FACTORY CATTLE PRICS 23rd SEPTEMBER

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Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members.

Strong factory demand this week.

  • Steer base €3.60 – 3.65/kg.
  • Heifer base €3.60 – 3.70/kg.
  • Young Bulls R/U €3.40- €3.70kg.
  • Cows €3.00/3.50/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 20c/kg for under 30 months and 8c/kg for 30 to 36 months.
  • 12c/kg bonus for under 30 month steers and heifers grading O- and those with a fat class of 4+ that meet all other in spec criteria.
FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG
Steers Heifers Cows
Dawn Slane 360 360/365 300 – 350
Kepak Athleague 360 360/365 300 – 340
Moyvalley Meats 360 360 290 – 330
Euro Farm Foods 360 360/365 300 – 350
ABP Clones 360 360/365
Liffey Meats 360 360/365 300 – 340
Slaney Foods 360 360/365 300 – 340
Kepak Kilbeggan 360 360/365 300 – 340
Dawn Ballyhaunis 360 360/365 300 – 340
Foyle Meats *including 10c 300-380kg 370* 375* 300 – 340
Ashbourne Meats 360 360/365 300 – 350
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 360 360/365 290 – 340
Charleville Foods 360 360/365 290 – 340
Kepak Watergrasshill 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Bandon 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Cahir 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Waterford 360 360/365 290 – 340
Dawn Grannagh 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Nenagh 360 360/365 290 – 340

Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle.

IFA National Sheep Chairman, Sean Dennehy has called on the Department of Agriculture to continue the Sheep Welfare Scheme, which is due to conclude in December 2020.

Sean Dennehy said, “With 34,000 flock owners, sheep farming is the second-largest sector in terms of farm numbers. The Sheep Welfare Scheme has been positive and effective; sheep are significant contributors to environmental preservation, particularly in hill and mountainous areas. The four-year scheme is due to conclude in December 2020”.

IFA met with Department officials on Friday to discuss its proposal.

“We were clear about what sheep farmers need; a targeted payment of €30 per ewe through a combination of CAP transition and national funding.”

Other issues discussed include; Brexit, the collapse of the wool price, and establishing a potential working group for the sector.

 

 

IFA Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh has reminded farmers that applications for the COVID-19 Payment Break close on Wed, Sept 30th.

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A delegation of farmers led by IFA Animal Health Chairmen, John Kingston, (Cork Central) and Derry Scannell, (West Cork) today highlighted farmer anger towards the recently issued Dept of Agriculture’s TB Herd Risk letters.  In protest, the delegation burned the letters outside the Department of Agriculture offices in Clonakilty.

“All correspondence issued by the Department of Agriculture must be fully GDPR compliant and not blacklist farmers for events outside their control. These letters do not meet these basic requirements and should be withdrawn immediately,” said John Kingston.

The delegation set out IFA’s demands for a TB programme that tackles the real drivers of TB and reduces the cost burden of controls on farmers and their families.

Local Department officials were asked to make the views of Cork farmers known to senior policymakers in advance of any reconvened TB talks, which the Minister has said will start shortly.

John Kingston said, “Farmers want to see meaningful dialogue between the Department and farmers. Several issues have been raised consistently, but so far these have fallen on deaf ears. The disconnect between senior Department of Agriculture policymakers and those who are impacted by their decisions cannot continue”.

He said IFA has set out detailed proposals on the three critical areas of; wildlife control, breakdown investigation and management and, fair financial compensation for farmers while a farm is restricted.

Derry Scannell said, “The implications of these letters extend beyond the devaluing of animals on farms. They could have severe repercussions for the mart trade and broader market access for farmers. This approach has the potential to increase the number of movements and distance of movements of animals through the hands of opportunistic buyers”.

“Farmers want these letters withdrawn immediately, and discussions on solving the TB problem.”

 

IFA Grain Chairman Mark Browne said tillage farmers have endured a torrid season. ‘A wet Autumn/Winter was followed by drought conditions in late spring, culminating in a very difficult harvest,’ he said.

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