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Official opening of Aurivo’s dryer facility investment

 

 

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD recently presided over the official opening of Aurivo’s spray dryer facility in Ballaghaderreen.

  The new dryer is a significant element of Aurivo’s €48m capital investment programme announced in 2018 and will boost Aurivo’s Dairy Ingredients’ capacity by some 55%, producing over 60,000 tonnes of milk powders for international markets and 15,000 tonnes of butter annually.

  Commenting, Minister Creed said: “I’m delighted to be here to mark the official opening of Aurivo’s spray dryer facility in Ballaghaderreen. At a time of uncertainty with issues such as Brexit looming in the background, this and other capital investment initiatives under Aurivo’s ambitious five-year strategy programme is a vote of confidence for growth potential within the Irish dairy sector. I’d like to congratulate Aurivo for its continued commitment to supporting the growth ambitions of its members and its role in helping to ensure that Ireland remains at the forefront within the global dairy marketplace”.

  Constructed between October 2018 and April of this year, 150 construction workers worked solidly around the clock, seven days a week to complete the project on time and in line with budget. Highly energy efficient, the new facility uses bulk renewable natural gas as its heat energy source and is the first manufacturing facility in the country to use this energy source. The investment will enable Aurivo to drive its innovation for customers and thereby continue to return a leading milk price to its 1000 dairy farmers across 14 counties including Northern Ireland.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - August 2nd

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“Numbers on offer were similar to the previous week with the trade holding steady resulting in a good clearance of lots. Bullocks made up to €665 over their weight with heifers making up to €570 over. Dry cows made up to €1,405.  

  “This Friday (August 2nd) at 11 am sees our usual sale for bullocks, heifers, weanlings, dry cows and suckler cows. On Friday, August 9th, there will be special autumn sales for bullocks and heifers as well as dry cows from 11 am. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday, August 1st).

  “There was a bigger entry of sheep on offer at this week’s sale. There was a similar trade for lambs from the previous week with prices fetching €103 for 52.3kgs. There was a good trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €54 up to €102. 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

Char X 810kgs €1405, Char X 775kgs €1380, Lim X 650kgs €1175, Char X 665kgs €1165, Lim X 655kgs €1150, Lim X 695kgs €1130, Hex 775kgs €1120, Char X 600kgs €1075, Char X 515kgs €900.

Heifers

Char X 590kgs €1160, Char X 580kgs €1140, Lim X 470kgs €910, Lim X 470kgs €870, Lim X 420kgs €850, Lim X 405kgs €830, Char X 405kgs €820, Simm X 385kgs €785.

Bullocks 

Char X 790kgs €1455, Char X 770kgs €1420, Char X 640kgs €1230, Char X 620kgs €1200, 2 Char X 462kgs €900, Lim X 440kgs €845, Lim X 410kgs €795.

Spring lamb

52.3kgs €103, 44.1kgs €100, 50kgs €100, 52.3kgs €98,

54kgs €98, 51.4kgs €98, 47.2kgs €95, 43.7kgs €94, 46.7kgs €93, 45.7kgs €90.50, 38.3kgs €88, 41.3kgs €87, 40kgs €85, 38.1kgs €83.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“There were 500 cattle on offer this week. Trade and prices for the forward cattle were reflective of the current beef prices while the younger store cattle proved to be a better trade. Breeding stock and the calf ring reported good clearances, while the cow trade was similar to last week.

  “The weanling numbers have started to increase also with good demand for the quality lots on offer. Cows with calves at foot made from €1,050 to €1,770 for a Ch heifer and her Simmental bull calf at foot. Springers made from €880 to €1,130 per head. Young calves made from €20 to €180 while the runner type lots made from €265 to €650 for continental types.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (August 1st) 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

 

Dry cows

Ch 750kgs €1520, LM 720kgs €1480, Lmx 795kgs €1450, Lm 755kgs €1415, Lm 800kgs €1450.

 

Weanling bulls

Lm 390kgs €1090, BBx 275kgs €800, Lm 430kgs €1055, Ch 455kgs €1050.

 

Bullocks

Ch 430kgs €1040, Ch 395kgs €970, Ch 515kgs €1140, AA 500kgs €1050, Lm 570kgs €1300, Lm 580kgs €1290, Ch 685kgs €1445, Lm 670kgs €1375.

 

Heifers

Ch 360kg €955, Lm 380kgs €900, Lm 460kgs €1120, AA 490kgs €1105, Ch 690kgs €1455, Lm 670kgs €1390, Ch 610kgs €1265.

 

Weanling heifers

Ch 340kgs €850, AA 350kgs €840, Lm 370kgs €900, Ch 390kgs €990, Lm 350kgs €965.

 

Ministers welcome recommendations after Nitrates Derogation review

 

 

 

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., and the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy T.D, published the recommendations of the Nitrates Expert Group following a review of the Nitrates Derogation, earlier this week.

  Derogation farms are a very important cohort of farmers for the Irish economy and this review has been conducted to ensure that those availing of the Derogation are operating to efficient and effective water quality protection standards at farm level. Both Ministers have welcomed the recommendations of the review group and will move to bring these into force this autumn.

  Minister Creed said: “I very much welcome the recommendations of this review which was conducted to examine further opportunities for derogation farmers to improve efficiencies and continue to reduce their environmental footprint”.

  Minister Creed added: “Given the challenges, I must acknowledge all the submissions received as part of this review and the level of ambition voiced to meet these challenges. This is an important cohort of farmers committed to high levels of efficiency who have an important role to play in protecting our environment. The collaborative approach shown by the EPA, Teagasc, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and my own Department in working together as part of an expert group to review the submissions has resulted in a suite of recommendations that both myself and Minister Murphy welcome”.

  The derogation allows more intensive farmers to operate at a higher stocking rate than that stipulated in the Nitrates Directive, subject to adherence to stricter rules to be implemented by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The derogation will run to the end of 2021 when the fourth programme concludes.

  Over 7,000 intensively stocked farmers with 11% of Irish agricultural area and 20% of bovine livestock availed of the derogation in 2018 with a similar number anticipated to avail of the facility in 2019. In addition, a further 5,000 farmers with 13% of bovine livestock exceeded the 170 kg N/ha livestock manure limit but exported slurry, or took other actions to comply with the limit.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - July 26th

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“Numbers on offer were smaller this week after the good show of cattle the previous Friday for the 60th Anniversary sale.

  “Bullocks averaged from €2.06 per kilo up to €2.65 per kilo. Heifers made from an average of €1.93 per kilo up to €2.22 per kilo. Dry cows fetched from €1.57 per kilo up to €1.75 per kilo. The trade was steady for all types of stock resulting in a good clearance of lots.

  “On Friday next (July 26th), we have our usual sale at 11 am for bullocks, heifers, weanlings, dry cows and suckler cows.

  “There was a bigger entry of sheep on offer at this week’s sale. There was a dip in trade for lambs from the previous week with prices fetching €100 for 49.6kgs. There was a good trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €55 up to €131.

  “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

Char X 780kgs €1325, Lim X 730kgs €1225, PTX 705kgs €1225, Char X 745kgs €1210, Simm X 675kgs €1185, Fr 840kgs €1135, Lim 755kgs €1100, PTX 655kgs €1100, Lim X 610kgs €980.

Heifers 

Lim X 720kgs €1370, AA 705kgs €1325, AAX 745kgs €1300, AAX 705kgs €1300, Lim X 570kgs €1225, Char X 380kgs €845, Char X 345kgs €700.

Bullocks

BBX 650kgs €1300, Char X 470kgs €1115, Char X 475kgs €970, BBX 455kgs €910, Char X 320kgs €850, 5 AAX 408kgs €810, Lim 260kgs €570, Lim X 375kgs €780.

Spring Lamb

49.6kgs €100, 53.8kgs €100, 52kgs €99, 42.1kgs €97, 49kgs €95, 46.9kgs €94.50, 45.3kgs €92.50, 43.7kgs €92, 42.2kgs €90.50, 41kgs €90, 37.2kgs €90, 37.8kgs €85, 35.6kgs €84, 36.9kgs €77.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“Larger numbers of stock presented for sale this week and trade and prices remained firm for most categories. With a good attendance of customers present, both the bullock and heifer rings recorded good clearances with some fancy prices paid for the quality lots.

  “Cows with calves at foot reached €1,910 and the calf and runners lots were a very good trade. The dry cows reported a good trade also while the weanling rings reported good demand even though numbers on offer remain low.

  “Young calves made from €150 to €330 per head while runners made from €300 to €690 for continental lots.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 25th) 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 430kgs €1080, Lm 440kgs €1075, Lm 515kgs €1250, Ch 525kgs €1205, BAx 565kgs €1320, Ch 605kgs €1360, Chx 675kgs €1450, Chx 560kgs €1225.

 

Heifers

Lmx 420kgs €1025, Lm 375kgs €895, Ch 355kgs €865, AAx 485kgs €1100, AA 455kgs €1060, Lm 645kgs €1400, LM 530kgs €1180, Ch 460kgs €1040.

 

Dry cows

Chx 715kgs €1460, Ch 785kgs €1450, AA 615kgs €1005, Lm 690kgs €1245, Lm 615kgs €1250.

 

Weanling bulls

Lm 365kgs €1030, AAx 480kgs €1135, Ch 330kgs €910, Lm 355kgs €885, Ch 355kgs €1000, Ch 425kgs €1055.

 

Weanling heifers

Lm 390kgs €1085, Chx 350kgs €970, Lm 340kgs €950, Lm 330kgs €885, Ch 290kgs €800, Chx 380kgs €910.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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