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Roscommon People Mart Watch - October 20th

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“The recent wet conditions are having an impact on stock coming through the sales while quality lots of heifers achieved good prices, plainer lots are a bit more difficult to sell. Prices ranged from €2.28 per kilo up to a high €2.97 per kilo. 

  “There were smaller numbers of bullocks on offer due to the large sale the previous week and the big entry for Friday next. Prices ranged from €2.15 per kilo up to €2.72 per kilo with a very good clearance of lots with only one lot unsold.

  “A total of 73 dry cows was presented for sale with all lots sold. Prices averaged from €1.64 per kilo up to €2.08 per kilo.

  “There was a great turnout at the show and sale of weanlings last Tuesday (17th) with a brisk trade for bulls with prices averaging from €2.66 per kilo up to €3.85 per kilo. There was a lively trade for weanling heifers with average prices ranging from €2.61 per kilo up to €5.28 per kilo for a Lim X heifer weighing 265 kgs and fetching €1400. There was a good demand for the special entry of ten cows with strong calves at foot with lots making from €1820 up to €2280.

  “There will be a special sale of bullocks tomorrow (Friday 20th) with 95 pens on offer. There will also be a special sale of breeding heifers with 48 pens on offer. Sales commence at 11 am.”

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Lim X 810 kgs €1530, Char X 800 kgs €1480, Si 770 kgs €1405, Lim X 705 kgs €1400, Simm 770 kgs €1405, BBX 745 kgs €1380, Simm X 640 kgs €1140, Char X 685 kgs €1170, Lim X 575 kgs €1195, AAX 670 kgs €1120, Simm X 605 kgs €975, HEX 540 kgs €760, Simm X 575 kgs €960, Lim X 575 kgs €1195.

Heifers

Char X 560 kgs €1665, Char X 705 €1600, BBX 560 kgs €1550,

Lim X 560 kgs €1505, 2 Lim X 567 kgs €1500, 2 Lim X 582 kgs €1410, Char X 535 kgs €1380, Simm X 585 kgs €1305, Lim 565 kgs €1300, AAX 580 kgs €1330, Lim X 495 kgs €1250, AAX 570 kgs €1260, Char X 470 kgs €1260, BBX 560 kgs €1550, Lim 395 kgs €910, Char X 470 kgs €970, Char X 425 kgs €1020, Lim 370 kgs €830, 3 Char X 445 kgs €1030.

Bullocks

Char X 595 kgs €1585, Char X 73 5kgs €1530, Lim X 655 kgs €1500, Char X 585 kgs €1500, 3 Char 547 kgs €1370, Lim 530 kgs €1330, 3 Char X 455 kgs €1160, AAX 530 kgs €1135, Lim X 495 kgs €1125, 2 Char X 535 kgs €1100, HEX 515 kgs €1090,

2 BBX 462 kgs €990, Simm X 460 kgs €930, AAX 310 kgs €690, Lim X 325 kgs €870, Lim X 365 kgs €935, SAX 490 kgs €1020.

Weanling heifers

Lim X 265 kgs €1400, BBX 295 kgs €1210, BBX 345 kgs €1100,

Char X 365 kgs €1090, Char 340 kgs €1025, BBX 350 kgs €1000, Lim X 395 kgs €985, Char X 310 kgs €980, Char X 320 kgs €960, BAX 310 kgs €915, Lim X 330 kgs €840, Lim 305 kgs €855, Char X 260 kgs €600, Char X 285 kgs €745 Lim X 330 kgs €840.

Weanling bulls

Char X 420 kgs €1410, Lim X 470 kgs €1250, 2 Char X 470 kgs €1210, BBX 400 kgs €1180, Char X 375 kgs €1160, Lim 365 kgs €1100, BAX 360 kgs €1080, Char X 265 kgs €1020, BBX 445 kgs €1000, 2 Lim X 407 kgs €1040, Sax 365 kgs €1050, BBX 295 kgs €975, 2 Char X 365 kgs €975, Char X 310 kgs €980, Lim X 340 kgs €980.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“There were 850 cattle on offer this week and overall a steady trade was reported but weather and numbers has impacted on the price of plainer lots. Quality weanlings and heifers were similar in price to previous weeks with strong demand for younger lots.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €980 to €1780 per head. Springers made from €940 to €1640 per head.

  “Runners made from €300 to €500 for Hereford cross and Angus types with continental types making up to €700.

  “There were also 300 bullocks on offer last Monday week (9th) with trade and prices improved with a better showing of quality store, prices ranged from €350 to €920 over and an average of €571 over paid.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 19th) with our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am.”

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Heifers

Lm 425kgs €1070, Ch 395kgs €1005, Ch 480kgs €1220, Si 485kgs €1095, Ch 650kgs €1400, Lm 540kgs €1400, Chx 585kgs €1290.

Dry cows

Chx790kgs €1415, Lm 745kgs €1355, Chx 770kgs €1355, Lm 645kgs €1095, AAX 675kgs €1075.

Weanling bulls

Chx 275kgs €900, Lm 275kgs €855, Chx 330kgs €1180, Chx 315kgs €1075, Si 470kgs €1175.

Weanling heifers

Chx 260kgs €830, Lm 275kgs €780, Lm 370kgs €1085, Ch 320kgs €1080, Ch 330kgs €915.

Bullocks

Chx 490kgs €1260, Lm 460kgs €1230, Ch 535kgs €1455, Lm 535kgs €1300, Lm 525kgs €1265, Lm 575kgs €1370, Ch 670kgs €1520, AA 690kgs €1400.

 

 

 

Silage sampling clinics at Casserly’s

 

 

MCL Agri (Casserly’s, Lanesboro) in conjunction with Kiernan Milling had a silage sampling clinic and open day last Saturday. The day was a great success as many farmers came to have their silage evaluated for nutritional value.

  The day was unique in that the silage was tested on the day and results were available immediately. This allows the farmer to make crucial decisions about the amount of silage needed for the winter, together with the amount and type of diets to supplement it with.

  MCL had nutritional advisors on site on the day. The silage sampled varied in quality reflecting the wet summer. The advice is for farmers to avail of this service at MCL to learn more about the quality of their silage and to get advice on the best way to supplement diets. This will ultimately save money by matching the silage and correct diet to achieve maximum performance from your weanlings, growing/finishing cattle or dairy cows.

  MCL intends to have further silage sampling clinics on site in the near future. Please keep an eye on social media or the Roscommon People for future dates. In the meantime, please contact Michael Casserly or Paddy Delaney at MCL for further information on 043-3321052.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - October 13th

 

Roscommon Mart

Manager’s Report…Maura Quigley

“There was another large entry of weanlings on offer last Tuesday week (3rd). There was a flying trade for weanling bulls with prices improved from the previous week and lots ranging from €2.70 per kilo up to €3.91 per kilo. There was a good attendance of agents, exporters and farmers all very anxious for stock.

  “There was also a better trade for weanling heifers with prices averaging from €2.58 per kilo up to €3.90 per kilo. Springers made from €1360 up to €1520 while cows with calves at foot fetched up to €1480.

  “Roscommon Mart will host classes for the Best Pair of Bull Weanlings and Best Pair of Heifer Weanlings on Tuesday, October 17th as well as the Peter Foley Memorial Perpetual Cup which is sponsored by Peter’s colleagues and will be awarded for the Overall Champion Pair of Weanlings.

  “Last Friday’s sale (8th) saw outstanding trade for quality lots of bullocks and prices fetching from €2.32 per kilo up to €3.10 per kilo. There was a slightly easier trade for plainer lots and average prices for heifers ranged from €2.15 per kilo up to €2.50 per kilo. There was a similar trade for dry cows with lots averaging from €1.56 per kilo up to €1.94 per kilo.

  “There is a special sale of heifers taking place today (Friday) at 11 am with 92 pens on offer as well as bullocks and dry cows.

  “Friday, October 20th will see a special Fall Sale of bullocks at 11 am and a special sale of breeding heifers as well as dry cows. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday, 12th).”

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Weanling heifers

Lim X 440kgs €1290, Char X 380kgs €1215, Lim X 310kgs €1210, BBX 365kgs €1100, BBX 350kgs €1045, Char X 325kgs €965, Char X 295kgs €935, Lim X 325kgs €965, Char X 350kgs €970, Char X 340kgs €980, Lim X 330kgs €1000, Char X 350kgs €935, Char X 280kgs €920, Lim X 315kgs €795, Lim 345kgs €800, Lim X 235kgs €600.

Weanling bulls

BBX 385kgs €1500, Char X 425kgs €1380, Char X 395kgs €1275, Lim X 560kgs €1200, BBX 460kgs €1180, Char X 365kgs €1190, BLX 475kgs €1150, 2 Char X 295kgs €1145, Char X 345kgs €1070, 2 Char X 340kgs €1050, Char X 330kgs €1050, Char X 325kgs €1200.

Dry cows

BBX 755kgs €1445, Char X 775kgs €1400, Lim X 710kgs €1340, Lim X 670kgs €1300, Lim X 665kgs €1240, Lim X 650kgs €1200, Char 640kgs €1200, AAX 725kgs €1150, BBX 630kgs €1100, Lim X 620kgs €1100, Lim X 630kgs €1100, AAX 665kgs €870, AAX 640kgs €835.

Heifers

Lim X 680kgs €1400, Char X 515kgs €1270, Lim X 485kgs €1120, Char X 490kgs €1085, Simm X 475kgs €1025, 2 Char X 412kgs €950, 2 Char X 380kgs €950, 3 Char X 365kgs €890, 3 Lim 375kgs €860, 2 AAX 378kgs €830, Simm X 330kgs €750, Lim X 305kgs €700, Lim X 410kgs €1000, Lim X 465kgs €1080.

Bullocks

5 Char x 598kgs €1740, Char X 790kgs €1725, Char X 610kgs €1700, 5 Char X 600kgs €1690, 3 Char X 566kgs €1675, 3 Char X 575kgs €1645, Lim X 705kgs €1600, Char X 595kgs €1590, Char X 625kgs €1585, Char X 595kgs €1585, Lim X 575kgs €1580, Char X 550kgs €1530, 4 Char X 547kgs €1505, AAX 495kgs €1070, AAX 590kgs €1245, Simm X 635kgs €1220, Simm X 705kgs €1390, Char X 470kgs €1270, Lim X 485kgs €1180 Lim X 510kgs €1370.

Castlerea Mart

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“Castlerea Mart held its annual show and sale of Aberdeen Angus Heifers last Thursday with a large entry of stock on offer with good demand especially for the top quality lots and prize winners.

  “In the weanling rings, the recent spell of poor weather has impacted on the quality of calves on offer but prices for the quality calves were maintained with plainer lots a little harder sold. In the dry cows, suckler cows and runners’ rings, prices were maintained with a good clearance reported.

  “Cows with calves at foot made form €1100 to €1910 for a 4-year-old Simmental cow and her Limousin heifer calf at foot. Springers made from €1000 to €1700 per head. Runners on offer made from €265 up to €710 per head for continental lots.

  “There were 350 bullocks on offer at our sale on Monday, October 2nd with lots making from €300 to €885 over with an average price of €533 over paid.

  “Sales continue today (Thursday, 12th) with our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am.”

Sample prices for Castlerea Mart

Heifers

Ch 375kgs €950, Lm 455kgs €1225, AA 465kgs €1090, AA 600kgs €1380, AA 540kgs €1295, Lm 645kgs €1490, Ch 540kgs €1285.

Dry cows

Lm 790kgs €1790, Lm 840kgs €1585, Ch 730kgs €1505, Lm 745kgs €1455, Ch 810kgs €1440.

Weanling bulls

Lm 295kgs €910, Ch 250kgs €900, Ch 355kgs €1115, Lm 465kgs €1085, Ch 395kgs €1080.

Weanling heifers

lm 295kgs €915, Ch 270kgs €890, Ch 360kgs €1020, Ch 315kgs €995, Ch 300kgs €920.

Bullocks

AA 490kgs €1255, Chx 485kgs €1210, AA 540kgs €1305, AA 500kgs €1270, Ch 555kgs €1285, Lmx 640kgs €1525, AAx 605kgs €1345, AA 625kgs €1365.

 

 

Outstanding payments for farmers sought

 

Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has stated that payments under the Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme will provide a much-needed boost for farmers in Co, Roscommon.

  Senator Hopkins stated: “My colleague, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD has informed me that €9,598,459.84 is to be provided to 4,494 Roscommon farmers under the Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme 2017.

  “However, I am very concerned that 1,092 farmers have not yet been paid. From speaking with many of these farmers, the difficulties pertain to mapping issues and meeting stocking density requirements. I would strongly encourage those farmers to work with their advisors and the Dept. in providing all necessary information.”

  Senator Hopkins said she has urged Minister Creed to ensure that the Dept. do everything possible to make sure payments are issued as quickly as possible.

Adrian’s invention set to change farmers’ lives

 

 

Well-known local businessman Adrian Keegan is on the entrepreneurial trail again!

  Husband to the lovely Kathleen, Adrian is dad to teenager and TY student Katelynn (16), who attends St. Mary’s College Ballygar, and sons Tiernan (10) and Daithí (8), both pupils at Ballygar’s National School. 

  Adrian’s talent as a skilful inventor once earned him a place on RTÉ  TV’s Dragons’ Den.

  Not one to sit on his laurels, Adrian recently showcased his latest invention at last month’s National Ploughing Championships.

  “It’s called the Meal Riser. All farmers have a round meal bin on the back of their tractors.  The farmer arrives, fills the bin and goes home. These bins are great because they’re vermin-proof and weather-proof but there’s a problem accessing the meal due to the four foot ten inch drop. It can be difficult for farmers who’re elderly or who may have hip or back problems or hernias, or even for female farmers, because leaning in could cause compression on breast tissue and this invention has solved so many problems” says Adrian.

  The Meal Riser works like an accessory. The farmer places it into the existing bin and, according to Adrian, “no alterations are required.” There is an automatic spring-loaded floor in the device…when the farmer removes the meal, this works to push up the remainder of the feed. A simple but brilliant idea which Adrian tells us is going into production very soon. He has thanked everyone for their great support.

  “I displayed the finished prototype at the Ploughing Championships but couldn’t sell it – but there was great interest in it.”

 

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - October 6th

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There was an electric trade for weanling bulls with averages of €2.66 up to €3.57 per kilo and 92% clearance rate of lots. While exporters were active, farmers and agents were the more dominant bidders. There was also a good trade for weanling heifers with prices averaging from €2.52 per kilo up to €3.48 per kilo.

  “The trade for good quality heifers was on par to previous week while the lesser quality lots were slightly back. Heifers averaged from €2.27 per kilo up to €2.79 per kilo. There was a good demand from the large attendance of customers resulting in the majority of lots getting sold. The number of bullocks were smaller however there was a solid trade with lots fetching from €2.17 up to €2.86 per kilo and a 97% clearance of lots.

  “There was also a good number of dry cows on offer with a 99% of lots sold averaging from €1.58 up to €2 per kilo. Special sale of bullocks today (Friday 6th) at 11 am with 115 pens on offer as well as heifers and dry cows.

  “There will also be a Special Sale of Heifers on Friday, October 13th at 11 am as well as bullocks and dry cows. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, October 5th.”

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Weanling heifers

BB 485 kgs €1400, Char X 425 kgs €1290, Lim X 430 kgs €1160, Char X 300 kgs €1045, BAX 360 kgs €950, Char X 315 kgs €940, Lim X 315 kgs €925, Char X 290 kgs €835, 2 AAX 385 kgs €720, Simm X 305 kgs €700, Char X 415 kgs €1200, Char X 285 kgs €855, Lim X 370 kgs €820.

Weanling bulls

Char X 600 kgs €1500, Char X 570 kgs €1440, 3 Char X 465 kgs €1300, Lim X 470 kgs €1250, Char X 335 kgs €1155, Lim X 360 kgs €1180, 3 Char X 398 kgs €1145, Lim 410 kgs €1100, BAX 445 kgs €1085, Lim X 375 kgs €1080, Char X 320 kgs €1130, BBX 385 kgs €1040, AAX 400 kgs €1030, 2 AAX 390 kgs €945, Simm X 410 kgs €940, Simm X 355 kgs €900, Simm X 330 kgs €840.

Dry cows

Char X 975 kgs €1785, BBX 750 kgs €1470, Char X 700 kgs €1400, BBX 715 kgs €1320, Char 675 kgs €1280, Char X 630 kgs €1225, Lim X 680 kgs €1200, Simm X 750 kgs €1175, AAX 695 kgs €1140, Char 665 kgs €1025, Simm X 605 kgs €910, SHX 555 kgs €800, BBX 620 kgs €900.

Heifers

Char X 670 kgs €1730, Char 640 kgs €1695, Char X 550 kgs €1485, Lim X 625 kgs €1450, Char X 565 kgs €1425, Char X 540 kgs €1400, Char X 520 kgs €1340, Char X 525 kgs €1380, Char x 480 kgs €1340, Char X 495 kgs €1335, Simm X 570 kgs €1325, 2 AAX 592 kgs €1300, Char X 475 kgs €1280, Lim X 600 kgs €1330, Lim X 470 kgs €1265, AAX 595 kgs €1250, Simm X 445 kgs €1045, Simm X 415 kgs €975.

Bullocks

Char X 650 kgs €1600, Char X 500 kgs €1330, Simm X 650 kgs €1310, BBX 625 kgs €1300, Char X 535 kgs €1275, Char X 430 kgs €1230, Char X 445 kgs €1170,

AAX 435 kgs €1030, 2 Lim X 440 kgs €1000, BBX 485 kgs €1100, 2 AAX 405 kgs €840, Lim X 400 kgs €910, Lim X 395 kgs €930.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“There were 900 cattle on offer at our Annual Continental Heifer Show and Sale and Belgian Blue Weanling Show and Sale. Thursday witnessed a large turnout of stock with some top quality lots presented in the show sections. Overall trade was maintained for the top quality lots but plainer type stock were harder sold this week.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €840 to €1,860 per head. Springer cows made form  €1,000 to €1,550 per head. There were bigger numbers of runners on sale this week with lots making from €280 to €845 for continental lots.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday, 5th) when we hold our Annual Show and Sale of Aberdeen Angus Heifers. Saturday weanling sales commence this Saturday (7th).”

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Prize-winning heifers

Ch 660kgs €1830, Ch 590kgs €1485, Ch 670kgs €1495, Ch 550kgs €1580, Ch 590kgs €1290, Ch 490kgs €1220, Lmx 530kgs €1500, Lm 550kgs €1300, Lm 445kgs €1220.

Belgian Blue heifer weanlings

290kgs €1605, 325kgs €900, 335kgs €950.

Belgian Blue bull weanlings

305kgs €1220, 385kgs €1250.

Dry cows

Ch 855kgs €1665, Ch 795kgs €1520, Lm 760kgs €1390, BA 695kgs €1385.

 

Bullocks

Ch 485kgs €1300, Ch 470kgs €1275, Chx 535kgs €1455, ch 525kgs €1330, Ch 570kgs €1510, Ch 595kgs €1465, Chx 830kgs €1880, Ch 670kgs €1545.

 

 

Direct payments and live exports vital to support suckler herd – IFA

 

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said that increased direct payments and a strong live export trade are essential to maintain our national suckler cow herd, which he described as the backbone of the €2.5bn Irish beef sector.

  He said IFA is pushing for a €50 per head increase in suckler supports and a new dedicated live export unit in the Department of Agriculture and Bord Bia to drive the trade. Mr. Woods has said the IFA is totally opposed to a suckler cow cull scheme that has been advocated by others.

  He has said that suckler farmers expect Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to respond to the Brexit and Mercosur challenge on beef in the Budget with an increase in suckler supports, saying the IFA has put detailed proposals to Minister Creed and the Department to increase the suckler support by €25m through a €50 per cow bolt-on to the BDGP scheme for animal welfare. He said IFA has already had discussions with the EU Commission on this proposal – claiming that they have responded positively to such an initiative.

Local schools presented with Angus calves

 

Among the thousands of people in attendance at the recent National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co. Offaly were students from Glenamaddy Community School and Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown as they took part in the National Certified Irish Angus Beef schools competition finals.

  As part of the competition, both schools were presented with five Irish Angus cross calves which they will raise for the next 18 months until their slaughter in 2019.

  Each school must also complete a project during this time with Glenamaddy CS focusing on mental health and wellbeing among farmers and Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown tasked with profiling the role of production planning in the industry.

  Senator Maura Hopkins met with both groups of students at last Thursday’s event and was impressed with their hard work so far.

  “It is great to see students supported by their teachers and families who are so interested in understanding what is required to produce and market the highest-quality beef for consumers,” she said.

  The hard work now begins in earnest for these bright students as they take care of the animals for the next 18 months while completing their respective projects.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - September 29th

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There was a huge entry of top quality cattle on offer this week. There was a lively trade for bullocks with averages ranging from €2.35 per kilo up to €2.97 per kilo and a clearance rate of 89.5%. Once again there was a big attendance of customers who were actively sourcing stock.

  “While the numbers of heifers on offer were smaller there was a brisk trade with lots fetching from €2.19 per kilo up to €2.60 per kilo with 92% of the lots sold. There was also a good trade for dry cows with a full clearance of lots and averages of €1.67 per kilo up to €1.96 per kilo.

  “Special sale of heifers tomorrow (Friday, 29th) with 104 pens on offer including bullocks and dry cows.

  “Date for your diary: Special Sale of Bullocks on Friday, October 6th  at 11 am including heifers and dry cows. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, September 28th.”

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Char X 745 kgs €1450, Char X 740 kgs €1440, Char X 740 kgs €1420, Lim X 715 kgs €1400, Lim 735 kgs €1370, Lim X 660 kgs €1250, HEX 695 kgs €1190, Char X 725 kgs €1190, HEX 735 kgs €1175, Lim X 730 kgs €1050, Char X 640 kgs €1030, Char X 620 kgs €800.

Heifers

Char X 670 kgs €1290, Lim X 510 kgs €1210, BBX 480 kgs €1205, AAX 560 kgs €1135, 3 Char X 496 kgs €1105, Char X 420 kgs €1070, Char X 370 kgs €945, Lim X 350 kgs €905, Char X 400 kgs €1040, 2 Char X 350 kgs €900, SAX 290 kgs €685, 2 AAX 385 kgs €800.

Bullocks

Char X 730 kgs €1700, Char X 700 kgs €1685, BBX 690 kgs €1680, Char X 590 kgs €1660, Char X 555 kgs €1650, 2 Simm X 725 kgs €1630, Char X 540 kgs €1560, 4 Lim X 588 kgs €1545, 2 Char X 535 kgs €1490, 3 Lim X 560 kgs €1500, AAX 520 kgs €1180, AAX 620 kgs €1300, HEX 670 kgs €1415, 2 Simm X 655 kgs €1345, Simm X 585 kgs €1300, Simm X 570 kgs €1365, Lim X 475 kgs €1185, Char X 485 kgs €1235, BBX 475 kgs €1105, 4 Lim X 441 kgs €1200, Lim X 365 kgs €940, Char X 485 kgs €1405.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“On Thursday last we held our Annual Show and Sale of Weanlings in conjunction with our usual sale. A large entry of top quality weanlings met a very lively trade with some very fancy prices paid for the top quality lots. Bull calves made up to €4.15 a kilo with heifer calves making up to €4.50 a kilo.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €720 to €1640 per head.

Springers made from €700 to €1510 per head. Runners made from €375 to €775 for continental lots.

  “Earlier in the week, there were 200 bullocks on offer with prices ranging from €400 to €845 over their weight with an average price of €549 over paid. Trade remained steady for the young quality store bullocks while the plainer older type lots tended to be harder sold.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday, 28th) with our Annual Continental Heifer Show and Sale and our Show and Sale for Belgian Blue Weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am.”

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Dry cows

BBx 765kgs €1420, Ch 600kgs €1300, Chx 495kgs €1140, Lm 715kgs €1100, Fr 580kgs €665.

Weanling heifers

Ch 250kgs €1030, Lm 300kgs €1350, Ch 330kgs €1080, Ch 300kgs €1250, Ch 410kgs €1105, Ch 290kgs €865.

Heifers

Lm 420kgs €995, Lm 475kgs €1135, Ch 480kgs €1095, Lm 500kgs €1315, AA 600kgs €1260, Lmx 575kgs €1270.

Weanling bulls

Ch 295kgs €985, Ch 285kgs €945, Ch 405kgs €1380, Ch 395kgs €1325, Ch 315kgs €1240, Lm 415kgs €1210, Lm 280kgs €930.

Bullocks

Ch 490kgs €1250, Lm 475kgs €1190, AA 495kgs €1180, Lm 430kgs €1165, AA 560kgs €1315, AA 555kgs €1205.

 

 

 

IFA meets Minister Creed on beef, Brexit and Budget ‘18

 

An IFA livestock delegation led by the President Joe Healy met recently with Agriculture Minister Michael Creed in Dublin to highlight the severe income and price pressure on cattle farmers.

  The delegation stressed the need for a strong Government response across a range of issues, including a Budget with a strong focus on beef.

  Joe Healy said the Government has signalled that the Budget will be focused on dealing with the fallout from Brexit.

  He said “No sector has been hit harder by Brexit than cattle farmers who are losing €2m per week because of the sterling weakness. This must be addressed in the Budget.”

  IFA has called for a €50 per head suckler cow payment bolt-on to the BDGP for animal welfare, as well as EU support for ongoing Brexit losses at farm level.

  IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said Minister Creed agreed with the IFA position that there needs to be EU support for the Brexit losses at farm level. The Minister confirmed that he is seeking support at EU level to advance the case.

  Angus Woods said Minister Creed reaffirmed his commitment to have AOs (Agricultural Officers) monitor trim and classification on a daily basis in the factories. He said IFA told the Minister that farmers are very frustrated over the delays in implementing this essential measure.

  Angus Woods said IFA raised the need to increase the 30-month age limit. He said there was no longer justification for the 30-month rule and it was impacting farmers’ ability to sell harder. He said the Minister should resist this condition being applied in any veterinary certs or retail specifications.

  The IFA Livestock Leader said Minister Creed accepted that there needs to be more transparency and competition in the beef sector. He said a strong live export trade is essential for the livestock sector.

  “Minister Creed made it clear he is very committed to supporting the live trade and every market opportunity will be fully pursued.”

  Support for Producer Organisations and how they can be advanced was also discussed at the meeting.

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