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Galway stud leads the way in the breeding of Irish Draughts

Francis Farragher

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Champions all: Cappa Cassanova (on left), the Champion Irish Draught Stallion, shown by Seamus Sloyan and on right is the Reserve Champion, Cappa Aristocrat, shown by John Keane. In the centre are delighted owners, Jimmy and Edel Quinn of Cappa Stud.

A GALWAY stud farm dedicated to the improvement of Irish Draught bloodlines has ‘swept the boards’ at the Irish Horse Show in the RDS.

Cappa Stud in Annaghdown – owned by Ballinasloe natives, Jimmy and Edel Quinn – not alone landed the Supreme Champion Irish Draught accolade, but also scooped the Reserve award.

Eight-year-old Cappa Cassanova (bred by Seamus Leahy from Headford) took the Supreme Champion award for the third time in four years, having also taken the title in 2012 and 2013 while Cappa Aristocrat (bred by Pascal Claffey, Laurencetown) was Reserve Champion.

Jimmy and Edel Quinn came back from the United States in 2007 with the dream of saving some of the old bloodlines of the Irish Draughts and broadening the gene pool – now the RDS results have shown the success of the project.

“I suppose that since we set up here eight years back, Ireland went through a  severe recession that impacted greatly on the horse industry but things have picked up  and especially so this year.

“We had a lot of faith in the quality of Irish Draught that we could produce and we really have been blown away with our success at the RDS earlier this month,” said Edel Quinn.

Even better news for Cappa Stud is the fact that the winner of the prestigious Three Year Old Potential Event Horse Class – Noble Class – was sired by Cappa Cassanova.

“Noble Class’s win is really good news for us, in that it provides real evidence of the quality of offspring being produced by Cappa Cassanova. He’s had a very busy breeding season this year, covering 70 mares, and it’ll be even busier next year, following these results,” said Edel Quinn.

Cappa Stud,  also have a farm in Gurtymadden near Loughrea catering for over 50 mares – they also have been pursuing the Chinese market for the Irish Draughts with the setting up of an equestrian centre in Shanghai.

Jimmy Quinn said that they had been ‘completely overwhelmed’ with the third success in four years of Cappa Cassanova, while Aristrocrat’s success, at just four, augurs well for the future.

The Quinns are equally as thrilled with the success of Noble Class – son of Cappa Casanova – who was the only horse bred by an Irish Draught out of 17 finalists in the three-year-old Potential Event Horse Class. Noble Class was sired by Cappa Cassanova out of The Marching Lass – the dam sire was Aristocracy.

“This success is truly great news for Irish breeding – to win that class does show that local Irish breeding is again coming to the top,” said Jimmy Quinn.

He bought their first Irish Draught nearly 10 years ago ‘over the phone’ – and while in the U.S. – after seeing an ad in the Irish Field.

“We are excited about the possibilities being opened up at the equestrian centre in Shanghai that has been given the go-ahead since last March.

“Ireland is known as the land of the horse and the Chinese are very anxious that the professional expertise of Irish breeders is to the fore with this project,” said Jimmy Quinn.

This is no business for the faint hearted as over 98% of Irish Draught stallions don’t make it through to the Class One category, having to undergo a rigorous testing regime to ensure that breed quality remains paramount.

These are exciting times for Cappa Stud, with the economy on the upturn and money being spent once more on horses, while China also looms big on the horizon. After recessions and economic downturns, the Quinns seem poised to capitalise on one of the absolute basics of the horse business – good breeding.

 

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Headford Mart reopens after cancellation of last Saturday’s sale

Francis Farragher

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Back to business: Headford Mart has its usual line-up of sales this weekend including a special weanling sale on Friday evening.

IT’S back to ‘full steam ahead’ for Headford Mart this weekend after the controversy last week that led to no sale being held on Saturday.

Interim Manager at the Mart, Jimmy Hannon, confirmed to the Farming Tribune on Wednesday, that all issues which had arisen in the run-up to the cancellation of last Saturday’s sale had now been resolved.

“We have our usual full line-up of cattle and sheep sales on Saturday, but as well as that, we are holding a special weanling sale on this Friday evening (Oct. 16), starting at 5.30pm.

“Issues that arose last week have been fully resolved and we are delighted to be resuming our usual service – we are particularly looking forward to the special weanling sales over the next three Friday evenings: the 16th, 23rd and 30th,” Jimmy Hannon told the Farming Tribune.

The Farming Tribune understands that internal staffing issues which had arisen, led to the cancellation of last Saturday’s sale which had about 60 pens of cattle booked in for sale.

Since then, intensive negotiations have gone on behind the scenes to resolve the problems that had arisen, with the staff situation understood to have returned to normal.

Headford’s Saturday sales have proved to be extremely popular with farmers and buyers all across the West of Ireland with Manager Joe Wynne having built up a strong reputation for the mart over the past number of years. Mr. Wynne has been off due to illness over recent months.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Reminder to farmers on scheme deadlines and grants

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Philip O’Connor, Head for ifac Farm Services

GALWAY farmers have been advised this week to be aware of the conditions and deadlines of two grant schemes – one relating to improvement works and the other for younger entrants to farming.

The closing date for Tranche 19 of TAMS (Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme) is October 30 with the final TAMS II tranche closing on December 31, 2020, according to ifac, the farm agribusiness and accounts professional firm.

The grants available under TAMS II are 40% of €80,000 (€32,000) and 60% (€48,000) if the applicant is a ‘young, trained farmer’.

Ifac point out that the Low Emissions Slurry Equipment Scheme ‘is often forgotten about’ with 40% of €40,000 (€16,000) claimable – rising to 60% (€24,000) for the young trained farmer.

Philip O’Connor, Head for ifac Farm Services, however advised farmers ‘not to rush into’ the decision on investment for the sake of meeting a deadline – but instead to ensure to ‘make the right investment for your farm.

He advised that farmers should address three key issues before deciding to embark on a capital investment: should you invest and will there be a return on your spend?; if borrowing, have you the required borrowing capacity?; and consider VAT, Income Tax implications and the ‘capital repayment trap’.

Meanwhile, in a separate scheme, the Dept. of Agriculture has reminded younger farmers of the Young Farmers’ Scheme (YFS) – introduced in 2015 as a top-up to the Basic Payment Scheme.

A young farmer can apply if they are no more than 40-years of age in the first year of application; have attained a minimum level of agricultural education; and are in financial/managerial control of the holding.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Forestry grinding to a halt!

Francis Farragher

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Seeking the light: Hopes that new Forestry Bill can ease appeals backlog.

FORESTRY work in many parts of Galway and the western region is grinding to a halt with mills facing into a crisis due to lack of supplies, a West of Ireland TD has warned this week.

According to Roscommon-Galway TD, Michael Fitzmaurice, the new Forestry Amendment Bill will not ‘on its own’ solve what he described as the current logjam of applications to fell trees.

“This Bill on its own will not solve everything. As it stands, there are up on 2,000 applications waiting to be processed by the Forestry Service.

“While the Bill will make changes, which will impact on how new applications are dealt with, other work will have to be carried out to clear the current backlog.

“Unless changes are made to the current procedures and protocols that are followed when dealing with applications, the sector will continue to be suffocated by red tape,” said Deputy Fitzmaurice.

He said that in terms of the sawmills in the region – and also the construction industry – the situation had now gone extremely serious in terms of accessing supplies.

According to Deputy Fitzmaurice, the root of the problem goes back to the Habitats Directive ‘signed up to’ by then Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Michael D. Higgins.

“For instance, despite it not being enshrined in law, every planner adheres to the 15km buffer zone rule. Ireland has walked itself into a cul-de-sac by bringing in the likes of the Habitats Directive, which is destroying this country bit-by-bit,” said Deputy Fitzmaurice.

Galway IFA Forestry Representative, Enda Monaghan, told the Farming Tribune, that the planning holdups as regards carrying out normal forestry work like planting, thinning, roadway construction and felling was now being stalled by planning issues.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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