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Killimor farmer is nominated for Bord Bia’s ‘green’ awards

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Alfie Kirwan with some of his beef herd in the background.

Alfie Kirwan, a farmer from Hearnabrook, Killimor, has been nominated for the first-ever Bord Bia Origin Green Sustainable Beef and Dairy Producer Awards, putting him among the most efficient farmers in the country.

Origin Green is the world’s first national programme to address climate change and the broader sustainability challenges in food and agriculture.

Bord Bia is inaugurating the Awards this year to the exceptional performance being achieved by members of Bord Bia’s Beef and Dairy Sustainability Assurance Schemes, which are pivotal to differentiating Irish food and drink in the global marketplace.

Mr. Kirwan has been nominated in the Suckler to Beef Production category of the Awards. His grassland farm is particularly well-managed, and is currently transitioning to organic production, with winter housing facilities adapted to suit the straw bedding requirement.

His spring-calving suckler herd has been cited as especially fertile, producing 57 live calves from 52 cows in 2016. His operation shows a strong focus on maintaining soil fertility using slurry and manure.

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Factory prices must reflect market

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Galway IFA Livestock Rep, Micheál Haverty.

THE outlook for the cattle and beef sector remains ‘very positive’ but factories must step up to the mark in paying the ‘true market value’ for stock, according to Galway IFA Livestock Rep, Micheál Haverty.

He told the Farming Tribune that while there was a huge market demand for Irish beef there was still a massive discrepancy in prices between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

“There is absolutely no reason over recent weeks why the factories shouldn’t be paying at least another 15c to 20c per kilo for cattle.

“All the market pointers show the demand that is there for Irish beef and farmers should really try and bargain hard with the factories to get a better price than what’s being quoted,” said Micheál Haverty.

He added that with cattle in scarcer supply – the kill for the third week of November was down by 1,200 as compared to last year – the factories were under growing pressure to meet orders.

Marts around the county have also reported an increase in ‘agent activity’ as factories depend more on the marts to fill the gap in supplies coming in the gate to them.

Loughrea Mart reported last week a bigger interest from agents trying to source finished – or almost finished – cattle for the meat plants.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Dunmore’s Market Day makes a return

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Pictured at the launch of Dunmore Market Day were Vivienne Glynn, Tommie Howley, Damien O Se, Mark Ryan, Mark Jennings, Peter Walken, Barry Flynn, Helen Gunning, John Mulrennan, Janette Glynn and Councillor Joe Sheridan. Photo: Johnny Ryan Photography.

THE traditional outdoor farmers’ market in Dunmore is being revived this weekend when there will be some 50 stalls on display.

However, it will be scaled back from what was originally planned with the organisers confining it to just one day on this coming Saturday.

The traditional market day has been synonymous with the annual summer festival but the current pandemic has put paid to this event happening for the past couple of years.

It was then decided by the Dunmore Traders to hold a market that would coincide with Christmas and would also include the hugely popular tractor run which was introduced in recent years.

Well-known local businessman, Tommie Howley told Farming Tribune that this has become the “winter version” of the summer market day and it was the intention of the traders to add something of a festive air to it as well.

“It will provide a social occasion for people to meet in a safe environment as well as giving them an opportunity to browse around the many stalls and attractions that will be provided on the day,” Tommie explained.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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On yer bike – from Ardrahan to Dublin city

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Pictured at the IFA ‘Save Irish Farming’ protest in Dublin last Sunday were: Roy O Brien, IFA; Rose Mary McDonagh, Caherlistrane; Peter Gohery, Eyrecourt; Bertie Roche, Abbey, Loughrea; Liam Higgins, Athenry; Pat Murphy, Ardrahan; Anne Mitchell, Menlough; Martin Murphy, Turloughmore; and Declan McDonagh, Caherlistrane.

‘ON, yer bike, and off to Dublin in the green, in the green’ – that was the motto last weekend of Ardrahan’s Pat Murphy who cycled his way to Dublin for the IFA rally in Merrion Square on Sunday.

“I enjoy doing a bit of cycling, although I hadn’t done a lot in preparation for a trip to Dublin, but I got through it all right,” the Connacht IFA Chairman, told the Farming Tribune.

He said that the motive for completing his 206km, two-day journey from his native Ardrahan to the IFA Farm Centre in Bluebell, Dublin, was to help draw attention to Sunday’s national rally.

Pat ‘broke the back’ on the journey on Friday when he cycled to Kinnegad with the help of a back-up vehicle, courtesy of daughter Ciara and her boyfriend, Conor Niland while Mike McInerney and Martin Murphy, cycled part of the Galway trip with him.

Galway IFA Chairperson Anne Mitchell provided the support on the second part of the trip and Pat Murphy was glad of the support. “It was great to have that back-up vehicle on both days in case anything went wrong, and it also helped to provide an extra element of safety for the trip,” he said.

According to Anne Mitchell, the IFA man averaged 27kph on that last leg of the trip which she said was ‘great going’, given the wet conditions on Saturday morning.

A head wind on the journey from Kilbeggan to Kinnegad proved to be the toughest part of the cycle for Pat Murphy, who said that the whole purpose of the cycle and Sunday’s rally was to highlight the issues facing farmers over the coming years.

“The decisions being taken now on CAP, nitrates and climate change in relation to farming will have major implications for the future of agriculture over the next 15 to 20 years.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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