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Mart Reports 7th August

Roscommon Mart Report

Friday, July 31st 2015: There was a nice entry of stock again this week. There was a similar trade for quality stock with the lesser quality a little less and more difficult to sell. The price for dry cows was on par to last week.

  Date for your diary is the Show and Sale of autumn born weanlings which will be held on Tuesday August 11th at 5 pm. A Special Sale of bullocks and heifers will take place on Friday August 14th at 11 am and a Show and Sale of weanlings takes place on Tuesday August 11th at 5 pm.

  New booking arrangements: Please note as and from 1st August 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 ie Bookings for weanling sale on 11th August will be accepted on Tuesday 4th August, Wednesday 5th August and Thursday 6th August - draw for pens on Thursday August 6th. New 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.

  Dry Cows made from €1100 to €1350 per head. Sample prices: Lim X 660 kgs €1350, Char X 705 kgs 1300, BBX 565 kgs €1075,Lim 545 kgs €1040, BBX 600 kgs €1000.

  Heifers made from €515 to €820 over. Sample Prices Char 635 kgs €1375, Char X 555 kgs €1375, Char X 485 kgs €1270, Lim X 490 kgs €1270, 2 Simm 512 kgs €1235, Lim x 395 kgs €1140, Char X 385 kgs €1060, Char X 365 kgs €1000, Lim X 395 kgs €1140.

  Bullocks made from €445 to €990 over. Sample prices: 2 Lim X 780 kgs €1770, AAX 725 kgs €1470, Char X 590 kgs €1375, Lim X 560 kgs €1370, 2 Lim X 565 kgs €1330, Char X 595 kgs €1310, HEX 595 kgs €1200, 3 Simm X 486 kgs €1145, AAX 370 kgs €845, Cows with calves at foot made from €1620 to €1800. Bull weanlings sample prices: Char 430 kgs €1060, Char X 440 kgs €1030, Char X 355 kgs €950, Char X 470 kgs €950.

Sheep Sale, August 5th: There was a very good entry of sheep at this week’s sale despite the inclement weather. The trade for store lambs was better with prices improved from the previous week. There was no change in the price of factory lambs. The trade for cast ewes was in line with last week’s prices. Once again there was a good 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. Commencing Wednesday August 5th 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 sales commence on Saturday August 8th, Show and Sale of pedigree suffolk sheep on Wednesday August 12th, Show and Sale of pedigree charollais sheep on Saturday August 15th, Show and Sale of pedigree texel sheep on Saturday August 22nd, Show and Sale of pedigree vendeen sheep on Saturday August 29th.

  Sample Prices: ram lambs: 47.10 kgs €96.50 47.0 kgs €95, 58.90 kgs €106, 42 kgs €85, 41.30 kgs €83, 52.30 kgs €101, 52.10 kgs €101.50 49.47 kgs €105, 49.30 kgs €10. Ewe lambs: 37.50 kgs €93, 44.20 kgs €91.50, 40.4 kgs €101, 46.10 kgs €118, 47.80 kgs €117, 38.2 kgs €83, 46.50 kgs €115, 44 kgs €117.50,44.60 kgs €92. Mixed lambs: 53 kgs €103, 47.70 kgs €102, 42 kgs €84, 36 kgs €75, 43.60 kgs €88, 43.20 kgs €89, 50.18 kgs €101. Wether lambs: 42.40 kgs €82, 48.2 kgs €95.50, 39.30 kgs €81, 37.50 kgs €84, 32.1 kgs €82,49 kgs €99. Cast ewes made from €59 to €120 per lot.

Castlerea Mart Report

Thursday, 30th July: There were 650 cattle on offer and despite the recent inclement weather conditions trade was maintained for most categories of stock on offer. Bigger numbers of bullocks and heifers presented for sale this week with the heifer ring reporting a very lively trade while the bullocks also reported a good clearance despite the recent dip in prices for plainer lots. Breeding stock and weanlings reported strong prices especially for the quality lots on offer.

 Sample prices: bullocks: Chx 425kgs €1240 Lim 410kgs €1200 Ch 530kgs €1320 Lim 560kgs €1385 Ch 640kgs €1590 Ch 755kgs €1700 AA 720kgs €1620. Heifers: Chx 395kgs €1235 Ch 420kgs €1120 Ch 490kgs €1500 Ch 440kgs €1275 Lim 660kgs €1660 Ch 500kgs €1400.

  Dry cows: Lim 490kgs €1045 AA 760kgs €1550 Ch 695kgs €1500 BBX 595kgs €1475 Lim 625kgs €1445. Cows with calves at foot made from €1200 to €1720. Springers made from €1200 to €1650 per head.

  Calves: Good numbers presented with calves making from €200 to €780 for stonger continental types. Weanling bulls: Chx 270kgs €1000 Lim 270kgs €910 AA 290kgs €830 Lim 415kgs €1190 Ch 530kgs €1350. Weanling heifers: BBx 380kgs €1225 Lim 340kgs €1170 Lim 325kgs €1055 BBx 350kgs €1200 BBx 400kgs €1215.

  Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday next the 6th August with a sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am with three rings in operation.

 

Successful Teagasc students receive green cert

Seventy-seven students recently received their certificates after successfully completing the Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farm Administration (‘Green Cert’) Course in Teagasc Longford/Roscommon.

This course is offered locally on a part-time basis to young farmers over 23 years of age.

The course participants formed two distinct groups; those pursuing the Distance Education route or the alternative conventional route.

Those who received certificates were drawn, in the main from Roscommon, Longford and neighbouring counties.

Two students were selected for special awards on the basis of their outstanding achievement, namely Joe Kearns, Carrowcully, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, who won the FBD student of the year and Rachel Morgan, Crosswell, Creggs, Co. Roscommon, who became the inaugural winner of the Oliver Burke memorial award.

Teagasc acknowledges FBD’s continuing sponsorship, support and positivity towards agricultural education.

Mart Reports 31st July

Roscommon Mart Report

Friday, July 24th: There were increased numbers this week. Prices are holding well with the trade for dry cows and heifers slightly improved from the previous week. Quality-type bullocks were a good trade with lesser quality lots a little easier. There was a good demand and a high clearance of lots particularly for heifers and dry cows.

  Date for your diary is the Show and Sale of autumn born weanlings which will be held on Tuesday August 11th at 5 pm. A special sale of bullocks and heifers takes place on Friday August 14th at 11 am.

  New booking arrangement: Please note as and from 1st August 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. e.g. bookings for weanling sale on 11th August will be accepted on Tuesday 4th August, Wednesday 5th August and Thursday 6th August. Draw for pens on Thursday August 6th.

  New 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.

  Dry cows made from €1100 to €1835 per head. Sample prices: Char X 900 kgs €1835, Simm X 770 kgs €1665, Lim X 7650 kgs €1640, HEX 770 kgs €1500, Lim X 720 kgs €1495, Char X 680 kgs €1480, 2 Lim X 660 kgs €1400, AAX 660 kgs €1355, Simm 650 kgs €1100.

Heifers made from €435 to €845 over.

Sample prices – Char X 665 kgs €1510, Char X 525 kgs €1300, 2 Char X 452 kgs €1200, 3 Char x 403 kgs €1080,Lim X 335 kgs €1025, Lim 305 kgs €1000, Char X 300 kgs €900, 2 AAX 265 kgs €700, 2 Char X 397 kgs €1110, 2 Char X 357 kgs €980, HEX 370 kgs €910, Lim X 458 kgs €1230.

  Bullocks made from €540 to €1143 over. Sample prices: 2 Lim X 637 kgs €1780, Char X 750 kgs €1700, AAX 460 kgs €1000, 2 Char X 440 kgs €1055, 2 HEX 467 kgs €1090, BBX 580 kgs €1330, AAX 710 kgs €1530, Lim X 395 kgs €1100, Char X 380 kgs €1080,

Char X 420 kgs €1130, Lim X 680 kgs €1600. Springers made from €1410 to €1650.

  Bull weanlings – sample prices: 475 kgs €1150, Char X 460 kgs €1120, Char X  480 kgs €1100, Char X 270 kgs €1020, Char X 1020,Lim X 260 kgs €730.

Sheep Sale, Wednesday 29th July: There was another large entry of sheep this week. The trade for lambs was a little easier with average prices back by €2 per head. The price for cast ewes was 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.

  Commencing Wednesday August 5th 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 sales commence on Saturday August 8th, show and sale of pedigree suffolk sheep on Wednesday August 12th, show and sale of pedigree charolais sheep on Saturday August 15th, show and sale of pedigree texel sheep on Saturday August 22nd, show and sale of pedigree vendeen sheep on Saturday August 29th.

Castlerea Mart Report

Thursday 23rd July: There were 700 animals on offer this week. The prices for the quality continental stores held firm, while the increased numbers of lesser quality stores coming for sale met a slightly easier trade.

  Breeding stock and weanlings recorded prices similar to previous weeks with a very strong trade reported from the weanlings rings. The dry cow trade also remained firm.

  Sample prices – bullocks: Lim 495kgs €1320 Ch 450kgs €1240 Ch 510kgs €1350 Ch 570kgs €1450 Ch 640kgs €1745 Ch 720kgs €1825 Ch 650kgs €1730.

  Heifers: Ch 330kgs €1175 Lim 355kgs €1110 BBX 495kgs €1565 Ch 600kgs €1600 BAX 560kgs €1540 lim 460kgs €1280 Lim 580kgs €1565. Dry cows: Lim 760kgs 1750 lim 695kgs €1565 AA 750kgs €1720 Sim 745kgs €1490.

  Cows with calves at foot made from €1230 to €2440 for a Ch cow and her bull calf at foot. Springers made from €1000 to €1400 per head. Calves: Calves made from €205 to €740 for stronger continental type calves.

  Weanling bulls: Lim 270kgs €1005 Ch 265kgs €1005 Lim 295kgs €930 Ch 445kgs €1335 Lim 390kgs €1235. Weanling heifers: Lim 335kgs €1000 Lim 280kgs €975 Ch 320kgs €1135 Lim 330kgs €1030 Ch 410kgs €1435.

  Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday next the 30th July with a sale of bullock, heifers, cows, calves and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am.

 

 

Fitzmaurice objects to new farm inspections

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has voiced his objection to new farm inspections, which he says are on the way.

  He said: “It has come to my attention that there are some changes on the way the inspections are carried out and on the regulations.

  “For instance, up to last year and previously if a farmer had rushes on their land, they had to be cut by the end of September, but under the new system, the authorities will act on what they see on the day of the inspection.

  “The bad weather has meant that anyone in AEOS could not cut rushes until July the 15th because the ground conditions are not favourable.

  “The Department of Agriculture need to go back to the previous inspection system and because the new system will take further money out of the pockets of farmers.

  “I would say to farmers that if you have rushes on your land to get them cut as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of penalties.

  “I would also advise farmers to get the new booklet that is available on eligibility to ensure that they are treated fairly in the event of an over-zealous inspection.”

 

Sheep Management, Post Weaning

• Practically all lambs should be weaned (14 weeks old) by now.

• Lamb thrive best if they graze grass between 6-8 cms tall. Grass/clover swards are particularly good for lambs.

• Move lambs regularly to new fields and let thin ewes or other stock graze out the remaining grass in each field.

• Worm control/dosing decisions should be made after having lamb faecal samples analysed for worm egg counts. Otherwise, it may be wasted money/labour and may also lead to quicker development of worm resistance to the particular anthelmintic being used.

• Cobalt drenching may be required on many farms.

• Keep lameness under control by regular foot bathing.

• Research work and farmer experience have clearly indicated that ewes in the correct body condition at mating produce more lambs and have a more compact lambing pattern.

• At weaning, divide ewes into two groups. One group will be those that need to put on weight and the other group will be ewes that just need to maintain their present body condition.

• Light/thin ewes may need to put on between 10-15 kgs liveweight (i.e. a full body condition score) before mating so as to reach their potential in terms of lambs produced next year. On average, they may only gain about 1.5 kgs per week if on good grass. Take action now!

 

Farming critical to Africa’s poor – IFA

Farming is critical to efforts to lift Africa’s poorest countries out of poverty, IFA President Eddie Downey said on a visit to Ethiopia in the past week.

  Eddie Downey said: “The experience and the struggle of farmers in Ethiopia is just the same as the journey that we made in rural Ireland a century ago. The solutions that are being put into place today are the same as those that spurred Ireland’s economic development”.

  Visiting development projects being implemented by the IFA’s chosen charity, Gorta-Self Help Africa, Mr. Downey said that the creation of successful farmers’ cooperatives is essential if small-scale African farmers are to move from subsistence farming.

  “In regions where few have their own transportation, and hardly any small farms have electricity, it is only by working together that farmers will be able to increase their incomes,” he added.

“We saw this in Ireland, when the agricultural cooperative movement transformed the lives of thousands of farming families. It is the same in Africa today.”

  Mr. Downey said that up to 80% of the rural poor in Africa relied on small-scale farming for their survival, and that most of the farms in the region, with investment and education, have the potential to grow much more.

  “African agricultural has great potential. There are huge untapped markets – both domestically and regionally. When you see the work that organisations like Gorta-Self Help Africa are doing to support agricultural production and organisation, and look at the potential markets that exist for produce, it is easy to see the vital role that farmers have to play in economic development,” he said.

  “Cities in Africa are growing rapidly, and creating a ready market for the goods that farmers produce. Allied to this, trade between neighbouring countries in Africa is only a fraction of that between European states. When you consider the potential for production with the market opportunities, African farmers greatly value the support of organisations such as Gorta-Self Help Africa and are optimistic for the future,” the IFA President said.

 

‘We have to preserve our small family farms’ – Fitzmaurice

 Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has called on the Government to do more to relieve the financial pressure on small farmers.

 

  His call comes in light of a Teagasc report, released last week, which found that just 34 per cent of farms in the west of Ireland are financially viable, even if the farmer has another part-time job.

  Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “This report is further evidence to support what I have been saying all along about the direction of Government and EU policy on farming.

  “The reality is that Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 funding must be directed more towards the small family farm.

  “Any CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) review must address the imbalance that exists currently.

  “The big farmers and ranchers are favoured at present, while the small family farms are losing out and the gap is widening all the time.

  “This is a matter that I will continue to pursue. We have to preserve our small family farms, which are the bedrock of local rural communities.”

Roscommon Macra competes in FBD farm skills

The second of three semi-finals for Macra’s FBD Farmskills Competition took place on July 4th at the Bailieboro Show. South Roscommon Macra took part in the semi-final but didn’t make it through to the national final.

  Moynalty Macra, Co. Meath and Knockbride, Co. Cavan qualified for the national final which will take place at the Tullamore Show on the 9th August.

  The competition tests proficiency in several aspects of farm skills, from tractor skills to fencing.

  The aim of the competition is to help young farmers develop various farm skills and techniques, to demonstrate to the public the skill required in modern farming, and to create greater awareness of farm safety.

 

Flexibility required on commonage plan guidelines – IFA

Following a meeting of the National Hill Committee, and recent discussions with the Department of Agriculture, IFA Hill Chairman Pat Dunne said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney will have to set out the framework to planners to allow them carry out commonage plans that contain flexibilities for farmers.

  Pat Dunne reminded the minister of the commitments given to IFA before the Rural Development Plan was submitted to Brussels that no farmer would be excluded from GLAS.

  “Commonage farmers must be given maximum flexibility to ensure that they can join the GLAS scheme. In addition, there may still be farmers who are in AEOS 2 and 3 who do not want to change over at the moment and the scheme must remain open in 2016 and 2017 for them.”

  The Hill Farming Chairman said 4,000 commonage farmers have joined GLAS so far and many more will join the scheme when their AEOS 1 plans are completed at the end of this year.

  The priority now for the Department is to get the commonage planning process underway with the issuing of guidelines to planners. Pat Dunne said the end-of-August deadline for the completion of plans is too tight and will have to be extended.

  The Hill farming leader also pointed out that the stocking level to gain entry at both the minimum and maximum level must be applied in a flexible manner.

  The planner must be given the opportunity to override the published figures on the Department website. To meet the stocking rate criteria under GLAS, farmers must be given a five-year period in which to achieve this.

 

Mart Reports - 24th July

Roscommon Mart Report

Friday, July 17th: There was a good entry of stock at last Friday’s sale. The positivity is still very evident around the ring with prices for bullocks on par to last week. There was a similar trade for heifers and dry cows from the previous week.

  Date for your diary is a show and sale of autumn born weanlings which will be held on Tuesday August 11th at 5 pm. A special sale of bullocks and heifers takes place on Friday August 14th at 11 am. 

  New booking arrangements – please note as and from 1st August 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. e.g. bookings for weanling sale on 11th August will be accepted on Tuesday 4th August, Wednesday 5th August and Thursday 6th August. Draw for pens on Thursday August 6th.

  New 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.

  Dry Cows made from €925 to €1700 per head. Sample prices: Simm X 545 kgs €925, Char X 575 kgs €1100, Char X 790 kgs €1700, Lim X 725 kgs €1555, AAX 780 kgs €1480, SAX 650 kgs €1390, Char X 655 kgs €1460. Lim X 575 kgs €1235.

  Heifers made from €420 to €930 over. Sample prices: Char X 630 kgs €1560, 2 Lim X 580 kgs €1475, 1 Lim X 550 kgs €1440, Lim 370kgs €1205, Lim X 340kgs €1050, 2 Simm X 300 kgs €910, 3 Sh 338 kgs €870, Char X 340 kgs €1050, Lim X 435 kgs €1255, Lim X 435 kgs €1255.

  Bullocks made from €420 to €1080 over. Sample prices: Char X 750 kgs €1830, HEX 630 kgs €1470, BBX 355 kgs €855, Char X 320 kgs €925, Char X 340 kgs €1090, Char X 470 kgs €1160, Char X 475 kgs €1200, 2 Char X 475 kgs €1300, Char X 450 kgs €1200.

Sheep Sale, Wednesday July 22nd: There was another big entry of sheep this week. Once again this week there was large entry of store lambs on offer with average prices a shade better than the previous week. The trade for the heavier type lamb was steady with no significant change in price.

  With continuing good grass growth farmers are very active for store lambs which is helping to keep a floor under the prices. The trade for cast ewes was similar to last week. Weekly sales for sheep continue on Wednesdays at 11 am. Please note commencing Wednesday July 29th ewe lambs will be sold separately to wether/ram lambs. Draw for starting pens commencing Wednesday August 5th, 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.

  Sample prices: ram lambs: 47.30 kgs €103, 41.30 kgs €87.50, 47.30 kgs €103, 49 kgs €101, 57.40 kgs €107, 39 kgs €87, 44.50 kgs €96, 52.1 kgs €105, 39.20kgs €84. Ewe lambs: 42.40 kgs €113, 38.80 kgs €93, 43.4 kgs €110, 49.90 kgs €104, 36 kgs €86.50, 39.30 kgs €89.50, 43.50 kgs €94, 50 kgs €111, 48.80 kgs €104, 40.50 kgs €98, 53.80 kgs €114.

  Mixed lambs: 44.40 kgs €88, 40.30 kgs €87, 49.60 kgs €105, 46.80 kgs €95, 48.60 kgs €95, 43.40 kgs €91, 45 kgs €93, 42.70 kgs €89, 38.90 kgs €87. Wether lambs: 35.70 kgs €80, 38.50 kgs €86, 43.50 kgs €91. Cast ewes made from €74 to €116 per lot.           

 

Castlerea Mart Report

Thursday 16th May: There were 600 cattle on offer with bigger numbers of bullocks and weanlings presented for sale this week.

  Trade remains very strong for the forward store bullocks and heifers while the lighter stores attracted huge farmer interest this week, resulting in a good clearance.

  Breeding stock and calves also reported excellent clearances with some fancy prices obtained for the top quality lots.

  Sample prices: bullocks: Ch 440kgs €1365 Lim 430kgs €1220 Ch 540kgs €1510 Ch 570kgs €1525 Sim 720kgs €1835 Lim 660kgs €1680 AA 725kgs €1670 Ch 700kgs €1730.

  Heifers: Ch 360kgs €1485 BBX 410kgs €1230 Lim 400kgs €1185 Lim 440kgs €1555 Ch 720kgs €1730 Sim 750kgs €1700. Dry cows: Lim 800kgs €1880 Lim 780kgs €1780 BBX 705kgs €1555 Lim 700kgs €1550. Cows with calves at foot made from €1080 to €2080 for a Ch cow and her BB bull calf.

  Springers made from €1250 to €1150 per head. Calves: Calves made from €210 to €775 for stronger continental types. Weanling bulls: Ch 290kgs €900 Lim 280kgs €865 Lim 250kgs €810 Lim 440kgs €1300 Ch 490kgs €1450. Weanling heifers: Lim 295kgs €945 BB 385kgs €1295 BB 340kgs €1070 Ch 340kgs €1050 Ch 250kgs €835.

  Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday the 23rd July with a sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am.

 

 

 

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