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Roscommon People Mart Watch - March 23rd



Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There were increased numbers at last Friday’s sale. There was a super trade for the big number of excellent quality bullocks on offer with prices averaging from €2.46 per kilo up to €3.55 per kilo with a top price of €2360 for a Char X bullock weighing 890kgs.

  “There was also a lively trade for heifers with price averaging from €2.27 per kilo up to €2.70 per kilo. Again this week there was a good number of dry cows on offer with a strong demand. Prices ranged from €1.79 per kilo up to €2.23 per kilo. There was a good attendance of customers actively sourcing stock €2.28 per kilo.

  “Special sales for bullocks and heifers tomorrow (Friday, 23rd) at 11 am with 40 pens of bullocks and 20 pens of heifers as well as dry cows. Please note that there is no sale on Good Friday, March 30th”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Char X 780kgs €1640, AA 835kgs €1545, Lim X 685kgs €1525, BAX 705kgs €1500, Lim X 800kgs €1430, AAX 695kgs €1240, Fr 535kgs €670, HEX 545kgs €800, Simm X 595kgs €900, HEX 620kgs €1030, Lim X 715kgs €1310.


Lim X 660kgs €1700, Char X 675kgs €1550, Char X 590kgs €1500, AAX 620kgs €1325, Char X 555kgs €1350, Lim X 465kgs €1255, Lim X 495kgs €1280, AAX 570kgs €1220, Lim X 480kgs €1200, 2 Char X 440kgs €1150, Lim X 345kgs €910, Char X 370kgs €950, Lim X 420kgs €1055, 2 AAX 392kgs €800, Lim X 375kgs €870.


Char X 890kgs €2360, Char X 800kgs €2060, Char X 765kgs €2000, 4 Char X 715kgs €2000, 6 Char X 688kgs €1860, 2 Char X 665kgs €1690, Lim X 640kgs €1590, Lim X 610kgs €1580, 5 Char X 540kgs €1550, 5 Lim X 606kgs €1540, 3 Char X 535kgs €1520, 4 Lim X 530kgs €1435, AAX 570kgs €1380, Char X 485kgs €1160, Lim X 395kgs €1075, Simm X 520kgs €1350, BBX 560kgs €1355, 6 Char X 715kgs €1900, 5 Char X 333kgs €1180, 4 Char X 338kgs €1200.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“There were 900 cattle on offer this week and the strong trade of recent weeks was maintained and, in the case of the short keep, demand and stock prices were increased.    

  “Store bullocks and heifers were a very strong trade this week and the top quality weanlings in both the bull and heifer rings attracted some very fancy prices. A big turnout of suck calves met a good clearance also while the dry cow trade and sucklers remained a firm.

  “Cows with calves at foot made form €1060 to €2060 for a Charolais cow and her bull calf at foot. Springers made from €900 to €1630 per head. Dairy type calves made form €250 to €90 per head, Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cross calves made from €150 to €370 with the continentals making from €350 to €465.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart with a bullock sale today (Thursday 22nd). We have our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices


Ch 460kgs €1360, AA 475kgs €1300, Ch 515kgs €1380, Lm 540kgs €1370, Ch 500kgs €1340, Ch 585kgs €1555, Ch 615kgs €1590, Lm 600kgs €1500.


Ch 365kgs €1170, Lm 395kgs €1120, Lm 405kgs €1055, Lm 480kgs €1250, Lm 510kgs €1350, Ch 470kgs €1215.

Dry cows

Lmx 770kgs €1450, Ch 630kgs €1245, Ch 800kgs €1440, Lm 735kgs €1330, Sim 630kgs €1275.

Weanling bulls

Lm 285kgs €900, Lm 270kgs €870, Ch 250kgs €790, Ch 405kgs €1290, Lm 425kgs €1200, Ch 360kgs €1120.

Weanling heifers

Ch 260kgs €920, Lm 250kgs €825, Ch 240kgs €795, Ch 380kgs €1200, BBX 315kgs €1055, Ch 415kgs €1225.


IFA: Agriculture sector prioritised in work permits review



Following a meeting with Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) Heather Humphreys, IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the commitment from the Minister that her Department is treating the review of the criteria for issuing work permits for farm workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) as a matter of urgency.  

  The IFA President said that the shortage of labour supply in farming, particularly in the dairy, horticulture, pig and poultry sectors, is now a crisis on farms and the Minister’s move to prioritise the farming and agriculture sector in the short-term is positive.


Healy: ‘Proposals could affect property rights’


IFA President Joe Healy has strongly rejected proposals by the Law Reform Commission that could see farmers receive less for their land acquired under state Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs).

  Proposed changes to the law would reduce the compensation paid to property owners impacted by infrastructure developments. The IFA President said that the proposals could result in some property owners receiving less for their land than other citizens.

  “IFA has made a detailed submission opposing the proposals from the Law Reform Commission.

  “There is an underlying principle of fairness called the ‘Principle of Equivalence’ when it comes to compensating those impacted by compulsory land takes. The Law Reform Commission proposals broadly ignore this for farmers and every private citizen,” he said.  

  Mr. Healy added: “The Government has ambitious infrastructure plans over the coming decades, as set out in the recently announced Ireland 2040 plan. These must not be achieved at the expense of property owners, who in many instances are unwilling sellers in the first instance”.

Ready to lamb at Eugene’s farm




“Factories are extremely anxious for lambs and have told agents to let nothing slip by”.   That was music to sheep farmers’ ears from IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy earlier this week, but what’s the reality on the ground? Dan Dooner visited Eugene Hanley’s farm near Creggs to find out how local sheep farmers are holding up following the recent harsh weather



Eugene is 36 years of age and is married to Karen from Co. Down. The couple moved to Creggs to take over the Hanley family farm from Eugene’s father in 2014. They had been in Dublin where Eugene had graduated from college and found work in the IT sector.

  Whereas Eugene made his living using modern technology in Dublin, life back on the farm is a much more traditional affair.

  “I don’t start lambing here until the 1st of April and the reason for that is because it’s all done very simple, and every sheep will lamb outside. Unless there’s something wrong with them, I’d be hoping not to touch them at all. If the weather is good you’d be amazed at how many you won’t even have to touch, just let them go,” he says, gesturing to his flock.

  Grey crows are a bigger danger to his sheep than foxes and other local predators, he says, before adding that any poor weather means that this time of year “isn’t for the faint-hearted”. 

  “We’d be very basic here, we wouldn’t have very modern sheds or things like that so we lamb them a little bit later. We’d have some horney sheep as well, 70 or 80, and we keep their daughters so that they are the main mothers of the flock. They’re very tough and they can survive a night or two of harshness if they have to.

  “I’ll be driving around here all night in two weeks’ time because there will be three or four foxes running around the field here, it’s bizarre to see. If a dog came into the field they’d go crazy and run towards a corner but a fox is able to come in and just prance around them. The horney sheep are way better because they’d attack the fox. The fox has a bad name but they’re not the worst, it’s the crows that you have to watch for”.

  Eugene says that in spite of Mr. Dennehy’s announcement ahead of Easter, there is still hard work to be done and nothing can be taken for granted.

  “It’s very hard to forecast for us because there are so many factors now. We think of just Ireland sometimes and if the weather is good and you have a lot of lambs (that it’s a good year). It’s global now though so things like if there’s a drought in Australia or New Zealand and they might have two million less lambs to export…it’s very difficult to know.

  “I think the sheep over the last three or four years have been reasonably steady, which isn’t too bad. Obviously it’s still a modest enough income but still, it’s reasonably predictable. If there are spikes and lows it’s much harder.

  “At the moment, they’re on about lambs being €6 per kg now which would be good, but then again they are all last year’s lambs which would have been expensive to keep this long.

  “I’d have my lambs a little later and would be selling them at about 35 to 40kg to another farmer who would finish them to the factory standard.

  “I’d be looking at the prices now and saying that the prices are very good. I’d be hoping that the guys I sold lambs to last November get a good price so that they’d be coming back, whereas if they weren’t getting the price then it could affect me,” Eugene concluded.

Damien is new Show Chairperson


Roscommon Agricultural Show AGM


There was a large attendance at the Roscommon Agricultural Show AGM on Thursday, March 8th. Thank you to all who attended.

  We would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing chairman James Gleeson who very successfully ran the show for the last two years. The committee thanks him very much.

  The following officers were elected –Joint Presidents: Joe Murphy & Phonsie Nolan; Chairman: Damien Hannon; Vice Chairman: Noel Hanlon; Treasurer: Tracey Owens; Assistant Treasurer: Theresa Hanlon; Secretary: Ursula Hannon; Assistant Secretary: Claudia Gormley; PRO: Christy Tully; Assistant PRO: Claudia Gormley. All heads of sections were nominated on the night.

  Thanks to all involved in the 2017 Show, especially our sponsors and committee members. We look forward to the 2018 Show.

  New members always welcome. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, 15th of March at 9.30 pm in Hannon’s Hotel.

  The 2018 show will take place on Saturday, 18th of August. Contact our chairman Damien Hannon on 086-8509845 or PRO Christy on 086-2209338 for details. Looking forward to meeting you all during 2018.


Roscommon People Mart Watch - March 16th



Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There were good numbers on offer at this week’s sale.  There was a cracking trade for the big number of super bullocks with all lots sold apart from one lot of four. The ring was packed with a large number of buyers who were anxious for stock.

  “Prices for bullocks averaged from €2.57 per kilo up to €3.22 per kilo. There was a lively trade for heifers with prices averaging from €2.32 per kilo up to €2.85 per kilo with the majority of lots sold. There was excellent trade for dry cows with lots ranging from €1.83 per kilo up to €2.28 per kilo.

  “Special sale of bullocks this Friday, March 16th at 11 am with 50 pens and 20 pens of heifers as well as dry cows. Mid-spring special sale of bullocks and heifers on Friday, March 23rd at 11 am. Bookings accepted for both up to 5 pm today (Thursday, 15th). Please note that there is no sale on Good Friday (March 30th)”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

BBX 830kgs €1610, Lim 690kgs €1500, Lim X 615kgs €1375, Lim 665kgs €1340, Lim X 560kgs €1275, Simm X 725kgs €1240, Lim X 645kgs €1235, Lim X 620kgs €1180, HEX 500kgs €650, Lim X 615kgs €840, Lim 585kgs €955, BBX 605kgs €955, Simm X 585kgs €1035, HEX 555kgs €1100.


Lim X 655kgs €1500, Char X 630kgs €1415, Lim X 575kgs €1385, SAX 480kgs €1370, BBX 565kgs €1360, 2 Char X 552kgs €1250, 2 Char X 537kgs €1230, Lim 500kgs €1225, 3 Char X 536kgs €1210, Lim X 490kgs €1200, Char X 475kgs €1200,  2 Char X 455kgs €1205, Char X 470kgs €1215, Lim X 410kgs €1010, SAX 390kgs €980, Lim X 375kgs €905, Lim X 380kgs €1005.


BBX 700kgs €1775, Char X 570kgs €1770,Lim X 685kgs €1750, Char X 635kgs €1740,3 Char X 645kgs €1690, 4 Char X 571kgs €1650, 2 Char X 582kgs €1640, Lim X 585kgs €1580, 2 Char X 580kgs €1600, 4 Lim X 545kgs €1500, Lim X 550kgs €1430, Char X 485kgs €1395, 4 Char X 453kgs €1400, Char X 485kgs €1200, Lim X 465kgs €1165, AAX 675kgs €1520,Char X 510kgs €1440, Lim X 495kgs €1245, 4 Char X 454kgs €1400.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“There were 850 cattle presented for sale las week and the increased numbers met a very lively trade especially the forward stores.

  “Bullocks and heifers were improved by €40 to €50 per head with a large attendance of customers present trying to source stock. The weanling rings reported good clearances also with prices similar to previous weeks while increased calf numbers reported an excellent clearance.

  “Cows with calves at foot made form €1150 to €1600 per head. Springers made from €800 to €1620 per head. Young dairy cross calves made form €40 to €130 per head with Hereford cross and Angus cross calves making from €140 to €315 per head and the continental types making up to €445 per head.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings.  All sales commence at 11 am. Please note that the bullock sale resumes on Mondays from the 19th of March”.


Castlerea sample prices


Lm 425kgs €1130, Lm 370kgs €1120, Lm 480kgs €1315, Ch 455kgs €1250, BBX 630kgs €1600, Ch 680kgs €1580, Ch 580kgs €1510.

Dry cows

Ch 905kgs €1890, Ch 890kgs €1850, Lm 745kgs €1545, Si 875kgs €1575, Lm 450kgs €885.

Weanling bulls

Ch 290kgs €1000, Ch 285kgs €900, BBX 250kgs €865, Lm 405kgs €1160, Lm 390kgs €1135, AA 450kgs €1105, Lm 390kgs €1135.

Weanling heifers

Ch 290kgs €940, AA 290kgs €900, Ch 288kgs €900, Ch 340kgs €1050, Lm 330kgs €1030, Lm 320kgs €985, Ch 430kgs €1195.


Ch 475kgs €1380, Lm 490kgs €1295, AA 495kgs €1290, Lm 545kgs €1400, Ch 585kgs €1505, Ch 600kgs €1515, AA 550kgs €1470, Ch 650kgs €1500.


Naughten praise for snow clearance




Minister Denis Naughten paid tribute to farmers across the country who came out in numbers to clear snowdrifts from local roads. Last week, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment provided reassurance to farmers who removed snow-related hazards on public roads with the announcement that they would not be liable for claims.

  Speaking to the Roscommon People on Wednesday, Minister Naughten said there was a level of confusion among farmers nationwide.

  “There was certainly a lot of confusion nationwide with farmers who were very anxious to help out but worried about potential liability if they did so.

  “It was discussed at Cabinet from a liability point of view and it was announced that they would not be liable as long as no financial transaction had taken place”.

  Minister Naughten said farmers deserved a lot of praise for the assistance they provided to their communities last week.

  “There’s a lot of credit due, although it’s no more than they did during the flooding a few years ago. They really came behind the community and helped out those who needed them.

  “They are to be commended as well as other services such as the Gardaí, ambulance service, fire service, civil defence and healthcare workers who worked tirelessly in extremely difficult conditions last week”.   


Reader appalled by slurry incident…



Last week a slurry tanker loaded with human waste from septic tanks was discharged on the verge of a lay-by on the Clooncoran Road, near the bridge in Cloonaddron in Co. Roscommon.

  This environmental incident happened in close proximity to a stream which flows into the River Suck.

  A reader sent us this photograph, describing it as a “sickening act by the individual responsible”.


Roscommon People Mart Watch - March 9th


Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There was a large entry of excellent quality Weanlings on offer at last Tuesday’s sale (27th).

  “There was lively trade for weanling heifers with prices averaging from €2.66 per kilo up to tops of €3.44 per kilo. There was also a brisk trade for weanling bulls with lots ranging from €2.54 per kilo up to €3.33 per kilo.


  “There was an excellent demand from the large number of buyers resulting in a very high clearance of lots”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Weanling heifers

Lim X 385kgs €1130, Lim X 380kgs €1105,Lim X 410kgs €1080, AA 460kgs €1020, Char X 355kgs €1055, Lim X 380kgs €1000, Char X 365kgs €985, BBX 410kgs €900, Lim X 345kgs €940, 2 Char X 297kgs €860, AAX 375kgs €840, Lim X 290kgs €815,BBX 225Kgs €775, HEX 255kgs €665, Lim X 215kgs €725. Char 215kgs €650.

Weanling bulls

Char X 515kgs €1360, Simm X 490kgs €1345, Char X 480kgs €1340, Char X 515kgs €1305, Lim X 445kgs €1275, AAX 490kgs €1200, Lim X 400kgs €1190, HEX 535kgs €1120, BBX 415kgs €1150, Lim X 395kgs €1125, Char X 345kgs €955, AAX 485kgs €1020, Lim X 365kgs €875, AAX 445kgs €905, Lim X 330kgs €885.


IFA: Government must regulate funds


IFA Farm Business Chairperson Martin Stapleton has reiterated IFA’s call on Government and the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe that funds, which purchase loans, must be regulated. 

  The IFA principles for engagement with vulture funds, launched last year, set out a number of policy proposals on this issue, including a call for the regulation of funds buying Irish loans.

  Martin Stapleton said: “Farmer borrowers feel that they have no protection in their dealings with vulture funds. It is simply appalling that farmers who give security to long-standing financial institutions can find that security has been sold to unregulated and faceless entities”.

  Mr. Stapleton added that it is unacceptable that those buying loans would not be vetted or regulated.

  “If a loan is being sold, there is no way to predict who is going to end up owning it, which leaves borrowers in a very precarious position.

  “The Government must ensure that robust regulation is put in place and that this applies to funds that have already bought loans. In the interim, no sale of loans should go ahead until regulations are put in place,” he said.

  The Farm Business Chairman also said IFA is seeking a Government commitment to rebalance the power between borrowers and loan owners.

  “IFA is clear that, as a core principle in negotiations, there should be no forced sale of the family farm, where the farmer has meaningfully engaged to find a solution”.

  The IFA currently operates a service for farmers who are having debt difficulties. Farmers can phone a confidential helpline at 1890 924 853 to seek the IFA’s help.


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