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ICMSA wants scheme payments by December 6th




With the balancing payment for the BPS/ANC due this week (December 1st), the ICMSA Deputy President, Lorcan McCabe, has called on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to ensure that all necessary resources are deployed to guarantee payment of all remaining schemes by December 6th to all participants.

  “The €78 million set to be drawn down in eligible farmer applications from the €100 million Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) should be made in the first week of December and while the first payments to applicants under the 2019 Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) have been made, it’s very important that those farmers cleared for payment are paid immediately.

  “There may be some farmers that have only recently submitted their data recently but even then – if all is in order – there should be no reason for any delay in payment”, said Mr. McCabe.

  The ICMSA Deputy President said that 2019 has been tough year in terms of beef prices and that these payments are essential. 

  “This is the traditional time of year when farmers pay the bulk of their bills and everyone should know how essential it is that outstanding problems are resolved without any further delay and payments issued as soon as possible”, he concluded.


Varadkar to address AGM of ICMSA





A sizeable Roscommon contingent is expected to travel to Limerick’s South Court Hotel this Friday (29th) to hear An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, talk about the issues facing farming and the wider food sector.

  As farmers face into the changes required by climate change, the ongoing threats to our traditional British markets, falling direct payments, sluggish milk prices and the aftermath of the beef strike, there will certainly be plenty for the Taoiseach to address.

  This is the first major farming AGM to be held after a very eventful farming year and also the last ICMSA AGM before a likely General Election next spring.

  Also scheduled to speak on the general situation are Minister Creed and ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, with the first speaker after lunch being RTE broadcaster, Philip Boucher-Hayes, who will be speaking on the controversial theme ‘Is the era of cheap food over?’ 

  The day also involves a pre-lunch panel discussion on ‘Calf Welfare – Social Licence and Creating Value’ which will involve Joe Burke, Bórd Bia, Laura Boyle, Teagasc, Martin Ryan, Glanbia Beef and Conor Geraghty, Veterinary Ireland, discussing the various aspects around the 2020 Calves and the options available to the farmers involved.  

  ICSMA President Pat McCormack has invited members from Roscommon but numbers are limited and so confirmation of intention to attend is advised. Members can call 061-314677 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Roscommon People Mart Watch - November 29th






Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There were similar numbers on offer this week with prices holding firm for both bulls and heifers. Weanling heifer prices were improved with lots making from an average of €2.41 per kilo up to €3.53 per kilo. Weanling bulls fetched from an average of €2.38 per kilo up to €3.37 per kilo. There was a good attendance of customers anxious for stock. Springers made from €1,000 up to €1,400.

  “There will be a Christmas Bonanza special sale of Weanlings on Tuesday next (December 3rd) at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm this evening (28th).

  “There was a similar entry of sheep on offer at Wednesday’s sale with a strong demand for both lambs and cast ewes. Finished lambs made up to €110 for 49.7 kilo. Sheep sales continue on Wednesdays at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID Tag set”.


Roscommon Mart sample prices


Weanling heifers


Lim 445kgs €1065 - €2.39 per kilo, Char X 300kgs €1060 - €3.53 per kilo, Lim X 400kgs €1005 - €2.51 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €990 - €3.19 per kilo, Char X 325kgs €945 - €2.90 per kilo, Char X 260kgs €800 - €3.07 per kilo, Char X 280kgs €825 - €2.94 per kilo, BAX 330kgs €800 - €2.42 per kilo, BAX 310kgs €780 - €2.51 per kilo, Lim X 260kgs €765 - €2.94 per kilo, 3 Lim X 261kgs €720 - €2.75 per kilo, Simm X 275kgs €660 - €2.40 per kilo.


Weanling bulls

Char X 350kgs €1020 - €2.91 per kilo, Char X 365kgs €990 - €2.71 per kilo, Char x 325kgs €935 - €2.87 per kilo, Char X 305kgs €920 - €3.01 per kilo, Char X 255kgs €860 - €3.37 per kilo, Char X 295kgs €860 - €2.91 per kilo, Lim X 270kgs €840 - €3.11 per kilo, Lim 305kgs €805 - €2.63 per kilo, Lim X 265kgs €830 - €3.13 per kilo, Lim X 275kgs €775 - €2.81 per kilo, Char X 290kgs €875 - €3.01 per kilo.


Finished lambs

49.7kgs €110, 55.2kgs €110, 54.7kgs €110, 49.6kgs €108, 52.3kgs €108, 49.4kgs €106, 47.3kgs €105.


Store lambs

41.6kgs €90, 40.60kgs €90, 36.9kgs €86, 37.5kgs €70, 37kgs €68,


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“There were 750 cattle on offer at Thursday’s sale and prices are gradually rising for all classes of stock. The heifer ring reported a good clearance with breeding heifers in strong demand, while in the weanling rings prices were strong again with increased farmer activity evident as the trading year enters the final month. Breeding stock, runners and the dry cows reported good clearances also.

  “Springer cows made from €550 to €1,370 per head. There were similar numbers of calves/runners on offer and young calves made from €250 to €300 with runners making from €300 to €700 for the continental lots.

  “There were 220 bullocks on offer at Monday’s sale with a better trade reported, especially for the quality on offer. Prices were improved with quality lots well improved this week with a good attendance of customers present”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices


Ch 400kgs €985, AA 420kgs €875, Ch 475kgs €1220, Ch 470kgs €1200, Ch 460kgs €1065, Ch 635kgs €1445, Lmx 550kgs €1430, Lm 530kgs €1385, Lmx 560kgs €1355, Si 605kgs €1355.


Dry cows

Chx 860kgs €1580, Ch 885kgs €1535, Lm 875kgs €1480, Lm 780kgs €1350, Lm 485kgs €665, Lm 660kgs €970.


Weanling bulls

Chx 255kgs €860, Chx 295kgs €860, Lm 235kg €750, Lmx 375kgs €1010, Lm 365kgs €985, Ch 350kgs €980, Lm 285kgs €805, Ch 385kgs €960.


Weanling heifers

Ch 255kgs €865, Ch 295kgs €820, Ch 315kgs €890, Ch 310kgs €885, Ch 320kgs €865, Ch 415kgs €1250, Ch 400kgs €880, Chx 225kgs €560.



Lm 495kg €1170, Ch 450kgs €1095, Ch 530kgs €1250, Lm 500kgs €1225, Chx 590kgs €1325, AAx 575kgs €1270, Chx 640kgs €1380, Chx 700kgs €1475.


Farmers to challenge co-ops on milk price



Following the November meeting of the IFA National Dairy Committee, its Chairman Tom Phelan said members are angered by co-ops’ continued lagging behind European milk prices and dairy returns. 

  He said National Dairy Committee members would seek to organise meetings with their co-ops in the next couple of weeks to look for answers on the outlook for milk price for year-end and for spring 2020. 

  “Co-ops have used farmers’ good constituent performances to camouflage price cuts, and now hide behind the seasonally higher butterfat and protein levels to hold low milk prices,” Mr. Phelan said.

  “Milk prices this back end will condition farmers’ incomes next spring. Assuming no price changes from the October level, the constituent difference between October and March will be around 3.8 cents per litre – that would be a cash-flow crippling €1,600 shortfall on the March milk cheque.

  “There is no good reason for co-ops’ excessive caution on milk prices. The global supply/demand balance remains positive and powder prices continue to strengthen. EU indicators, including the Ornua PPI for October at 29.9c/l + VAT would all suggest prices of at least 2 c/l above what the main payers have announced for the same month,” he said.



RTÉ climate coverage unfair on rural Ireland – Fitzmaurice





Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says RTÉ’s climate change coverage is unfairly singling out rural Ireland for criticism as well as highlighting “unrealistic measures” to combat climate change.

  “People have to live and work in rural Ireland. It cannot be totally sacrificed for people who live within the boundary of the M50 or other large cities.

  “There is plenty of talk about planting, planting and more planting but a lot of plantings are being held up at the moment because of European court rulings and objections by so-called environmentalists.

  “Are we going to see rural towns and villages decimated because nobody wants to live in the shadows of countless forests of Sitka Spruce?”

  He added: “In the past week, we already have seen how this Government is content to wipe out the midlands by backing the closure of two peat-powered plants at the end of 2020 – in an effort to get a gold star from Europe for their efforts.

  “This is despite the fact that Germany has just put a plan in place to phase out over 80 power plants which use black coal over the next 18 years or so.

  “If this Government is allowed to continue on its current course, it will transform rural Ireland into a wilderness to act as a carbon sink for the rest of the country.

  “People in rural Ireland are fed up of this Government’s lack of action when it comes to losing key employers and services, with little or no effort being made to replace them.

  “And then, to top it all off, they are faced with the national broadcaster continuously pointing the finger at rural Ireland when it comes to climate change.

  “It is high time that a stop is put to the vilification of rural Ireland and agriculture in this manner,” Fitzmaurice concluded.



Roscommon People Mart Watch - November 22nd



Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There were good numbers on offer at Roscommon Mart in the past week with a steady trade in last Friday’s cattle sale as well as the weanling sale on Tuesday. Wednesday’s sheep sale saw a strong demand for both lambs and cast ewes.

  “There will be a special sale of heifers this Friday (22nd) at 11 am with 64 pens on offer as well as bullocks and dry cows. Friday, November 29th will see an end of month special sale of bullocks, heifers and dry cows with bookings accepted until 5 pm today (Thursday).

  “There will also be an end of month special sale of weanlings on Tuesday next (26th) at 5 pm and bookings are also accepted until 5 pm today.

  “Sheep sales, meanwhile, continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. Please note that all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID Tag set”.


Roscommon Mart sample prices


Dry cows


Simm 810kgs €1290, Lim 700kgs €1270, Char X 805kgs €1220, Simm X 670kgs €1200, Lim X 675kgs €1120, Lim X 645kgs €1100, Lim X 645kgs €1100, Char X 690kgs €1050, Simm X 765kgs €1040, Lim X 645kgs €1050, BBX 680kgs €920.




Char X 695kgs €1255, 2 Char X 515kgs €1235, Simm X 570kgs €1160, PTX 525kgs €1155, Char X 565kgs €1145, Simm X 445kgs €1135, 2 Char X 465kgs €945, Lim X 400kgs €920, 2 Char X 490kgs €1045.




Char X 695kgs €1530, BBX 600kgs €1475, Lim X 580kgs €1470, Char X 635kgs €1420, Char X 585kgs €1370, Char X 535kgs €1350, Lim X 530kgs €1365, Lim X 505kgs €1270, Char X 405kgs €1080, Lim  X 400kgs €980, Char X 440kgs €1060, Char X 490kgs €1100, Lim X 505kgs €1200, Char X 600kgs €1400.


Weanling heifers


Char X 405kgs €1220 - €3.01 per kilo, Char X 320kgs €950 - €2.96 per kilo, Char X 305kgs €950 - €3.11 per kilo, Lim X 355kgs €910 - €2.56 per kilo, Char X 305kgs €855 - €2.80 per kilo, Char X 270kgs €825 - €3.05 per kilo, Lim X 285kgs €780 - €2.73 per kilo, Lim X 250kgs €815 - €3.26 per kilo, Char X 260kgs €680 - €2.61 per kilo, Char X 210kgs €540 - €2.57 per kilo, Char X 320kgs €755kgs - €2.35 per kilo.


Weanling bulls


Lim X 505kgs €1195 - €2.36 per kilo, Lim X 475kgs €1185 - €2.49 per kilo, Char X 335kgs €1140 - €3.40 per kilo, Char X 280kgs €1075 - €3.83 per kilo, Char X 390kgs €1040 - €2.66 per kilo, 2 Lim X 355kgs €885 - €2.49 per kilo, Char X 330kgs €870 - €2.63 per kilo, BAX 325kgs €860 - €2.64 per kilo, BAX 285kgs €850 - €2.98 per kilo, 2 BAX 327kgs €800kgs - €2.44 per kilo, Char X 245kgs €720 - €2.93 per kilo, Lim X 210kgs €610 - €2.90 per kilo.


Finished lambs


50.5kgs €106, 52.1kgs €106, 50.6kgs €105, 52.8kgs €105, 49.3kgs €104, 46kgs €102, 48.4kgs €100.


Store lambs


44kgs €86, 38.20kgs €85, 38.6kgs €85, 35.4kgs €80, 36.9kgs €78.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“There were 800 cattle on offer last Thursday with a sharper trade prevailing for all classes of stock on offer. The heifer ring reported a good clearance with breeding heifers in strong demand, while the weanling rings reported good demand this week with northern customers, feedlots and agents along with a good attendance of farmers driving the trade. Breeding stock runners and the dry cow rings reported good clearances also.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,080 to €1,680 per head. Springers made from €780 to €1,490 per head. There were good numbers of runners on offer again this week with Hereford and Angus crosses making from €250 to €550 and Continental lots making up to €825.

  “There were 250 bullocks on offer at Monday’s sale and the younger cattle were an improved trade this week with a good attendance of customers present.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on today (21st) with our weekly sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices




Ch 415kgs €975, Lm 400kgs €925, Ch 490kgs €1570, Lm 470kgs €1165, Ch 460kgs €1085, Ch 450kgs €1095, Lm 605kgs €1420, Ch 610kgs €1400, Ch 570kgs €1345, Ch 600kgs €1390.


Dry cows


Chx 750kgs €1480, Lm 700kgs €1305, BBx 760kgs €1400, Fr 450kgs €400, Fr 465kgs €405.


Weanling bulls


Chx 250kgs €900, Ch 290kgs €875, Ch 270kgs €855, Lm 435kgs €985, Lm 500kgs €1055.


Weanling heifers


Lmx 290kgs €950, Ch 280kgs €900, Lm 290kgs €765, Ch 310kgs €850, Lm 325kgs €845, Ch 410kgs €915.




Ch 460kgs €1060, Lm 475kgs €1130, Si 475kgs €1085, Lm 515kgs €1225, Ch 510kgs €1195, Lm 500kgs €1160, Ch 585kgs €1245, Lm 630kgs €1360, AA 550kgs €1200, Ch 550kgs €1235.





Well-priced townhouses!




Hughes & Company of Abbey Street, Roscommon have confirmed that they have a number of townhouses for sale which are in need of renovations and ranging in price from €100,000 to €150,000.

  For further information or to make an appointment to view, contact the office on 090-6627003 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Government stands over massive underspend in rural scheme – Murphy



Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has said that overspending in the Town and Village Renewal Scheme prior to 2019 will leave many projects across Roscommon and Galway in doubt.

  “Under figures revealed to Fianna Fáil, and despite announcements and photo opportunities, under the town and village scheme 2018 Galway only received 28% of their allocation while Roscommon only received 22%. What is promised by government is clearly not what is delivered in communities,” he said.

  “It is not good enough for Minister Michael Ring to simply show up and announce projects, he needs to take the initiative and review the expenditure rules which would allow the funds to be drawn down more efficiently.

  “Information received by Fianna Fáil recently, shows that nationally there was an underspend of over €20 million in the town and village renewal scheme for monies allocated in 2017 and 2018,” Deputy Murphy added.

  The Fianna Fáil TD took a swipe at Minister Ring, saying there was a “major difference” between what was in Government press releases and launches and what was being delivered on the ground.

  “Instead of laying blame at the feet of the local authorities, the Minister should try taking a proactive approach and review the expenditure rules,” he said.



Sinéad is ‘Queen of the Land’



Elphin Macra na Feirme member Sinéad Conry from Castlerea, Co. Roscommon was crowned this year’s Queen of the Land after participating at a three-day event hosted by Macra na Feirme in Tullamore, Co. Offaly last weekend.

  The contest, which sees young people compete for the title based on appearance, personality, confidence and rural knowledge, is in its 55th year and draws thousands of people from all over the country.  


Planning Your Future in Farming…



Teagasc Roscommon/Longford and Macra na Feirme held a very successful Alumni Event in the Teagasc Office, Roscommon last Monday night titled ‘Planning Your Future in Farming’. Pictured at the event were Tom Kellegher, Regional Manager, Teagasc Roscommon/Longford; Diarmuid Murray, Chairperson, Roscommon Macra na Feirme; Seán Doorley, Drystock Advisor, Longford and Seán Finan, CEO of The Irish Bioenergy Association, who was the main speaker on the night.


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