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Nathan Tuffy
Nathan Tuffy

Western livestock specialist

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Nathan Tuffy is the Western Livestock Specialist with the Farmers Journal. He has been working as a Livestock Specialist with the Journal since December 2010 and is responsible for Western news, technical features along with MartWatch reports and analysis. He previously worked as a private Agricultural Consultant, as a Good Farming Practice Advisor for Teagasc and worked on the Small Holders Programme for Sligo LEADER Partnership. He graduated from University College Dublin in 2006 with an Honours Degree in Animal Science. Throughout his time studying he spent weekends and summer holidays working on and mixed enterprise organic farm. He also has a strong dairy interest and is involved in the family farm in Co. Sligo which operates a dairy and beef enterprise.

The lamb trade at marts continues to be strong, with factory agents and butchers still very active for well-fleshed lots.
By Nathan Tuffy on 23 November 2017
Mart managers have reported that sale numbers have eased in the past week, with sales becoming smaller. Demand has held well and the prices of top-quality cattle are firm to slightly improved.
By Nathan Tuffy on 23 November 2017
Prices have edged up slightly again in the past week, with numbers dropping off also. While good quality cattle are a strong trade, plainer types continue to be hard sold.
By Nathan Tuffy on 23 November 2017
Analysis of MartWatch data has shown that the average 350kg bull has sold for almost €20/head more in October and November 2017 when compared to 2016.
By Nathan Tuffy on 23 November 2017
With dairy farmers drying off cows, the number of empty cull cows on offer is much increased. Buyer activity is strong for all good-quality types.
By Nathan Tuffy on 23 November 2017
Trade was a little improved on last week, with very little going unsold.
By Nathan Tuffy on 23 November 2017
Last week's dairy sale at Carnaross Mart saw a buoyant trade for all quality calved heifers and cows, with plenty of farmers in attendance.
By Nathan Tuffy on 23 November 2017
A guide to special and upcoming sales in the marts in the coming weeks.
By Nathan Tuffy on 23 November 2017
Farmers and agents were active for all quality types of cattle at Balla Mart on Saturday.
By Nathan Tuffy on 19 November 2017
The sales are starting to get smaller in the south. Good-quality cattle are still a very good trade.
By Nathan Tuffy on 16 November 2017
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