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Climate change: ‘Don’t make agriculture a scapegoat’ – Spellman

 

 

Kilteevan man Michael Spellman signed off as President of ICOS with a call for the agriculture sector not to be scapegoated on the issue of climate change.

  Mr. Spellman, completing his term as President of the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society, was addressing the AGM of the organisation in Co. Laois.

  The Roscommon man said that climate change is the challenge for this generation and for generations to come. But he appealed to “commentators and campaigners” to avoid the mistake of “making an environmental scapegoat of agriculture when it comes to climate change”.

  The annual meeting of Irish dairy, agrifood and mart leaders marked the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the co-operative movement in Ireland in 1894. The event was also addressed by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed. ICOS represents over 130 co-operatives in Ireland.

  Mr. Spellman said that ICOS is deeply aware that the environment and climate change is a “lifetime challenge” that affects a global population and which has the potential for “truly catastrophic outcomes for nature and humanity”.

  He said that the agriculture sector obviously has much to contribute to sustainability and that it is playing its part in working towards a low carbon future, “relative to the essential and far-reaching benefits which this vital source of food production brings to our society and the economy”.

  Mr. Spellman said it is essential that international political, economic and industry leaders act in concert together to address the totality of the environment/climate change challenges.

  On Brexit, he said it is a major threat. “Our industry must rise to meet this challenge with new levels of competitiveness and market access”.

  Mr. Spellman said that ICOS is strongly representing the interests of its members nationally and internationally, including in respect of CAP developments.

Leo will talk to Michael on show funding fall!

 

 

 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he will discuss the issue of reduced funding for agricultural shows with Minister Michael Ring.  

  The matter was raised in the Dáil by Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy who said that the funding made available to agricultural shows in 2019 to alleviate financial difficulties due to adverse weather conditions has decreased by more than €200,000 from last year.

  Deputy Murphy said: “Financial support of just €600,000 was made available to more than 100 agricultural shows across the country this year, which is a great concern”.

  The TD said that agricultural shows are under increasing pressure due to rising insurance costs and other overheads.

  An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar noted that Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring was responsible for dividing up that particular budget and he pledged to raise the matter with him.

 

Information meeting on €100m beef fund in Roscommon

 

 

 

 

The IFA is holding a public information meeting at 8.30 pm on Friday, June 14th in The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, in order to update farmers on the €100m Brexit beef fund and to hear views on its distribution.

  IFA President Joe Healy said a recent meeting of the IFA National Council in Dublin endorsed the National Livestock Committee policy direction that the €100m Brexit Beef Fund should be targeted at beef finishers of prime cattle (steers, heifers and young bulls) and suckler cow farmers.

  Mr. Healy said: “It is essential that the €100m Brexit beef package is targeted to the farmers who need it most. It must be paid without delay and there must be no strings attached.

  “This fund was secured after a lot of hard work and lobbying by IFA. It’s for farmers – not for factories, agents or dealers. We will insist it is paid quickly and directly to farmers”.

  The IFA President said the allocation and targeting of the €100m to the farmers who need it most is critically important.

  “It must take account of the farmers who incurred the beef price losses and the income situation,” he said.

  IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said it is very clear that the farmers who sold prime finished cattle since last September and suckler producers are the two groups who were hit the hardest.

  IFA has already met with EU Commission officials on the details of the €100m package, which he said was essential for winter finishers given the horrendous losses they have taken.

  Mr. Woods said under no circumstances can Minister Creed allow one cent go to factory-owned cattle or factory feedlot cattle.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - June 7th

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There were good numbers on offer at last Friday’s sale with a brisk trade for all classes of stock resulting in a high clearance of lots. Bullocks averaged from €2.33 per kilo up to €3 per kilo. Heifers ranged from €2.21 per kilo up to €2.72 per kilo. Dry cows averaged from €1.74 per kilo up to €2.22 per.

  “Sale as usual this Friday at 11 am for bullocks, heifers, weanling heifers, weanling bulls, dry cows and suckler cows.

  “There were smaller numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale. There was a similar trade for spring lamb with prices fetching €114 for 54.5kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €85 up to €102. There was a smaller entry of ewes with lambs at foot on offer this week, however there was a brisk trade for them with a full clearance. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs, cast ewes and ewes with lambs at foot”.

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

 

Dry cows

PTX 840kgs €1865, BAX 615kgs €1330, Lim X 730kgs €1310, Char X 635kgs €1280, Char X 725kgs €1280, Lim 690kgs €1250, Lim X 745kgs €1120, Lim X 645kgs €1115, Lim X 430kgs €850, Lim X 570kgs €795.

 

Heifers

Char X 625kgs €1530, Char X 790kgs €1500, Char X 560kgs €1380, Simm X 600kgs €1360, Char X 535kgs €1285, Lim X 475kgs €1145, Lim X 385kgs €1050, 3 AAX 450kgs €995, BBX 405kgs €970, Lim X 275kgs €700, Lim X 305kgs €720.

Bullocks

Char X 740kgs €1600, AAX 735kgs €1590, Char X 620kgs €1500, 2 Char X 622kgs €1465, 2 Simm X 650kgs €1440, Char X 570kgs €1430, Char X 460kgs €1170, Char X 430kgs €1240, Lim 335kgs €1005, Char X 335kgs €835, PTX 380kgs €1025, Sim X 410kgs €1055.

 

Spring lamb

54.5kgs €114, 64.5kgs €114, 51.3kgs €113.50, 49.8kgs €112, 48.6kgs €112, 48kgs €112, 50.5kgs €110, 45.4kgs €110, 44.1kgs €107, 43.8kgs €100.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“There were 650 cattle on offer this week with trade and prices maintained for the top quality short keep stock. Both the bullock and heifer rings reported good demand for the quality stores with a variance in price for the plainer type stock.

  “The weanling rings reported strong demand also this week while prices for the top quality dry cows were similar to previous weeks but plainer type cows were a harder sell. Suck calves and breeding stock continue to see good demand, with numbers on offer remaining strong.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday, June 6th) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am with three rings in operation”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Bullocks

Ch 420kgs €1225, Ch 435kgs €1220, Lm 425kgs €1170, Lm 515kgs €1380, Lmx 595kgs €1380, Ch 530kgs €1360, Ch 605kgs €1450.

Heifers

Lmx 410kgs €1085, Lm 420kgs €1090, BBx 440kgs €1355, Ch 480kgs €1195, Ch 650kgs €1590, AA 650kgs €1470, Ch 590kgs €1570.

Dry cows

BBx 830kgs €1655, Lm 850kgs €1650, Lm 680kgs €1445, Lm 775kgs €1500, Ch 735kgs €1405, Lm 480kgs €890.

Weanling bulls

Lmx 270kgs €820, Ch 250kgs €770, AA 420kgs €1035, Shx 395kgs €990, Ch 315kgs €990, Ch 330kgs €900, Ch 375kgs €945.

Weanling heifers

Lmx 270kgs €845, Lm 285kgs €840, Ch 250kgs €715, Lm 370kgs €1005, Ch 320kgs €910, Lm 330kgs €940, Ch 400kgs €1000.

 

IFA welcomes removal of 30-month age limit

 

IFA President Joe Healy said the clarification by Minister Creed that the 30-month age restriction for export to Japan has been removed is a welcome step towards reducing processor specification requirements.

  Joe Healy, who was part of Commissioner Hogan’s trade mission to Japan, said the age restriction and other processor requirements for the in-specification bonus are causing a lot of frustration amongst farmers. The age limit originates from the BSE crisis and there is no veterinary reason for it to remain in place.

  As part of economist Jim Power’s work on behalf of IFA, he is independently verifying the extent to which the age requirement is still being demanded by retailers, particularly in the UK.

  “We need to do all we can to persuade buyers that the age limit and other restrictions are no longer necessary so that they can be removed from the requirements for the in-spec bonus,” he said.

IFA welcomes greater price transparency

 

 

Roscommon IFA Chairman, Jim O’Connor, said the EU Commission’s announcement on greater price transparency, as part of bringing greater fairness to the food chain is another important step in the campaign to give farmers a bigger share of the final consumer price.

  “While there is full transparency around what farmers are paid, and the final consumer price, the margins enjoyed by processors and retailers remain a mystery. Farmers find it incredibly frustrating that this information remains hidden from themselves, and indeed consumers. It’s time to lift the lid on this,” Mr. O’Connor said.

  He said the refusal to disclose the margins only fuels suspicion that those acting between the farmer and the consumer are doing very well. For consumers, food prices are now lower than they were in 2001.

  Mr. O’Connor said as part of IFA’s work in chairing the COPA Food Chain Working Group, IFA would be pursuing greater price transparency and working with Commissioner Hogan to move it forward without delay.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - May 31st

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There were good numbers and excellent stock on offer at this week’s cattle sale. There was a brisk trade for heifers with prices ranging from an average of €2.36 per kilo up to €2.92 per kilo. Numbers of bullocks on offer were small. Again this week there was a big number of dry cows on offer with prices averaging from €1.70 per kilo up to €2.37 per kilo. Special sales of bullocks and heifers this Friday (May 31st) at 11 am.

  “There were similar numbers on offer at this week’s weanling sale with a brisk trade for both bulls and heifer weanlings. Heifer weanlings averaged rom €2.40 per kilo up to €3.07 per kilo while bull weanlings fetched from €2.64 per kilo up to €3.13 per kilo. Cows with calves at foot ranged from €1,000 up to €1,980. Springers made up to €1,400. Please note that from June 7th, weanlings and suckler cows will be sold on Fridays until further notice.

  “There were similar numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale. There was a similar trade for spring lamb with prices fetching €115 for 58.7kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €55 up to €129. There was a smaller entry of ewes with lambs at foot on offer this week, however there was a brisk trade for them with a full clearance. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs, cast ewes and ewes with lambs at foot”. 

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

 

 

Dry cows

Lim X 905kgs €1785, Lim 840kgs €1685, Lim X 850kgs €1580, Simm X 850kgs €1500, Simm 715kgs €1500, Lim X 730kgs €1420, AAX 760kgs €1360, Sh 765kgs €1245, AAX 710kgs €1180, BBX 680kgs €1015, AAX 630kgs €920, Lim X 645kgs €1350, Lim X 545kgs €970.

Heifers

Char X 770kgs €1800, 4 Char 690kgs €1575, 9 Char X 641kgs €1550, Char X 610kgs €1480, Char X 610kgs €1480, Char 535kgs €1440, 2 Char 507kgs €1345, AAX 565kgs €1325, Lim X 470kgs €1300, Lim X 495kgs €1290, AAX 550kgs €1255, Char X 480kgs €1230, BBX 470kgs €1155, Lim X 440kgs €1150, BBX 445kgs €1140, Lim X 405kgs €1070, Lim X 410kgs €1065, Char X 390kgs €1000, Lim X 340kgs €995.

Weanling heifers

Lim X 450kgs €1200 - €2.66 per kilo, Lim X 435kgs €1055 - €2.42 per kilo, Char X 435kgs €1050 - 2.41 per kilo, Lim X 330kgs €1015 - €3.07 per kilo, 2 Char  X 407kgs €1010 - €2.80 per kilo, 2 Char X 332kgs €900 - €2.70 per kilo, 2 Char X 320kgs €850 - €2.65 per kilo, Lim X 270kgs €750 - €2.77 per kilo, Lim X 240kgs €640 - €2.66 per kilo, Char X 285kgs €800 - €2.80 per kilo

Weanling bulls

2 Char X 402kgs €1120 - €2.78 per kilo, Lim X 430kgs €1100 - €2.55 per kilo, Lim X 340kgs €1060 - €3.11 per kilo, Char X 360kgs €1040 - €2.88 per kilo, Char X 375kgs €1020, 2 Char X 335kgs €950 - €2.83 per kilo, 3 Lim X 340kgs €890 - €2.61 per kilo, AAX 335kgs €865 - €2.58 per kilo, Lim X 320kgs €970 - €3.03 per kilo, Lim X 310kgs €915 - €2.85 per kilo, Lim 255kgs €800 - €3.13 per kilo.

Spring lamb

58.7kgs €115, 47.5kgs €111.50, 50.8kgs €111, 48.4kgs €110, 50kgs €110, 46.2kgs €110, 48.3kgs €109, 47kgs €107.50, 44kgs €105, 42.7kgs €103.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“Good numbers of stock presented for sale again this week and trade has remained strong especially for the short keep type of stock and quality stores.

  “Demand for both the bullocks and heifers was very good for the time of year while the weanling rings reported some very fancy prices with one weanling heifer exceeding €4 a kilo.

  “The dry cow trade has remained very strong while the breeding stock, calves and runners are commanding a lot of interest at the moment. Cows with calves at foot made from €1,060 to €1,820 per head. Springers made from €1,020 to €1,040.

  “Calves remained strong with quality a big factor in the calf trade and prices ranging depending on the breeds. Prices ranged from €15 to €110 for dairy cross calves, while Hereford cross and Angus cross made from €180 to €285 and runners made from €300 to €770 for the continental type lots.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 30th) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings on offer. All sales commence at 11 am with three rings in operation”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Bullocks

Chx 385kgs €1175, Lm 450kgs €1170, Ch 525kgs €1360, Ch 550kgs €1485, AA 505kgs €1085, Ch 440kgs €1135.

Dry cows

Ch 850kgs €1705, Lm 730kgs €1500, Lm 705kgs €1500, AA 770kgs €1485, AA 860kgs €1515.

Weanling bulls

Ch 295kgs €945, Ch 270kgs €845, Lm 275kgs €760, Lm 465kgs €1125, Ch 380kgs €1035, Lmx 450kgs €1120.

Heifers

Ch 425kgs €1070, Lm 395kgs €1000, Ch 405kgs €1040, Ch 490kgs €1370, AA 475kgs €1215, Si 435kgs €1165, Ch 560kgs €1580, Ch 520kgs €1390, AA 590kgs €1330.

Weanling heifers

Chx 295kgs €895, Ch 260kgs €805, Lm 205kgs €775, Lm 260kgs €750, Lmx 380kgs €1530, Ch 355kgs €895, AA 360kgs €920.

 

IFA: Target and pay €100M Brexit package!

 

 

 

IFA President Joe Healy said it is essential that the €100m Brexit beef package is targeted to the farmers who need it most. It must be paid without delay and there must be no strings attached, he said.

  “This fund was secured after a lot of hard work and lobbying by IFA. It’s for farmers – not for factories, agents or dealers. We will insist it is paid quickly and directly to farmers,” he said.

  Mr. Healy said the allocation and targeting of the €100m to the farmers who need it most is critically important.

  “It must take account of the farmers who incurred the beef price losses and the income situation”.

  He said it is very clear that the farmers who sold finished cattle since last September and suckler producers are the two groups who were hit the hardest.

  IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said IFA has already met with EU Commission officials on the details of the €100m package, which he said was essential for winter finishers given the horrendous losses they have taken.

  Mr. Woods said under no circumstances can Minister Creed allow one cent go to factory-owned cattle or factory feedlot cattle.

 

Ifac welcomes fund for beef farmers

 

 

 

 

Ifac, the farming, food and agribusiness professional services firm, has welcomed the announcement of the availability of a multi-million euro fund for beef farmers. 


  Speaking about the announcement, Tommy Fallon, a partner at Ifac’s Roscommon Office said: “This new funding announcement is very welcome and much-needed. Irish beef farmers are caught in a perfect storm of falling prices, shrinking markets, currency fluctuations and rising costs. While beef farmers have proved themselves to be incredibly resilient in the past, the current market conditions are the most challenging yet.  

  “Ifac teams around the country are working hard advising farmers on how best to structure their farms so that they can keep costs under control, maintain positive cashflow and plan for the future. We’re finding that the pressure these farmers are under is at an all time high.

  “This funding announcement by Commissioner Hogan will help provide some financial relief to the sector. We would encourage the Irish government to match these funds in a move that would clearly support beef farmers to mitigate some of the worst impacts of Brexit over the coming 24 months. The need has never been greater”. 


Feighan hails ‘€100m fund’ for farmers

 

 

‘We’ve been listening to beef farmers’

 

Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan says the Government has been listening to the country’s under-pressure beef farmers and he fully expects the FG-led administration to match the €50m being provided by the EU, ensuring a €100m aid package.

  Senator Feighan said that there had been strong lobbying from farmers right around the country and that a €50m support package from the European Commission had now been approved.

  He continued: “This €50m will be met with matching funding from the Government, bringing the total fund for beef farmers to €100m”.

  Senator Feighan said he wanted to commend Commissioner Phil Hogan, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and farming organisations who have “worked extremely hard in conjunction with the European Commission” to reach agreement on this “significant rescue deal”.

  It was, he said, evidence of a Government in listening mode.

  “It’s clear that this Government and local public representatives on the ground, including myself, have been listening to beef farmers who have suffered financially and are also fearing the added impact of Brexit.

  “I now look forward to this money being paid out to farmers as soon as possible,” he concluded.

 

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