19 in-calf heifers left Roscommon Mart on Tuesday morning bound for Rwanda. The heifers were donated to Irish aid charity Bóthar by families across Co. Roscommon.
Spokesperson for Roscommon IFA Supporting Bóthar, John Watson, said the group believes in the good work that Bóthar is doing to held poor farming families.
“The sheer generosity from everyone involved from when we fund-raise and when we ask them to take a maiden heifer, rear her and put her in-calf is wonderful.
“It’s great to see the pride they take in looking after that heifer, not to mention the generosity of the vets and the AI men who give their time for free, and the marts and the DVO who give tremendous support.
“I think the most special time is when everyone gathers at the mart to see their heifer blessed by Fr. Pravin Dhason. It’s a big affair and great to have the local newspaper here. It’s a chance to thank everyone for their hard work and support.
“As the heifers were loaded onto PJ Doyle’s lorry, you might see an odd tear being shed, and that’s normal, because these animals have been cared for so well. Those that have reared them will miss them dearly,” he said.
Roscommon Mart Manager Maura Quigley along with local farmer Pat Carton and singer Tommy Fleming recently travelled with Bóthar to meet recipients of the heifers and said the families were extremely grateful for the donations.
It was another successful drive for the Roscommon IFA Supporting Bóthar while Roscommon Mart also donated a cheque for €2,700. This year’s heifers are expected to arrive at their new homes on Christmas Day.