Elphin Mart has reported a record sales turnover for 2021, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to figures released this past week, the livestock mart posted sales turnover of €27.7 million, an increase of 66 per cent from pre-Covid 2019.
Sales increased by 5 per cent and 40 per cent for cattle and sheep respectively compared with figures for 2020 while cattle sales to Northern Ireland increased by 50 per cent.
Commenting on the annual results, newly appointed Elphin Mart chairperson, Bernard Donohue, said: “Elphin Mart has proudly served the farmers of Roscommon and beyond since 1961 and I am delighted to announce that sixty years on, sales reached a record level of €27.7 million in 2021, despite initial concerns about the impact of COVID-19.
“We are well known for selling prime quality livestock at Elphin and there was a surge in demand for quality Irish beef in the retail sector at home and abroad, as more and more families cooked in the home during the pandemic”.
Mr. Donohue said the mart continues to play a “leading role in providing nutrient-dense Irish beef to customers at home and abroad”.
“During my tenure, working with the board, we will gather feedback from our shareholders to ensure that the mart’s future strategy is relevant and aligned with the needs of our shareholders, our customers, and our customers’ customers in a rapidly changing world,” he said.
“We all have a role to play in delivering a sustainable world, and Elphin Mart will continue to play its part in this regard. The Board of Elphin Mart wishes to thank outgoing Chairman, Pat Dockery, outgoing Mart Manager, Gerry Connellan, and outgoing Mart Secretary, Carmelita Caslin, for their outstanding work, commitment and drive over the past number of years.
“The Board also looks forward to working with recently appointed Mart Manager, Kevin Caslin, along with all staff, shareholders and customers, in ensuring that 2022 continues to build on the success of 2021”.
Newly appointed manager, Kevin Caslin, is a Roscommon native who was previously employed by Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis.
“Elphin is the go-to mart for livestock trading, and I would like to thank the Board, our shareholders and our loyal customers, who continue to make the mart the success it is today,” he said.
“With a fantastic trade for quality livestock at our mart again this year, I look forward to working with the Board, our team, shareholders and our loyal customers and to building relations with existing and new customers, as we plan for continued success in 2022 and beyond”.