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Galway vote vital as IFA go to polls

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THOUSANDS of Galway IFA members across the county have been strongly urged this week to turn out at their branch meetings and vote in the forthcoming presidential election.

Last time out, a huge turn-out at Galway branch meetings delivered a total of 184 votes – however this time around the vote is not expected to be as high as there is no election for the Connacht Vice-Presidency. Galway’s Tom Turley had no opposition for that position.

Both candidates for the presidential election to succeed Kilkenny’s John Bryan, are understood to have mounted strong campaigns in the county over recent weeks – the Galway vote, like the national outcome, could be tight, according to IFA observers.

The head-to-head battle to lead the country’s biggest farming organisation with nearly 90,000 members is between Meath’s Eddie Downey and Laois man, Jer Bergin.

Downey (51), a 140 acre tillage, beef and poultry farmer from near Slane is the current IFA Deputy President as well as being Meath County Chairman.

Bergin (49), farms 150 acres with his brother, including a 55 cow suckler to beef herd, a hogget enterprise and a tillage operation. He is the current Leinster Vice-President of the IFA.

The main campaign points of Bergin are: giving power back to the members; an improvement of the regulatory and inspections regime; a multi-national price guarantee for produce; more incentives for young farmers and more Government support.

Eddie Downey cites 20 years of experience working for the IFA at all levels as proof of a solid track record of achievement. He points to his successes in importing fodder during the Spring crisis as well as the improved VAT rate. He also is pushing for a ‘yellow card’ system of warnings in inspections.

Galway IFA Chairman, Michael Flynn, urged all IFA members in the county to come out and vote in the election and have their say in selecting the man that will lead Irish farming over the next four years.

“The IFA is a very democratic organisation and we are asking all members to turn out at their branch meetings and to exercise this right,” said Michael Flynn.

Last evening, Roy O’Brien, IFA Regional Officer, reported a very strong turn-out at the branch meetings held around the county so far.

He pointed out that four years ago, there were 184 votes in Galway and while the turn-out was unlikely to be as strong again, the county would still deliver a big vote.

Branches with up to 25 members at their meetings have one vote in the national election; two votes for 26 to 50 and an extra vote for each 25 members after that.

Galway has a total of 77 branches – last time out, a number of branches ‘pulled in’ three to four votes showing of between 50 and 100 members.

Tim O’Leary from Cork and J. J. Kavanagh of Wexford are contesting the position of Deputy President – the votes will be counted at the Castleknock Hotel, Dublin, on Tuesday December 17.

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Suffolks make €2,500 at Roscommon sale

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Alastair Barclay judging the stock at the Suffolk Show and Sale in Roscommon earlier this month.

THE standard and quality of sheep presented at the 51st Premier Show & Sale of West of the Ireland Registered Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeders Club took place in Roscommon Mart on Saturday, August 6 was top class.

Judge, Mr Alaister Barclay of the renowned Northern Ireland Flock, Redbrae Suffolks, was faced with a difficult task in judging the classes.

Harry Graham of the Westside Flock, Sligo, won the Young Handler’s Class which he founded in 2019 – this was his third win of the year.

The Summerhill flock of Mattie and Kevin Kelly in Galway won the Champion Ewe Lamb Cass – sired by Howgillfoot Batman.

In the Novice Ram Class, new breeder, Caillin Joyce of the Ballintleva Flock, Westport, took the spoils and he also went to claim 4th in the Open Ram class.

In the Gigot Class, it was the turn of the Ballygarris Flock of Michael and Marie Jennings, Mayo to take the honours with Windyhill Magic sired lamb. The Jennings’ winning run continued in the Open Class where they claimed the top spot with a powerful Strathbogie Joel son which was born to a Ballygarris Ewe.

The Pairs Class saw 7 flocks competing for the top honours and it was the Loughrynn Flock of Coote & Trevor Geelan who won out here.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Farmland in strong demand across Galway

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Colm Farrell: Good farmland across Galway is making around €10,000 an acre.

A TIGHT supply with strong demand probably sums up the Galway market for farmlands so far this year with prices averaging out at around the €10,000 an acre mark.

According to Gort auctioneer, Colm Farrell, the demand for the better-quality farmland is particularly strong and especially so if neighbouring farmers are in competition for the ground.

He also pointed out that dairy farmers were also very keenly interested in farmland that became available either in their general area or bordering their farms.

“The demand is very strong here in Galway for good quality land which can be in scarce enough supply.

“Many neighbouring or nearby farmers will see this as a one-off chance to increase their holding,” Colm Farrell told the Farming Tribune.

He also said that the ‘auction’ sale method seemed to deliver the biggest demand and competition for land coming on the market. “Auctions do tend to focus the minds of buyers,” he said.

Next month, Colm Farrell will have two farms both coming up for sale at public auction in O’Sullivan’s of Gort on Friday, September 16 next – both 70-acre holdings – one of them in Peterswell and the other in Aughrim.

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Flexibility and budget worries over direction of new scheme

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Michael Biggins: Disappointed at scheme.

THE new ACRES (Agri Climate Rural Environment Scheme) due to be rolled out on January 1 next is ‘restrictive and complicated’ according to West of Ireland farming representative.

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Michael Biggins, said that the proposed scheme was ‘far from a new REPS’ and urgently needed to be modified in terms of flexibility and budget allocation.

“As it’s currently proposed, ACRES is restrictive and complicated.  It will inflict more compliance costs on farmers, resulting in less income.

“The scheme is designed to discourage people from farming. In order to achieve the average payment, farmers will have to commit more land to lower levels of production compared to previous schemes,” said Michael Biggins.

He added that all farmers who applied needed to be accepted into the scheme while those farmers applying in 2023 would have to be paid in the same year.

Details of the €1.5 billion ACRES scheme were outlined by the Dept. of Agriculture in June with two entry streams – a general or individual one: and a co-operation model for environmentally sensitive area including Connemara and parts of South Galway and Mayo.

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