Forestry Market Reports II

Market Reports
Forestry Market Reports II

A joint IFA, ICOS and ICMSA delegation travelled to Cherbourg this week to meet with calf lairage operators Jean Luc Pignet and the owners of the Qualivia Cherbourg lairage, Robert and Valerie Drique.

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Meat and dairy in a balanced diet

Dietitian Sarah Keogh recently spoke at the launch of Meat and Dairy Facts about the role of meat and dairy in a healthy, balanced diet.

Let’s take a closer luck at some of Sarah’s key messages.

Meat in the Irish diet

Meat is consumed by 98% of adults and 98% of children in Ireland, providing 41% of protein requirements in diets (figure 1).

Figure 1: % contribution of food groups to protein intake

48% of women in Ireland do not meet iron recommendations from their diets. This figure increases to 79% for teenage girls.  Meat is an important source of iron, providing 18% of the dietary requirements.

Beef and milk are also rich sources of vitamin B12, unlike plant foods which have virtually no B12. Your body needs vitamin B12, in order to create red blood cells and keep the nervous system healthy.

Milk, yoghurt and cheese

Milk, yoghurt and cheese are rich sources of calcium, protein, iodine, vitamin B12 and vitamin B2, providing 39% of calcium requirements in Irish diets (figure 2). These nutrient sources are important, as 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over 55 years of age, are at risk of factures due to osteoporosis.

Figure 2: % contribution of food groups to calcium intake

Milk & iodine

Milk is the major source of iodine in the Irish diet. High intakes of dairy are linked with better iodine levels. Iodine is required for brain development, during pregnancy. Other sources of iodine may include fish and seaweed.

About Meat and Dairy Facts

Meat and Dairy Facts is an initiative between IFA, Bord Bia, ICMSA, NDC, DII and MII which aims to promote the health benefits and sustainability credentials of meat and dairy in Ireland.


Speaking from Cherbourg as part of a visit to two lairages in the area, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan said IFA had developed a good relationship and kept in touch with the two operators since he and IFA President Joe Healy visited Cherbourg on two occasions last spring.

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Domestic Market

The continuation of the wet weather has left the planting of winter crops very difficult. The window for planting Winter barley and oats has virtually closed although some will still plant Winter wheat if the weather allows. Some estimates suggest that total Winter plantings of the 3 main grain crops could be as low as 110,000 ha, which would even be lower than the 2018 winter crop figure of 120,000ha.

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Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members

  • Steer base €3.45/3.50/kg.
  • Heifers €3.50/3.55/kg.
  • Young Bulls O/R/U €3.20-3.55/kg.
  • Cows €2.60/3.20/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.
Steers Heifers Cows
Dawn Slane 345 345/350 260 – 320
Kepak Athleague 345 345/350 260 – 320
Moyvalley Meats 345 345/350 260 – 320
Euro Farm Foods 345 345/350 260 – 320
ABP Clones 345 345/350
Liffey Meats 350 355 260 – 320
Slaney Foods 345 345/350 260 – 320
Kepak Kilbeggan 345 345/350 260 – 320
Dawn Ballyhaunis 345 345/350 260 – 320
Ashbourne Meats 345 345/350 260 – 320
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 345 345/350 260 – 320
Foyle Meats                               *incl 10c China approved +10c 320-380kgs 350* 355*
Charleville Foods 345 345/350 260 – 320
Kepak Watergrasshill 345 345/350 260 – 320
ABP Bandon 345 345/350 260 – 320
ABP Cahir 345 345/350 260 – 320
ABP Waterford 345 345/350 260 – 320
Dawn Grannagh 345 345/350 260 – 320
ABP Nenagh 345 345/350 260 – 320
Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle

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