that May and, following a painstaking summer of time and dedication, unveiled the finished article in September of that year.

  John and Paul have had the pleasure of driving the refurbished tractors at both the Lanesboro St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Roscommon Easter Parade this year, and they hope to be able to exhibit them at future events around the county.

  The brothers were very grateful for all the help they have received in breathing new life into the old machines.

  “We both wish to pay a special thank you to both Joe Coyle and our father, Michael Monaghan for their time, dedication, patience and support throughout our David Brown restoration projects. We will continue to bring both tractors to shows, parades and other events in the future along with restoring more David Brown tractors to build our collection,” said Paul.

Who will be ‘Young Farmer of the Year’?

 

The search is on for the 20th FBD Young Farmer of the Year. Organised by Macra na Feirme and supported by the IFA there are six additional awards on offer alongside the main prize in this landmark year for the event.

  This year there are awards for the Best Emerging Female Farmer, Best Emerging Male Farmer along with awards in Land Mobility and Farm Collaboration. The Land Mobility Award will focus on farmers who display innovative solutions to accessing and utilising land for farming. There are further awards too!

  The winner of the 2018 FBD Young Farmer of the Year will receive a travel bursary and the opportunity to experience farm practices abroad, while also developing their skills. As in previous years, all county winners will also receive an award.

  You can nominate a young farmer for one of the categories or you can enter yourself by visiting macra.ie. The closing date for applications is Friday, May 18th. County rounds must be completed by June 18th and Semi Finals will be held on July 18th, the final will take place on Tuesday, September 11th in the FBD Castleknock Hotel, Dublin.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - May 11th

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There were good numbers on offer at last Friday’s sale. There was an excellent demand for bullocks with averages of €2.57 per kilo up to €3.36 per kilo with a super Char X bullock weighing 920kgs fetching €2250 or €1330 over its weight. There was also a lively trade for heifers with lots making from €2.36 per kilo up to €2.75 per kilo.

  “Once again this week there was a large entry of dry cows with prices ranging from €1.83 per kilo up to €2.37 per kilo. There was a good demand for all stock with farmers and agents very active. 

  “The mart will host a special sale of heifers this Friday (11th) at 11 am. There will be 50 pens on offer as well as bullocks and dry cows. There will also be mid-May special sale of bullocks on Friday, May 18th at 11 am. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday 10th).

  “There will also be 140 Simmental X Breeding Heifers availble at 5 pm on the day with viewing from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm and a show of 25 Pedigree Simmental Bulls at 6 pm. Sale at 8 pm”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Char X 835kgs €1760, Char X 820kgs €1755, Lim 750kgs €1680, Fr 710kgs €1150, Lim X 540kgs €1020, BBX 630kgs €1130, SIX 625kgs €1210, Lim X 575kgs €1365, Lim 580kgs €1160, PTX 590kgs €1275 Lim X 585kgs €1150, Lim 535kgs €1080.

Heifers

2 Char X 520kgs €1360, Lim X 530kgs €1320, Lim X 510kgs €1300, Lim X 570kgs €1300, AAX 600kgs €1240, Lim X 495kgs €1205, Lim 530kgs €1140, Simm X 505kgs €1100, BAX 430kgs €1075, 2 Lim X 390kgs €1000, AAX 475kgs €950, BAX 415kgs €920, Lim X 340kgs €780, Lim X 350kgs €830, Char X 320kgs €880.

Bullocks

Char X 920kgs €2250, Char X 705kgs €1750, Char 625kgs €1730, 2 Char  655kgs €1690, Simm X 685kgs €1580, 2 AAX 667kgs €1570, BBX 660kgs €1550, BBX 585kgs €1535, 5 Char X 497 €1545, Lim 500kgs €1540, 6 Lim X 452kgs €1500, 2 Lim X 442kgs €1485, 6 Char X 430kgs €1425, Char X 425kgs €1340, 4 Char X 421kgs €1375, Char X 570kgs €1435, AAX 590kgs €1390, Char X 445kgs €1125, Lim X 390kgs €920, Char X 355kgs €900, 3 Char X 420kgs €1210.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“Large numbers of stock presented for sale last week and grass buyers who had held off sourcing stock due to weather conditions were very active with the better quality stores showing price improvement.

  “Heifers in particular were a lively trade while the weanling trade with strong export demand reported good clearances. The dry cow trade reported strong demand again last week while the breeding stock and calf trade remained firm.

  “Cows with calves at foot ranged in prices from €1075 to €2010 per head. Springers ranged in price from €1050 to €1400 per head.

  “Angus and Hereford cross calves ranged in price from €130 to €300. Dairy cross types made from €20 to €140 with continentals making up to €455. Runners made form €380 to €685 per head.

  “There were 200 bullocks on offer on April 30th, making from €300 to €1100 over their weight with an average price of €678 over paid. Trade remains strong especially for the forward quality stores.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday) with our sale of heifers, cows, calves/runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Heifers

Lm 380kgs €1155, SI 410kgs €1110, CH 410kgs €1095, lm 480kgs €1420, Ch 490kgs €1330, Lm 450kgs €1305, Ch 600kgs €1725, Lm 630kgs €1655, Lm 530kgs €1490.

Dry cows

Ch 830kgs €1855, AA 870kgs €1700, Lm 850kgs €1615, BBx 720kgs €1595, Lm 785kgs €1585.

Weanling bulls

Lm 295kgs €1005, Ch 285kgs €1090, Lm 295kgs €970, Ch 280kgs €890, Ch 335kgs €1290, Ch 385kgs €1160, Ch 455kgs €1155.

Weanling heifers

Ch 290kgs €970, Ch 260kgs 860, Sim 280kgs €945, Chx 375kgs €1230, Lm 300kgs €1080, Lm 330kgs €1005, AAx 495kgs €1275, Lm 460kgs €1250, Lm 520kgs €1390, AA 545kgs €1360, Ch 515kgs €1305, Lm 570kgs €1480, Lm 555kgs €1410, Ch 630kgs €1730, Ch 610kgs €1605.

The Ploughing results are in!

 

The results are in from the 2018 Roscommon Ploughing Championships which took place at on the lands of John and Mary Curley in Carntleva, Four Roads last Sunday. And the winners are…

2 Furrow Junior Confined – 1st: John Hanley, Crosswell, Creggs, Co. Roscommon, 2nd: Paddy Finnegan, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

2 Furrow Junior Open – 1st: Brian McNally, Killashandra, Co. Cavan, 2nd: Mel McKenna, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford.

Horse Confined – 1st: James Coffey, Lisphelim, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon.

Horse Open - 1st: Gerry O’Reilly, Claregalway,

2nd: Noel Hand, Co. Monaghan, 3rd: Coleman Cogan, Kilmovee, Co. Mayo.

Under 21 Confined – 1st: Cathal Treacy, Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon.

Under 21 Open – 1st: Shane Duffy, Co. Mayo

Under 28 Open – 1st: Andy Stewart, Killashee, Co. Longford.

Under 28 Confined – 1st: Brian Mulvihill, Glinsk, Co. Roscommon.

Farmerette – 1st: Pauline Lavin, Ardikillan, Strokestown

3 Furrow Senior Open – 1st: Andy Tully, Co. Cavan.

Vintage 2 Furrow Trailer Open – 1st: Tommy McCabe, Oldcastle, Co. Meath, 2nd: David Grhan, Banbridge, Co. Down, 3rd: Tommy Pierce, Donard, Co. Wicklow.

Vintage 2 Furrow Mounted Open – 1st: Jack O’Brien, Enniskillen, 2nd: James Adair, Co. Antrim, 3rd: Fred Dunne, Fermanagh.

Vintage 2 Furrow Mounted Confined – 1st Sean Ward, Creagh, Ballinasloe.

Vintage Single Furrow Open – 1st: Bruno McCormack, Meath, 2nd: Alex Hunter, Sligo.

2 Furrow Senior Open – 1st: Gerry Sheridan, Mayo.

Loy Under 21 Open – 1st: Jack McDaniel, Co. Sligo, 2nd: Chloe Daly, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.

Loy Men’s Junior Open – 1st: John Daly, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath, 2nd Liam Dolan, Arvagh, Co. Cavan, 3rd: Tom Cunningham, Mountbellew, Co. Galway.

Loy Ladies Open – 1st: Kathleen Donaghy, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, 2nd: Amy Daly, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.

Loy Men’s Senior Open – 1st: John Boland, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, 2nd: Alex Hunter, Carrickhenry, Sligo, 3rd: George Hunter, Carrickhenry, Sligo.

Donkey Class – 1st: David Feehily, Co. Sligo, 2nd: Liam Flynn, Co. Sligo

Iron Horse Open – 1st: Francis Naughton, Kilkee, Co. Clare.

 

IFA: ‘Government and Hogan must “fight like hell” on CAP

 

 

 

With draft details emerging as to the shape of the next CAP, IFA President Joe Healy said the Irish Government and Commissioner Hogan must be resolute and “fight like hell” to secure an increase in the CAP Budget as part of the MFF negotiations on the EU Budget in Brussels.

  He said leaks on the CAP details cannot be allowed to distract from their obligation to deliver on the CAP budget.

  Speaking at the IFA-EU Commission civil dialogue event attended by 700 farmers in Kilkenny, Joe Healy delivered a strong message to Commissioner Hogan: “As Commissioner, your job is to fight like hell for an increase in the CAP Budget. And you cannot accept anything less in Brussels”.

  Mr. Healy said this is the biggest challenge Commissioner Hogan will face in Brussels and the outcome will have a major impact in Ireland: “Irish farmers are depending on the Commissioner to deliver.

  “IFA has always been clear that direct payment should go to active farmers based on objective criteria around agricultural production, the farmer’s contribution to the economy, labour input and the provision of public goods. The proposals in the CAP details around a genuine farmer are a move in this direction”.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - May 4th

 

 

Manager’s report...Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There was another large entry of excellent quality stock on offer at last Friday’s sale. Due to recent grass there was a better demand for stock from farmers and agents this week. 

  “There was a lively trade for heifers with prices fetching from an average of €2.58 per kilo up to €3.05 per kilo. Prices for bullocks ranged from an average of €2.32 per kilo up to €2.60 per kilo. There was a large entry of dry cows on offer with lots making from €1.93 per kilo up to €2.37 per kilo. 

  “There will be a special sale of bullocks this Friday (May 4th) at 11 am with 47 pens on offer as well as heifers and dry cows. There will also be a Bealtaine special sale of heifers next Friday (11th) at 11 am. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (May 3rd). Sale also features bullocks and dry cows.

  “We had a larger entry of sheep at last week’s sale. There was an improvement in trade for hoggets with prices topping €153. We had a small entry this week of spring lambs with a top price of €150. The trade for cast ewes was similar to the previous week with prices ranging from €70 to €148. 

  “There was a smaller entry of ewes with lambs at foot on offer this week however, there was a brisk trade for them with a very high percentage of lots sold. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs, cast ewes and ewes with lambs at foot.

  “Friday’s yard opens at 7.30 am and only mart staff will be allowed into the sales yard from 7.30 am to 10.30 am. All stock must be penned by 10 am. The draw for the starting pens will take place at 9.50 am. Yard will open to allow stock to be viewed by purchasers from 10.30 am to 11 am sharp and closed again to the public.

  “Cattle that are not penned by 10 am will have to wait to be penned until after the viewing period is over. Sellers who do not have their cattle penned by the time they come up for sale will have to wait until the end to have their stock sold. We thank you for your co-operation and patience as we implement these changes”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Lim X 910kgs €1880, BBX 905kgs €1850, Char 855kgs €1820, Lim X 785kgs €1760

BBX 730kgs €1500, Simm x 740kgs €1400, Hex 740kgs €1320, Sh 675kgs €1200, Lim 580kgs €1220, Lim X 655kgs €1270, ShX 645kgs €1200, Sh 575kgs €1000.

Heifers

Char X 660kgs €1720, Char X 610kgs €1705, Lim X 640kgs €1690, Lim X 585kgs €1680, Char 610kgs €1600, 2 Lim 525kgs €1450, Lim X 515kgs €1400, 2 Lim 525kgs €1450, Char X 530kgs €1435, BBX 515kgs €1400, Lim X 510kgs €1380, 2 Char X 485kgs €1340, AAX 550kgs €1335, Lim 450kgs €1300, Char X 425kgs €1300,Lim X 440kgs €1280, Char X 355kgs €1150, Lim X 395kgs €1040, AAX 395kgs €1025.

Bullocks

Char 615kgs €1390, Lim X 590kgs €1370, 2 Sh 500kgs €1165, 3 Lim X 411kgs €1040, 2 Simm 432kgs €1000, AAX 510kgs €1215, HEX 555kgs €1125, BBX 485kgs €1040,

Lim X 420kgs €1050, Char X 405kgs €1000, Char X 490kgs €1270, Lim X 335kgs €870.

Spring lambs

45.1kgs €150, 42.3kgs €140, 42kgs €139, 42kgs €131.    

Hoggets

68.7kgs €153, 62.4kgs €150, 61.3kgs €150, 55.4kgs €142, 53.5kgs €140.5, 54kgs €140, 50.6kgs €128, 49.4kgs €125.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“There was a large entry of stock again last week and a very brisk trade reported from the heifer rings with both the store heifers and heifer weanlings in strong demand. With a good entry of quality lots on offer, the heifer weanlings made as high as €4.17 a kilo while the weanling bulls received a boost this week with strong demand for the Turkish trade.

  “The cull cow trade remains strong while the suck calves and breeding stock reported excellent clearances also.

  “Cows with calves at foot made form €1100 to €2000 for a Ch cow and a ch bull calf at foot. Springers made from €800 to €1720 per head. Dairy cross calves made form €20 to €145 per head. AA and Hereford cross calves made from €150 to €320 with continental cross making from €300 to €400.

  “There were 200 bullocks on offer at last week’s sale making from €300 to €905 over with an average price of €682 over paid. Trade remained strong for all classes on offer with a good attendance of customers present.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday) with our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings on offer. All sales commence at 11 am. Sellers are advised to have stock penned by 10.30 am to facilitate viewing before the sale commences”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Heifers

Lm 420kgs €1240, Ch 390kgs €1235, Ch 410kgs €1215, Lm 480kgs €1370, AA 475kgs €1290, Ch 555kgs €1535, Lm 560kgs €1360, Lm 455kgs €1280.

Dry cows

Ch 440kgs €900, Chx 705kgs €1595, Lm 760kgs €1515, Si 700kgs €1430, Lm 790kgs €1545.

Weanling bulls

Lm 295kgs €970, Ch 265kgs €930, Ch 285kgs €905, Ch 420kgs €1195, Lm 475kgs €1200, AA 540kgs €1290, Ch 380kgs €1150.

Weanling heifers

Lm 280kgs €1090, Lm 285kgs €1190, Ch 290kgs €940, Ch 300kgs €1175, Ch 340kg €1080, Lm 330kgs €1000, Ch 410kgs €1020.

Bullocks

Lm 495kgs €1400, Chx 475kgs €1340, Ch 545kgs €1445, Lm 500kgs €1390, Ch 515kgs €1305, AA 585kgs €1335, Ch 560kgs €1350.

 

‘Protocol will reduce difficulties for farmers’

 

 

IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has welcomed the development of a protocol between the Department of Agriculture, BVD testing laboratories and tag supply companies, which will offset some of the difficulties associated with empty BVD samples for farmers.

  Mr. Farrell said: “IFA has sought the provision of this service for several months in order to minimise some of the impact of empty samples for farmers by facilitating the early provision of supplementary testing tags”.

  The Animal Health Chairman said tag supply companies would now be notified directly by the Department of Agriculture when a sample is found empty in the testing laboratory, which will allow for the immediate provision of the necessary supplementary retesting tag for the calf.

  He added: “The new protocol is due to come into effect this week and farmers should contact their tag supply company to finalise arrangements should they have empty test samples”.

 

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