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Local students visit in study trip on marketing of Irish beef

 

 

 

A group of agricultural science students from Roscommon Community College who are participating in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition recently visited the headquarters of retailers Tesco Ireland and Albert Heijn to learn about the marketing and export of Certified Irish Angus Beef.

  The study trip, organised by Irish Angus Producer Group, ABP and Kepak, began with a visit to Tesco Ireland who have been involved in the production and promotion of Certified Irish Angus Beef for more than 21 years. The group then boarded a flight to The Netherlands to visit Albert Heijn, the Dutch supermarket chain who is a leading importer of Irish beef.

  The students were selected by a panel of industry judges to rear six Irish Angus Cross calves up until their slaughter in 2020. In addition to the rearing of calves, the students are undertaking the following research project: The Value of Irish Angus in Suckler Systems which will investigate the benefits of choosing an Angus bull including how output can be increased, coupled with environmental and animal welfare benefits.

  The initiative encourages secondary school students to increase their knowledge and understanding of the care and attention required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers and to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to a real-life setting.

  Each of the finalists will receive the financial benefit involved in the selling of the animals to the processors on completion of the project. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - March 1st

 

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There was a good turnout of excellent quality stock on offer at last Friday’s sale. There was a lively trade for bullocks with plenty of customers anxious for cattle resulting in a very high clearance of lots. 

  “Prices for bullocks ranged from an average of €2.30 per kilo up to €2.76 per kilo. Heifer numbers were small due to the large entry for next Friday’s sale with lots fetching from €1.95 per kilo up to €2.10 per kilo. Dry cows prices averaged from €1.55 per kilo up to €1.80 per kilo.  

  “Sales continue on Friday’s weekly for bullocks, heifers and dry cows – full details on our Facebook and website. There will be a special sale of bullocks this Friday (March 1st) including 45 pens of heifers as well as bullocks and dry cows. There will also be a special springtime sale of Bullocks on Friday, March 8th at 11 am. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm this Thursday (28th).

  “There was a lively trade for weanling bulls at Tuesday’s sale with prices averaging from €2.50 per kilo up to €3.30 per kilo. There was a solid  trade for weanling heifers with average prices ranging from €2.40 per kilo up to €3.14 per kilo.

  “The mart wil host a show and sale of weanlings next Tuesday (March 5th) at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (28th). Included in the sale will be six excellent quality springer cows in calf to Lim Bull due March onwards. Enquiries to 090-6626352.

  “There were larger numbers on offer this week. Prices for finished hoggets peaked at €124 for 56.1kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €65 up to €117. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Char 920kgs €1475, Char X 695kgs €1250, Lim X 710kgs €1135, Simm X 695kgs €1040, Lim X 580kgs €1040, AAX 680kgs €940, Lim X 535kgs €900, Lim X 560kgs €895.

Bullocks

Char X 655kgs €1630, SAX 700kgs €1615, 5 Char X 576kgs €1500, Char X 545kgs €1505, Lim X 535kgs €1275, Lim X 495kgs €1290, Lim X 480kgs €1300, 2 Char X 510kgs €1285, Lim X 425kgs €1105, Char X 430kgs €1100, AAX 420kgs €1020, Lim X 355kgs €930.

Heifers

Simm 765kgs €1380, AAX 510kgs €1000, AAX 395kgs €830, AAX 400kgs €830, AAX 390kgs €800, Char X 425kgs €800.

Weanling heifers

Lim X 420kgs €1165 - €2.77 per kilo, Lim X 430kgs €2.67 per kilo, Char 405kgs €1105 - €2.72 per kilo, Lim X 375kgs €1055 - €2.81 per kilo, 2 Char X 310kgs €905 - €2.91 per kilo, Char X 290kgs €875 - €3.01 per kilo, Char X 265kgs €805 - €3.03 per kilo,

Char X 250kgs €785 - €3.14 per kilo, Char X 290kgs €835 - €2.87 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

BBX 475kgs €1200- €2.52 per kilo, Char X 440kgs €1200 - €2.72 per kilo, Char X 375kgs €1150 - €3.06 per kilo, Bax 375kgs €1080 – €2.88 per kilo, Lim X 355kgs €1080 - €3.04 per kilo, Lim X 365kgs €1145 - €3.13 per kilo, Bax 320kgs €1035 - €3.23 per kilo, BBX 355kgs €900 - €2.53 per kilo, Lim X 340kgs €885 - €2.60 per kilo, 2 Char X 257kgs €830 – €3.22 per kilo, 2 Char X 215kgs €710 - €3.30 per kilo.

Finished hoggets

56.1kgs €124, 53.3kgs €124, 54.2 kgs €123, 55.6kgs €122, 52.5kgs €120, 52.5kgs €115, 46.7kgs €115, 42.5kgs €107.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“Larger numbers of stock presented for sale this week and trade remained strong with a good attendance of farmers and agents active for all categories of stock.

  “The forward store bullocks and heifers were a very lively trade while the quality weanlings continue to increase in price also. The cow trade remained firm this week while the calf ring reported a better trade this week with better quality lots on offer and increased demand evident.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,200 to €1,510 per head. Springers made from €900 to €1,250 per head.

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

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Bullocks

Ch 490kgs €1245, Lm 475kgs €1165, Chx 445kgs €1150, Lmx 515kgs €1340, Lm 500kgs €1295, Lm 580kgs €1395, Lm 560kgs €1360, AA 640kgs €1385, Ch 635kgs €1425.

Heifers

Chx 380kgs €975, Chx 425kgs €1070, Ch 370kgs €950, BBX 435kgs €1490, Ch 495kgs €1265, Lmx 430kgs €1170, Chx 740kgs €1580, Lmx 555kgs €1390, Chx 530kgs €1390.

Dry cows

BBx 725kgs €1300, Ch 885kgs €1490, Lm 790kgs €1380, Lm 695kgs €1485, Fr 490kgs €540.

Calves

AA hfr €290, Si Bull €215, Lm hfr €295, Fr bull €60, AA bull €170, Hex hfr €150, Fr bull €80.

Weanling bulls

Chx 275kgs €775, Chx 290kgs €765, Chx 320kgs €1060, Ch 385kgs €1055, Ch 355kgs €1040, Ch 410kgs €1045.

Weanling heifers

Chx 290kgs €970, Chx 270kgs €835, Lmx 330kgs €1075, Ch 325kgs €1000, Lm 370kgs €950, Lm 295kgs €855.

 

IFA meets with Credit Review Office

 

 

 

IFA Farm Business Chairman, Martin Stapleton, has met with the Credit Review Office (CRO) to discuss issues of concern to farmers in relation to credit applications and refusals, sales of loan books and other barriers to competition in the banking sector.

The CRO is an independent office which provides a credit appeals process for SMEs including farmers. 

  At the top of the agenda was Brexit, with the IFA Chairman highlighting how access to credit in the form of working capital may become an issue in the event of a disturbance to the flow of trade with the UK, if a no deal Brexit materialises. 

  Martin Stapleton said: “The role of banks should be to encourage and enable farmers and SMEs to undertake investment. However, the experience on the ground can be very different from the glossy slogans that we see advertised by banks on television and radio. The most basic loan application is getting tied up in all sorts of red tape because the banks have moved away from their customers.

  “We know that with the uncertainty that Brexit is causing, this is likely to become even more pronounced in the coming months”.

  The IFA Farm Business Chairman added: “The CRO offers a valuable appeal process, which is open to farmers who are dissatisfied with the interaction they have had with their banks. In addition, they deal with changes to existing credit terms and conditions”.

  Further information on the services of the Credit Review Office are available from the Credit Review Office website www.creditreview.ie.

 

Beef sector faces €800m Brexit blow – O’Beirne

 

 

 

 

Speaking following an IFA lobby of TDs and Senators on the beef crisis in Dublin, Roscommon IFA Livestock Chairman, John O’Beirne, said a hard Brexit would devastate Ireland’s €3bn beef and livestock sector.

  “IFA estimate the imposition of WTO tariffs in a hard Brexit will impose a direct cost on the beef sector of €800m per year.

  “While the Government and other sectors are talking about preparing for Brexit, beef farmers are already counting their losses. Cattle prices are down €100 per head on this time last year. Brexit uncertainty and the weakness of sterling has already hit hard on beef prices and farm incomes.

  “The income situation on beef and livestock farms is at crisis point. The latest independent data from Teagasc shows farm incomes are down 16% in 2018 and incomes on cattle are between €10,175 and €15,412.

  “Our local representatives must now put the pressure on the Minister for Agriculture to get his act together on this issue before it is too late,” said Mr. O’Beirne.

  The IFA presented a detailed set of proposals including an EU Brexit Emergency Support Package to politicians, demanding that the Taoiseach and the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed take urgent action with the EU Commission to address the Beef and Brexit issues.

  Mr. O’Beirne said IFA has requested that for every 5c/kg change on the price, Minister Creed needs to secure €20 per head additional direct payment compensation.

  The IFA proposals to Government and the EU Commission include an EU Brexit emergency support package, a challenge to meat factories to increase prices, support for the live export trade to double numbers this year, and rewarding quality suckler stock with a significant price premium.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - February 22nd

 

 

Manager's report…Maura Quigley

 

“There were increased numbers on offer this week with a firm trade for all classes of stock. Heifers ranged from €2.28 per kilo up to €2.74 per kilo. Bullocks made up to €2.09 per kilo while dry cows ranged from €1.53 per kilo up to €1.77 per kilo.

  “Sales continue on Fridays for bullocks, heifers and dry cows. There will be a special sale of bullocks this Friday (22nd). The mart will also host a special springtime sale of heifers next Friday (March 1st at 11 am). Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday, 21st).

  “There were smaller numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale. Prices for finished lambs peaked at €125 for 55.8kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €70 up to €90.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. The sheep scanning service will continue next Wednesday (27th) (9-10 am)”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Lim X 750kgs €1300, Char X 840kgs €1300, AAX 785kgs €1270, Lim X 780kgs €1235, BAX 680kgs €1205, AAX 610kgs €840, AAX 665kgs €890, Char X 740kgs €1200, SAX 705kgs €900.

 

Heifers

2 Char X 700kgs €1575, Lim X 665kgs €1550, 2 Char X 632kgs €1405, Lim 615kgs €1335, Char X 485kgs €1285, Char X 515kgs €1270, 2 Lim X 485kgs €1150, Char X 490kgs €1245, Lim X 415kgs €1000, AAX 420kgs €865, Lim X 405kgs €1000.

 

Finished hoggets

55.8kgs €125, 56.8kgs €124, 56.4kgs €124, 51.5kgs €118, 47.5kgs €113, 47.3kgs €110, 43kgs €102, 42kgs €95.

 

Bullocks

Simm X 650kgs €1285, Lim X 600kgs €1255, Char X 605kgs €1245, Lim X 530kgs €1100.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“There were 600 cattle on offer this week with a good spring trade prevailing for the store bullocks, heifers and weanlings on offer with a good attendance of customers present sourcing stock for further feeding. The cow trade remains firm while the calf trade witnessed increased numbers with a variance in price between the better quality type and the plainer lots.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,200 to €1,580 per head. Springer cows made from €620 to €1,050 per head. Jersey cross calves made from €5-€10, plain Friesian type calves made from €15 to €45 with better quality ones making up to €110, with Angus and Hereford types making from €100 to €285 per head.

  “Sales continue today (Thursday) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanling on offer. All sales commence at 11 am with three rings in operation”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Bullocks

Chx 495kgs €1230, Lm 480kgs €1200, Lm 535kgs €1320, Ch 505kgs €1250, Lm 585kgs €1340, AA 570kgs €1330, Chx 630kgs €1415, AAx 635kgs €1360.

Dry cows

Six 480kgs €885, Lm 800kgs €1600, Lmx 760kgs €1560, BBx 780kgs €1385, Ch 825kgs €1385, Fr 480kgs €590, Lm 460kgs €770.

Weanling bulls

Ch 270kgs €780, Ch 295kgs €825, Chx 385kgs €1095, Ch 345kgs €1040, Lm 425kgs €1020, Aa 285kgs €700.

Heifers

Chx 420kgs €995, Lm 400kgs €960, Ch 425kgs €1160, BBx 445kgs €1290, Ch 480kgs €1190, Ch 580kgs €1530, Ch 645kgs €1480, AA 560kgs €1325.

Weanling heifers

Ch 260kgs €835, Ch 270kgs €800, Ch 245kgs €745, Lmx 335kgs €1025, Ch 380kgs €975, Ch 395kgs €1075, Ch 400kgs €945.

 

Roscommon IFA in stark warning to dog owners

 

 

 

 

The Chairman of the IFA Sheep Committee in Roscommon, Michael Glennon, has issued a strong warning to dog owners over increasing sheep attacks.

  Speaking to the Roscommon People last week, he said: “Dog owners can be held responsible for any losses involved in dog attacks on sheep, with serious financial and legal consequences. Farmers have a right to protect their sheep flock and can shoot a dog worrying, or about to worry their flock.

  “In recent weeks we have reports of attacks from all over the country. In County Louth alone, we have reports of 42 sheep killed in the last two months”.

  Highlighting the damage dogs can inflict on a sheep flock, the sheep chairman said that IFA data shows an average of eleven sheep are killed or injured during each dog attack.

  “Unfortunately, IFA are taking calls on a frequent basis from sheep farmers around the country who have suffered attacks. There are far too many dog owners not taking the responsibility that goes with owning a pet. Dog owners have an obligation to have their dog under control at all times”. 

  Mr. Glennon reminded all dog owners, including farmers, that it is a legal requirement that they microchip and register their dogs. He said under the Animal Health and Welfare Act all dogs must be microchipped and registered on an authorised database since March 31st 2016.

  He added that the IFA had a ten-point plan of action detailing steps farmers should take following a dog attack or sheep kill.

  The chairman also called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to re-run a TV advertisement campaign on responsible dog ownership from the 1980s. He said the TV ad was an excellent reminder to warn dog owners about the dangers of letting their pet out at night and the serious damage they could do to a sheep flock. The tag line of that campaign was: ‘Keep your dog under control. Running free he can be a killer’.

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.

 

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