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IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to intervene at the highest levels in Brussels to stop a bad EU-Mercosur trade deal, which would do untold damage to our €3bn beef and livestock sector.

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All prices (ex VAT) quoted roadside for conifers. The prices have been collected from forest owners, forestry companies and sawmills.

Product Type Length Diameter Price € /tonne
  (m) (cm) (Roadside) *
Pulp 3 m < 7cm 20 – 34
Stakewood 1.6 m > 8cm < 15 cm 38 – 45
Palletwood 2.5 m > 14 cm 40 – 50
3.1 m 48 – 58
3.4 m 56 – 60
3.7 m 56 – 64
Sawlog 4.9m > 20cm 78 – 82

* The demand for timber particularly sawlog has been reducing due to an oversupply of sawn timber in Europe.

Top Tips for Farmers

Forest owners are advised to get a number of quotes before selling their timber.

To talk with other farmers that have thinned.

IFA recommend that farmers put in inspection paths before selling their timber. Inspection paths are essential to gain access into the crop, these paths permit the assessment of the crop by a professional forester.

  • Create inspection paths by removing branches to head height between two lines of trees;
  • Parallel paths should be 50-100 metres apart depending on the size of the forest, and
  • Inspection paths should be straight.

IFA advises farmers to visit the harvest site on the first day of operations to talk with the operator and ensure that he is familiar with the conditions of the felling licence and that the right trees are being felled.

Remember the primary aim of thinning is to improve the quality of your forest to focus growth on the better quality.

IFA President Joe Healy has called on consumers and retailers to support the Irish strawberry sector – a vital indigenous industry worth €47m at farm gate, with 57 growers producing over 8,000 tonnes annually.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the proposal from the Department of Agriculture to change the equations in the classification machines at meat plants, which determine the conformation and fat score of cattle, rewards factories over farmers and is totally unacceptable.

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Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members

  • Steer base €3.90/3.95/kg.
  • Heifers €4.00/4.05/kg.
  • Young Bulls O/R/U €3.50-3.60/3.70-3.80/3.80-3.90/kg.
  • Cows €3.10/3.60/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 12c/kg above base price.
  FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG
  Steers Heifers Cows
Dunbia 390 400 310 – 360
Kepak Athleague 390 400 310 – 360
Moyvalley Meats 390 400 310 – 360
Euro Farm Foods 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Clones 390 400  
Slaney Foods 390 400 310 – 360
Kepak Kilbeggan 390 400 310 – 360
Liffey Meats 390 400 310 – 360
Kildare Chilling 390 400 310 – 360
Dawn Ballyhaunis 390 400 310 – 360
Ashbourne Meats 390 400 310 – 360
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 390 400 310 – 360
Foyle Meats                               *+15c 300-380kgs 385* 390* 310 – 360
Charleville Foods 390 400 310 – 360
Kepak Watergrasshill 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Bandon 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Cahir 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Waterford 390 400 310 – 360
Dawn Grannagh 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Nenagh 390 400 310 – 360
Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle

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