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Beef Plan Movement to meet with Department

 

 

 

A spokesperson for the Beef Plan Movement has confirmed that the group will hold its first official meeting with officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine this Friday (February 15th).

  The meeting will take place this week at the Department’s Backweston Campus in Co. Kildare and will focus on the group’s aim to feed into the TB Stakeholder Forum.

  The TB Stakeholder Forum is made up of Department representatives, farming organisations, members of the veterinary profession, the agri-food industry and the farming and research communities. The aim of the forum is to eradicate bovine TB from the national herd by 2030.

  The topics up for discussion at next week’s meeting include an overview of the TB programme and the role of diagnostic tests; progress of the TB Forum and the Beef Plan Movement’s TB proposals.

  The spokesperson confirmed that Beef Plan Movement co-founder Eamon Corley and members of the group’s new Animal Health Committee will be in attendance on Friday.

  The Roscommon branch of the Beef Plan Movement will hold a meeting at Elphin Mart on Thursday, February 21st and have called on local farmers to attend.

 

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - February 15th

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

 

“There were better numbers on offer at this week’s cattle sale with prices holding up well with a good clearance of lots. Bullocks averaged from €2.31 per kilo up to €2.71 per kilo. Prices for heifers ranged from €2.29 per kilo up to €2.70 per kilo. Dry cows fetched from €1.49 per kilo up to €1.66 per kilo.

  “Sales continue on Fridays for bullocks, heifers and dry cows. Full details on our Facebook page and website. There will be a special sale of bullocks on Friday, 22nd and bookings will be accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday 14th).

  “There was a brisk trade for weanling bulls last Tuesday with lots fetching from an average of €2.41 per kilo up to €3.69 per kilo. Prices for weanling heifers ranged from €2.33 per kilo up to €2.99 per kilo with a good clearance of lots. In-calf heifers made from €1,450 up to €2,120. No sale next Tuesday, but there is a special sale on Tuesday, 26th at 5 pm.

  “At this week’s sheep sale, prices for finished lambs peaked at €126 for 57.1kgs and there was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €30 up to €110. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. Sheep scanning service next Wednesday (20th) from 9 am to 10 am”.

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Weanling heifers

BBX 390kgs €1165 - €2.99 per kilo, BBX 400kgs €1100 - €2.75 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €830 - €2.67 per kilo, Lim X 370kgs €1035 -€2.80 per kilo, BBX 335kgs €995 - €2.97 per kilo, Lim X 320kgs €815 - €2.54 per kilo, Lim X 320kgs €930 - €2.91 per kilo, 2 Lim X 365kgs €855 - €2.34 per kilo, Char 340kgs €815 - 2.39 per kilo.

 

Weanling bulls

Char X 325kgs €1200 - €3.69 per kilo, Char X 385kgs €1180 - €3.06 per kilo, Lim X 465kgs €1130 - €2.43 per kilo, Lim X 435kgs €1125 - €2.58 per kilo, BBX 390kgs €1055 - €2.70 per kilo, Lim X 380kgs €1050 - €2.76 per kilo, Char X 360kgs €1045 - €2.90 per kilo, Char X 340kgs €1100 - €3.23 per kilo, BBX 370kgs €970 - €2.62 per kilo, 2 Lim X 347kgs €900 - €2.59 per kilo.

 

Finished hoggets

57.1kgs €126, 50.8kgs €125, 55.7kgs €125, 50.8kgs €120, 50kgs €120, 49.5kgs €118, 48.6kgs €118, 46.4kgs €113, 45.7kgs €110.

Dry cows

Lim X 715kgs €1170, Char X 690kgs €1145, Lim 740kgs €1100, Lim X 690kgs €1050, Lim X 610kgs €975, Lim X 630kgs €955, Char X 640kgs €940, HEX 665kgs €925, BBX 575kgs €900, Lim X 655kgs €900, Lim 560kgs €800, HEX 640kgs €800.

 

Bullocks

Char X 700kgs €1505, Char X 680kgs €1500, Char X 700kgs €1460, 2 Char X 602kgs €1440, 4 Char X 570kgs €1370, 3 Char 586kgs €1370, 2 Lim X 562kgs €1345, Char X 495kgs €1185, 2 Lim  X 340kgs €920, Lim X €1125.

 

Heifers

Char X 590kgs €1355, Char X 495kgs €1220, Lim x 445kgs €1200, Char X 465kgs €1125,

2 Simm X 505kgs €1100, Char X 485kgs €1100, Lim X 435kgs €1085, Simm X 455kgs €1045, Lim X 260kgs €670, Lim X 415kgs €905, AAX 495kgs €910, Lim X 400kgs €950, Simm X 455kgs €1045.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“There were 500 cattle on offer at last week’s sale with an improved trade all round for all categories of stock presented. Improved farmer activity this week as well as feedlots, agents and customers from Northern Ireland led to an improved trade this week resulting in a good clearance.

 

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €970 to €1,510 per head while springer cows made from €780 to €1,500 per head and runners made from €330 to €825 for the continental lots.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (14th) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Bullocks

Chx 470kgs €1205, Lm 440kgs €1100, Ch 540kgs €1360, Ch 500kgs €1230, Ch 580kgs €1370, AAx 565kgs €1290 Ch 605kgs €1430 Sim 655kgs €1400.

Heifers

Lm 400kgs €960, Lm 380kgs €930, Ch 365kgs €915, Lm 470kgs €1385, BBX 480kgs €1130, Chx 450kgs €1095, Lm 570kgs €1320, Lm 550kgs €1250, Ch 630kgs €1355.

Weanling bulls

Lm 275kgs €860, Ch 290kgs €805, Ch 350kgs €970, Ch 320kgs €1000, Ch 405kgs €1135, Ch 415kgs €1190, Lm 255kgs €725.

Weanling heifers

Chx 275kgs €895, BBx 265kgs €985, Lm 265kgs €755 Chx 305kgs €990, Ch 380kgs €1025, Lm 370kgs €970, Ch 400kgs €1025.

Dry cows

Lm 735kgs €1345, Lm 695kgs €1300, Lm 750kgs €1300, Si 850kgs €1450, Lm 785kgs €1275.

Calves

AA bull €180, AA hfr €200, Sa hfr €325, AA hfr €240, Hex bull €220, Fr bull €100, AA bull €230.

 

 

 

Glenamaddy to host beef meeting

 

 


Glenamaddy-based Galway county councillor Peter Keaveney has organised a beef information evening in Glenamaddy Community Centre on Friday, February 15th at 8 pm.

  Cllr. Keaveney said he has called the meeting in order to help break the uncertainty negativity currently surrounding the beef sector.

  “Presently, there is a significant lack of confidence in the beef sector, with many farmers questioning their future in suckler cows.

The suckler cow has been a major contributor to the backbone of the rural economy in Ireland for many years, particularly in the west. However, the coming months could define the future of not only the suckler cow, but the entire beef industry,” Cllr. Keaveney said earlier this week.

  Cllr. Keaveney is himself a suckler farmer and says he understands the struggles and frustration faced by farmers with high production costs.

  As a result, he made the decision to organise this information evening for all farmers in the Galway, Mayo and Roscommon regions. The aim of the evening is to help inform the local farmer on what the industry is facing and attempt to look into the future where the beef industry is heading.

  Cllr. Keaveney explained: “I wanted to organise an event that will bring the beef farmer up to date with what our industry is facing, inform farmers on where our main markets are, the possible effects Brexit may have on us here in the west of Ireland, what the reform of the new CAP may look like, and finally the alternatives to the suckler cow, with a focus on contract rearing and calf to beef”.

  Some of the most knowledgeable specialists in the industry are set to appear at the meeting, including: Darren Carty, livestock specialist with the Irish Farmers Journal, CAP and Brexit correspondent Phelim O’Neill from the Irish Farmers Journal, and Teagasc adviser Gabriel Trayers.

  The event will take place in Glenamaddy Community Centre on Friday, 15th February at 8 pm sharp. There will be refreshments served on the night.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - February 8th

 

 

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There were slightly better numbers on offer this week with prices holding firm and a good clearance of lots. Prices for heifers ranged from €2.09 per kilo up to €2.70 per kilo. Dry cows ranged from €1.53 per kilo up to €1.89 per kilo.

 

  “Sales continue on Fridays for bullocks, heifers and dry cows. Full details on our Facebook page and website.

  “There will be a special sale of heifers on Friday, February 15th and bookings will be accepted up to 5 pm today (7th).

  “There were similar numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale. Prices for finished lambs peaked at €132 for 68.7kgs and there was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €43 up to €120.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am and a sheep scanning service is available from Wednesday, February 13th from 9 am to 10 am”.

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

 

Dry cows

Lim X 815kgs €1515, Char X 780kgs €1415, Char X 830kgs €1365, Lim X 740kgs €1365, Lim X 690kgs €1305, Char X 710kgs €1235, BBX 760kgs €1205, Simm X 755kgs €1200, AAX 640kgs €1065, BBX 660kgs €1000, AAX 600kgs €750.

 

Heifers

 

Char 700kgs €1615, Char 680kgs €1550, Char X 640kgs €1385, Lim X 535kgs €1335, AAX 455kgs €900, Lim X 480kgs €1120, Lim X 470kgs €1270, Char X 490kgs €1000, AAX 470kgs €980.

Finished hoggets

 

68.7kgs €132, 60.5kgs €130, 58.9kgs €130, 51.3kgs €130, 53.2kgs €128, 48.8kgs €122, 40.5kgs €120, 48.1kgs €120, 48.6kgs €119.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

 

“The recent inclement weather conditions impacted on numbers presented this week but the ones that braved the elements met with a good trade and a good clearance overall.

  “Bullocks and heifers were similar in price to previous weeks while the weanlings are steadily increasing in price with the top quality calves recording fancy prices.

  “Cows with calf at foot made €1,190 with a springer cow making €985. Young calves made from €65 to €100 per head with runners making from €500 to €800 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”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Bullocks

Lmx 465kgs €1110, Chx 470kgs €1080, Ch 545kgs €1385, Ch 515kgs €1270, Ch 540kgs €1285, Ch 550kgs €1355, AAx 600kgs €1200.

 

Heifers

Lm 460kgs €1035, Ch 590kgs €1345, Ch 560kgs €1250, AAx 455kgs €1000, Lm 530kgs €1175.

 

Dry cows

Lmx 700kgs €1260, Lm 675kgs €1180, Ch 695kgs €1070, Lm 685kgs €1035.

Weanling bulls

Chx 275kgs €800, Lm 245kgs €725, Lm 370kgs €1025, Lm 380kgs €1000, Ch 440kgs €1000.

Weanling heifers

Ch 260kgs €785, Ch 275kgs €845, Lm 290kgs €870, Lm 310kgs €940, Ch 275kgs €780.

 

Suckler farmers urged to apply for BEEP scheme

 

 

Roscommon IFA County Livestock Chairman, John O’Beirne, has urged suckler farmers to apply for the new Beef Environmental and Efficiency Pilot Scheme and draw down the €40 per cow payment. The application period runs until February 22nd.

  He said: “IFA fought a hard campaign in the last Budget and secured additional funding of €20m for sucklers and it is very important that farmers apply for the scheme. The €40 payment for sucklers is not enough and the IFA is determined to continue the campaign to get targeted payments up to €200 per cow for sucklers.

  “The application process for the scheme is very simple and just requires farmers to sign the form and submit it to the Department of Agriculture.

  “Farmers will have to weigh their cows and calves once during the year, between March 8th and November 1st, and submit the data to ICBF. Payment will be made in respect of suckler calves born on the holding between July 1st 2018 and June 30th 2019”.

  Mr. O’Beirne added that the Department of Agriculture will make 400 scales available to farmers through co-op marts around the country. He said it is essential that costs to farmers for this service are kept to an absolute minimum. In addition, farmers will be able to use their own scales and suckler farmers do not have to be participating in the BDGP scheme to qualify for BEEP.

 

 

Fears movement restrictions could damage calf trade

 

IFA President Joe Healy said the IFA has strongly outlined farmer concerns over the imposition of unnecessary restrictions on the farm-to-farm movements put forward by the Department of Agriculture.

  “Ahead of the peak sale time for calves, these restrictions by the Department could damage the trade in a year when we need to see the doubling of numbers exported. We should be removing obstacles, not adding them,” he said.

  IFA has previously raised objections with the Department of Agriculture and has said that the changes to the farm-to-farm movement of animals fails to recognise the practical reality of the marketplace.

  IFA National Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said: “While the majority of calves sold are over ten days of age, the Department must facilitate the movement of young calves to farms where a replacement calf is needed for a suckler cow.

  “In relation to the shortening of the validity period of farm-to-farm compliance certificate and the requirement to identify the destination herd, this will impact on the functioning of the market, especially for farmers who are reliant on the paper-based system,” he said.

  IFA has again called on Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and the Department to reconsider the matter.

 

Landowner legislation must be passed without delay – IFA

 

 

 

IFA National Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring that he will bring in legislation that will indemnify landowners in the event of hillwalkers having an accident and making a claim.

  Flor McCarthy said this issue has always been of great concern to landowners, particularly the cost involved in defending any case that could arise.

  “The Minister has pledged to have this in place in 2019 and we would be hopeful that his bill gets cross-party support”.

  The Hill Committee Chairman also welcomed the plan to double the number of farmers in the Walks Scheme.

  He said the scheme has proved very attractive in creating walkways around the country and the additional €2m in funding will add to the network, and will bring another two thousand farmers into the scheme.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - February 1st

 

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There were similar numbers on offer this week with a steady trade and a good clearance of lots. Prices for bullocks were improved with prices ranging from €2.17 per kilo up to €2.47 per kilo. Heifer prices averaged from €2.18 per kilo up to €2.59 per kilo.

  “Once again this week there was a good entry of dry cows with lots making from €1.56 per kilo up to €181 per kilo. Sales continue on Friday with our weekly sale for bullocks, heifers and dry cows. Full details on our facebook and website pages

  “There will be a special sale of bullocks on Friday, February 8th. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today.

  “There were better numbers on offer at this week’s weanling sale with a firm trade for all classes. Bull weanlings fetched from €2.49 per kilo up to €3.25 per kilo. Prices for weanling heifers ranged from €2.26 per kilo up to €2.83 per kilo with a complete clearance of lots.   

  “Springer cows made from €920 up to €1,145. There is no wealings sale next  Tuesday (5th). There is a special sale on Tuesday, February 12th at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, February 8th. There will also be a special entry of 14 excellent quality homebred Limousin in calf heifers, calving February/March in calf to P.B. Lim Bull (replacement value €144) most Heifers are 4 and 5 stars from disease free herd.

  “There were larger numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale. Prices for finished lambs peaked at €130 for 53.1kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €65 up to €110. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am”.

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

 

Dry cows

Char X 805kgs €1400, Lim X 740kgs €1250, Lim X 760kgs €1235, Lim X 675kgs €1215,

Lim X 640kgs €1000, Lim X 570kgs €1030, Lim X 725kgs €1200.

 

Bullocks

Lim X 690kgs €1525, Char X 690kgs €1380, 4 Char X 595kgs €1370, Lim X 610kgs €1330, 3 AAX 503kgs €1120, BAX 445kgs €1100, Lim X 500kgs €1100, Lim X 445kgs €1100, Char X 505kgs €1220.

 

Heifers

Char X 600kgs €1260, Lim x 600kgs €1200, Lim X 565kgs €1190, Lim X 430kgs €1115, Simm X 490kgs €1070, Lim 490kgs €950.

 

Weanling heifers

Lim X 425kgs €1025, Lim X 360kgs €965, Char X 380kgs €945, Char X 300kgs €850, Lim X 365kgs €830, Char X 365kgs €830 - €2.27 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €800 - €2.58 per kilo.

 

Weanling bulls

Lim X 365kgs €1125 - €3.08 per kilo, Char X 415kgs €1110 - €2.67 per kilo, Lim X 420kgs €1015 - €2.41 per kilo, Char X 395kgs €1000 - €2.53 per kilo, Lim X 345kgs €1000 - €2.89 per kilo, Char X 290kgs €925 - €3.19 per kilo, Char X 290kgs €880 - €3.03 per kilo, Lim 200kgs €650 - €3.25 per kilo, Lim X 275kgs €750 - €2.72 per kilo.

 

Finished hoggets

53.1kgs €130, 58.3kgs €127, 52.8kgs €125, 52kgs €120, 45.2kgs €116, 45.8kgs €116, 46.1kgs €115, 44.5kgs €114, 43.6kgs €110.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“Slightly bigger numbers of stock presented for sale this week with trade and prices similar to last week and in the case of the better quality weanlings prices were improved. The bullock and heifer rings reported good clearances also with a good attendance of customers present trying to source stock.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €900 to €1,440 per head. Springers made from €820 to €1,665 per head. Young calves made from €40 to €335 per head, with stronger runner type lots making from €300 to €845 for continental lots.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 31st) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Bullocks

Lm 435kgs €1050, Lm 495kgs €1120, Lm 530kgs €1280, Lm 500kgs €1265, Ch 590kgs €1435, Ch 615kgs €1450, AA 665kgs €1335.

 

Dry cows

Lm 730kgs €1460, Ch 755kgs €1435, Six 795kgs €1370, Lm 810kgs €1440, Lm 755kgs €1370.

 

Heifers

Lm 405kgs €1000, Lm 380kgs €945, Lm 445kgs €1180, Si 490kgs €1125, Ch 610kgs €1465, Ch 580kgs €1410, AA 520kgs €1200, BBx 520kgs €1225.

 

Weanling bulls

Lm 285kgs €830, Ch 280kgs €785, Lm 250kgs €710, Ch 375kgs €1070, Lm 435kgs €1045, Ch 500kgs €1215, Lm 325kgs €905.

 

Weanling heifers

Ch 295kgs €880, Ch 255kgs €855, Ch 300kgs €1095, Lm 350kgs €1035, Ch 320kgs €835, Lm 265kgs €735.

 

 

Good news for ‘good Samaritan’ farmers?

 

 

 

 

Deputy Denis Naughten has welcomed confirmation by FBD Insurance that its agricultural motor product provides insurance protection cover for farmers who respond to local emergency situations. This includes clearing snow from local road networks and entrances to private dwellings as seen during Storm Emma in 2018.

  “This is a welcome development and comes on top of an assurance I secured last year at a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) that approval be given to farmers and those with heavy equipment to clear local roads, once they did so with common sense and on a voluntary basis,” said Denis Naughten.

  “Last year during Storm Emma hundreds of farmers throughout the country helped neighbours who were marooned in their homes, and there is no doubt that without this huge voluntary effort by the farming community many more families and older people would have experienced far greater hardship.

  “The clarification now provided by FBD Insurance provides reassurance to farmers who act as good Samaritans that they will not be legally exposed by taking such actions” concluded Denis Naughten.

 

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