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Roscommon Mart Report

Friday, July 3rd: There were smaller numbers on offer. The good trade for all stock continues with price for bullocks on par to last week. There was an excellent trade for heifers and dry cows with improved prices Friday sales continue weekly for bullocks, heifers, weanlings, suckler cows and dry cows at 11 am.

There was a good demand for the nice selection of cows with calves at foot. Once again this week there was a very high clearance of lots with only one lot unsold. Please note weanlings and suckler cows will be sold on Fridays until further notice. Special Anniversary sale of bullocks and heifers takes place on Friday next 10th July – 25 pens of bullocks and 30 pens of heifers on offer.

Also weanlings, suckler cows and dry cows – included in sale 4 simm X cows (1st calf) with 4 strong calves at foot.

Dry cows made from €1000 to €1540 per head. Sample prices: SHX 735 kgs €1540, Simm X 690 kgs €1400, Fr 770 kgs €1365, Fr 665 kgs €1245, AAX 550 kgs €1140, Lim X 550 kgs €1000.

Heifers made from €505 to €925 over. Sample prices: Lim X 545 kgs €1470, Char X 545 kgs €1400, 2 AAX 415 kgs €1135, SHX 385 kgs €1025, Lim X 310 kgs €1015, AAX 360 kgs €985, AAX 370 kgs €935, AAX 330 kgs €835.

Bullocks made from €535 to €700 over. Sample prices: HEX 530 kgs €1130, Lim X 420 kgs €1120, AAX 465 kgs €1000, AAX 395 kgs €920, Lim X 385 kgs €920.

Weanlings heifers sample prices: Char X 355 kgs €1135, Lim X 370 kgs €1000, Lim X 345 kgs €895, Char X 250 kgs €750.

Weanling bulls sample prices: Lim X 395 kgs €1025, Char X 325 kgs €1000, Char X 340 kgs €975, Char X 215 kgs €650. Cows with calves at foot make from €1500 to €2085 per lot.

Sheep Sale, Wednesday July 8th: There were similar numbers on offer this week. There was a better trade for lambs with average prices up by €7 a head from last week.

The prices for cast ewes were on par to last week. Weekly sales for sheep continue on Wednesdays at 11 am.

Show and Premier Show and Sale of Vendeen Sheep (males and females) takes place on Wednesday July 15th at 1.30 pm.

Sample prices: spring lambs: ram lambs: 46.70 kgs €100, 41.30 kgs €90, 38.70 kgs €90.50, 46.70 kgs €96.

Ewe lambs: 47.10 kgs €103.50, 47.60 kgs €105.50, 43.70 kgs €95.

Mixed lambs: 40.50 kgs €87.50, 42.40 kgs €94.50 54.80 kgs €104, 51.80 kgs €107, 43.70 kgs €95, 40.50 kgs €92, 51.20 kgs €106.50, 46.73 kgs €102.

Cast ewes made from €85 to €135 per lot.

Castlerea Mart Report

Thursday 2nd July:There were 500 cattle on offer this week and the lively trade of recent weeks was maintained with strong demand for all classes of stock on offer.

Bullocks and heifers in particular reported a very strong trade with an excellent clearance taking place, while weanlings and breeding stock with strong farmer and exporter activity present also reported very strong prices on the day.

Sample prices – bullocks: Ch 440kgs €1330 Ch 490kgs €1360 Ch 510kgs €1455 Sim 570kgs €1510 AA 600kgs €1535 Lim 820kgs €1900 Ch 670kgs €1625.

Heifers: Ch 365kgs €1195 Lim 395kgs €1175 BBX 460kgs €1390 Ch 460kgs €1335 Ch 665kgs €1890 Ch 605kgs €1600 Ch 520kgs €1460.

Dry cows: Sim 830kgs 41765 Lim 740kgs €1675 Sim 725kgs €1550 Ch 970kgs €2225.

Cows with calves at foot made from €1300 to €2640 for a Lim Cow and her limousin bull calf. Springer cows made from €950 to €1200, with Dairy cows making up to €1200.

Calves: Numbers on offer still remain strong with calves making from €200 to €720 for stronger types.

Weanling bulls: Lim 295kgs €850 BBX 390kgs €1200 Lim 380kgs €1160 BB 385kgs €1200 BB 465kgs €1360.

Weanling heifers: Lim 290kgs €920 BB290kgs €900 BB340kgs €1190 Lim 260kgs €840 Lim 280kgs €860.

Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday the 9th July with a sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am.

How we’ll address unfair trading – Hogan

Following comments made by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan at the EXPO 2015 in Milan on the food chain, IFA President Eddie Downey has said this must be followed up by determined action by the EU Commission on the inequity in the food supply chain.

Eddie Downey said: “We welcome the regulation that some Member States including Ireland have put in place to address unfair trading practices in the food chain. However, we feel that this is a fragmented approach. We support the co-existence of a legislative and voluntary framework and hope the Commission can lead with legislation at European Union level”.

At the event in Milan which was attended by IFA’s Director of European Affairs Liam MacHale, Commissioner Phil Hogan acknowledged that most of the farming organisations are currently outside of the voluntary Supply Chain Initiative.

However, he hoped that a robust self-regulatory initiative could be agreed to eradicate unfair trading practices. The Commissioner indicated that the Commission will issue a report in the first half of 2016 on unfair trading practices and is working together with Commissioner of Internal Markets Elzbieta Bienkowska in developing this document.

Sean launches young farmer training programme

Macra na Feirme National President and Roscommon native Seán Finan launched the Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet this week in the Irish Farm Centre alongside Minister of State at the Departments of Education and Skills and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, T.D. Representing Skillnets at the launch was Tracey Donnery.

The Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet will provide continuing informal training to young farmers.

Under the banner of a ‘Farm Cert’, the further training programme for young farmers will deliver the training and skills that young farmers decide they need themselves at a time that suits them.

The farmers pick the modules and Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet will deliver the required training. All training is focused upon delivering an outcome for the farmer.

€40k for suckler farmers

Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has said that the beef data programme is proving to be beneficial for farmers in Roscommon after it was announced by the Minister for Agriculture that €445,497.03 is set to be provided to 1,984 suckler farmers in Roscommon under the beef data programme.

  More than 32,000 suckler cow farmers are due to benefit under the 2014 Beef Data Programme.

  Deputy Feighan said: “I am delighted that suckler farmers in Roscommon who are participating in the Beef Data programme are due to receive payments from next week.

  “Payments will be provided in two tranches, firstly an 80 per cent advance payment. The balancing payment will issue when information on autumn born calves has been finalised.

  “The programme is going from strength to strength and there has been a 21 per cent increase in the participation level this year with 5,700 new suckler farmers getting on board.

  “This programme benefits farmers at an individual level and is also hugely important in helping to improve the national herd and our beef industry.

  “It helps farmers improve the genetic quality of their livestock, while maintaining a flow of crucial data to the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) that will generate advances in cattle breeding at national level.” 

€40k for suckler farmers

Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has said that the beef data programme is proving to be beneficial for farmers in Roscommon after it was announced by the Minister for Agriculture that €445,497.03 is set to be provided to 1,984 suckler farmers in Roscommon under the beef data programme.

  More than 32,000 suckler cow farmers are due to benefit under the 2014 Beef Data Programme.

  Deputy Feighan said: “I am delighted that suckler farmers in Roscommon who are participating in the Beef Data programme are due to receive payments from next week.

  “Payments will be provided in two tranches, firstly an 80 per cent advance payment. The balancing payment will issue when information on autumn born calves has been finalised.

  “The programme is going from strength to strength and there has been a 21 per cent increase in the participation level this year with 5,700 new suckler farmers getting on board.

  “This programme benefits farmers at an individual level and is also hugely important in helping to improve the national herd and our beef industry.

  “It helps farmers improve the genetic quality of their livestock, while maintaining a flow of crucial data to the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) that will generate advances in cattle breeding at national level.” 

Price isn't right – IFA

IFA President Eddie Downey recently met with and wrote to EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan to express his concerns on dairy price pressures.

  He asked the Commissioner to have his services undertake an immediate review of dairy intervention prices.

  Mr Downey said that the pressure on milk prices has been intensifying in recent weeks, and they have been falling in an increasing number of member states.

  “Meanwhile, there has been no account taken of the massive long-term increase in production costs incurred by farmers, and a revaluation of the butter and SMP intervention prices is now well overdue,” he said.

  Commenting on the issue, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary added: “The EU Commission has been referring to the intervention regime as the ‘safety net’ – a safety net is meant to catch you before you hit the floor. At a farm gate price equivalent of around 22c/l, current intervention prices simply cannot credibly be described as a ‘safety net’.

  “Production costs have increased strongly since 2008, the last (downward) adjustment of the intervention price, I believe an increase of the intervention prices is well overdue.” 

Feighan in call to young farmers

Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has encouraged young farmers in Co. Roscommon to apply for the Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme, following the announcement by Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, that the online application system opened on Tuesday.

  “This is the first of the new Targeted Modernisation Schemes (TAMS II) to be launched under the new Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and it comprises a €120 million scheme aimed at young farmers,” he said.

  “Farmers must be below 40 years of age at the time of application and have been set up in farming within the previous five years.

  “The grant-aid available under this scheme and the Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Schemes will assist tillage farmers for the construction of nutrient storage facilities, and storage facilities for other farmyard manures, soiled water, and related facilities, as well as farm-safety investments.

  “The Farm Safety items include the provision of sliding/roller doors. “Tillage farmers will also be able to avail of grant-aid under the Low Emission Slurry Spreading Scheme.

  “This scheme provides grant-aid for the purchase of new equipment for the spreading of slurry which has distinct environmental advantages.”

All roads lead to Sheep 2015 in Athenry

Sheep 2015 will be held in Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, next Saturday, 20th June. Entry is free of charge and starts from 10 am.

  It promises to be a great day for all involved in the sheep industry and their families. Visitors will have the opportunity to gather information from 10 themed villages.

  Sheep 2015 will include a series of practical, workshops, tours of the Teagasc Sheep Research Demonstration farm and recently imported New Zealand Sheep. There are sheep breed exhibitions and championship as well as numerous commercial exhibits.

  In addition to the technical aspects, there will be lots to see and do for all the family. There are a number of cookery demonstrations. Sheep dog trials and sheep dog training are sure to entertain a significant audience.

  Further details on the open day are available at www.teagasc.ie/events/2015/20150620.asp.

Farmers urge Coveney to address concerns

Over 1,000 farmers attended a meeting, hosted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, in Claremorris on Tuesday, June 2, where the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney got a very strong message about the real concerns of farmers relating to the Beef Data and Genomics Scheme.

  Bernard Donohue, the chairman of Roscommon IFA Livestock Committee, said that the scale of the turnout highlighted the genuine concerns about numerous aspects of the scheme. He said that there was a responsibility on the Minister to address the concerns expressed by suckler farmers and provide the necessary assurances and flexibilities to ensure the €52 million in funding is paid out annually to farmers.

  Mr Donohue said that farmers remain concerned about the six-year rule and claw-backs, the level of genotyping, the requirement to reach four and five stars and the lack of flexibility in the scheme for farmers who want to progress and develop suckler cow numbers.

  He said that the Minister needed to provide the necessary assurances and flexibilities within the scheme to resolve these issues.

  On the six-year rule and claw-back, the Minister said this would only apply to farmers who decided to switch to another enterprise during the term of the Scheme. He acknowledged that mistakes had been made in the communication that was issued to farmers in the first place, from which much of farmers’ concerns arose.

  He also recognised that a greater level of consultation should have taken place. Minister Coveney said the department was willing to look at individual cases if 2014 didn’t work for any farmer as a reference year and that he would establish a working group, as suggested by the IFA President, to look at all aspects of the scheme and review them on an ongoing basis.

  He said that elements of the scheme were proving unattainable would have to be revisited. He said that the working group would have to iron out any difficulties that farmers were experiencing and make the Scheme workable.

  IFA said that they lobbied Minister Coveney and the Government to deliver the €52 million funding for the sector and were determined that the full benefits would be paid out to suckler farmers by December.

  In a statement released after the meeting, local Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said: “Now that the closing date for the Beef Geonomics Scheme has passed, I am again highlighting the many problems that farmers faced in connection with this scheme.

  “The figures for those joining the scheme are nowhere near what was anticipated because of the problems involved, and there may be as many as 7,000 farmers less than was hoped. “It is envisaged that many of the farmers who have applied for the scheme will actually pull out because of fears that they have about parts of the scheme and the terms and conditions. “It would be in the interest of the Minister to devise a more workable scheme that would suit farners in the West of Ireland, where 80 per cent of the sucklers are based.”

Recycling your farm plastics

IFFPG, the national farm plastics recycling scheme, is providing over 220 bring-centre locations nationwide this year where farmers can recycle the full range of farm plastics.

  Farmers are advised to bring their silage plastics in loose as usual to the bring-centres. The rate this year for silage plastics is €12 per half tonne with the label code. This represents the most cost-efficient recycling service.

  In County Roscommon, IFFPG will conduct seven Bring-centres spread right across the county through its new approved contractor, Mr. Vincent Kearney.

  These include Taughmaconnell Community Centre on Monday, 15th of June. Nearly 1,000 farmers recycled plastic at these bring-centres and almost 800 tonnes of farm plastic was collected last year.

  A full list of our Bring-centres every year is on our website www.farmplastics.ie or alternatively you can LoCall 1890 300 444.

  In addition to silage plastics, IFFPG in partnership with Farm Plastics Recycling is also collecting other farm waste plastics. These plastics include small fertilizer and feed bags, bulk bag liners, bulk fertilizer and feed bags (liners to be removed), chemical containers (triple rinsed), netting and twine.

  In order to avail of this service, farmers should segregate plastics into the various categories mentioned into used bulk bags. The recycling fee per bag at the bring-centre is €15 per bulk fertilizer-sized bag.

  In 2014 IFFPG collected and recycled over 25,000 tonnes of farm plastics. IFFPG is confident that 2015 will be another very successful year, in terms of service to farmers and recycling rates.

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