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Over 200% mark-up on beef shows shoppers and farmers are being fleeced – Naughten

 

 

 

Irish shoppers are paying high food prices – yet farmers are not getting the benefit, with the situation worsening over the last 15 years, according to a survey highlighted by Denis Naughten TD.

  “The survey carried out recently, excluding special offers, shows that the farmer gets €3.76 for a kilo of beef while shoppers are paying on average €11.99 for a kilo of round roast in their supermarket, a mark-up of 218%,” stated Denis Naughten.

  “While the processing and supermarket sector will contest these figures, what they cannot ignore is the fact that when this is compared to the same survey 15 years ago the share going to the farmer has dropped by a quarter over that period.

  “In 2005 the same survey showed that the farmer was receiving €2.80 for a kilo of beef while shoppers were paying on average €6.59 for a kilo of round roast in their supermarket, a mark-up of 135%.

  “The survey shows that the share going to farmers has gone from 42% in 2005 to just 31% today, a drop of a quarter which clearly highlights the reason why the suckler beef sector is struggling.

  “All farmers want is a fair price for what they produce but clearly someone is making a huge margin off their backs. We must see the new European law which will ban 16 unfair trading practices covering agricultural and food products traded in the food supply chain introduced as a matter of urgency and we need to see transparency as to who exactly is profiting from the current system.

  “The fact is our suckler beef industry is the lifeblood of towns and villages the length and breadth of the country and by placing it in jeopardy we risk condemning the Irish countryside to desolation,” concluded Denis Naughten.

IFA lobbies TDs on Mercosur and Brexit

 

 

IFA officers attended a lobby session in Dublin recently where they lobbied TDs on the negative impact that a Mercosur Trade deal would have on agriculture, particularly on livestock farming. Other issues raised were Brexit, commodity prices, the environment, and climate change. From left to right: Michael Flynn, Galway; Anne Mitchell, Galway IFA County Chairperson; John O’Beirne, Roscommon Livestock Chairperson; Michael Fitzmaurice TD; Joe Healy, IFA President; Geraldine O’Donohue; Jim O’Connor, Roscommon IFA County Chairperson.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - July 19th

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There were good numbers of excellent quality stock on offer at our 60th Anniversary Special Sale held on Friday last. There was a firm trade for bullocks with lots averaging from €2.27 per kilo up to €2.74 per kilo. The trade for heifers was strong with averages of €2.16 per kilo up to €2.61 per kilo. Dry cows ranged from an average of €1.67 per kilo up to €2.01 per kilo. 

  “With the continued good grass growth, farmers were actively sourcing stock resulting in a good clearance of lots.

  “This Friday (19th) at 11 am we will host our usual sale for bullocks, heifers, weanlings, dry cows and suckler cows. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of you for your support over the past 60 years and we look forward to serving you long into the future.

  “Meanwhile, there was a bigger entry of sheep on offer at Wednesday’s sale. There was dip in trade for lambs from the previous week with prices fetching €102.50 for 55kgs. There was a good trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €70 up to €128.50.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID Tag set”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Lim X 980kgs €1850, Lim 885kgs €1785, Lim X 920kgs €1690, Lim X 900kgs €1650, Lim 725kgs €1435, Lim 745kgs €1325, Char X 710kgs €1300, Lim X 635kgs €800, SHX 635kgs €905, Simm X 625kgs €1000.

Heifers

Char X 700kgs €1540, Lim X 655kgs €1470, Char X 625kgs €1470, Lim X 665kgs €1465, BBX 585kgs €1400, Char X 565kgs €1340, Char X 535kgs €1200, Char X 475kgs €1185, Lim X 495kgs €1160, 4 Char X 473kgs €1140, Char X 445kgs €1100, 2 Lim X 400kgs €1030, Simm X 430kgs €995, Char X 435kgs €1020.

Bullocks

Char X 810kgs €1720, Lim X 725kgs €1655, Lim 770kgs €1590, Char X 700kgs €1550, 3 Char X 553kgs €1470, 2 Char X 527kgs €1450, 2 Char X 532kgs €1425, 3 Char X 465kgs €1250, 4 Lim X 493kgs €1250, Lim X 500kgs €1150, Char X 460kgs €1165, Char X 480kgs €1145, 2 Lim X 473kgs €1135, 2 Simm X 457kgs €1040, Lim X 330kgs €750, Char X 370kgs €890.

Spring lamb

55kgs €102.50, 51.4kgs €101, 53.7kgs €101, 52kgs €100,

49.5kgs €100, 48.6kgs €99.50, 45.4kgs €95, 43.2kgs €94, 43.7kgs €91, 40.4kgs €90.50, 38.9kgs €86.50, 36.6kgs €82.50, 34.9kgs €74.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“Similar numbers of stock presented for sale again last week and despite all the disquiet about Brexit, Mercosur and beef prices, trade in general has held up well. There was a good attendance of customers present, and prices and trade were similar to previous weeks, aided by the abundance of grass.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €950 to €2,010 per head. There were bigger numbers of calves/runners on offer with young calves making from €40 to €280 per head with stronger runner type lots making from €260 to €640 for the continental types.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 18th) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Bullocks

Lmx 495kgs €1195, Chx 465kgs €1100, AA 470kgs €1050, Lm 590kgs €1280, Lm 605kgs €1355, Ch 655kgs €1400, Ch 450kgs €1025.

Heifers

Lm 400kgs €920, Ch 350kgs €850, Lm 485kgs €1220, Lm 450kgs €1085, AA 445kgs €1070, Lm 590kgs €1420, AA 520kgs €1175, Lm 610kgs €1360.

Dry cows

Si 780kgs €1485, Ch 950kgs €1625, Lm 740kgs €1365, Ch 650kgs €1210, BBX 730kgs €1300.

Weanling bulls

Lm 445kgs €1030, Lm 445kgs €995, Lm 420kgs €985, Ch 420kgs €970, Ch 335kgs €865.

Weanling heifers

Lm 290kgs €710, Lm 360kgs €890, Lm 290kgs €645, Chx 370kgs €800.

 

Roscommon’s Sean Finan re-elected as CEJA Vice-President

 

 

 

In Stockholm last week, former Macra na Feirme President, Sean Finan, was re-elected as Vice-President of CEJA – the European Council of Young Farmers.

  Speaking after the announcement, Roscommon man Sean Finan said: “I’m delighted to be re-elected as a CEJA Vice-President for the next two years. As young farmers, we face many challenges in the short term which will determine our future farming careers including Brexit, Mercosur, climate change and CAP reform. I look forward to working with the CEJA President Jannes Maas and fellow vice-presidents at an EU level as we lobby and advocate on young farmer issues”.

  He added: “CAP needs to support young farmers through progressive targeted supports which are adequately funded to deliver on the ambition set out by CEJA and EU Commission regarding generational renewal. The CAP budget needs to be maintained or enhanced and in CEJA we will continue to lobby for that. We cannot be sold-out by the EU in a bad Mercosur deal which will be detrimental to Irish and EU young beef farmers in times of huge uncertainty with Brexit”.

  Macra na Feirme National President, Thomas Duffy, said: “We are very glad to congratulate Seán Finan and see him re-elected as a CEJA Vice President. Seán has done a wonderful job as CEJA Vice-President over the last two years. We wish him the best of luck for the next two years and know he’ll continue doing great work for Irish young farmers at a European level”.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - July 12th

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There was a bigger entry of sheep on offer at this week’s sale. There was similar trade for lambs from the previous week with prices fetching €105 for 52.4kgs. There was a good trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €40 up to €103.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID Tag set.

  “This Friday (12th) the mart will host a special 60th anniversary sale of bullocks, heifers, weanlings, dry cows and sucklers from 11 am. Customers who sell or buy cattle on the day will be included in a draw. First prize is €200, 2nd prize is €100 (donated by Veterinary Supplies Roscommon). There will also be refreshments on the day”.

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

 

Spring lamb

54.8 kgs €105, 52.4kgs €105, 49.8kgs €105, 53.2kgs €103, 49.2kgs €102, 47.1kgs €99, 45.9kgs €95, 44kgs €93, 41.4kgs €89, 40kgs €87, 37.4kgs €84, 34.4kgs €82, 34.6kgs €76.

 

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“There were 350 cattle on offer this week with trade and prices holding firm. Trade was helped by extra farmer activity at the ringside and demand has remained strong for store cattle.

  “Suckler pairings topped out at €1,700 while the dry cow trade reported a good clearance. In the weanling rings demand was strong also even though numbers on offer remain small.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €800 to €1,700 for a Charolais cow with her Simmental heifer calf at foot. Springers made from €980 to €1,300 per head.

  “There were smaller numbers of calves on offer this week with lots making from €140 to €320 and runners making from €315 to €590 per head.

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

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Heifers

Lm 425kgs €1045, Ch 365kgs €950, AA 470kgs €1095, Lm 450kgs €1020, Ch 665kgs €1500, Lm 640kgs €1455, Lm 605kgs €1335.

Dry cows

BBx 800kgs €1600, BBx 735kgs €1500, Ptx 780kgs €1465, BBx 730kgs €1400, Ch 770kgs €1390, Fr 420kgs €710.

Weanling bulls

Ch 420kgs €1110, Six 460kgs €1055, Lmx 395kgs €1050, Lm 440kgs €1090.

Weanling heifers

Chx 320kgs €955, Lmx 320kgs €895, Lmx 360kgs €945, Lmx 310kgs €785, Lm 350kgs €850.

Bullocks

Lmx 435kgs €950, Shx 545kgs €1335, Ch 510kgs €1140, Lm 565kgs €1175, Ch 630kgs €1330, Lm 640kgs €1290, Si 400kgs €865.

 

Farm at Cloonylyon, Strokestown is new to the market

 

 

 

Joint selling agents Sean Naughton Auctioneers, Roscommon, and Thomas J. Cox & Co., Strokestown, are delighted to offer new to the market for sale by private treaty a c.45-acre non-residential farm at Cloonylyon, Strokestown. It is described as a mix of good and fair quality land, which can be sold in its entirety or in lots. Maps available at both offices for inspection.

  For further information, please contact either Sean Naughton Auctioneers, The Square, Roscommon on 090-6625080 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Thomas J. Cox & Co., Elphin Street, Strokestown on 071-9633260.

 

 

 

Roscommon Mart employee graduates

 

 

 

Roscommon Mart staff member Anthony Naughton was among the first graduates to have emerged from an intensive new Mart Management Development Programme designed to enhance management and organisational practices in co-operative marts. 

  Launched at the end of 2018, the programme is aimed at ensuring the continuing availability of skills for the successful operation of marts into the future, including management succession planning. It is being delivered by Technological University Dublin at its Tallaght campus and also in Portlaoise in conjunction with ICOS Skillnet – the learning and development division of ICOS (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society).

  The new programme requires participants to engage in an intensive five-day immersion programme of lectures, case studies and workshops across 12 modules ranging from co-operative governance, finance and environmental subjects through to employment legislation, customer relationship management, data protection, media awareness and marketing.

  Managers and next-in-line staff from nine co-operative mart groups took part in the inaugural course including Aurivo Marts, Athenry Mart, Central Auctions, Clare Marts, Cork Marts, Mid-Tipp Mart, Roscommon Marts, Waterford Ross Mart and Wexford Farmers Co-op Mart. The programme was developed by a working group established from within the marts sector and TU Dublin won a competitive tender to provide the course.

Kepak blockade lifted but further protests planned

 

 

 

Members of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) lifted their blockade of the Kepak factory in Athleague in protest over low lamb prices on Monday evening following talks with management at the factory. The protest began on Sunday afternoon and had continued into Monday.

  While no agreement on lamb price increases was reached, a second meeting with Kepak management is expected to take place in Co. Meath today (Thursday).

  The ICSA, which was supported by members of the Beef Plan Movement in Athleague during the block of the Kepak site, has threatened to stage further protests if no progress is made during talks.

  Meanwhile, the Beef Plan Movement itself has called on farmers to march on Dáil Éireann in protest over “the latest EU attack on our family farming model”.

  In a statement released to the Roscommon People, the movement said it planned to protest at Government buildings next Wednesday.

  Part of the statement read: ‘The last year has seen unprecedented levels of loss making across beef farms in Ireland. This loss making has subsequently continued into 2019 with the continued decline in beef and lamb prices across the summer months. This continued decline is unsustainable for both beef and lamb industries to be in. However, at the retailer level, these lower prices have not been reflected in households across Ireland and Europe.

  ‘A recent survey carried out has shown that meat prices are 5% more expensive then anywhere in Europe. The level of wealth within the beef industry is being creamed by a chosen few. Primary producers are operating unviable and unsustainable farm business models. In 2018 average cattle rearing farm of €8,300 is unsustainable, with the result of these falling farm gate prices.

  ‘Farmers and all rural businesses need to speak with one voice on July 10th at 12 noon outside Dáil Éireann to bring the message home to the government and to Commissioner (Phil) Hogan. 

  ‘We also call on the cattle breed society/sheep breed society to join with us on this day to stand in unison with us and support our call. Without a vibrant rural Ireland and sustainable farming sectors, the economic consequences will be far more widespread for the country.

  ‘The Irish government has forgotten which sectors were to the fore with global exports, which helped pull the economy back from brink after the boom collapsed. The agri-industry in Ireland is what helped to stem the tide of doom and provide continued employment to help this country regain its economic exchequer. We won’t stop until our voice is heard; this is a fight for all of Ireland. We need your support on Wednesday, July 10th outside Dáil Éireann.’

 

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - July 5th

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“Numbers on offer were smaller this week with a steady trade for all stock. Bullocks averaged from €2 per kilo up to €2.59 per kilo. Heifers ranged from €2.29 per kilo up to €2.41 per kilo. Dry cows made from €1.65 per kilo up to €1.83 per kilo. 

  “This Friday (5th) sees usual sales for bullocks, heifers, dry cows, weanlings, and suckler cows from 11 am. Friday July 12th – 60th Anniversary Special Sales for Bullocks & Heifers – Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on this Thursday July 4th

  “Roscommon Mart will host 60th Anniversary Special Sales on Wednesday, July 10th and Friday, July 12th. Further details on our website.

  “There was a fair entry of weanlings on offer at Tuesday’s sale. Weanling heifers ranged from €2.45 per kilo up to €3.24 per kilo. Bull weanlings made from an average of €2.32 per kilo up to €3.45 per kilo. There was a good attendance of customers resulting in a high percentage clearance of lots. Please note that weanlings will be sold on Fridays for the month of July.

  “There will be a show and sale of weanlings (autumn born) on Tuesday, August 6th at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, August 1st.

  “There was a small entry of sheep on offer at this week’s sale. There was similar trade for lambs from the previous week with prices fetching €105 for 51.5kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €97 up to €108.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID tag set”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

 

Weanling heifers

 

Lim X 520kgs €1115 - €2.14 per kilo, Lim X 380kgs €1090 - €2.86 per kilo, Lim X 400kgs €1000 - €2.50 per kilo, Char X 385kgs €960 - €2.40 per kilo, Char X 285kgs €925 - €3.24 per kilo, SAX 275kgs €735 - €2.67 per kilo, Char X 295kgs €900 - €3.05 per kilo, Char X 285kgs €925 - €3.24 per kilo.

 

Weanling bulls

 

Lim X 335kgs €1125 - €3.35 per kilo, Char X 390kgs €1090, Simm X 445kgs €1080 - €2.42 per kilo, PTX 345kgs €1040 - €3.01 per kilo, Lim X 295kgs - €3.45 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €880 - €2.83 per kilo, Char X 325kgs €850 - €2.61 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €880 - €2.83 per kilo, BBX 340kgs €800 - €2.35 per kilo.

 

Spring Lamb

 

51.5kgs €105, 51.9kgs €104, 48.8kgs €104, 48.7kgs €102, 48kgs €100, 50.7kgs €100, 43.9kgs €97, 43.3kgs €95, 47.5kgs €93.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“There were 400 cattle on offer this week in pleasant sunshine, and customers in attendance were taking a little break from the hay and silage activities which had been in full swing!

  “Very little change in trade to report this week with good demand for the stores on offer. Forward cattle tended to be a little easier on the back of weakening beef prices but other categories of stock were relatively unchanged with a good clearance taking place.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,260 to €1,970 for a AA cow and her Lm bull calf at foot. Young calves made from €60 to €260 per head with runners making from €365 to €700 for the continental lots.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday, 4th) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Weanling bulls

Lm 275kgs €780, Lm 275kgs €710, Lmx 420kgs €1145, Ch 410kgs €1100, Lm 430kgs €1090.

 

Weanling heifers

Lmx 275kgs €700, Ch 250kgs €665, Lm 360kgs €945, Ch 350kgs €900, Ch 330kgs €850, Lm 325kgs €890.

 

Bullocks

Ch 450kgs €1210, Ch 430kgs €1180, AAx 525kgs €1295, Ch 535kgs €1285, Lmx 650kgs €1400, Fr 610kgs €1205.

 

Heifers

Six 390kgs €1000, Ch 400kgs €995, BB 365kgs €975, Lm 370kgs €920, Lm 475kgs €1130, Lm 590kgs €1345, Lm 665kgs €1685, Lm 475kgs €1070.

 

Dry cows

Chx 805kgs €1490, Lm 775kgs €1520, Lm 800kgs €1430, Ch 910kgs €1635, Lmx 830kgs €1440.

 

Murphy’s beef with Mercosur deal!

 

  

Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has called on the Government to give an absolute assurance that it will not support any deals around Mercosur which gives increased access to South American beef as, he contends, it would seriously undermine an already vulnerable sector in Ireland.

  He said: “It has been mooted that up to 100,000 tonnes of beef access had been agreed to and informally agreed at EU level with Mercosur countries. 

  “This Fine Gael-led government has failed to put up any real fight at European level and accepted the Commission’s offer of at least 70,000 extra tonnes of South American Mercosur beef into Europe back in Autumn 2017. If this deal was to come to pass it will have a detrimental effect on an already threatened beef sector with a no deal Brexit on the horizon”.

  Deputy Murphy said that he is calling on the Government to give an absolute assurance that it will not support any such deal.

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