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IFA calls on banks to stop vulture sales

 

 

 

 

IFA Farm Business Chairman Martin Stapleton has said it’s vital that all possible actions are taken to stop AIB and Rabobank from selling further farm loans to unregulated vulture funds.

  “Our view is that by selling these loans, banks which approved the loans in the first place are abdicating their responsibilities by throwing their customers to the wolves,” he said.

  Figures published recently in the Farmers Journal show some 285 land parcels amounting to over 11,000 hectares have a charge registered against them by vulture funds.

  Martin Stapleton said for many farmers who are having real problems, their loans still remain with the banks. 

  “Irrespective of who owns the loan, it’s our clear position that farmers have to be afforded time and space to work through a reasonable repayment schedule.

  “AIB and Rabobank are currently considering selling more loans. We have written to both banks seeking a meeting before any more are sold,” he said.

  IFA’s Debt Support Service is now helping farmers, and members can contact the helpline on 1890 924 853.

 

IFA meet Department on EID and Clean Sheep policy

 

 

IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy  said IFA met senior officials in the Department of Agriculture on EID and the Clean Sheep policy.

  “IFA made it very clear that Agriculture Minister Michael Creed will have to deal with the issue of increasing costs and charges on sheep farmers. EID is going to cost sheep farmers over €2m per annum. The Minister must tackle the increased charges that factories are imposing under the clean sheep policy, as well as the unfair SRM and scrapie charges”.

  Sean Dennehy said the Department of Agriculture will have to adapt a “more practical approach” to the Clean Sheep policy.

  “Sending lambs home is not on and what I could consider to be an over-zealous approach by the vets has been very unhelpful,” he concluded.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - November 9th

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There was another large entry of excellent quality stock on offer at last Friday’s sale. Trade for heifers was brisk with prices averaging from €2.29 per kilo up to a max of €3.86 per kilo for a super Char X heifer weighing 560kgs and fetching €2160 (€1600 over its weight).

  “Bullock prices ranged from €2.17 up to €2.57 per kilo. There was a big entry of dry cows with lots averaging from €1.57 per kilo up €1.96 per kilo. Again this week there was large attendance of buyers anxiously sourcing stock resulting in a very high clearance of lots. 

  “This Friday (9th) there will be a Special Winter sale of Heifers.

  “There were smaller numbers on offer this week. Prices for finished lambs peaked at €106 for 52.3kgs. Store lambs fetched up to €86.50. The trade for cast ewes was better than the previous week with prices ranging from €77 up to €126. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am”.

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Char X 785kgs €1535, AAX 910kgs €1500, Lim X 765kgs €1435, Lim 685kgs €1250, BBX 690kgs €1120, Lim X 710kgs €1310, Lim X 635kgs €1000, BBX 645kgs €1050, Char X 570kgs €950, AAX 520kgs €910.

Bullocks

AAX 660kgs €1415, Char X 595kgs €1400, 2 Lim X 632kgs €1360, 3 AAX 583kgs €1320, Char X 525kgs €1275, 3 Char X 468kgs €1150, Lim 465kgs €1140, 2 Lim X 562kgs €1250, Char X 445kgs €1115, Lim X 455kgs €1060, HEX 390kgs €890, Lim X 455kgs €1060, Char X 445kgs €1050, 3 Char 446kgs €1020,Char X 330kgs €770.

Heifers

Char X 560kgs €2160, Lim X 615kgs €1750, Char X 700kgs €1700, BBX 590kgs €1610, BBX 535kgs €1600, Char 575kgs €1560, Lim X 535kgs €1490, Char X 525kgs €1450, BAX 475kgs €1355, 2 Lim X 490kgs €1330, Char X 470kgs €1300, Lim 480kgs €1230, Char X 475kgs €1200, AAX 540kgs €1185, 2 Char X 450kgs €1135, Lim X 405kgs €1065, 3 Char X 430kgs €975, Char X 385kgs €955, Lim X 375kgs €955.

Weanling heifers

Char X 335kgs €1295 - €3.87 per kilo, Char X 365kgs €1000 - €2.74 per kilo, Lim X 335kgs €925 -€2.76 per kilo, Char X 320kgs €850 - €2.66 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €905 - €2.92 per kilo, Char X 280kgs €810 €2.89 per kilo, Char X 260kgs €675 - €2.60 per kilo, Lim X 270kgs €680 - €2.52 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Char X 420kgs €1255 - €2.99 per kilo, Char X 440kgs €1125 - €2.56 per kilo, Lim 355kgs €1070 - €3.01 per kilo, Char X 265kgs €1000 - €3.77 per kilo, Lim X 340kgs €920 - €2.71 per kilo, Char X 345kgs €905 - €2.62 per kilo, Lim X 360kgs €925 - €2.57 per kilo, BBX 350kgs €900 - €2.57 per kilo, Lim X 240kgs €770 - €3.21 per kilo, Simm X 335kgs €800 - €2.39 per kilo.

Finished lambs

52.3kgs €106, 52.9kgs €106, 53.4kgs €105, 54.6kgs €105, 53.5kgs €105, 50kgs €103.50, 50.5kgs €102.5, 49.1kgs €100.

Store lambs

40.6kgs €86.5, 41.7kgs €85.5, 38.7kgs €85.5, 40kgs €84, 41.3kgs €81.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“Big numbers presented for sale once again last week and in most cases prices are holding firm with increased farmer buying evident this week, especially in the weanling rings with prices still very strong for the top quality calves.

  “Heifers, dry cows and breeding stock reported good clearances this week. Cows with calves at foot made from €800 to €1,650 per head. Springers made from €900 to €1,350 per head while runners made from €225 to €680 for continental lots.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday). All sales commence at 11 am”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Bullocks

Ch 610kgs €1430, Ch 670kgs €1545.

Dry cows

AAx 715kgs €1420, Lm 720kgs €1360, Sim 755kgs €1400, Lm 800kgs €1390, AAx 475kgs €360.

Weanling bulls

Ch 295kgs €935, Ch 265kgs €825, Lm 470kgs €1115, Ch 350kgs €1190, Ch 375kgs €1085, Lm 320kgs €795.

Weanling heifers

BBx 290kgs €900, Ch 285kgs €890, Lmx 330kgs €905, Ch 350kgs €1060, Lm 355kgs €900.

Heifers

Lmx 425kgs €1055, AA 425kgs €960, Ch 420kgs €1000, Lmx 455kgs €1245, Lm 640kgs €1485, BBx 550kgs €1345.

 

 

Tulsk farmer to address major agricultural conference

 

 

A Tulsk farmer will address the Nuffield Ireland conference on Friday, 16th of November 2018 in the Castleknock Hotel, Dublin.

  One of Ireland’s most visionary agri-food leaders, Denis Brosnan, will deliver the keynote address. Former CEO and Chairman of the Kerry Group, Denis Brosnan is credited as the driving force behind the success of the multinational food and ingredients company.

  Also presenting at the conference is returning Nuffield Scholar, Ed Payne, a dairy farmer from Tulsk in Roscommon. Ed was awarded the prestigious Nuffield Scholarship in 2016 and in 2017 he travelled to USA, Canada, India, Qatar, Turkey and the UK as part of his Nuffield Scholarship and his report focusses on what farmers can do to address the labour shortage by creating a place of work that people will want to work in. 


  Nuffield Ireland is an independent organisation which identifies future leaders in the Irish agricultural sector and through scholarships, featuring international travel, facilitates their ambition to bring about meaningful change. The Irish organisation is part of a valuable global network through its linkages with Nuffield International.

 

Fodder and income issues raised at meeting at Elphin Mart

 

Deputy Charlie McConalogue, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, addressed a large gathering at a public meeting in Elphin Mart last week in relation to tackling the fodder and farm income crisis.

  Deputy Eugene Murphy, who facilitated the meeting, said that he personally is acutely aware of the many challenges faced by the farming sector.

  He said that Fianna Fáil had secured the first in a series of improved payments for the suckler sector with an initial €20m enhanced fund for farmers in Budget 2019.


  Deputy Murphy said that concerns regarding an over-reliance on forestry in the region were voiced at the meeting.

  Deputy Murphy said that it was hugely disappointing that the government has refused to introduce a low-cost cash flow loan scheme for farmers. He also noted that farmers were still waiting for the €25m Brexit loan scheme, announced in last year’s Budget, to open.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - November 2nd

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There was another large entry of excellent quality stock on offer at last Friday’s sale. Trade for heifers was brisk with prices averaging from €2.29 per kilo up to €3.86 per kilo for a super Char X Heifer weighing 560kgs and fetching €2,160 (€1,600 over its weight).

  “Prices for bullocks ranged from €2.17 up to €2.57 per kilo. There was a big entry of dry cows with lots averaging from €1.57 per kilo up €1.96 per kilo. Again this week there was a large attendance of buyers anxiously sourcing stock resulting in a very high clearance of lots. 

  “This Friday (November 2nd) sees a Fall Special Sale of Bullocks with 118 pens on offer as well as heifers and dry dows. On Friday, November 9th there will be a special winter sale of heifers. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday, November 1st)

  “There were increased numbers on offer at the weekly sale of weanlings and suckler cows. Quality lots were to the fore again this week with good prices achieved. Bull weanlings averaged from €2.50 per kilo up to €3.57 per kilo. Prices for weanling heifers were improved this week with lots ranging from an average of €2.46 per kilo up to €3.32 per kilo. A special entry of springing heifers made from €1,650 up to €2,400. Cows with calves at foot made from €1,750 up to €1,880.

  “The mart will host a winter special sale of weanlings on Tuesday, November 6th at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, November 1st.

  “There were larger numbers on offer at yesterday’s (Wednesday) sheep sale. Prices for finished lambs peaked at €106 for 50.3kgs while store lambs fetched up to €86. The trade for cast ewes was the same as the previous week with prices ranging from €11 up to €90. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes”. 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Char X 785kgs €1535, AAX 910kgs €1500, Lim X 765kgs €1435, Lim 685kgs €1250, BBX 690kgs €1120, Lim X 710kgs €1310, Lim X 635kgs €1000, BBX 645kgs €1050, Char X 570kgs €950, AAX 520kgs €910.

Bullocks

AAX 660kgs €1415, Char X 595kgs €1400, 2 Lim X 632kgs €1360, 3 AAX 583kgs €1320, Char X 525kgs €1275, 3 Char X 468kgs €1150, Lim 465kgs €1140, 2 Lim X 562kgs €1250, Char X 445kgs €1115, Lim X 455kgs €1060, HEX 390kgs €890, Lim X 455kgs €1060, Char X 445kgs €1050, 3 Char 446kgs €1020, Char X 330kgs €770.

Heifers

Char X 560kgs €2160, Lim X 615kgs €1750, Char X 700kgs €1700, BBX 590kgs €1610, BBX 535kgs €1600, Char 575kgs €1560, Lim X 535kgs €1490, Char X 525kgs €1450, BAX 475kgs €1355, 2 Lim X 490kgs €1330, Char X 470kgs €1300, Lim 480kgs €1230, Char X 475kgs €1200, AAX 540kgs €1185, 2 Char X 450kgs €1135, Lim X 405kgs €1065, 3 Char X 430kgs €975, Char X 385kgs €955, Lim X 375kgs €955.

Weanling heifers

Char X 410kgs €1100 - €2.68 per kilo, Char X 325kgs €1080 - €3.32 per kilo, Lim X 325kgs €1045 - €3.21 per kilo, Char X 335kgs €1000 - €2.98 per kilo, Char X 255kgs €805 - €3.15 per kilo, 2 Char X 265kgs €770 - €2.91 per kilo, BBX 260kgs €715 - €2.75 per kilo, Lim X 220kgs €700 - €3.18 per kilo, Char X 390kgs €970 - €2.49 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Lim 450kgs €1225 - €2.72 per kilo, Lim X 420kgs €1200 - €2.86 per kilo, BAX 380kgs €1190 - €3.13 per kilo, Char X 390kgs €1050 - €2.69 per kilo, Lim 340kgs €1050 - €3.08 per kilo, BBX 385kgs €915 - €2.38 per kilo, Lim X 325kgs €915 - €2.82 per kilo, 2 BAX 322kgs €890 - €2.76 per kilo, BBX 330kgs €875 - €2.65 per kilo, Lim X 330kgs €870 - €2.64 per kilo, Char X 245kgs €875 - €3.57 per kilo.

Finished lambs

50.3kgs €106, 52.5kgs €106, 54kgs €105, 51.5kgs €104, 56.5kgs €104, 51.3kgs €103, 51.1kgs €102, 48.5kgs €100.

Store lambs

40.7kgs €86, 40.6kgs €84, 41.4kgs €84, 40.5kgs €83, 40kgs €82, 39.8kgs €81.5, 38.6kgs €78.50.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“Similar numbers of stock presented for sale this week with both prices and trade similar to last week. There were large numbers of heifers on offer with a good clearance reported.

  “In the weanling rings, heifer calves were a stronger trade this week with better quality lots on offer, while the top quality bull calves remain a very strong trade and the lesser quality plainer type lots were harder sold.  

  “Breeding stock and the cull cows reported good clearances also. Cows with calves at foot made from €1,050 to €1,940 per head, and springer cows made from €750 to €1,550.

  “Big numbers of calves/runners presented again this week with lots making from €300 to €795 for continental lots.

  “There were 300 bullocks on offer at this week’s sale with better quality store cattle on offer. Prices were improved this week with good demand for the quality stock on offer.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday, November 1st) with our weekly sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings on offer”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Heifers

Ch 415kgs €1050, Lm 395kgs €1025, Sax 380kgs €950, Lm 490kgs €1420, Ch 445kgs €1145, Ch 580kgs €1465, Ch 700kgs €1575, Ch 580kgs €1465.

Dry cows

BBx 890kgs €1770, Lm 835kgs €1625, Ch 755kgs €1490, Lm 725kgs €1470, Ch 700kgs €1360.

Weanling bulls

Lmx 290kgs €1070, Ch 290kgs €935, Ch 270kgs €865, Ch 380kgs €1190, Lm 460kgs €1170, Ch 350kgs €1130, Ch 320kgs €995, Lm 355kgs €840.

Weanling heifers

Lm 290kgs €855, Ch 280kgs €770, Chx 375kgs €1160, Chx 320kgs €995, Lm 355kgs €840.

Bullocks

Ch 490kgs €1365, Lmx 485kgs €1290, Lm 540kgs €1390, Lm 505kgs €1355, Lm 560kgs €1395, Ch 645kgs €1400, Lm 610kgs €1370, AAX 660kgs €1450.

 

IFA make submission on water extraction

 

IFA has made a detailed submission to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government on water abstraction.

  The submission seeks the introduction of a national package of measures to mitigate yield and income losses borne by farmers when facilitating a water supply to towns and cities.

  IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney said: “Over the years farmers have allowed wells to be drilled on their lands to provide their neighbours with a water supply, which over time has been taken over by local authorities and now Irish Water. During that time, increased restrictions have been imposed on farming activities in the vicinity of these abstraction points, which is leading to yield and income losses.

  “This issue has been addressed haphazardly and inequitably by local authorities. It is not acceptable that losses incurred are not made good, where farmers are facilitating and often providing the water supply, originally free of charge”.

  Concluding, Thomas Cooney said: “Irish Water and the Department must begin the process of developing an equitable package of measures, including compensation where losses arise due to water abstractions”.

 

 

Green light for talks on unfair trading

 

 

IFA President Joe Healy said the decision by the European Parliament last week to give the green light to discussions on banning Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) is an important step for farmers.

  “This move endorses the work done by Commissioner Phil Hogan to address the imbalance in the food chain and we can now progress to the next phase. It’s a significant recognition of the fight by farmers to have this issue addressed”.

 

The price isn’t right – ICMSA

 

The chairperson of ICMSA’s Livestock Committee has said that farmers are “absolutely entitled” to expect a steady rise in beef prices from this week right up to the Christmas period.  

  Des Morrison said: “Conditions, prices and patterns practically exactly mirror those that applied last year when R3 steer and heifer prices rose week-on-week over the same period ending up 30c per kg at the year’s end”.  

  Mr. Morrison said that figures for the UK were positive and while the kill figures are up on the same period last year, there was “absolutely no reason why factories are continuing to pay the current unjustifiably low prices unless they had made a conscious decision to do so”.

 

Fifth Glenamaddy Show a huge success!

 

 

 

 

The fifth Glenamaddy District Ploughing & Agricultural Show took place on Sunday, October 7th and attracted large crowds and a broad mix of competitors and exhibitors. Neven Maguire’s live cookery demonstrations, and music from Ritchie Remo and The Kings of Connaught, were among the attractions in the impressive surrounds of the Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre.

  Main sponsors of what was the fifth annual show were The Comer Group, with further sponsorship from Glenamaddy Credit Union and other local businesses.

  In addition to the Pedigree and Commercial cattle show and the Ploughing Championship, attractions included an impressive multi-class Dog Show, a vibrant Children’s Art Competition with hundreds of entries from local national schools, top class catering, arts, crafts, local produce, vintage displays, outdoor machinery and other trade stands, and a busy bar.

  Speaking at the event, Chairman Gerry Feeney thanked his fellow committee members for all their hard work in preparation for the show. He also praised the seventy volunteers that put so much effort into making the event a success. He thanked main sponsors, The Comer Group and all sponsors for their patronage and the Geraghty and Reilly families for the use of their superb facilities and land. Mr. Feeney also congratulated all the winners of the cattle show, ploughing, children’s art competition and jiving contest.

 

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