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Sold at Irish Texel Sheep Society Premier Sale

At the Irish Texel Sheep Society Premier Sale in Blessington, Co. Wicklow on 15th August, Lisgobbin Wonder, a ram lamb exhibited by Sean Brennan, Lisgobbin, Roscommon was sold for 4200gns and Roscommon Watch Me, a ram lamb exhibited by Alma & Lorraine Brennan was sold for 2100gns. 

  Both rams were purchased by Flor Ryan & John Donoghue syndicate. Both rams were sired by Doon Hill Viking, who was Champion Male at West Region Texel Championships at Sheep 2015 in Athenry recently.

 

Mart Report 21st August

Roscommon Mart Report

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14th: There was a very large entry of excellent quality cattle on offer at last Friday’s sale with numbers well up in comparison to the same sale last year.

There was a brisk trade for bullocks with a very high percentage of lots sold. The trade for heifers was a little easier with plainer lots more difficult to sell. There was an improved trade for dry cows.

There was a good attendance of customers and agents including agents for the UK. New booking arrangements – please note bookings for all special sales will be accepted up to 5 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the week prior to the sale.

The Draw for the pens will take place on Thursday at 5 pm.

Draw system for starting pen on sale days: The draw for the starting pen will be made at 10.45 am on Fridays and 4.45 pm on Tuesdays. The first number drawn will be the starting pen and a second draw will be made to determine whether the draw will go up or down.

Sales as usual for bullocks, heifers and dry cows each Friday at 11 am.

Autumn/Fall Sale of Heifers, Friday September 4th – bookings accepted by phone, email or by calling to the office up to 5 pm on Tuesday, August 25th, Wednesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 27th.

Next Weanling Sale on Tuesday August 25th at 5 pm.

Dry cows made from €900 to €1705 per head. Sample prices: Lim X 780 kgs €1705, Lim X 740 kgs €1625, BBX 750 kgs €1470, Char X 750 kgs €1400, BBX 710 kgs €1380, AAX 745 kgs €1305, Lim 615 kgs €1055, Lim X 570 kgs €920, Fr 530 kgs €900, SHX 630 kgs €1140.

Heifers made from €580 to €1235 over. Sample prices – Char X 620 kgs €1855, Char X 680 kgs €1850, 2 Char 730 kgs €1750, 6 Char 608 kgs €1660, Lim 540 kgs €1565, BBX 515 kgs €150, Char X 550 kgs €1545, Lim X 560 kgs €1520, Char X 520 kgs €1490, 2 Char X 465 kgs €1385, BBX 465 kgs €1400, Char X 430 kgs €1065, Lim X €1090, 2 Lim x 350 kgs €1000, Char X 385 kgs €1165.

Bullocks made from €560 to €1080 over. Sample Prices: BBX 930 kgs €1800, Char X 730 kgs €1750, Char X 605 kgs €1655, Lim X 700 kgs €1630, 3 Char X 563 kgs €1600, Char X 680 kgs 1590, Lim X 585 kgs €1525, Char X 550 kgs €1520, 3 Char X 558 kgs €1515, 3 Char X 546 kgs €1500, Char X 540 kgs €1495, Char X 385 kgs €1090, AAX 590 kgs €1410, AAX 590 kgs €1305, AAX 615 kgs €1545, BBX 570 kgs €1400, Simm X 530 kgs €1240, Simm X 500 kgs €1200, Simm X 640 kgs €1500, Lim X 360 kgs €975, Lim X 570 kgs €1500, 2 Char X 515 kgs €1450, Char X 475 kgs €1165, Lim X 495 kgs €1345.

BREEDING EWES, SATURDAY, AUGUST 15th: There were increased numbers of breeding sheep on offer at Saturday’s sale.

There was an improvement in the average price of hoggets with a top price of €214. The trade for breeding ewes were slightly back on last week, however a pen of 2-year-old ewes made €181.

Saturday sales continue weekly – gates open at 8 am. Sale commences at 11 am.

Hoggets ranged from €117 to €214 per head. 2-year-old ewes made from €141to €181 per head. 3-year-old ewes made from €115 to €140 per head.

SHEEP SALE, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19th: There was a large entry of sheep on offer at this week’s sale. Average prices for lambs were improved this week.

There were good numbers of store lambs with prices slightly better than last week. There was an improved trade for cast ewes with a full clearance of lots.

Weekly sales for sheep continue on Wednesdays at 11 am.

Please note ewe lambs will be sold separately to wether/ram lambs.

Draw for starting pens. The draw for the starting pen will be held at 10.45 am. A second draw will take place to determine whether the draw will go up or down.

Dates for your diary: Breeding ewes weekly on Saturdays at 11 am. Gate opens at 8 am.

Show & Sale of Pedigree Texel Sheep on Saturday August 22nd, Show & Sale of Pedigree Vendeen Sheep on Saturday August 29th.

Castlerea Mart Report

At our most recent sale, there were 600 cattle on offer with trade similar to last week with prices maintained for the quality lots while bigger numbers of plainer stock featured a slip in prices.

Weanling numbers coming for sale have witnessed a strong trade especially for the top quality lots, while breeding stock and calves have reported a firm trade with prices holding similar to previous weeks.

Sample price BULLOCKS: Ch 465kgs €1285 Lim 485kgs €1310 Ch 510kgs €1300 Ch 575kgs €1480 AA 590kgs €1375 AA 735kgs €1630 Chx 655kgs €1570.

HEIFERS: Lim 395kgs €1135 Ch 420kgs €1100 AA 425kgs €1050 Lim 450kgs €1330 Ch 570kgs €1420 Lim 685kgs €1520.

DRY COWS: Ch 790kgs €1700 Lim 750kgs €1615 Ch 715kgs €1585 Lim 710kgs €1520. (Cows with calves at foot made from €1360 to €1750 per head. Springers made from €1000 to €1650 per head).

CALVES: Calves made from €170 to €700 for stronger continental-type calves.

WEANLING BULLS: Lim 265kgs €830 AAX 255kgs €780 Ch 390kgs €1190 BBX 320kgs €1100 Lim 300kgs €890.

WEANLING HEIFERS: Lim 280kgs €865 Lim 250kgs €780 Lim 305kgs €1000 AAX 320kgs €940 Ch 270kgs €860.

Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday next the 20th August with a sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am. Three rings in operation.

Minister accused of ‘passing the buck’

Commenting on the call from Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney at the opening of the Tullamore Show for the banks to offer hard-pressed farmers a ‘repayments holidays’, the Deputy President of ICMSA said that farmers would be much more reassured if the Government itself acted or pressurised the Commission to act rather than ‘passing the buck’ onto the banks. 

  Mr Pat McCormack said that the idea of a ‘repayments holiday’ did not deal at all with the underlying problems represented by the kind of slide in milk price that had now reached a total national loss in dairy income and wider dairy-derived spend of around €1 billion on 2014 levels.

  “The idea that Irish milk suppliers – or indeed any nation’s milk suppliers – will be able to plan and operate on the basis of the kind of €35,000 to €40,000 annual income swing that we’re going through right now is a terrible delusion.

  “Irish farmers don’t want a ‘feast or famine’ scenario; they want an income that rewards their work, investment and expertise on a fair, progressive, basis and they don’t want to be left at the tender mercies of extreme market volatility or the cartel of international retailers who seem to escape the attention of every regulatory body – certainly the EU Commission. 

  “Ireland’s family farm system just won’t be able to withstand this kind of see-saw fluctuations that sees periods of strong price followed by double-digit falls against a background where farm inputs stay constant or, more usually, go up. We don’t need Minister Coveney urging the banks to do something for the farmers; we need Minister Coveney himself to do something for the farmers, specifically, get the Commission to introduce a realistic 28 cents per litre intervention price and, in conjunction with Minister Noonan, look at a farm income averaging tool like the Australian-style Farm Income Management Deposit scheme ICMSA has drafted in our pre budget submission.”

 

Youth Development Day

A Youth Development Day will be held at Roscommon Mart on Thursday August 27th from 12 noon to 3 pm.

  The event will include a Farm Safety presentation by Myles Reilly; a Pet Care presentation by Catherine O’Rourke and a Sheep Shearing demonstration.

  There will be trophies and certificates for all participants.

  We are hosting a ‘Safety on the Farm’ Poster Competition. Children are asked to draw or paint an A4 picture to show the dangers on living or playing on the farm.

  Categories: Farm Animals, Tractors, Falls & Falling objects, Drowning, Farm Machinery, Safety of older farmers.

  Closing date for competition is Monday August 24th.

 

IFA calls on Kenny and Burton to deliver

Downey wants action on broadband, roads and job creation

IFA President Eddie Downey has said that the delivery of a balanced economic recovery across the country will require the Government to introduce targeted policies and increase investment in the rural economy.

Mr. Downey said: “The most recent CSO figures show contrasting unemployment rates across the country, ranging from 8.8% in Dublin to 12 and 13% in the West, Midlands and South-East regions.

“This highlights the need for Government to introduce more targeted measures, to ensure the economic recovery is better balanced across the regions. Investment in rural enterprises outside of the main urban areas must be a strategic focus of Government”.

Eddie Downey added: “As a priority Government must deliver on its funding commitment for farm schemes under the Rural Development Programme in this year’s budget, to underpin the growth and exports targets of Food Wise 2025”.

The IFA President also called on Government to introduce a Charter for Rural Ireland to drive economic recovery in all parts of the country.

This Charter, he said, should include delivery on a high-quality rural fibre broadband network across rural Ireland, introduction of tax credits to encourage employers to take on apprentices and create sustainable employment in rural communities – and incentives such as double tax relief on rental expenditure and concessions on commercial rates in order to encourage businesses to locate in villages and towns.

Mr. Downey also called for increased policing hours and the ring-fencing of a rural roads budget.

We’ll join farm protest in Brussels next month – Hanley

Mr. John Hanley, Roscommon IFA Chairman, has said the emergency EU Council of Agriculture Ministers meeting on 7th September in Brussels must address the fundamental issues of imbalance in the food supply chain, and the severe income pressure on primary producers from farm gate prices below the cost of production across most sectors, including dairy, grain, beef, pigmeat, lamb, and fruit and vegetables.

  Mr. Hanley said as well as equity in the food supply chain, access to the EU single market and competition are key principles which must be guaranteed by the EU Commission and the Council of Ministers to European for both producers and consumers.

  Mr. Hanley said IFA will join COPA in a European farm demonstration in Brussels on 7th September outside the Agriculture Ministers’ meeting.

  “IFA will be part of the COPA mass demonstration at the extraordinary Agriculture Ministers meeting in Brussels on September 7th at 2 pm.”

  The IFA Co. Chairman said current loss-making prices across sectors are not sustainable and cannot be allowed continue.

 

 

Put your thinking CAP on at the movies!

Agri Aware, the independent Irish agri-food educational body will deliver an engaging telestration advertisement in cinemas across Ireland-North and South, over the next few weeks.

  The aim of this telestration is to communicate the benefits of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to the general public in a unique and innovative way, with characters including a student, a sportsman, a farmer, a tourist and a mother, telling the story of the Common Agricultural Policy benefits them.

  This novel approach is part of a year-long interactive communication campaign entitled ‘Be Agri Aware – Put your thinking CAP on’.

  The aim of the campaign is to engage the general public of all ages in CAP, so that they understand where their food comes from and also to ensure that they learn about how this food is produced under the highest standards, whilst also caring for the environment, biodiversity and waterways.

  The message is that CAP delivers a secure supply of quality, safe and traceable food at an affordable price for the consumer.

 

Farm Open Day – it’s not to be missed!

The excitement is building for Stevie Lee’s Farm Open Day on Thursday, August 20, from noon to 5 pm, in Cloonkeen, Kilkerrin, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.  

  Many people are watching the progress and development of Stevie’s farm, where he has updated the facilities in his parlour and on his farm with a view to expanding his herd following the abolition of quota.

  Currently, Stevie has 63 Holstein Friesians with calving in spring. The average yield of his cows is over 6,500 litres.

  Stevie is following in the footsteps of his father, who installed the first milking parlour in the late 1960s. Stevie has expanded over the years and the farm is now spread over 115 acres.

  The farm open day will feature exhibitors from across the farming industry, with Dairymaster, Farrell Farm Systems, AIB Bank, Western Pump Solutions, Interchem, Maddens of Lerhin Ltd, Arrabawn Co-Op, JFC Manufacturing Co. Ltd and DG Roofing all in attendance.

  All of these companies have been involved in the development of the farm and will be on hand to provide specialist information and advice to anyone attending.

  In addition to this, a series of interesting and topical talks will be presented on the day, commencing at 1 pm.

  Jiska Healy, a veterinarian at Dairymaster, will speak about ‘How technology can improve the reproductive performance of your dairy herd’.

  This is an excellent opportunity for farmers to talk with the exhibitors about herd health, farm efficiency, finance, technology, cow housing, fertility and the overall development of a dairy unit.

  Farrell Farm Systems installed a Dairymaster 12 unit Swiftflo Swing parlour for Stevie in January 2015 that is designed for efficiency, comfort and high throughput.

  There will be an opportunity to see the parlours labour saving devices such as Automatic Cluster Removers, Swiftflo Bailing, FeedRite In-Parlour Automatic Feeders, AutoWasher and Manure Scrapers.

  The local Dairymaster Distributor, Farrell Farm Systems is highly regarded by Stevie and is always on hand with any advice and provides an excellent service.

  Entry is free and food will be provided on the day by YUM Catering Limited.

  All are welcome to this open day. To book your free place to attend the open day please call Catherine on 1890 500 247.

Mart Reports – 14th August

Roscommon Mart Report

Friday August 7th: There were larger numbers on offer this week. There was a good trade for bullocks with prices improved from the previous week in particular for quality store lots.

The trade for heifers was similar; however lesser quality lots were a little easier. There was a good demand for dry cows with no significant change in prices.

Friday August 14th at 11 am: Special sale of bullocks and heifers. 70 pens of bullocks & 50 pens of heifers.

Dry cows made from €830 to €1455 per head. Sample prices: Char X 735 kgs €1455, AAX 770 kgs €1380, Lim X 690 kgs €1305, Char X 675 kgs €1200, Char X 705 kgs €1200, Fr 580 kgs €830.

Heifers made from €435 to €875 over. Sample prices – Lim X 625 kgs €1500, BBX 560 kgs €1400, BBX 500 kgs €1320, 2 Char X 415 kgs €1090, 2 Char X 352 kgs €940, SAX 405 kgs €940, Char X 445 kgs €925, STX 435 kgs €1000, Char X 415 kgs €1105, Simm X 455 kgs €1080.

Bullocks made from €405 to €855 over. Sample prices: 2 Char X 665 kgs €1520, AAX 630 kgs €1360, Fr 650 kgs €1250, Lim X 500 kgs €1210, 3 Char X 371 kgs €1150, 3 Char X 345 kgs €1040, AAX 350 kgs €885, BBX 305 kgs €870, Simm X 310 kgs €715, Lim X 320 kgs €770.

Cows with calves at foot made from €1720 to €2040.

Show & Sale Weanlings, Tuesday August 11th: There was a large entry of excellent quality stock on offer at the Autumn Show & Sale of weanlings. There was a strong trade –all-round with a top price of €3.71 per kilo for weanling bulls and an average price of €2.51 per kilo.

Heifer weanlings averaged at €2.75 per kilo and a top price of €3.56 per kilo. There was a brisk demand for stock with a high clearance of lots. There was a good attendance of both exporters and farmers in attendance.

The next weanling sale will be held on Tuesday August 25th at 5 pm.

Next Show & Sale of Weanlings on Tuesday September 8th.

Weanling bulls made from €595 to €1075 over. Weanling heifers made from €380 to €1050 over.

Sheep Sale, Wednesday August 12th: There was another large entry of sheep this week. There was a good demand for stores but prices were a little easier.

There was a similar trade for factory lambs with a good clearance of lots.The prices for cast ewes were on par to last week.

Weekly sales for sheep continue on Wednesdays at 11 am. Please note ewe lambs will be sold separately to wether/ram lambs.

Draw for Starting pens. The draw for the starting pen will be held at 10.45 am. A second draw will take place to determine whether the draw will go up or down.

Dates for your diary: Breeding Ewes weekly on Saturdays at 11 am. Gate opens at 8 am.

Show & Sale of Pedigree Charolais Sheep Saturday August 15th, Show & Sale of Pedigree Texel Sheep Saturday August 22nd, Show & Sale of Pedigree Vendeen Sheep on Saturday August 29th.

Castlerea Mart Report

650 cattle on offer with prices for quality lots holding firm, especially the bullocks and heifers. Plainer-type classes of stock have witnessed a drop in prices in recent weeks but the weanling classes reported good prices for the quality lots on offer with strong farmer demand resulting in a good clearance overall.

Sample prices BULLOCKS: LMX 450kgs €1230 Ch 430kgs €1185 AA 540kgs €1255 Ch 540kgs €1395 Ch 620kgs €1490 Lim 725kgs €1710 Ch 805kgs €2015.

HEIFERS: Ch 410kgs €1185 Ch 370kgs €1085 Ch 580kgs €1425 Ch 440kgs €1195 Lim 610kgs €1420.

DRY COWS: Lim 825kgs €1665 Sim 740kgs €1515 Lim 625kgs €1400 Sim 740kgs €1465. Cows with calves at foot made from €960 to €2220 for a Ch cow and her bull calf at foot. Springers made from €950 to €1650 per head.

CALVES: Stronger types coming to market at the moment. Calves made from €230 to €645 for continental-type calves.

WEANLING BULLS: Lm 285kgs €1100 Ch 240kgs €940 Ch 250kgs €850 Lm 450kgs €1280 Lm 340kgs €1160.

WEANLING HEIFERS: Ch 370kgs €1145 Lm 295kgs €785 Lm 360kgs €1205 Lm 330kgs €1020 Sim 420kgs €1200.

Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday next with a sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am, with three rings in operation.

Don’t exclude sheep fencing from TAMS

ICSA sheep chairman John Brooks has called on Minister Simon Coveney to re-consider the exclusion of sheep fencing from the TAMS II programme. 

  “While the previous schemes may have been under subscribed, there has to be an understanding that low income sheep farmers can only avail of grant schemes when their finances allow.

  “It is also true that opening and closing grant schemes is not an ideal strategy as it leads to a panic to get in while the scheme is open for a limited time with an obvious knock-on effect on construction price inflation. 

  “We believe that measures such as sheep fencing should ideally be open on an ongoing basis so that farmers can avail of grants only when their cash flow and profitability permits and on a considered basis rather than jumping in when there is a limited window of opportunity.”

 

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