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Cattle trade is on the up

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Bronagh Gilmore, Ardrahan with her terrier Roly at the Ardrahan Agricultural Show. PHOTO: PAUL FENNELL.

THE corner may have been turned in relation to cattle prices, according to a number of mart and farming representatives this week who said that there were encouraging signs for the critical ‘backend’ sales period.

A decline in numbers going through the factories allied to stronger farmer confidence helped by the benign summer so far, has lifted hopes for a good trade through the autumn period.

Athenry Mart Manager, Alan Barry, told the Farming Tribune that the month of July had brought about a significant change for the better in the whole market situation for cattle.

“Last week, we had one of the lowest kills for some time at the factories and with supplies tight, prices have firmed up. Through the month of July, the trade at the marts has been very lively and I think that there are grounds for reasonable optimism looking ahead to the autumn period,” he said.

Mr. Barry said that last year, there had been a big increase in the sales of cows and heifers due to the bad Spring in terms of weather and feed, but also due to the fact that beef prices were very good at the factories.

He added that already there were indications that the cattle births for the first half of this year, something that fed into the overall supply and demand dynamic of the trade.

“Another key factor is that so far we’ve enjoyed a very good summer with a great return, both in terms of quantity and quality, from the silage fields.

“Farmers now know that they have plenty of feed for the winter period and if the weather stays fairly reasonable into the autumn, I can see farmers being very active in the weanling market.

“Overall I would have to say that I’m quite optimistic about the autumn weanling trade. The quality of animals on offer is in general of a premium category but I think that the numbers will be down a bit, so competition will be keen between farmers and exporters,” said Alan Barry.

Galway IFA Chairman, Pat Murphy, told the Farming Tribune that overall the feedback seemed to be that cattle numbers would be down this backend with the prospect of a very strong trade for all good quality young animals.

“We even see it over the past couple of weeks at the meat plants where the numbers have dropped and prices have hardened. It is nearly all about supply and demand but all the indications are of the numbers tightening as we go into the autumn period,” said Pat Murphy.

He also stressed that the live export market – whether it be at top end Italian side of things or for Libya/North Africa for slightly plainer animals – needed to stay vibrant.

“We need to keep moving our boatloads of live cattle each week. This is very important in terms of competition and in fuelling demand at all levels of the trade,” said Pat Murphy.

 

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Liver fluke prevalent in the west

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Callows and wet pasture grazing are ideal conditions for liver fluke infestation.

FLUKE infection in cattle herds and sheep flocks is predicted to be prevalent in the west and north-west of Ireland this winter, according to the latest Dept. of Agriculture data.

This year’s winter fluke forecast is based on meteorological data gathered between May and October of this year by Met Éireann and is based in what is known as the Ollerenshaw Summer [Fluke] Index 2022.

Liver fluke, or Fasciola Hepatica infection, will again be higher in the west and north-west region due to the wetter conditions that prevailed as compared to the south and east of the country.

As well as Met Éireann, the Dept. of Agriculture, UCD, Teagasc and Animal Health Ireland, collaborate to advise farmers of the predicted liver fluke risk over the winter period.

“The lower values of the index [south and east] are due to the drier conditions in June, July and August.

“May was dry in the south, whereas it was wet in the northwest as reflected in the higher values [infestation], while June was wetter in the west than the rest of the country, resulting in the overall index values being higher in the west and northwest,” the Dept. report points out.

The Beef HealthCheck programme, run in partnership with Meat Industry Ireland, collects and reports liver fluke information in cattle at slaughter from participating meat factories nationwide.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Sheep scheme changes sought

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Stephen Canavan, Galway IFA Chair

GALWAY IFA are calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, to make modifications to the new Sheep Improvement Scheme as a matter or urgency.

Stephen Canavan, Galway IFA Chair, said that IFA had met with Department officials last week in an effort to secure changes to the scheme – most of them straightforward enough in relation to dates and deadlines.

One of the difficulties with the scheme is that the first year of the five-year project will run from February 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023 – the remaining four years of the project run from January 1 to December 31 annually.

However, Stephen Canavan has pointed out that if scanning takes place on farms in the coming January, 2023, this action will only be eligible for payment through the current scheme. “Applicants who choose the action as part of the new scheme will be penalised on their first-year payments because the action did not take place within the new scheme year.

“The scheme year period should run like the SWS (Sheep Welfare Scheme), which would avoid penalising farmers for this action in year one,” said Stephen Canavan.

He added that the requirement to nominate the years to have the genotyped/parentage verified in the scheme – on the first year of application – must not be a compliance requirement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tractor run will remember a local legend

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Some members of the 10-person organising committee for the PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run that takes place in Ardrahan on Sunday, December 11. (Left to right): Anthony Whelan, Brian Kilkelly, Declan Sylver, Patrick Mahoney and Aonghusa Fahy. Absent from the photo are: Mary Forde, Lena Taylor, Conor O’Dea, Gerald Harney and Mícheál Kelly.

THE PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, December 11, in memory of a very well-known and highly regarded figure within the Ardrahan and South Galway local community, who passed away just a year ago this month.

PJ Mahoney was steeped in farming and the GAA and for this he was known far and wide. He was a talisman for Ardrahan GAA, playing in goals for the senior hurling team when they won county hurling titles in 1974, 1975 and 1978.

All down through the years, he was a most dedicated and guiding servant to the club up until his untimely death in a road accident last year.

PJ farmed locally throughout his life and was well known as an agricultural contractor in both Galway and North Clare, a business carried on by his son Patrick.

There are many tales and anecdotes of PJ Mahoney that still bring a smile to the faces of those recalling them.

He was a keystone in the local community, the neighbour you could always call on, and indeed the neighbour that didn’t need to be called upon as he would turn up to help regardless.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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