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Free health checks for Roscommon farmers

 

 

 

 

The Irish Farmers Journal is offering farmers the opportunity to have their blood pressure checked, receive exercise and lifestyle advice, a completed personal record card and educational materials while nurses will be on hand to answer any questions from farmers about their health.

  Nurses from Croí will visit Roscommon Mart on Wednesday, the 20th of November to offer free health checks and advice for farmers. This will also be available within marts in Kerry, Mayo, Cavan, Clare and Donegal.

  This is part of the Irish Farmers Journal mart demo series ‘Health, housing, breeding and feeding – getting it right this winter’. The nurses will be available to carry out the consultations from 5-7 pm at each event.

  With housing taking place on many farms over the last few weeks this month’s mart demo series aims to update farmers with key points around winter management and making sure that all targets are met with stock on farms over the next few months. There will also be talks provided about health and housing for animals, feeding and breeding.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - November 8th

 

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There were good numbers of top-quality stock on offer again this week. There was a brisk trade for quality bullocks with a 92% clearance of lots and prices improved from the previous special sale with lots making from an average of €2.09 per kilo up to max of €2.79 per kilo. On the other hand, plainer and older cattle were more difficult to sell. 

  “Heifer numbers were small due to next week’s special sale of 60 pens. Prices for heifers fetched from an average of €1.89 per kilo up to €2.22 per kilo. Again, this week there was a large attendance of customers actively sourcing stock.

  “There was a complete clearance of dry cows with prices ranging from €1.29 per kilo up to €1.64 per kilo. This Friday (8th) will see a special sale of heifers at 11 am with 60  pens on offer as well as bullocks and dry cows. On Friday, November 15th, there will be a mid-winter special sale of bullocks and heifers and dry cows. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday 7th).

  “There was a good entry of sheep on offer this week with a strong demand for both lambs and cast ewes. Ewe lambs made as high as €105. Finished lambs made up to €100 for 53.80kilos. 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.

  “There was a slightly smaller entry of weanlings at this week’s sale. Weanling bulls met with a steady trade with prices fetching from an average of €2.35 up to a max of €3.17 per kilo. There was a livelier trade for weanling heifers this week with prices ranging from €2.38 per kilo up to €3.39 per kilo. A special entry of cows with calves at foot made from €1,440 up to €2,500. Springers made from €980 up to €1,700.

  “The mart will host a mid-winter show and sale of weanlings on Tuesday next (12th) at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday 7th)”.

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Char X 825kgs €1325, Lim X 750kgs €1230, Lim X 800kgs €1190, BBX 860kgs €1120, BAX 735kgs €1120, BA 740kgs €1100, BBX 735kgs €1020, Sh 750kgs €950, AAX 670kgs €870, Lim X 545kgs €805.

Heifers

Char X 680kgs €1150, Lim X 565kgs €1145, Simm X 640kgs €1100, Lim X 565kgs €980, Char X 480kgs €930, Lim X 505kgs €920, Char X 435kgs €905, Char X 405kgs €870, Char X 415kgs €855, 2 Lim X 382kgs €850.

Bullocks

Char X 570kgs €1555, Char X 630kgs €1510, 2 Lim X 607kgs €1510, Lim X 570kgs €1500, Char X 565kgs €1500, Char X 560kgs €1475, 4 Char X 591kgs €1450, 2 Char X 507kgs €1420, 3 Lim X  515kgs €1410, Lim X 500kgs €1350, Char X 495kgs €1270, Char X 450kgs 1130, SAX 480kgs €1110, Lim X 475kgs €1110, Lim X 460kgs €1105, Char X 420kgs €1070, Lim X 445kgs €1065, 2 Char X 455kgs €1035, 2 Lim X 420kgs €960, Char X 325kgs €805.

Weanling heifers

Char X 375kgs €1040 - €2.77 per kilo, Char X 415kgs €1040 - €2.50 per kilo, 2 Simm X 357kgs €920 - €2.57 per kilo,Char X 310kgs €890 - €2.87 per kilo, Char X 340kgs €830 - €2.44 per kilo, Simm X 305kgs €820 - €2.68 per kilo, Lim X 310kgs €775 - €2.50 per kilo, 2 Lim X 240kgs €750 - €3.12 per kilo, Char  X 210kgs €635 - €3.02 per kilo Char X 215kgs €730 - €3.34 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Char X 460kgs €1300 - €2.82 per kilo, Char X 470kgs €1145 - €2.43 per kilo, Char X 380kgs €1045 - €2.75 per kilo, Char X 350kgs €1000 - €2.85 per kilo, Lim X 370kgs €920 €2.48 per kilo, Char X 325kgs €905 - €2.78 per kilo, Char X 300kgs €900 - €3.00 per kilo, Simm X 370kgs €860 - €2.32 per kilo, Lim X 315kgs €760 - €2.41 per kilo, Char X 260kgs €680 - €2.51 per kilo, Simm X 240kgs €660 - €2.75 per kilo, Char X 280kgs €890 - €3.17 per kilo.

Finished lambs

53.8kgs €100, 55.8kgs €100, 50.40kgs €98, 48.4kgs €98, 48.6kgs €96, 47.6kgs €96, 47.8kgs €95.

Store lambs

43.70kgs €88, 39.6kgs €86.50, 40.2kgs €84, 37.1kgs €82, 42.6kgs €81.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“There were 750 cattle on offer and the weanling rings reported strong demand this week with a good attendance of customers present. Bull calves fetched as high as €3.86 a kilo while the heifer calves topped out at €3.31 a kilo.

  “In the heifer ring, trade remained firm with better quality lots a better trade this week. The cow trade and breeding stock along with the runners reported a good clearance.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,140 to €1,500 per head, while springer cows made from €730 to €1,150 per head. Young calves made from €190 to €310 per head with Friesian bulls a difficult sell. Runners made from €330 to €775 for continental lots.

  “Sales continue today (Thursday 7th) with our weekly sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings on offer. Sales commence at 11 am”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Heifers

Lm 425kgs €980, Ch 415kgs €890, Lm 490kgs €1155, Ch 430kgs €1055, Ch 710kgs €1355, Lm 500kgs €1285, Sim 560kgs €1290, Lm 595kgs €1280.

Weanling heifers

Ch 275kgs €835, Lm 280kgs €700, Sim 330kgs €1095, Sim 300kg €950, Ch 325kgs €825, Lm 330kgs €860.

Bullocks

Lm 465kgs €1140, Ch 480kgs €1130, Ch 530kgs €1245, Lm 545kgs €1170, Ch 505kgs €1185, Lm 590kgs €1240, Ch 630kgs €1340, Ch 620kgs €1200.

Dry cows

Ch 880kgs €1430, Ch 840kgs €1385, Lm 810kgs €1320, Lm 770kgs €1285ags €935.

Weanling bulls

Ch 290kgs €915, Ch 225kgs €870, Lm 285kgs €820, Ch 330kg €1090, Ch 325kgs €1000, Ch 315kgs €970, Lm 290kgs €840.

 

IFA in pledge to attract ‘more women and younger farmers’

 

 

 

 

The IFA has pledged to try and get more women – and young people – involved in farming.

 

  Speaking at the launch of the IFA’s Diversity Strategy Towards 2025, IFA President Joe Healy said its aim is to build “a platform for change, creating momentum and challenging the status quo to support a more diverse and inclusive organisation”.

  Mr. Healy said that while there has been significant improvement in the level of female representation in the association in recent years, this strategy will “ensure that we continue to grow and improve so that leadership better reflects our diverse membership”.

  He added that diversity, unifying and attracting famers from all sectors, with different perspectives, has been the key to the success of the association.

  Key recommendations in the report include: To develop a talent bank of women who are interested in holding positions. These women will be offered mentoring and training under the Future Leaders programme; to limit the term an officer can sit on National Council as County Chair or National Committee Chair to 12 years, after which time they are required to move forward to a higher position; to introduce a target of an 80:20 gender split on all national committees within the lifetime of the strategy; to introduce a target that at least 20% of candidates for election are women; To increase awareness of the strong role women already play within the association and promote the opportunities available to women.

  Mr. Healy said that this strategy is the start of IFA’s journey to empower and encourage more women and younger farmers to get involved, to add their voice to the association and shape the future of farming in Ireland.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - November 1st

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

 

“There was another large entry of excellent-quality stock on offer at last Friday’s sale. There was a brisk trade for heifers with plenty of customers in attendance which resulted in a very high clearance of lots. Prices for heifers ranged from an average of €2.09 per kilo up to €2.57 per kilo.

  “Bullocks made from an average of €1.87 per kilo up to €2.32 per kilo. Dry cows averaged from €1.27 per kilo up to a high of €2.52 per kilo for a Lim X 540kgs fetching €1,365.

  “This Friday (November 1st), the mart will host a special sale of bullocks at 11 am, with heifers and dry cows. On Friday, November 8th, there will be a winter special sale of heifers with bullocks and dry cows. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday 31st).

  “There was another good entry of excellent quality stock on offer at Tuesday’s sale for weanlings and suckler cows. There was an improved trade for weanling heifers with lots averaging from €2.31 per kilo up to €3.63 per kilo There was a brisk trade for bulls with prices ranging from an average of €2.28 per kilo up to €3.74 per kilo.

  “There was a good clearance for the special entry of springers with lots fetching from €1,600 up to €1,920. 

  “There will be a special sale of weanlings next Tuesday (November 5th) at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm this evening (October 31st). Included in the sale are 20 excellent quality cows with strong calves at foot and eight top-quality springer heifers approximately five months in calf to pure bred Limousin bull.

  “There was a good entry of sheep on offer with a good demand for both lambs and cast ewes. There was a nice selection of ewes lambs with lots fetching up to €125. Finished lambs made up to €98 for 49.50 kilo.  

  “Sales continue 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

Dry cows

 

Lim X 540kgs €1365, PTX 870kgs €1320, Lim 755kgs €1300, BBX 910kgs €1245, Char X 740kgs €1195, Simm X 775kgs €1150, Char X 770kgs €1095, Lim X 625kgs €1030, Lim X 640kgs €970, Lim X 540kgs €815.

Heifers

Char X 760kgs €1590, Char X 685kgs €1520, BAX 670kgs €1500, Char X 650kgs €1430, Char X 580kgs €1340, 2 BBX 530kgs €1300, Char X 520kgs €1270, Lim X 535kgs €1240, Char X 510kgs €1200, 3 Char X 523kgs €1230, Lim X 515kgs €1255, 2 Char X 480kgs €1195, Char X 450kgs €1160, Lim 455kgs €1135, Char X 460kgs €1115, Char X 435kgs €1000, Lim X 430kgs €990.

Bullocks

2 Lim X 650kgs €1300, BAX 530kgs €1175, Lim X 485kgs €1130, Char X 540kgs €1120, Char X 530kgs €1115, Lim X 520kgs €1090, Char X 480kgs €1025, Char X 435kgs €980, SAX 372kgs €840, Lim X 465kgs €950, Lim 380kgs €840, Lim X 445kgs €920, Char X 400kgs €895.

Weanling heifers

Lim X 345kgs €965 - €2.79 per kilo, Char X 330kgs €945 - €2.86 per kilo, Lim X 280kgs €900 - €3.21 per kilo, Char X 275kgs €860 - €3.12 per kilo, Char X 355kgs €860 - €2.42 per kilo, Char X 280kgs €820 - €2.92 per kilo, Char X 250kgs €820 - €2.56 per kilo, Char X 340kgs €840 - €2.47 per kilo, Char 220kgs €800 - €3.63 per kilo, 2 Char X 292kgs €770 - €2.63 per kilo, AAX 300kgs €730 - €2.43 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Lim X 420kgs €1260 - €3 per kilo, Lim X 400kgs €1100 - €2.75 per kilo, Char X 330kgs €1050 - €3.18 per kilo, Char X 380kgs €1035 - €3.72 per kilo, Char X 275kgs €1030 - €3.74 per kilo, Char X 390kgs €905 - €2.32 per kilo, BAX 330kgs €940 - €2.84 per kilo, Char X 315kgs €925 - €2.93 per kilo, Lim X 370kgs €900 - €2.43 per kilo, Char X 275kgs €855 - €3.10 per kilo, SAX 325kgs €785 - €2.41 per kilo, SAX 300kgs €755 - €2.51 per kilo, Char X 225kgs €745 - €3.31 per kilo, 2 Char X 237kgs €650 - €2.73 per kilo.

Finished lambs

49.5kgs €98, 56kgs €95, 49.40kgs €94, 49kgs €95, 50.30kgs €95, 46.90kgs €90, 48.20kgs €94.

Store lambs

43.60kgs €82, 42.70kgs €83, 39.60kgs €84, 40.90kgs €85, 42kgs €82.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

 

“Large numbers of stock presented for sale again this week with extra farmer activity at the ringside resulting in better demand especially for the weanlings and younger stock.

 

  “The heifer trade reported a steady trade with a good clearance reported while the dry cow trade and breeding stock were similar to last week.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,000 to €1,220 per head. Springer cows made from €800 to €1,030 per head. Runners made from €250 to €680 per head.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday, 31st) with our weekly sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Heifers

 

Lm 425kgs €1000, Lm 385kgs €905, Ch 405kgs €915, Lm 495kgs €1140, Ch 465kgs €1095, Lm 470kgs €1075, Ch 475kgs €1455, Sim 550kgs €1350, Ch 600kgs €1260, Lm 610kgs €1285.

Dry cows

Ch 905kgs €1395, Lm 830kgs €1350, Lm 780kgs €1295, Lm 770kgs €1280, Sh 485kgs €520.

Weanling bulls

Ch 295kgs €810, Lm 295kgs €765, BBx 325kgs €1040, Ch 370kgs €990, Ch 310kgs €895, Ch 330kgs €1075, Ch 365kgs €935.

Weanling heifers

Chx 270kgs €795, Ch 285kgs €795, Ch 310kgs €815, Ch 370kgs €1090, Lm 310kgs €770, Ch 330kgs €820, Ch 430kgs €1025.

Bullocks

Chx 495kgs €1175, Chx 455kgs €1105, Lm 470kgs €1085, Ch 520kgs €1220, Lm 500kgs €1160, Lm 595kgs €1335, Ch 620kgs €1330, Ch 665kgs €1340, Lm 615kgs €1270, Ch 570kgs €1260.

 

Minister Creed must resolve payment delays – IFA

 

 

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has urged the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to resolve outstanding BPS and ANC payment problems.

  He said it would appear that some farmers have had payments held up because of mapping issues.

  “Many of these should have been resolved well in advance of the payment date.

  “While there has been a significant pay-out of ANC Scheme payments to some 88,000 farmers, and BPS to 115,000 farmers, for those farmers still awaiting payment, there is significant financial pressure,” he said.

  Mr. Kennedy said problems are being experienced nationwide.

  “It is disappointing that mechanisms are not put in place earlier to avoid delays,” he concluded.

 

Hanley sets his sights on Connacht IFA chair

 

 

 

 

 

There was a good turnout at Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon last Saturday evening as Creggs man John Hanley launched his bid to become Chairman of the Connacht branch of the Irish Farmers Association.

  Mr. Hanley, who served as county chairman of the association from 2014 to 2018, faces a challenging task as he bids to become the first provincial chair from Roscommon since Joe Murphy in 1985.

  Joining Mr. Hanley last Saturday night to launch his campaign was Roscommon IFA Chairman Jim O’Connor, who was full of praise for the man from Kilbegnet.

  “No-one I know is better suited to this role. John has been involved with many strands of agriculture…his involvement with the IFA and agriculture is not contained to Kilbegnet either. The Hanleys have hosted (events such as) the International Sheepdog Trials and Ploughing Championships, and John is closely associated with the Roscommon Lamb Festival,” he said.

  Former Macra na Feirme President Sean Finan was also in attendance to officially launch Mr. Hanley’s campaign.

  He said: “In 2015 I stood at the launch of my own campaign for Macra na Feirme President. I was successful and my election campaign was the foundation of that success.

  “I hope we can now set the foundation stones for John’s campaign. No doubt you’ll leave here brimming with enthusiasm to convince board members to elect this man,” he said.

  John Hanley thanked those present for their support as well as executives from both Roscommon and Leitrim for putting his name forward for election.

  “Since the nomination I have been contacted by many farmers across Connacht offering support in the coming weeks and while I am on the road meeting members across the province, I would like to thank my brother Brian and father Noel for keeping the show on the road. Without their work at home, I wouldn’t be able to keep the farm work done at the moment.

  “The reason that I am contesting this election is that farmers in Connacht need action. They need action on farm incomes and a range of other measure which will help safeguard the future of the family farm in the west.

  “I am well aware of the genuine anger and frustration that is out there in relation to the issue of farm incomes. Farmers in the west, particularly in the vulnerable sectors such as suckler and sheep, have seen their incomes eroded, as input prices rise and the prices offered for their produce fall to disgraceful levels of 20 years ago,” he said.

  Mr. Hanley said he believed the family farm was under threat adding that the sector was losing 1% of farmers annually.

  “Farming is always an uncertain business, dependent on lots of variables, including weather, international markets and trade deals, which are outside our control, but we do need to be assured that if we are producing top quality produce that we are going to be rewarded properly,” he said.

  Mr. Hanley also highlighted the threat the agriculture sector faces from Brexit and the Mercosur deal and called on farmers to stand up for the rights of Irish and European consumers to access safe food.

  Mr. Hanley also discussed issues such as the Early Retirement Scheme, falling suckler numbers, and the Sheep Welfare Scheme, and expressed his belief that cut-off weight limits for lambs should be removed.

  He also questioned the practice of “farming by calendar”, saying it made no sense. He added that schemes such as CAP and ANC were vital for farmers in the west who faced the threat of flooding once again this year.

  Concluding, Mr. Hanley said that minds at national level “needed to be focussed” on issues in Connacht and that it was important farmers in the province had a strong voice on the national stage.

 

 

 

 

Farm with care

 

 

 

 

 

Farming continues to be the most dangerous sector in which to work. Dealing with machinery, livestock, electricity, chemicals and slurry, to name but a few, poses a high level of risk.

  So far this year 15 people have lost their lives on farms in work-related accidents. Farmers must do their best to farm with care and to encourage each other to consciously prioritise safety and health. The vast majority of accidents on farms are preventable.

Half-Day Farm Safety Course

To improve awareness on the importance of prioritising farm safety and health, Teagasc are providing half-day training courses in November. The course will review health and safety statistics to identify the areas known to cause farm accidents.

  Course participants will also be able to review health and safety legislation to ensure each participant is aware of their responsibilities in this area.

  Participants will receive the new, updated Risk Assessment document. Advice on best procedures to follow when completing this document will be given at the course. The course fee is €30 and places are open to Teagasc clients and non-clients. Contact your local Teagasc office for further information.

TAMS 11

All TAMS applicants must have completed a half-day Farm Safety Code of Practice course (provided by Teagasc or other trained persons) or the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Green Cert) within the last five years prior to submission of a payment claim.

  Your claim for payment under TAMS 11 will not be processed until evidence of course completion is provided.

  Teagasc provides a local advisory and education services to farmers. They have an office based in Roscommon, which can be contacted on 090-6626166. Their Longford branch can be reached by calling 043-3341021 and the Castlerea office can be contacted by calling 094-9620160. For more information visit www.facebook.com/Teagascroscommonlongford/.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - October 25th

 

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There was another large entry of top-quality stock on offer at Tuesday’s sale of weanlings and suckler cows. Prices for bulls averaged from €2.30 per kilo up to a top price of €4 per kilo for a Char X weighing 290kgs and fetching €1,160.

  “Prices for weanling heifers were improved this week with lots making from an average of €2.33 per kilo up to €3.15 per kilo.

  “Once again this week, farmers and exporters were very active. A special entry of springers made from €1,780 up to €2,450.  

  “The mart will host a special sale of weanlings on Tuesday (29th) at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm this evening (Thursday 24th).

 “Also next Tuesday (29th), there will be a special entry of 48 excellent-quality in-calf heifers. All heifers are calving down 30 to 36 months old in calf to pedigree Limousin bull, and calving from November 1st onwards. All vaccinated for Lepto and IBR and some heifers with stars. Scanning dates available at the sale. Contact Michael Cuddy on 083-8420400 or Roscommon Mart on 090-6626352”.

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Weanling heifers

Char 365kgs €935 - €2.56 per kilo, BBX 305kgs €905 - €2.96 per kilo, Lim X 340kgs €875 - €2.57 per kilo, Char X 295kgs €855 - €2.89 per kilo, PTX 320kgs €800 - €2.50 per kilo, Lim X 295kgs €740 - €2.50 per kilo, Char X 275kgs €740 - €2.69 per kilo, Char X 285kgs €900 - €3.15 per kilo, BBX 310kgs €820 - €2.64 per kilo, Char X 255kgs €705 - €2.76 per kilo.

 

Weanling bulls

Char X 390kgs €1180 - €3.02 per kilo, Char X 290kgs €1100 - €4 per kilo, Char X 330kgs €1145 - €3.46 per kilo, Char X 365kgs €1055 - €2.89 per kilo, Lim X 385kgs €980 - €2.54 per kilo, Lim X 340kgs €925 - €2.72 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €895 - €2.88 per kilo, Char X 295kgs €880 - €2.98 per kilo, 2 Char X 360kgs €865 - €2.40 per kilo, Lim X 285kgs €845 - €2.96 per kilo, Char X 250kgs €800 - €3.20 per kilo, AA 330kgs €790 - €2.31 per kilo, Char 285kgs €700 - €2.45 per kilo.

 

Finished lambs

49.6kgs €98, 61.5kgs €98, 48.3kgs €97, 48.2kgs €97, 50.2kgs €96, 50.2kgs €96, 46kgs €95.50, 51.4kgs €95, 48.5kgs €95.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“Large numbers of stock presented for sale again this week with trade remaining steady and prices holding especially for the quality lots on offer. 

  “The heifer ring reported a good clearance with the better quality heifers slightly improved and in the weanling rings demand was strongest for the quality lots, with plainer type lots a little harder sold.

  “Breeding stock and the cry cows reported a good clearance with prices and trade similar to last week.

  “Sales continue today (Thursday 24th) with our weekly sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Heifers

 

Lim 410kg €985, Ch 400 €880, Ch 440kg €1085, Lim 475kg €1120, Lim 495kg €1040, Ch 670kg €1420, Ch 610kg €1280, Ch 635kg €1325, Lim 495kg €1040.

 

Dry cows

 

BBx 905kg €1560, Lim 805kg €1395, Ch 760kg €1370, Ch 805kg €1350, AA 965kg €1525, Sim 730kg €1190.

 

Weanling bulls

 

Ch 295kg €855, Ch 285kg €840, Ch 285kg €800, Ch 350kg €1180, BBx 325kg €1040, Ch 360kg €1000, Ch 305kg €980, Ch 480kg €995.

 

Weanling heifers

 

Ch 295kg €870, Ch 270kg €820, Ch 265kg €800, Chx 320kg €950, Ch 300kg €940, Ch 310kg €840, Ch 315kg €835.

 

Young Ballinagare breeder to represent Ireland  

 

 

 

Young Ballinagare woman, Sinead Conry, will represent Ireland at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand next March.

  The 21-year-old from the townland of Rathnollag established her own herd of Hereford cattle in 2016. She will be among four finalists travelling to New Zealand next year.

  Sinéad is a third year student in Technological University Dublin studying environmental health science.

  Reacting to the news, she said that her passion and love for farming comes from her father Michael, and her love for livestock started when she purchased a calf in Castlerea Mart using her First Holy Communion money.

  “When I graduate I plan to combine a career in environmental inspections with farming. I have a keen interest in the challenges facing farmers at a time where resistance to meat production and consumption is increasing and wants to develop a sustainable environmentally friendly farming enterprise centered on Herefords,” she said.

  Sinead is no stranger to the show circuit or the winner’s enclosure and two of her animals recently won best pair of Herefords at the Strokestown Show.

  “I’m at my happiest when I’m in show ring walking cattle and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I cannot believe I have been given this opportunity and can’t wait for team Ireland to travel across and compete,” she said.

  Sinead thanked Slaney Meats and the Irish Hereford Society for giving her this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Dylan scoops coveted place on Scholarship Programme

 

 

Fourmilehouse native Dylan Cronin has received a scholarship worth €2,500 which rewards academic excellence and supports young achievers who wish to develop careers in an agri-related profession.

  Aurivo, the globally-focused agribusiness, has awarded one of two places on its ‘Gaffney & Mulleady Agriculture, Food & Nutrition’ scholarship programme to Cronin.

  Dylan studied at Scoil Mhuire in Strokestown before embarking on a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science at UCD last month.

  He has a keen interest in animal husbandry and nutrition as well as profitable and sustainable beef production and hopes to learn more about these areas through the course.

  Now in its third year, Aurivo established and sponsors the programme in memory of Sean Mulleady (Drumlish) and Paddy Gaffney (Longford) who died tragically in 2013.    

  The competition is open to students from Aurivo’s catchment area who undertake a level 7 or level 8 third level degree course in agriculture, food or nutrition.

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