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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.

Numbers are dropping fast, with some marts having already had their last sale of the year. In general, the trade is firm, with continued strong demand for better-quality forward store cattle.
By Nathan Tuffy on 14 December 2017
A guide to special and upcoming sales in the marts in the coming weeks around the country.
By Nathan Tuffy on 14 December 2017
A continued strong beef demand, and in particular a strong trade for manufacturing beef, has placed a firm floor under the price of cull cows in marts.
By Nathan Tuffy on 14 December 2017
Lamb quotes are holding firm, but factory agent activity remains very strong at marts, particularly for top-quality well-covered lambs.
By Nathan Tuffy on 14 December 2017
Calf numbers are low, but prices are firm on this time last year. There are more runner calves coming to the fore in recent weeks and some are offering value for money.
By Nathan Tuffy on 14 December 2017
Last Friday’s dairy sale at Fermoy Mart saw 130 heifers and cows on offer. The trade was up by about €300/head on last year for better quality heifers with the average price paid up about €100/head.
By Nathan Tuffy on 14 December 2017
Last Tuesday’s cattle sale saw a seasonal entry of over 200 head on offer. The trade remains firm, with good-quality heavy cattle the best trade.
By Nathan Tuffy on 14 December 2017
Nathan Tuffy reports on the intimidation of farmers by people hunting hares with lurchers on their land.
By Nathan Tuffy on 14 December 2017
Saturday’s sale at Balla Mart saw a noticeably quieter yard, with a smaller entry of stock on offer as the sales start to wind down for Christmas.
By Nathan Tuffy on 10 December 2017
Recent weeks have seen in-calf suckler heifers and cows on offer right across the country. Buyers in the main are opting for well-grown heifers with good conformation.
By Nathan Tuffy on 07 December 2017
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