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Roscommon People Mart Watch - May 10th




Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There were good numbers on offer again this week with prices holding firm for all classes. Average prices for bullocks ranged from €2.32 per kilo up to €2.89 per kilo. Heifers fetched from an average of €2.17 per kilo up to €2.43 per kilo. There was a large entry of dry cows with prices averaging from €1.74 per kilo up to €2.40 per kilo.

  “There is a special sale of heifers this Friday (10th) at 11 am and a special sale of bullocks the following Friday (17th). Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (9th).

  “There was a good entry of excellent quality stock on offer at Tuesday’s weanling sale. There was a lively trade for weanling bulls with prices fetching from an average of €2.48 per kilo up to €3.45 per kilo. There was also a brisk trade for heifer weanlings with lots averaging from €2.38 per kilo up to €3.13 per kilo.

  “There were similar numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale. Prices for spring lamb fetched €132 for 47.1kgs. Prices for finished hoggets peaked at €120 for 65.6kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €68 up to €120. There was a large entry of ewes with lambs at foot on offer with a brisk trade and very high percentage of lots sold. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am”.


Roscommon Mart sample prices


Dry cows

Lim X 880kgs €1700, Simm X 865kgs €1540, Lim X 620kgs €1490, Lim X 760kgs €1485, Char 765kgs €1360, Char X 660kgs €1165, Simm X 640kgs €1155, Lim X 655kgs €1270, Lim X 575kgs €1070, Char X 690kgs €1320, Lim 670kgs €1470.


Char 745kgs €1780, Char 740kgs €1739, Char X 715kgs €1725, Char X 725kgs €1703, BBX 645kgs €1570, Char X 545kgs €1540, Lim X 585kgs €1400, Lim X 560kgs €1390, Simm X 590kgs €1380, 3 AAX 543kgs €1200, Char X 445kgs €1230, 2 AAX 537kgs €1235, 2 Lim X 490kgs €1270, Char X 465kgs €1180, 2 Lim X 470kgs €1170, Char X 365kgs €1055.

Weanling heifers

BBX 455kgs €1090 - €2.39 per kilo, BBx 435kgs €1065 - €2.44 per kilo, Lim X 440kgs €1050, Lim X 380kgs €1020 - €2.42 per kilo, 2 AAX 382kgs €890 - €2.32 per kilo, BAX 335kgs €920 - €2.74 per kilo, Char X 360kgs €870 - BBX 390kgs €930 - €2.38 per kilo, Lim 205kgs €640 - €3.12 per kilo, BBX 255kgs €800 - €3.13 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Char X 370kgs €1280 - €3.45 per kilo, Lim 465kgs €1120 - €2.40 per kilo, Char X 420kgs €1060 - €2.52 per kilo, Lim X 350kgs €965 -€2.75 per kilo, Char 335kgs €980 - €2.92 per kilo, Char X 360kgs €955 - €2.65 per kilo, Lim 380kgs €950 - €2.50 per kilo, 2 Char X 330kgs €910 - €2.75 per kilo, PTX 280kgs €815kgs - €2.91 per kilo, Char X 255kgs €760 - €2.98 per kilo.


Lim X 650kgs €1375, Char X 640kgs €1350, Simm X 610kgs €1250, 2 Lim X 517kgs €1250, Char X 525kgs €1240, Simm 545kgs €1230, Char X 525kgs €1160, AAX 480kgs €1000, Lim X 465kgs €1000, Lim X 315kgs €705.

Spring lamb

47.1kgs €132, 54.5kgs €132, 57kgs €127, 44.9kgs €126, 45.9kgs €126, 46kgs €125, 45kgs €125, 46.9kgs €123, 45.9kgs €122, 43.5kgs €120.

Finished hoggets

65.6kgs €120, 53.8kgs €115, 49kgs €110, 48kgs €110.           


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“Numbers presented for sale remaining strong for the time of year and the forward stores in particular reported a very good demand this week with a top price of €1,070 over recorded in the heifers, and the dry cows recorded over €2 a kilo for the forward lots.

  “In the weanling rings trade has remained firm also with strong farmer, feedlot and exporter activity this week while breeding stock remain a very good trade.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,030 to €1,740 per head and springers made from €1,050 to €1,250 per head.

  “There were 200 bullocks on offer at our recent sale with prices ranging from €350 to €905 over with an average of €597 over paid. Demand was very strong this week for the bullocks with a full clearance reported from a well-attended sale.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 9th) when we have our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices




Lmx 395kgs €1105, BBx 415kgs €1070, Chx 480kgs €1290, Ch 435kgs €1155, Ch 670kgs €1740, Ch 595kgs €1390, Lm 500kgs €1380, Lm 490kgs €1155.


Hex Hfr €255, Ch Bull €430, Ch Hfr €355, Lm Hfr €405, Hex Bull €270, Fr Bull €50.

Weanling bulls

Ch 270kgs €870, Lm 275kgs €870, Ch 255kgs €780, Ch 370kgs €1050, Lm 345kgs €1000, Lm 350kgs €985, Lm 445kgs €1140.

Weanling heifers

Lm 295kgs €925, Ch 275kgs €870, Ch 255kgs €780, Ch 370kgs €1050, Lm 345kgs €1000, Lm 350kgs €985, Lm 445kgs €1140.


Ch 475kgs €1275, Lm 415kgs €1230, AA 490kgs €1205, AA 540kgs €1370, Ch 500kgs €1335, Lm 510kgs €1305, AA 575kgs €1480, Ch 600kgs €1470, AA 555kgs €1350.

Dry cows

AAx 495kgs €1000, Lm 950kg €1890, Ch 870kgs €1755, Lm 790kgs €1685, Lm 820kgs €1650, Lm 750kgs €1495.


GLAS payments of €10.8m still due – Brady




IFA Rural Development Committee Chairman Joe Brady has welcomed the issuing of GLAS balancing payments worth €25m to 42,000 farmers. However, he has called for all outstanding payments to eligible farmers to be paid without further delay.

  IFA estimate that 1,500 farmers still have not received any payment for 2018, amounting to approx. €10.8m due in outstanding payments.

  Joe Brady has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed to raise the need for transitional arrangements for the 25,000 farmers whose GLAS contracts finish at the end of 2020 with the EU Commission.

  He said: “This is necessary as it is now likely that the existing CAP will be rolled over beyond December 2020.

  “Farmers must have clarity as to whether there will be a gap year when GLAS contracts finish, as environmental payments are a key component of cash flow and farm income on all farms”.

Roscommon Beef Plan group demand action due to Brexit





The Beef Plan Movement have called on the government to implement income supports for beef farmers in the form of direct payments immediately due to uncertainty in the wake of the Brexit deadline extension.

  A spokesperson for the group said: “These direct payments should include a payment directly to the farmer per animal for each live export. This payment will help cattle rearing farmers and also have the added benefit of potentially reducing the national herd destined for beef finishing thus increasing competition for finished cattle.

  “Increased exports are a necessity for the future of the beef industry as an outlet for increasing numbers of dairy bred beef cattle.

  “A carefully framed slaughter premium for finished cattle could be considered but only in the event that it was targeted only at increasing farmer income. Consensus between all parties would be required on this measure to ensure it was beneficial to the farmer and not a support for factory owned or controlled feedlots”. 

The Beef Plan Movement also wants an investigation relating to the drivers for the beef price drop seen since the Brexit vote and who has gained/lost from this price drop.

  “In the interests of transparency, it should be assessed what impact Brexit has had on retailer margins, processor margins and farmer (producer) margins,” the spokesperson for the group added.

Spellman reiterates ICOS support on Climate Action



The Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS), the umbrella body for the co-operative movement in Ireland, attended the recent launch of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action Report – ‘Climate Change: A Cross Party Consensus for Action’.

  ICOS President and Roscommon native Michael Spellman paid tribute to the Committee Chair, Hildegarde Naughton TD and the members of the committee for publishing a very comprehensive and balanced report on climate change, which he said is a critical issue for our generation and for generations to come.

  He added: “The report by the Oireachtas is of immense importance to the future of our country, rural Ireland and the agri-food sector. ICOS reiterates our strong commitment to work in partnership with all stakeholders to ensure the implementation of the report’s recommendations, especially those related to the agri-food sector and co-operative development”.

  Mr. Spellman welcomed the Report’s recommendation to develop a network of AD or biogas co-ops. He said: “Anaerobic digestion is a proven technology with significant potential to reduce emissions from stored slurry and manure…it will reduce nitrous oxide emissions and also offset fossil fuel as an energy source. However, there is a clear need for meaningful support from the Government to maximise the potential of AD biogas in Ireland, recognising the high investment costs involved”.  

  Mr. Spellman continued: “ICOS is willing to work with farmer and industry stakeholders to help develop the AD sector in Ireland on a co-operative basis by providing legal and governance advice and support to communities and groups of farmers willing to invest in the AD sector”.

  In relation to renewable energy and energy efficiency, ICOS also welcomes the recent announcement by Minister Michael Creed to provide €10 million worth of grants under TAMS to support solar PV installation on farms and LED lighting.

  Mr. Spellman stated in relation to the report’s recommendations on agriculture: “I am particularly pleased to see the Report’s strong emphasis on knowledge sharing and the roll-out of the 25 climate mitigation measures contained in the Teagasc Marginal Abatement Cost Curve. In 2018, ICOS published a report on climate change and our key recommendation focused on knowledge sharing. This is a recognition that there are no quick fixes when it comes to mitigation from agriculture as methane and nitrous oxide are biological emissions. The adoption of EBI, improved nitrogen use efficiency, uptake of protected urea, use of low emission spreading equipment, greater use of milk recording, extending the grazing season are all examples of practical measures that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

  “The critical message to farmers is that there is a strong correlation between the uptake of these carbon efficiency measures and farm level profitability”.



Roscommon People Mart Watch - May 3rd




Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There was an excellent turnout of stock on offer at last Friday’s sale with a brisk trade and plenty of customers actively sourcing cattle resulting in a very high clearance of lots. Prices for bullocks averaged from €2.40 per kilo up to €3.22 per kilo. Heifers averaged from €2.32 per kilo up to €3.16 per kilo. There was a large entry of dry cows ranging from an average of €1.68 per kilo up to €2.19 per kilo averaging. There is a special sale of bullocks this Friday (3rd) at 11 am with heifers and dry cows.


  “There were good numbers of excellent quality stock on offer at the recent sale of weanlings and suckler cows with prices remaining very strong for all classes. Weanling bulls averaged from €2.47 per kilo up to €3.38 per kilo. Prices for weanling heifers ranged from an average of €2.47 up to €3.33 per kilo. Cows with calves at foot made from €1,140 up to €2,600 with springers making from €900 up to €1,100. There was a good attendance of customers with the majority of stock sold.

  “The mart will host a special sale of weanlings on Tuesday, May 8th at 5 pm. Bookings accepted until 5 pm today (Thursday).

  There were larger numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale. Prices for spring lamb fetched €140 for 52.7kgs. Prices for finished hoggets peaked at €141 for 55.4kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €66 up to €133. There was a larger entry of ewes with lambs at foot on offer this week however, there was a brisk trade for them with a very high percentage of lots sold. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices


Dry cows


Lim X 760kgs €1625, Lim 770kgs €1425, Char X 775kgs €1400, BBX 700kgs €1360, Simm X 760kgs €1360, AAX 690kgs €1105, AAX 745kgs €1175, Lim 520kgs €1050, Simm 615kgs €1145, Simm X 675kgs €1300, HEX 695kgs €1050, Lim X 575kgs €1050, BBX 670kgs €1025, HEX 575kgs €830.


Char X 710kgs €1650, Char X 610kgs €1650, Lim X 555kgs €1570, 2 Char X 600kgs €1470, BAX 565kgs €1430, Simm X 545kgs €1350, BBX 535kgs €1290, Lim X 555kgs €1570, 2 Char X 440kgs €1180, Lim 395kgs €1085, Lim X 420kgs €1105, Char X 305kgs €965, Char X 380kgs €1000, Lim X 480kgs €1280.


AAX 845kgs €1830, Lim X 675kgs €1710, Char X 720kgs €1670, BBX 730kgs €1620, 2 Char X 585kgs €1505, Lim X 550kgs €1500, 2 Char X 460kgs €1400, SHX 610kgs €1420, Lim X 530kgs €1395, Lim X 495kgs €1395, Char X 460kgs €1390, AAX 535kgs €1280, 3 Char X 415kgs €1250, 2 AAX 490kgs €1160, 3 Char X 316kgs €1020.

Weanling heifers

Lim X 485kgs €1300 - €2.68 per kilo, Lim 445kgs €1250 - €2.80 per kilo, 2 Lim X 400kgs €1150 - €2.87 per kilo, Lim X 395kgs €1145 - €2.89 per kilo, 2 Lim X 367kgs €1025 - €2.78 per kilo, Lim X 320kgs €1000 - €3.12 per kilo, AAX 380kgs €905 - €2.38 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €905 - €2.91 per kilo, 2 AAX 390kgs €900 - €2.30 per kilo, Char X 290kgs €815 - €2.81 per kilo, BAX 330kgs €800 - €2.42 per kilo, Lim X 270kgs €790 - €2.92 per kilo, Char X 330kgs €1100 - €3.33 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Char X 510kgs €1225 - €2.40 per kilo, Char X 460kgs €1150 - €2.50 per kilo, Lim X 380kgs €1050 - €2.76 per kilo, Lim 385kgs €1000 - €2.59 per kilo, Lim X 375kgs €1005 - €2.68 per kilo, BBX 350kgs €950 - €2.71 per kilo, Char X 325kgs €985 - €3.03 per kilo, Lim X 335kgs €955 - €2.85 per kilo, Lim X 240kgs €800 - €3.33 per kilo, Char X 275kgs €840 - €3.05 per kilo, Char X 210kgs €710 - €3.38 per kilo.

Finished hoggets

55.4kgs €141, 59.1kgs €127, 52.2kgs €126, 50kgs €111.

Spring lamb

52.7kgs €140, 48.2kgs €136, 52.7kgs €136, 50.7kgs €135, 56.6kgs €135, 50.6kgs €134, 42.6kgs €134, 48.4kgs €133, 46.9kgs €132.5, 45.6kgs €130.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart



“Large entry of stock again this week, and aided by better weather conditions and grass growth, buyers were out in force again and prices and trade was maintained. Farmers, agents and exporters were anxious for quality stores resulting in a good clearance and the top quality lots recorded some fancy prices.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,000 to €1,700 per head. Springer cows made from €1,130 to €1,430 per head. Dairy cross calves made from €40 to €120 AA and Her €180 to €300 with Continental making up to €325.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday, May 2nd) when we have our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices



Lim X 410kgs €1175, Ch 410kgs €1010, AAX 380kgs €980, Ch 480kgs €1280, Lim 470kgs €1295, Lim 595kgs €1440, Lim 550kgs €1370.

Dry cows

Lim 950kgs €1750, Sim 960kgs €1720, Ch 860kgs €1680, Sim 700kgs €1350, Chx 770kgs €1345.

Weanling bulls

Lim 295kgs €925, Ch 285kgs €845, Sim 290kgs €830, BBX 405kgs €1305, Lim 470kgs €1190, Lim 315kgs €925.

Weanling heifers

Ch 295kgs €965, Ch 275kgs €955, Lim 280kgs €825, Ch 340kgs €1035, BBX 355kgs €1030, Ch 340kgs €970, Ch 410kgs €1140.



Ch 495kgs €1325, Lim 540kgs €1440, Ch 520kgs €1305, AA 490kgs €1190, Ch 595kgs €1420, Lim 610kgs €1470, AA 705kgs €1445, AA 665kgs €1410, Ch 565kgs €1395.


Roscommon Mart – Lamb Festival Prizewinners


Best Pen of Factory Lamb (minimum of 5 lambs)

1st (Lot 14): Alan Martin, Newballagh, Knockcroghery; 2nd (Lot 27): Michael O’Boyle, Emlagh, Fuerty; 3rd (Lot 21): Sean White, Castlestrange, Athleague.

Best Pen of Butchers Lamb (minimum of 5 lambs)

1st (Lot  54): Enda Gately, Liswilliam, Dysart; 2nd (Lot 16): Annie Carroll, Buckfield, Athleague; 3rd (Lot  15): Alan Martin, Newballagh, Knockcroghery.

Best Pen of 5 Factory Lambs (suitable for Qualeutex Lamb Producer Group)

1st (Lot  29): James Brady, Ballindollaghan, Lisalway, Castlerea; 2nd (Lot  44): Seamus Moran, Kilmore, Athleague; 3rd (Lot 20): Mai Connolly, Castlestrange, Athleague.

Best Ewe with 2 Lambs at Foot

1st (Lot 89): Anthony Murray, Scrine, Athleague; 2nd (Lot 72): Alan Martin, Newballagh, Knockcroghery; 3rd (Lot 73): Cyril Kelly, Grange, Curraghboy.


Minister urged to pay €45m in outstanding payments


IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has urged the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to pay out approximately €45m which is owed to farmers in respect of schemes that they applied for in 2018.

  Mr. Kennedy said: “It is unacceptable that this money is being held up at a time when farmers are on their knees and are in desperate need of income support.

  “The make-up of the money owed is as follows: Remaining 15% GLAS balancing payment worth over €30m; Full GLAS payment to 1,500 farmers who have not received any payment for 2018 worth €6m; Balancing payment for organic farmers worth €2m; Outstanding KT payments worth €2m; Balancing payment under the Sheep Welfare Scheme worth €3m; A small number of outstanding BPS, ANC and BDGP payments worth €2m.

  “On top of this, there are approximately 800 farmers who have made an application for TAMS, following completion of investment, who are also awaiting payment. This is worth €11.5m”.

  The IFA Deputy President said it is vitally important that all outstanding payments are made without any further delay.  

  Mr. Kennedy has again reminded farmers that the BPS application date deadline is May 15th and he urged all farmers to ensure that they have their online application in on time.


IFA stage ‘Unfair Deal’ protest



Roscommon IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chairperson, Frances Keane, said the Government has abandoned farm families by failing to implement the three-year cap on farm assets under the financial assessment of the Fair Deal scheme.

  Mrs. Keane said it is now nearly nine months since Cabinet approved the proposal to introduce a three-year cap on farm and small businesses assets, where a family successor commits to continue to farm the asset for a period of six years.

  “Farm families are beyond frustrated with the delays. When Minister Daly announced last July that he had Cabinet approval to introduce a cap and that he would be progressing the matter in the Oireachtas in the autumn session, we thought we had reached the finish line. Unfortunately, that was not the case and we find ourselves protesting.

  “In the time since Cabinet approved the proposal, it has cost individual farm families an estimated €40,000 in nursing home costs,” she said.

  IFA is calling for the changes to be introduced without any further delay and retrospectively applied to July when the Cabinet approved proposal for new and existing farmers availing of the Fair Deal scheme.

  The association also believes that the three-year cap must also be applied to farms that are currently leased, but where a family successor gives a verified commitment that they would continue to farm the asset for a period of six years.

IFA: Oireachtas report the basis for action on fossil fuel




Speaking at the launch of the recent climate report in Dáil Éireann, IFA President Joe Healy said the Teagasc plan is the basis for further climate action in agriculture and is far better than the unrealistic proposals put forward by the Citizens’ Assembly.

  “The recommendations regarding the development of farm-scale and community renewables have the potential to make a real difference. However, this requires changes to grid connection, planning policy and the design of the renewable electricity support scheme to support farm-scale and community renewables”.

  IFA expressed concern that the proposed increase in carbon tax will impose significant costs on farm families and rural communities who do not have alternatives.

  “A just climate transition means leaving no-one behind. It is unjust to impose a punitive carbon tax in the absence of alternatives.”

Joe Healy said if the horticulture sector is to develop in line with the Committee’s proposals, it needs policies to make it robust and sustainable.

  “To date, the Government has failed to regulate against unsustainable discounting and to appoint an independent retail regulator to police the grocery market,” he said.

 “Currently, the European Commission is proposing a €100m cut to the annual CAP budget. It is not sustainable to expect farmers to keep delivering more with less, despite the fact that almost 90% of the existing CAP Rural Development Programme is already focused on environmental and climate protection”.           

  In forestry, IFA is looking for a payment for eco-system services to provide an income from areas set aside for biodiversity.

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney said: “Over 212,000 carbon assessments have been completed, as part of Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme. Over 40% of farmers participate in the Green Low Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme. Over 1,000 farmers interact in the voluntary Smart Farming programme.

  “Yes, agriculture’s emissions are significant, but that reflects the importance of the sector to the national economy. However, while agriculture’s emissions have declined by 1% since 1990, emissions from sectors such as transport are spiralling out of control, increasing by 133%. Despite this, farming continues to be a scapegoat for climate inaction in other sectors”.



Beef Producers group continues to grow



The North East Galway Beef Producers group continues to go from strength to strength. The group meets two Mondays a month and its membership has grown substantially in the last three years.

  Recent speakers have included local public representatives such as Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice and Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice (both pictured right) and well-known names in the agricultural sector including Irish Farmers Journal Editor, Justin McCarthy, who recently addressed a large meeting of the group at Williamstown Parochial Hall.  

  Chairman of the group, Ronan Kelly, says the group has united small farmers in the area.

  “The group is going for the last 20 years and until about three years ago we had just 30 to 40 members but now there are over 130 members and still growing.

  “We have ten meetings a year which usually take place on the second Monday of the month and feature guest speakers who talk about all farming practices and the business of farming.

  “The committee aims to provide farmers with information and being small farmers ourselves, we all stand together and learn what we can about the new CAP and schemes and payments.

  “We also have our own quality beef scheme competition which is great for our members to enter and that has eleven categories in terms of cattle sold in the mart and killed in factory”.

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