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Roscommon Mart employee graduates

 

 

 

Roscommon Mart staff member Anthony Naughton was among the first graduates to have emerged from an intensive new Mart Management Development Programme designed to enhance management and organisational practices in co-operative marts. 

  Launched at the end of 2018, the programme is aimed at ensuring the continuing availability of skills for the successful operation of marts into the future, including management succession planning. It is being delivered by Technological University Dublin at its Tallaght campus and also in Portlaoise in conjunction with ICOS Skillnet – the learning and development division of ICOS (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society).

  The new programme requires participants to engage in an intensive five-day immersion programme of lectures, case studies and workshops across 12 modules ranging from co-operative governance, finance and environmental subjects through to employment legislation, customer relationship management, data protection, media awareness and marketing.

  Managers and next-in-line staff from nine co-operative mart groups took part in the inaugural course including Aurivo Marts, Athenry Mart, Central Auctions, Clare Marts, Cork Marts, Mid-Tipp Mart, Roscommon Marts, Waterford Ross Mart and Wexford Farmers Co-op Mart. The programme was developed by a working group established from within the marts sector and TU Dublin won a competitive tender to provide the course.

Kepak blockade lifted but further protests planned

 

 

 

Members of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) lifted their blockade of the Kepak factory in Athleague in protest over low lamb prices on Monday evening following talks with management at the factory. The protest began on Sunday afternoon and had continued into Monday.

  While no agreement on lamb price increases was reached, a second meeting with Kepak management is expected to take place in Co. Meath today (Thursday).

  The ICSA, which was supported by members of the Beef Plan Movement in Athleague during the block of the Kepak site, has threatened to stage further protests if no progress is made during talks.

  Meanwhile, the Beef Plan Movement itself has called on farmers to march on Dáil Éireann in protest over “the latest EU attack on our family farming model”.

  In a statement released to the Roscommon People, the movement said it planned to protest at Government buildings next Wednesday.

  Part of the statement read: ‘The last year has seen unprecedented levels of loss making across beef farms in Ireland. This loss making has subsequently continued into 2019 with the continued decline in beef and lamb prices across the summer months. This continued decline is unsustainable for both beef and lamb industries to be in. However, at the retailer level, these lower prices have not been reflected in households across Ireland and Europe.

  ‘A recent survey carried out has shown that meat prices are 5% more expensive then anywhere in Europe. The level of wealth within the beef industry is being creamed by a chosen few. Primary producers are operating unviable and unsustainable farm business models. In 2018 average cattle rearing farm of €8,300 is unsustainable, with the result of these falling farm gate prices.

  ‘Farmers and all rural businesses need to speak with one voice on July 10th at 12 noon outside Dáil Éireann to bring the message home to the government and to Commissioner (Phil) Hogan. 

  ‘We also call on the cattle breed society/sheep breed society to join with us on this day to stand in unison with us and support our call. Without a vibrant rural Ireland and sustainable farming sectors, the economic consequences will be far more widespread for the country.

  ‘The Irish government has forgotten which sectors were to the fore with global exports, which helped pull the economy back from brink after the boom collapsed. The agri-industry in Ireland is what helped to stem the tide of doom and provide continued employment to help this country regain its economic exchequer. We won’t stop until our voice is heard; this is a fight for all of Ireland. We need your support on Wednesday, July 10th outside Dáil Éireann.’

 

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - July 5th

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“Numbers on offer were smaller this week with a steady trade for all stock. Bullocks averaged from €2 per kilo up to €2.59 per kilo. Heifers ranged from €2.29 per kilo up to €2.41 per kilo. Dry cows made from €1.65 per kilo up to €1.83 per kilo. 

  “This Friday (5th) sees usual sales for bullocks, heifers, dry cows, weanlings, and suckler cows from 11 am. Friday July 12th – 60th Anniversary Special Sales for Bullocks & Heifers – Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on this Thursday July 4th

  “Roscommon Mart will host 60th Anniversary Special Sales on Wednesday, July 10th and Friday, July 12th. Further details on our website.

  “There was a fair entry of weanlings on offer at Tuesday’s sale. Weanling heifers ranged from €2.45 per kilo up to €3.24 per kilo. Bull weanlings made from an average of €2.32 per kilo up to €3.45 per kilo. There was a good attendance of customers resulting in a high percentage clearance of lots. Please note that weanlings will be sold on Fridays for the month of July.

  “There will be a show and sale of weanlings (autumn born) on Tuesday, August 6th at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, August 1st.

  “There was a small 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 51.5kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €97 up to €108.

  “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

 

Weanling heifers

 

Lim X 520kgs €1115 - €2.14 per kilo, Lim X 380kgs €1090 - €2.86 per kilo, Lim X 400kgs €1000 - €2.50 per kilo, Char X 385kgs €960 - €2.40 per kilo, Char X 285kgs €925 - €3.24 per kilo, SAX 275kgs €735 - €2.67 per kilo, Char X 295kgs €900 - €3.05 per kilo, Char X 285kgs €925 - €3.24 per kilo.

 

Weanling bulls

 

Lim X 335kgs €1125 - €3.35 per kilo, Char X 390kgs €1090, Simm X 445kgs €1080 - €2.42 per kilo, PTX 345kgs €1040 - €3.01 per kilo, Lim X 295kgs - €3.45 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €880 - €2.83 per kilo, Char X 325kgs €850 - €2.61 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €880 - €2.83 per kilo, BBX 340kgs €800 - €2.35 per kilo.

 

Spring Lamb

 

51.5kgs €105, 51.9kgs €104, 48.8kgs €104, 48.7kgs €102, 48kgs €100, 50.7kgs €100, 43.9kgs €97, 43.3kgs €95, 47.5kgs €93.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“There were 400 cattle on offer this week in pleasant sunshine, and customers in attendance were taking a little break from the hay and silage activities which had been in full swing!

  “Very little change in trade to report this week with good demand for the stores on offer. Forward cattle tended to be a little easier on the back of weakening beef prices but other categories of stock were relatively unchanged with a good clearance taking place.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,260 to €1,970 for a AA cow and her Lm bull calf at foot. Young calves made from €60 to €260 per head with runners making from €365 to €700 for the continental lots.

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

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Weanling bulls

Lm 275kgs €780, Lm 275kgs €710, Lmx 420kgs €1145, Ch 410kgs €1100, Lm 430kgs €1090.

 

Weanling heifers

Lmx 275kgs €700, Ch 250kgs €665, Lm 360kgs €945, Ch 350kgs €900, Ch 330kgs €850, Lm 325kgs €890.

 

Bullocks

Ch 450kgs €1210, Ch 430kgs €1180, AAx 525kgs €1295, Ch 535kgs €1285, Lmx 650kgs €1400, Fr 610kgs €1205.

 

Heifers

Six 390kgs €1000, Ch 400kgs €995, BB 365kgs €975, Lm 370kgs €920, Lm 475kgs €1130, Lm 590kgs €1345, Lm 665kgs €1685, Lm 475kgs €1070.

 

Dry cows

Chx 805kgs €1490, Lm 775kgs €1520, Lm 800kgs €1430, Ch 910kgs €1635, Lmx 830kgs €1440.

 

Murphy’s beef with Mercosur deal!

 

  

Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has called on the Government to give an absolute assurance that it will not support any deals around Mercosur which gives increased access to South American beef as, he contends, it would seriously undermine an already vulnerable sector in Ireland.

  He said: “It has been mooted that up to 100,000 tonnes of beef access had been agreed to and informally agreed at EU level with Mercosur countries. 

  “This Fine Gael-led government has failed to put up any real fight at European level and accepted the Commission’s offer of at least 70,000 extra tonnes of South American Mercosur beef into Europe back in Autumn 2017. If this deal was to come to pass it will have a detrimental effect on an already threatened beef sector with a no deal Brexit on the horizon”.

  Deputy Murphy said that he is calling on the Government to give an absolute assurance that it will not support any such deal.

Farmers invited to events on sustainable control of rushes and other grassland weeds

 

 

 

Teagasc is inviting farmers in Athleague, Ballinasloe and surrounding areas in Co. Galway and Co. Roscommon to what promises to be two very interesting farm walks focusing on the sustainable control of rushes and other grassland weeds.

  The events take place on the farms of Joseph Naughton and Shane Naughton, Ashford, Ballinasloe (H53WD90) on Monday, July 1st and at Michael Connaughton’s, Deerpark, Athleague (F42X588) on Tuesday, 2nd of July, both starting at 7 pm.

  The events will focus on the use of weed lickers, boom sprayers, and flail mower on quad, sprayer inspections, buffer zones, best practice and water quality issues. All farmers and contractors are encouraged to attend.

  Attendees at this event will benefit from talks about raw water quality at drinking water sources; information about exceedances recorded in public drinking water, and the actions that Irish Water must take once a pesticide exceedance is detected as well as a talk about the responsible and correct application of pesticides. This will be supplemented by a demonstration and discussion led by Teagasc on best practice when using a sprayer. There will also be an opportunity to see the advantages of a weedlicker and flail mower driven by a quad.

  The event is being supported by Irish Water and the Animal Plant and Health Association and speakers include Thomas Gibbons, Irish Water; John Keogh, APHA; and advisers from Teagasc. 

  Exceedances in pesticides continue to be detected in the Suck Catchment. In 2018, the Ballinasloe Public Water Supply had one exceedance and there have been two already recorded in 2019.

  While the pesticide levels detected do not pose any immediate risk to health, it is imperative that users of pesticides are mindful of best practice when spraying their lands.

  Irish Water working in partnership with the National Pesticide and Drinking Water Action Group (NPDWAG) is appealing to farmers and other users of pesticides to ensure that best practice measures to protect drinking water quality are always followed.

  Drinking water monitoring results across Ireland show that a number of pesticides commonly used on grassland, primarily MCPA and 2,4-D, are being detected more frequently.

  MCPA is commonly used to kill rushes on wet land and careless storage, handling and improper application means it ends up in our drinking water leading to breaches of the drinking water regulations.

  For further information, contact Teagasc on 094-9620160.

 

 

Climate action: ‘Don’t sacrifice suckler industry’ – Naughten

 

 

 

€3bn sector supports 52,000 jobs

 

 

Independent TD Denis Naughten has called on the Government not to sacrifice Irish suckler farmers in order to meet any EU Commission proposals that would blame the sector for climate emissions from the agriculture industry.

  “The Government climate plan published this week has set a target of reducing agriculture emissions by 10% by 2030. Yet, based on calf registrations, we have seen suckler cow emission reductions of 5% in 2018 alone and if the 2019 trend continues we will have achieved our 13-year target for the suckler sector in just 24 months,” explained Denis Naughten.

  “It would therefore be dishonest to use the global climate crisis to sacrifice a suckler beef sector that has already reduced emissions and has the potential to become much more carbon efficient through grassland management.

  “We must remember that the suckler industry supports 52,000 jobs and is worth €3bn to the rural economy. By shutting down the suckler beef industry we will force tens of thousands of people working in our local towns and rural communities to commute long distances to gain alternative employment in our cities adding to congestion and transport emissions.

  “If we listen to some national politicians they seem to want to replace suckler cows with sika spruce but they are ignoring the drastic impact that this will have on jobs and the local economy particularly in the Midlands and West of Ireland”.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - June 28th

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There were good numbers on offer this week with prices holding firm in particular for quality stock. Bullocks averaged from €2.15 per kilo up to €3 per kilo. Prices for heifers ranged from €2.21 per kilo up to €2.61 per kilo. Dry cows ranged from €1.61 per kilo up to €2.21 per kilo. There was a good demand for stock with a high clearance of lots. 

  “This Friday (28th) at 11 am there will be the usual sale for bullocks, heifers, dry cows weanlings and suckler cows.

  “On Tuesday (July 2nd), the start of our 60th Anniversary Special Sales will take place for weanlings and sucklers. Bookings accepted until 5 pm today (Thursday).

  “Customers who sell or buy cattle or sheep on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday of next week will be included in a draw with a first prize of €200 and second prize a €100 voucher for Roscommon Veterinary Supplies.

  “On Wednesday (July 10th) there will be sales for lambs and cast ewes and on Friday, 12th there will be the usual cattle sales. Bookings for the cattle sales accepted up until 5 pm next Thursday.

  “Meanwhile, there was a similar 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 €106 for 47.5kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €77 up to €128.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am but please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID Tag set”.

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

 

Dry cows

Lim 665kgs €1475, Char X 830kgs €1470, Lim X 700kgs €1340, Simm X 740kgs €1165, Char X 685kgs €1160, Lim X 600kgs €1155, Simm X 710kgs €1100, Lim 605kgs €1060, Lim X 670kgs €1050, Char X 590kgs €890.

 

Heifers

Char X 600kgs €1545, Char X 730kgs €1520, Char X 605kgs €1480, Char X 665kgs €1450,

Char X 605kgs €1390, Char X 625kgs €1370, Char X 685kgs €1350, Lim X 620kgs €1325, 4 Char X 578kgs €1280, AAX 550kgs €1160, Char X 465kgs €1100, 2 Char X 420kgs €1040, AAX 435kgs €975, 2 Lim 352kgs €920, SHX 400kgs €1000.

 

Bullocks

Char X 725kgs €1800, 2 Char X 675kgs €1480, BBX 605kgs €1400, 2 Char X 490kgs €1355, 2 Char X 435kgs €1305, 2 Char X 472kgs €1300, Simm X 535kgs €1275, 2 Lim x 470kgs €1250, Char X 510kgs €1230, Char X 470kgs €1200, Lim X 435kgs €1000, AAX 375kgs €835.

 

Spring lamb

47.5kgs €106, 49.5kgs €106, 52kgs €105, 46.8kgs €105, 45.3kgs €105, 46.4kgs €105, 57kgs €105, 46.5kgs €98, 42.7kgs €95.50, 43.5kgs €95, 41.5kgs €93, €41.5 €93.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“There were 450 cattle on offer this week with prices and trade similar to previous weeks. Demand for the quality store cattle still remains strong, while the weanling rings reported good demand this week with better quality lots on offer. 

  “The cow trade reported a good clearance this week while breeding stock attracted a lot of interest and the calf and runner lots were a good trade also. Springers made from €810 to €1,650 per head. Young calves made form €50 to €310 with stronger runner type lots making from €250 to €735 for continental lots.

  “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

Ch 435kg €1140, Lim 470kg €1140, Ch 363kg €1020, BAx 545kg €1270, Lim 530kg €1200, Lim 588kg €1420, AA 565kg €1390, Lim 605kg €1385, AA 635kg €1410.

 

Dry cows

Sim 770kg €1500, Lim 745kg €1465, BA 800kg €1500, Lim 785kg €1465, Ch 860kg €1540, Fr 450kg €615.

 

Weanling bulls

Ch 280kg €930, Ch 280kg €805, Lim 275kg €740, Lim 405kg €1100, Ch 415kg €1100, Lim 385kg €1050, Ch 375kg €1050.

 

Heifers

Lim 370kg €915, Ch 465kg €1250, BBx 440kg €1150, Lim X 480kg €1115, AAx 695kg €1475, AA 635kg €1390, Lim 495kg €1190.

 

Weanling heifers

Ch 400kg €1210, BB 380kg €1250, Ch 310kg €985, Lim 340kg €950, Ch 360kg €925.

 

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - June 21st

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“Numbers this week were slightly back on the previous week. However, there was a firm trade for all stock. Bullocks ranged from €2.23 per kilo up to €2.84 per kilo, while heifers fetched from €2.28 per kilo up to €2.53 per kilo. Dry cows made from €1.85 per kilo up to €2.11 per kilo. There was a good number of customers sourcing stock resulting in a high clearance of lot.

  “There will be a Midsummer Special Sale this Friday (21st) at 11 am for bullocks, heifers, dry cows, weanlings and suckler cows.

  “There was a bigger entry of sheep on offer at Wednesday’s sale. Prices for spring lamb remained consistent was the previous week with prices fetching €115 for 51.1kgs.

  “There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €65 up to €116. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am. for lamb and cast ewes. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID Tag set”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

BBX 835kgs €1370, Simm X 625kgs €1170, Lim 575kgs €1115, Lim X 565kgs €1100, Lim X 510kgs €1080, Lim X 625kgs €1070, Lim X 490kgs €1020, Lim X 530kgs €1000, Lim X 570kgs €950.

Heifers

Lim X 570kgs €1285, BBX 595kgs €1255, Char X 545kgs €1240, Char 585kgs €1230,

Lim X 485kgs €1075, SHX 485kgs €1000, Lim X 480kgs €970, SAX 435kgs €930, Char X 295kgs €700, Lim X 315kgs €800, 3 Lim 348kgs €880.

Bullocks

Lim X 465kgs €1100, Lim X 500kgs €1100, Lim X 425kgs €965, Lim X 330kgs €940, 2 Char X 407kgs €930, Lim 400kgs €920, Lim X 335kgs €890, Lim x 275kgs €775, Lim X 335kgs €890.

Spring lamb

51.1kgs €115, 48.2kgs €115, 51.5kgs €112, 46.4kgs €111, 50kgs €110, 47.4kgs €109, 45kgs €107, 43.6kgs €105, 46.7kgs €105, 43.1kgs €102, 42.9kgs €100, €41.3 €94, 40.4kgs €90.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“There were similar numbers of stock presented for sale again this week with trade and demand relatively unchanged and in the case of both the lighter stores in both the bullocks and heifer rings demand was actually stronger this week.

  “The cow trade has remained firm also while the weanlings rings reported a good clearance. Cows with calves at foot made form €1,050 to €1,660 per head.

  “Springers made from €940 to €1,800 per head. Young calves made from €40 to €355 while runner type lots made form €350 to €700 for the continental lots.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (20th) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Bullocks

BBx 475kgs €1290, Lm 465kgs €1200, AA 470kgs €1070, Lm 525kgs €1295, Lm 700kgs €1500, Lm 690kgs €1495, Fr 600kgs €1080.

 

Heifers

BBx 400kgs €1190, Lm 350kgs €1020, Lm 380kgs €990, Chx 475kgs €1370, Lm 460kgs €1220, Lm 465kgs €1200, Ch 680kgs €1565, Lm 620kgs €1445, Lm 540kgs €1285.

Dry cows

Ch 870kgs €1680, Ch 780kgs €1525, Ch 725kgs €1415, Si 810kgs €1445, Ch 680kgs €1355, Lm 625kgs €1205.

 

Weanling bulls

Chx 355kgs €950, Ch 410kgs €1140, Lm 220kg €960, Lm 325kgs €940, Lm 385kgs €990, Lm 210kgs €650, AA 240kgs €620.

 

 

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.

 

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