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Roscommon People Mart Watch May 24th

 

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There was a good entry of cattle this week with excellent stock on offer. There was a very lively trade for bullocks with prices ranging from €2.32 per kilo up to €2.79 per kilo. Numbers of heifers on offer were small. There was a big number of dry cows on offer with nearly a full clearance of lots. Prices for dry cows ranged from €1.72 per kilo up to €2.15 per kilo. There were plenty of customers sourcing stock resulting in a very high clearance of lots. The mart will host a special sale of heifers this Friday (24th) at 11 am.

  “On Friday, May 31st, there will be a special sale of bullocks and heifers and bookings will be accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday, May 24th).

  “There was a small entry of excellent quality stock on offer at Tuesday’s weanling sale. Weanling bulls with prices fetched from €2.45 to €3.20 per kilo. There was also a brisk trade for heifer weanlings with lots averaging from €2.41 to €3.13 per kilo.

  “The final spring special sale of weanlings takes place next Tuesday (28th) at 5 pm.

  “Finally, there were smaller numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale and a dip in trade for spring lamb with prices fetching €115 for 60kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €33 up to €102.

  “There was a smaller entry of ewes with lambs at foot on offer this week, however there was a brisk trade for them with a full clearance.  Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

BBX 785kgs €1690, Simm 875kgs €1625, Lim X 825kgs €1605, Char X 700kgs €1285, Lim X 680kgs €1190, Lim 615kgs €1175, Char X 555kgs €1130, AAX 655kgs €1075, Char X 655kgs €1030, Simm X 540kgs €1000, Lim X 555kgs €940.

Bullocks

Char X 785kgs €1675, Char X 690kgs €1535, Lim X 695kgs €1500, 2 Char X 570kgs €1490, Char X 605kgs €1440, Lim X 650kgs €1440, 2 Lim X 540kgs €1420, Lim X 560kgs €1405, Char X 565kgs €1380, Lim X 550kgs €1380, Char X 535kgs €1300, Char X 485kgs €1250, 2 Lim X 470kgs €1230, Char X 470kgs €1100, Char X 455kgs €1060, AAX 455kgs €1025, Lim X 385kgs €1015, BBX 370kgs €860.

Weanling heifers

Char X 435kgs €1110 - €2.55 per kilo, Char 350kgs €1025 - €2.93 per kilo, Lim X 380kgs €1010 - €2.66 per kilo, Char X 320kgs €1000 - €3.13 per kilo, AAX 440kgs €975 - €2.22 per kilo, BAX 385kgs €935 - €2.43 per kilo, Lim X 370kgs €895 - €2.42 per kilo, 2 Char X 300kgs €805 - €2.68 per kilo, AAX 295kgs €750 - €2.54 per kilo, Lim X 280kgs €720 - €2.57 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Lim X 515kgs €1260 - €2.45 per kilo, Lim 340kgs €1070 - €3.15 per kilo, Char X 360kgs €1050 - €2.92 per kilo, AAX 380kgs €1000 - €2.63 per kilo, 2 Char 340kgs €960 - €2.82 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €940 - €3.03 per kilo, Lim 350kgs €920 - €2.63 per kilo, Lim X 280kgs €895 - €3.20 per kilo, Simm X 325kgs €875kgs - €2.69 per kilo, 2 Char X 318kgs €755 - €2.38 per kilo.

Spring lamb

60kgs €115, 50.2kgs €112, 52.1kgs €112, 50kgs €112, 59.7kgs €110, 58.5kgs €110, 52kgs €110, 45.4kgs €109, 44.3kgs €109, 41.8kgs €107.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“Large entry of stock again this week with trade remaining similar to previous weeks even though there has been a slight fall off in the quality of stock presented for sale.

  “Demand has remained strong for the bullocks, heifers, weanlings and breeding stock with quality lots attracting the fancy prices. The dry cow trade and calf trade also reported good clearances.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,110 to €1,810 for a Limousin Heifers and her Ch Bull calf at foot. Springer cows made from €1,080 to €1,235 per head.

  “Numbers of calves/runners on offer have remained good with demand and prices maintained this week.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday) at 11 am with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings on offer”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Bullocks

Ch 450kgs €1230, Lm 435kgs €1190, AA 460kgs €1170, Ch 510kgs €1160, Ch 570kgs €1300, AA 583kgs €1290, Lm 520kgs €1190.

Heifers

Ch 410kgs €1080, Ch 420kgs €1055, Sim 365kgs €980, Lm 490kgs €1350, Lm 460kgs €1215, AA 600kgs €1480, Lm 555kgs €1445, Ch 590kgs €1400.

Dry cows

Ch 730kgs €1460, Lm 670kgs €1435, Lm 740kgs €1400, Lm 690kgs €1395, Lm 480kg €860.

Calves

AA bull €200, Hex hfr €190, Hex bull €275, Six hfr €250, Lm hfr €230, Fr bull €60, Ch bull €605.

Weanling bulls

Chx 295kgs €900, Si 245kgs €800, Ch 255kgs €750, Lmx 410kgs €1185, Lm 490kgs €1175, Ch 335kgs €990.

Weanling heifers

Ch 265kgs €840, Ch 255kgs €785, Lm 260kgs €765, Lm 330kgs €960, Ch 310kgs €930, Ch 430kgs €1030.

 

Glennon: ‘Lamb cuts are robbing farmers’

 

Roscommon IFA Sheep Chairperson Michael Glennon has called on lamb factories to stop cutting prices, which he says are undermining the lamb market. He said the price cuts of the last two weeks or so were “robbing sheep farmers of any chance of an income from early lamb”.

  “The price-cutting tactic of the factories is completely undermining the market and destroying sheep farmers’ incomes. We need price stability at this critical time.

  “Spring lambs are making €6.10 to €6.30/kg and hoggets are making from €5.00/kg to €5.30/kg for larger suitable lots,” he said.

  The sheep chairperson advised flock owners to draft and select stock on a weekly basis at this time of year.

  “With the good spring, lambs are finishing well and it is essential farmers don’t allow lambs into overweight condition. This is only giving factories free lamb and makes no sense”.

  Mr. Glennon described the price cuts on spring lamb and hoggets at the factories as “excessive” this year.

  “This time last year spring lambs and hoggets were making €1.00/kg more, which is equivalent to €20 to €23 per head, or all of the profit from a sheep enterprise,” he concluded.

IFA: Dedicated rural crime task force needed

 

 

In response to recent figures made available by An Garda Síochána, IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said the reduction in household burglaries is welcome, but the figures confirm there is still a problem.

  “We acknowledge that the Gardaí have stepped up their efforts in targeting gangs operating in rural areas by increasing the number of patrols and checkpoints,” he said.

  Richard Kennedy added that while it was good to see the downward trend, he was concerned that some household burglaries go unreported and encouraged people to report crimes to Gardaí.

  He said there have been incidents of cross-border crime in recent months. IFA and the UFU have called for the establishment of a dedicated Rural Crime Task Force, specifically focused on border counties. Their call follows an increase in the incidents of cattle theft in the area, which have had a devastating effect on the local communities.

  “A more streamlined crime reporting system, immediate sharing of intelligence, and information exchange would increase the level of visibility and awareness, particularly where crime has been reported in border areas,” he said.

  UFU President Ivor Ferguson said: “Over the last year, several serious incidents have occurred on farms in the region. The culprits are moving with ease and without fear of detection on both sides of the border, while 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”.

Prime Strokestown residential farm of lands available at Earley’s

 

David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon is this offering new to the market a prime residential farm of lands containing approx. 16.35 acres with the benefit of a quality four-bedroomed dormer-style residence located at Coggalkeenagh, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

  David describes the property as “a prime residential holding of lands containing approx. 16.35 acres on which stands an imposing four-bedroomed dormer-style residence of approx. 1,890 sq.ft”. 
  The auctioneer says that the lands are set out on opposite sides of the roadway and contains some of the best fertile and productive agricultural grounds and lands rich in flora and eligible for biodiversity grant-aid. 
  Standing to the side of the residence is an all-weather floodlit wood chip-surfaced equestrian manège of approx. 40m x 20m, offering great potential. 
  Altogether this is a quality property to come on the market in a peaceful countryside setting and the auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers to sell. BER residence: C1.
  For further details or to arrange a viewing, contact David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090-6626579 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or log on to www.propertypartners.ie.

 

Roscommon farmer Michael scoops top award at Aurivo Milk Quality Awards

 

 

 

Aurivo, which acknowledged milk suppliers for their contribution to dairy farming excellence at their 12th annual Aurivo Milk Quality Awards, welcomed the eight winners and their families to a special ceremony held at the Radisson Hotel, Sligo where they were celebrated for their hard work and dedication to dairy farming and milk production.

  Special guest Ornua CEO John Jordan presented the awards to the winners with the top award, the Aurivo Milk Supplier of the Year, going to Roscommon farmers Michael and Miriam Gunn from Carrowglogher, Strokestown, County Roscommon who, due to their relentless focus on sustainable farming techniques on their 108 hectare farm, were also named winner of the Champions of Sustainability category.

  The Gunns, who are the first recipients of the Champions of Sustainability award, credit their efforts towards sustainable farming to a number of lean efficiencies that contribute to a more efficient operation.

   According to Chief Executive of Aurivo Aaron Forde: “Aurivo takes great pride in its quality milk pool and committed supplier base, in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. Today we congratulate our eight Quality Milk Award winners for 2018, but also acknowledge the other 1,000 milk suppliers across Ireland who work countless hours to deliver first class quality milk. Personally, I would like to congratulate all of today’s deserving winners and thank them for their unprecedented commitment in producing the best quality milk”.

  The Gunn family will now represent Aurivo at the most prestigious awards ceremony for Irish dairy farmers, the NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards later this year, which sets out to find and celebrate the top milk quality farmers in Ireland.

 

It’s not Fair! Murphy says Government is ignoring farmers

 

 

Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has accused the Government of ignoring the farming community by failing to bring in changes to the Fair Deal Scheme which would benefit those working in the sector.  



  Deputy Murphy said: “The Government made grand announcements that they would amend the Fair Deal legislation to support farm families. These vital changes would have brought in a Bill to cap farm contributions from farm assets at three years, if a family member is continuing to work on the farm.

  “Heads of Bill have still not been published despite much anticipation in the farming community. This delay is unacceptable and will mean that farm families across the country are losing out on the benefits of this scheme.

  “This has been a bugbear for farming families for years, and these changes are desperately needed to make the scheme fairer and to ensure that older farmers can access the care they need”.

  Deputy Murphy said that the farming community is “up in arms”.

  He added: “There have been no supports for the sector as Brexit looms. There have been no changes to the Fair Deal Scheme. The sector is being neglected. All attempts should be made to support them”.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - May 17th

 

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There was a good sale again this week with excellent stock on offer. There was a very lively trade for heifers with prices ranging from €2.41 per kilo up to €3 per kilo. Numbers of bullocks on offer were small. There was a large number of dry cows only one lot unsold. Prices for dry cows ranged from €1.71 per kilo up to €2.34 per kilo.  There were plenty of customers sourcing stock resulting in a very high clearance of lots.

  “The mart will host a special sale of bullocks this Friday (17th) at 11 am. The following Friday (24th) will see a special sale of heifers with bookings accepted up to 5 pm today.

  “There were smaller numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale which saw a dip in trade for spring lamb with prices fetching €120 for 50.2kgs. Prices for finished hoggets, meanwhile, peaked at €105 for 52.7kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €68 up to €120 and while there was a smaller entry of ewes with lambs at foot on offer this week, there was a brisk trade with a full clearance. Sheep sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am”.

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

 

Dry cows

Simm X 995kgs €1990, Simm X 985kgs €1900, Lim X 700kgs €1640, BBX 680kgs €1550, Char X 685kgs €1510, Lim 645kgs €1445, He 720kgs €1360, AAX 725kgs €1230, Char X 590kgs €1290, Lim X 705kgs €1445, Lim X 535kgs €970, Lim X 640kgs €1100.

Heifers

Char X 790kgs €1860, Char X 645kgs €1600, Char X 555kgs €1470, Char X 535kgs €1405, Lim X 520kgs €1385, BBX 540kgs €1335, Lim X 490kgs €1325, Char X 550kgs €1325, 2 Char 485kgs €1275, Lim X 445kgs €1210, Char X 460kgs €1160, Lim X 405kgs €1125, Char X 380kgs €1030, 2 Char X 395kgs €985, AAX 415kgs €900, Lim X 330kgs €990.

Spring lamb

50.2kgs €120, 58kgs €120, 52.4kgs €118, 54.3kgs €117, 48kgs €117, 55kgs €117, 47.8kgs €115, 44.5kgs €114, 44.2kgs €112, 41.6kgs €110.

Finished hoggets

52.7kgs €105, 50.8kgs €102, 55.7kgs €100.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“A large entry of stock presented for sale again this week with the bullock and heifer rings reporting a very good trade and the heifers in particular recording some very fancy prices on the day. The weanling rings reported a similar story with demand remaining strong for both bulls and heifers.

  “Dry cows were a flying trade also for both the stores and the forward lots while breeding stock and calves reported good clearances with €585 recorded for a three-week-old Belgian Blue bull calf.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,000 to €1,950 for a Limousin cow and her Limousin heifer calf at foot. Springers made from €1,040 to €1,400 per head. There were good numbers of calves and runners on offer with trade and prices remaining good for all lots on offer.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 16th) 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 455kgs €1260, Ch 425kgs €1175, Lm 475kgs €1205, AAx 520kgs €1305, AA 500kgs €1220, Lm 510kgs €1205.

Heifers

Ch 405kgs €1065, Lm 495kgs €1345, Lmx 470kgs €1265, Ch 510kgs €1505, Lm 550kgs €1445, Ch 540kgs €1370.

Dry cows

Chx 680kgs €1500, AAx 760kgs €1470, Lm 700kgs €1450, Lmx 685kgs €1405, Lmx 800kgs €1595.

Calves

Hex bull €355, Hex hfr €365, BB bull €585, AA hfr €240, Lm hfr €405, Fr bull €90, Fr bull €140.

Weanling bulls

Ch 285kgs €960, Ch 255kgs €885, Lm 250kgs €840, Lm 245kgs €835, Ch 430kgs €1125, Ch 375kgs €1080.

Weanling heifers

Si 295kgs €905, Lm 270kgs €840, Ch 260kgs €810, Ch 310kgs €1020, Lm 330kgs €1000, Ch 320kgs €935, BBx 280kgs €870.

 

National Broadband Plan important for rural Ireland – IFA

 

 

IFA President Joe Healy has said the Government’s decision to proceed with the National Broadband Plan was an important development for rural Ireland.

  “Broadband is an essential tool for the business of farming, accessing health and education, bridging the digital divide and the development of vibrant communities. Farm families and rural businesses require access to a fibre broadband service that makes their lives better and lowers the cost of doing business,” he said.

  Mr. Healy aded: “There is only one chance to get this right and given the scale of investment by taxpayers, the focus must be laser-like to ensure value for money.

  “I believe the roll-out plans should have a parallel process for starting at the most rural edges of the network to ensure that those most underserved receive it quickly. The overall completion timeframe which has already been extended to seven years must be delivered on”.

 

 

Three-year cap must be retrospectively applied – IFA

 

IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chairperson, Caroline Farrell said that Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly must retrospectively apply the three-year cap on productive farm assets to July 2018, when Cabinet approved the proposal. 

  “It is encouraging that the Heads of Bill are expected to be drafted by the end of May.  However, this is nearly a year after Minister Daly promised that the Heads of Bill would be brought before the Oireachtas,” she said.

  Caroline Farrell said that this means the Nursing Home Support Scheme legislation will not be amended until the end of the year, at the earliest, and won’t be operational until at least mid-2020. 

  “This is nearly five years after the Government gave a commitment to introduce changes as soon as practicable to remove discrimination against family farms and small business under the Fair Deal scheme.

  “The Government must honour their commitment and retrospectively apply the three-year cap to July 2018 when it was approved by Cabinet,” she said.

  She added that the Heads of Bill must guarantee that the three-year cap also applies to farms that are currently leased, but where a family successor gives a verified commitment that they would continue to farm the asset for a period of six years.

IFA Cabinet protest is ‘start of rebellion’

 

 

Addressing the IFA protest on Brexit losses outside the recent Government Cabinet meeting in Cork, IFA President Joe Healy accused the Taoiseach and the Government of failing beef farmers who have suffered losses of €100m from Brexit.

  “Politicians have not delivered on their promises. Our message to the Taoiseach and his Cabinet here in Cork today is that farmers will judge politicians on their actions on this issue. Election day is three weeks away on Friday (May 24th), and May 25th will be judgement day,” he said.

  Farmers from all over the country travelled to Cork for the protest seeking support for beef farmers who have suffered Brexit losses of over €100m.

  “We are sending a strong message to the Government that farmers are rebelling against inaction. The Minister for Agriculture has been standing idly by, adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach. This is not good enough,” he said.

  Joe Healy says that politicians have been “promising big” on Brexit losses, but it was now time to deliver.

  “Farmers are angry with the inaction from the Government and the EU Commission. Farmers have already taken a huge hit from Brexit-related losses. They need help now,” he said.

 

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