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Roscommon People Mart Watch - April 5th



Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There was a good entry of excellent quality cattle on offer at last Friday’s sale which included a special sale of heifers. There was a steady trade for bullocks with prices ranging from an average of €2.21 per kilo up to €2.73 per kilo, while there was a firm trade for heifers with averages of €2.33 per kilo up to €2.83 per kilo. Dry cows fetched from €1.64 per kilo up to €2.04 per kilo. Once again, there was good demand for all classes with plenty of customers anxious for stock.

  “The mart will host a special sale of bullocks this Friday (5th) at 11 am. There will also be a Special Sale of Bullocks & Special Sale for Heifers on Friday, April 12th. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday, April 4th).

  “There were smaller numbers on offer this week. Prices for finished hoggets peaked at €129 for 53.5kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €80 up to €127. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. There is a sheep scanning service each Wednesday from 9 am to 10 am”.


Roscommon Mart sample prices


Dry cows

BA 800kgs €1465, Char 780kgs €1400, Char X 775kgs €1370, SAX 665kgs €1360, AAX 765kgs €1305, HEX 555kgs €840, Lim X 665kgs €930, HEX 740kgs €970, Simm X 655kgs €1020, Char X 775kgs €1265, Lim X 740kgs €1240.


Char X 710kgs €1650, Char X 680kgs €1600, 2 Char X 550kgs €1400, 3 Lim 536kgs €1365, 2 Char X 520kgs €1340, Lim X 490kgs €1325, Char 470kgs €1245, Lim 460kgs €1230, Lim X 415kgs €1100, Char X 395kgs €1055, Simm 530kgs €1400,Char X 445kgs €1260.


AAX 585kgs €1385, Simm X 615kgs €1365, BBX 430kgs €1110, BBX 370kgs €820, 7 AAX 392kgs €800, AAX 335kgs €800, Simm X 275kgs €750.

Finished hoggets

58.9kgs €129, 53.5kgs €129, 48.6kgs €120.

Spring lamb

51kgs €130.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“Large numbers of stock presented for sale this week with the spring trade in full swing as farmers, agents, feedlots and exporters were out in force trying to source stock.

  “The heifer trade reported a good clearance this week while the weanling trade aided by export demand witnessed good demand also. The dry cow trade was very strong this week with the better quality lots exceeding €2 a kilo while the calf trade received a timely boost in price this week. Breeding stock numbers are slowly on the increase and they met with a flying trade.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €920 to €1,700 per head, with springer cows making from €800 to €1,300 per head. Dairy calves made from €25 to €95 per head, Aberdeen Angus cross and Hereford cross made from €150 to €285 with continentals making up to €310. Runners ranged in price from €350 to €800 for stronger continental lots.

  “100 bullocks presented for sale at our first spring sale (Monday 25th) with a flier of a trade for all classes on offer as farmers and agents tried to source stock for summer feeding.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 4th) with our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices



Sim 420kgs €1120, Ch 385kgs €1060, Lm 420kgs €1055, Lm 450kgs €1170, Ch 445kgs €1120, Chx 680kgs €1580, Lm 640kgs €1510, Ch 595kgs €1355, AA 660kgs €1520.

Dry cows

Lm 790kgs €1490, BBx 610kgs €1390, Lm 680kgs €1380, Lm 665kgs €1335, Lm 725kgs €1335, AA 465kgs €710.

Weanling heifers

Ch 275kgs €840, Lm 250kgs €805, Ch 355kgs €1030, BB 340kgs €990, Ch 330kgs €995.

Weanling bulls

Ch 245kgs €825, Ch 220kgs €785, Lm 260kgs €765, Ch 435kgs €1330, Ch 425kgs €1180, Ch 380kgs €1120.


Chx 480kgs €1210, AA 490kgs €1225, Lmx 515kgs €1370, AA 525kgs €1295, Lm 575kgs €1385, Ch 565kgs €1365, Ch 635kgs €1460, Ch 680kgs €1500.


Roscommon Show AGM




The AGM of Roscommon Agricultural Show was held on the 21st of March 2019. All committee members attended.

  We extend our sympathies to the family of the late Joe Murphy, former President of Roscommon Agricultural Show. He was a member of the show committee since its inception 48 years ago, acting in various capacities. As a mark of respect for Mr. Murphy, who contributed so much to the show over the years, a minute’s silence was observed by all members at the AGM.


Election of officers

Congratulations to the following members, who were elected to positions on the show’s executive committee – President: Christy Tully; Vice Presidents: Pat Naughton, Padraig Nolan, Joe Kelly, James Gleeson, Bernie Gately. Chairperson: Damien Hannon; Vice Chairperson: Noel Hanlon; Secretary: Ursula Hannon; Assistant Secretary: Claudia Gormley; Treasurer: Tracy Hanlon, Assistant Treasurer: Teresa Hanlon; PRO: Christy Tully; Assistant PRO: Kenneth Hanley; Chief Steward: Gerry Hanlon; Deputy Steward: Anthony Burke; Safety Officer: Anthony Owens; Assistant Safety Officer: Noel Hanlon.


2019 Show

2018 was a very successful year for the Roscommon Show Society. Heads for all of the sections were appointed on the night of the AGM, however new members are urgently required. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for 2018 and look forward to working with them again in 2019. Our 2019 show date is Saturday, August 17th, in Hannon’s Grounds.



‘Implement Teagasc climate roadmap’




In advance of the publication of the report from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, IFA President Joe Healy said that the Committee should include, as a key recommendation, the full implementation of the Teagasc climate roadmap for the sector.

  He said this represents a ‘climate just’ way forward, rather than imposing taxes or restrictions on Ireland’s carbon efficient model of food production.

  Joe Healy said: “Ireland has a carbon efficient model of food production, with the European Commission confirming that dairy farmers have the lowest carbon footprint for milk and our beef farmers are amongst the five most carbon efficient in the EU”.

  “The Teagasc climate roadmap represents a clear strategy for kick starting a vibrant farm scale and community-based renewables sector and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the sector. Its implementation would make a real contribution to meeting our renewables and climate targets,” he said.

  IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney added: “Agriculture deserves to have a fairer representation of its climate actions. For example, our carbon sinks from Ireland’s permanent pastures, hedgerows and forestry have to be included when it comes to climate change and agriculture.

  “Farmers are engaged in climate action. From a carbon efficiency perspective, we are best in class”.




Crime call!



IFA wants community policing report implemented


IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has welcomed the publication by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality of its Report on Community Policing and Rural Crime.

  Richard Kennedy said IFA has taken a proactive role in the area of crime prevention, but that more can and must be done by the Government, as evidenced by this report.

  He highlighted how over the last year, several serious incidents have occurred on farms. Many farmers and rural dwellers live in real fear for their safety, which is compounded by geographic and service isolation. Theft of valuables from rural homes and of livestock and machinery from farms is also a major concern.

  Richard Kennedy said: “IFA has said many times that there is a need for greater patrolling of rural Ireland. Farm families need to see a much greater Garda presence on the road. The JOC has agreed with us and included it as one of its key recommendations”.

  A proposal to establish a dedicated Rural Crime Task Force in crime blackspots was suggested by the IFA in its presentation to the JOC last October. At the time, IFA highlighted how a similar UK Task Force has been successful in tackling rural crime. This has also been included in the list of recommendations.

  “The Committee has done good work and produced a sensible, workable report. However, it will be a fruitless exercise if it left on a shelf gathering dust. The Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan and his officials must set out a clear timetable for implementation and IFA will be seeking a meeting with him to discuss this as soon as possible,” said Richard Kennedy.




Creggs to host County Ploughing Championships on Sunday, April 7th




New Connacht title to be won on the day


A new Connacht Horse Ploughing title will be on offer at the County Roscommon Ploughing Championships on Sunday, April 7th.

  This competition, which is confined to competitors from the Connacht region, has been sanctioned by the NPA and will feature a prize fund of €1,000, kindly sponsored by the Sweeney family from Strokestown.

  This year’s County Roscommon Ploughing Championships takes place on the Hanley family farm at Kilbegnet, Creggs, Co. Roscommon. Civil Engineering firm Ward & Burke are main sponsors of this year’s event and will have a large civil engineering display on site as well as offering six apprentice places on the day.

  The international civil engineering firm is looking for young men and women who are willing to work outdoors, who are hard workers and who feel that they can learn better with hands-on experience. Staff from Ward & Burke will be on hand to talk to prospective trainees on the day. Ward & Burke are currently working with CIF, City and Guilds, ESB, Irish Water and Ervia to put together a programme of learning which would lead to an apprenticeship qualification.

  The Roscommon event will feature fun for all the family, from bouncing castles for the children to Macra Farm Skills for the young adults and a range of craft displays. The event will also feature some of the region’s best ploughmen and women, with an array of machinery new and old turning the sod.

  Sheep dog trials will also take place on the day. Traditional craft skills such as blacksmiths, as well as weavers and wool workers, will also be displaying their skills on the day in what promises to be a fun day out for all the family.

  For further information on the Roscommon event contact PRO John Hanley on 086-8125211.


IFA critical of TB Forum





IFA Animal Health Chairperson Pat Farrell has strongly criticised the lack of progress of the TB Forum in addressing key issues for farmers.

  He said the Department of Agriculture, facilitated by the Forum structure, has continually frustrated efforts to address the critical issues for farmers.

  “IFA agreed to participate on the understanding it would provide farmers with the opportunity to have the key issues impacting on our livelihoods addressed. We are the single largest contributor to the programme, providing €54m annually directly and indirectly.

  “Following six full meetings, the key issues raised by IFA, on behalf of farmers, remain to be addressed. These issues have been clearly and consistently highlighted to the Minister, his officials and the Forum and relate primarily to the compensation and support payments to farmers.

  “A number of bilateral meetings were facilitated by the Forum late last year, but the issues have not been progressed by the Department of Agriculture,” he said.

  Pat Farrell said despite the commitments given by the Minister for Agriculture, the TB Forum is functioning as a vehicle for the Department, but is ignoring the issues raised by farmers.

  “The draft interim report presented to the most recent meeting gives a very clear insight into the intentions of the Minister and his officials. It details additional controls and sanctions for farmers with no reference to the compensatory issues put forward by IFA,” he said.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - March 29th



Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There was another good entry of excellent quality stock on offer at last Friday’s sale which included a special sale of bullocks. There was a brisk trade for all stock with a strong demand in particular for bullocks from the large number of customers present.   Bullocks fetched from an average of €2.31 per kilo up to €3.19 per kilo. Heifers prices ranged from an average of €2.27 per kilo up to €2.52 per kilo. There were good numbers of dry cows on offer with prices ranging from €1.56 per kilo up to €1.87 per kilo.

  “There will be a special sale of heifers this Friday (29th) at 11 am with 40 pens on offer as well as bullocks and dry cows.

  “There were similar numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale. Prices for finished hoggets peaked at €122 for 72kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €40 up to €125. Ewe with two lambs at foot made up to €252, ewe with one lamb at foot made up to €190 and in-lamb ewes made from €200 to €228 per lot.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. There is a sheep scanning service each Wednesday from 9 am to 10 am”.


Roscommon Mart sample prices


Dry cows

AAX 960kgs €1585, BBX 795kgs €1490, AAX 795kgs €1480, AAX 810kgs €1340, HEX 935kgs €1335, BBX 675kgs €1230, AA 855kgs €1290, Lim X 645kgs €1000, AAX 685kgs €1010, BBX 735kgs €1105.


Lim X 490kgs €1150, Lim X 505kgs €1100, BBX 465kgs €1100, Lim X 505kgs €1060,

Char X 445kgs €1000, Lim X 420kgs €1000, BAX 440kgs €950, Lim X 360kgs €910.


Lim X 775kgs €1700, Char X 690kgs €1625, 4 Char X 640kgs €1575, 2 Lim X 557kgs €1570, 2 Char X 532kgs €1490, Lim X 490kgs €1490, 2 Char X 595kgs €1460, SHX 550kgs €1445, 3 Lim X 578kgs €1405, Char X 480kgs €1385, Char X 500kgs €1400, 8 Char X 320kgs €1025, Lim X 495kgs €1330.

Weanling heifers

Char X 495kgs €1240 - €2.50 per kilo, Lim X 460kgs €1200 - €2.60 per kilo, Simm X 400kgs €1010 - €2.52 per kilo, 2 Lim X 365kgs €1010 – €2.76 per kilo, 3 Char X 415kgs €1035 - €2.49 per kilo, 3 Lim X 356kgs €955 - €2.67 per kilo, Char X 260kgs €830 - €3.19 per kilo, Char X 210kgs €715 - €3.40 per kilo, Char X 345kgs €875 - €2.53 per kilo, Char X 355kgs €1020 - €2.87 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Char X 495kgs €1325 - €2.67 per kilo, Char X 580kgs €1305 - €2.25 per kilo, Char 460kgs €1200 - €2.60 per kilo, Lim X 455kgs €1175 - €2.58 per kilo, Char X 350kgs €1100 - €3.14 per kilo, Char X 345kgs €995 - €2.88 per kilo, Char X 350kgs €965 - €2.75 per kilo, Lim X 330kgs €920 - €2.78 per kilo, Lim X 285kgs €900 - €3.15 per kilo, 2 Lim X 280kgs €845 - €3.01 per kilo, Lim X 260kgs €710 - €2.73 per kilo.

Finished hoggets

72kgs €122, 57.5kgs €121, 53kgs €121, 60kgs €121, 52kgs €121, 53.3kgs €120, 50.3kgs €118, 50.6kgs €115.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“Numbers presented for sale continue to grow with a large entry of stock on offer and despite the recent inclement weather conditions trade remained firm for all categories of stock on offer.

  “The bullock and heifer rings reported good demand this week while the weanling rings have been boosted by strong export demand while the calf ring had increased numbers on offer with improved prices on offer. The breeding stock and dry cows reported good clearances also.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €750 to €1,570 per head. Springers made from €900 to €1,390 per head. Dairy cross type calves made from €5 to €55, Fr Bulls €30 to €110, with Hereford and Angus calves making from €155 to €300 and continentals making up to €510 per head.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 28th) with our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices



Ch 425kgs €1220, Lmx 480kgs €1275, AA 495kgs €1195, Lm 530kgs €1355, Ch 520kgs €1345, AAx 520kgs €1275, Chx 570kgs €1355, Sim 630kgs €1410, Lm 605kgs €1345.



AAx 425kgs €1010, Lm 410kgs €970, Ch 480kgs €1310, Chx 485kgs €1265, Lm 440kgs €1140, Ch 505kgs €1310, Lm 680kgs €1475 AA 590kgs €1265.

Dry cows

Lmx 695kgs €1375, Lm 710kgs €1330, Ch 840kgs €1465, Lm 775kgs €1355, Fr 680kgs €765.

Weanling bulls

Ch 275kgs €830, Ch 380kgs €1040, Lmx 380kgs €1315, Ch 470kgs €1130, Chx 425kgs €1055, Lm 320kgs €1050.

Weanling heifers

Ch 275kgs €830, Ch 380kgs €1040, Lmx 360kgs €1000, BBx 365kgs €1265, Lm 335kgs €930, Lm 260kgs €980.


‘Cattle farmers facing financial ruin’ – IFA



IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said farmers selling cattle at the current unviable prices are shipping major financial losses and facing financial ruin.

  He called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to insist that the Brexit compensation package currently being negotiated with the EU to be applied retrospectively.

  “It is very easy for Commissioner Hogan to tell farmers ‘not to panic’ and for Minister Creed to adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach, but the financial reality is Irish beef farmers are on their knees and urgently need a tangible response from Brussels, which addresses the Brexit losses. IFA has put detailed proposals to the Department of Agriculture on what’s needed for the beef and livestock sector”.

  Angus Woods accused the factories and agents of overcooking the negativity around the cattle price, which he said has seriously damaged farmer confidence in the sector. “Cattle farmers have faced a barrage of negativity on the price since last autumn. It is incredible that the price has been stuck at a base of €3.75 for steers and €3.85 for heifers since last September”.

Strokestown students honoured for role in Beef Schools Competition


At an awards ceremony in Croke Park, Conor Murphy, Ciaran McManus and Dylan Cronin from Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown were honoured for their participation in the 2019 Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition.

  Organised by the Irish Angus Producer Group, ABP and Kepak, the initiative challenges students to rear five Irish Angus Cross calves for 18 months until their slaughter as part of their Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science project.

  The three students researched ‘The importance of planned production in beef farming’. The students designed a creative board game based on the popular Snakes & Ladders, and highlighted the challenges and opportunities that farmers can face in beef production. Having knowledge of the best route to take was a key takeaway from the game and the game layout also outlined the flexibility that farmers must have in adapting to their route. The students themselves faced setbacks which they had to overcome in the rearing of their Angus calves, due to unpredictable weather conditions.

  The group were one of five finalists selected to take part in the competition over 18 months which aims to encourage second level students to gain an understanding about the care and attention that is required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers. 


More lairage facilities needed in Cherbourg – IFA



IFA President Joe Healy has acknowledged the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed that capacity in lairage facilities in Cherbourg will increase to accommodate an additional 400 calves per day. However, he said more spaces are needed urgently.

  “IFA has been in regular contact with the two lairage operators in Cherbourg. The other operator is willing to increase his capacity by another 600 calves, but his premises needs approval from the French authorities to do this,” said Joe Healy.

  “We have IFA personnel on the ground in Cherbourg and we are talking directly to the lairage operators to try and create this extra capacity,” he said.

  “We have repeatedly asked the Minister to speak to his counterpart in France to ask the authorities in Cherbourg to work with both lairage operators to get approval for the extra spaces. We need to see far greater urgency from the Minister and the Department to resolve this crisis,” said Joe Healy.

  “The Minister seems to be claiming credit for these 400 extra spaces, but he must drive on and get the other 600 places on stream now,” he said.

  The IFA President said: “An IFA delegation including our Dairy Chair Tom Phelan, Executive Secretary Catherine Lascurettes and Livestock Chair Angus Woods visited Cherbourg in February. We have been in constant contact with both lairage operators since then. The extra space announced by the Minister does not come close to addressing the current export crisis facing farmers”.




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