Sunshine reigns at the annual Roundfort Show
Large crowds descended on the small Roundfort village for the annual show despite the Galway-Mayo match taking place on the day. Maria Hester reports.

Charolais

Charolais classes were judges by Neil Bartley Aberdeenshire Scotland. Champion went to the Bostonia Herd, Enniscrone, Co Sligo who continued their winning ways taking the Interbreed champion of the show.

Limousin

Limousin classes were judged by Neil Bartley Aberdeenshire Scotland. Champion Went to Micheal & Owen Hester Castlerea Co Roscommon with their November 2014 born Heifer, Meelickaduff Jukebox she followed on her win to take the reserve interbreed of the show. Reserve Limousin went to Donal Moloney Ardnacrusha Co Clare with his September 2014 Bull Calf.

Simmental

Simmental Classes were judged by Catherine Farrell. Champion Simmental went to Paddy & Elaine Hennelly Rosses Point Co Sligo with their Cow Seepa Aster & her March born Calf Seepa Gem. Taking Reserve was Neenan Bros, Ballyhaunis with their stylish bull calf.

Shorthorn Champion went to Jim Foley. Taking Reserve was with Flattley Bros Killkelly Co Mayo.

Belgian Blue Champion went to Ronan Bros Co Mayo, with their 2015 Heifer calf.

The Pedigree Pairs Calf Class was judged by Sean O’Brien Co Donegal. This Class was dominated by Limousin Calves Taking First Place was Micheal and Owen Hester. Taking seoncd and third place was Donal Maloney Ardnacrusha Co Clare.

Roundfort Young stock-person Championship

The biggest class of the day with 17 entries was the Roundfort Young stock-person Championship. This hotly contested class had a packed ringside audience.

The young Handlers were put through their paces by father and son team Sean and Jack O’Brien from Co Donegal.

Jack himself a very accomplished young showman and a more than capable judge on the day. The Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh was on hand to give out the prizes to the young handlers. Taking Champion Young handler was Owen Hester Castlerea Co Roscommon. This young showman kicked off his summer show season in style having earlier won Overall Limousin champion.

Second place went to Emma Hynes, Athlone Co Roscommon. Third place went to Luke Barnett, Co Donegal. Fourth Place went to Rachel Moloney Co Clare.

Commercial Champion was judged by Sean O’Brien. Champion went to TJ Duffy, Westport, Co Mayo with his Limousin X Heifer by Millbrook Dartangan.

The last class of the day was the All Ireland Heifer Champion sponsored by Aurivo & Roundfort Show. With a prize fund of €1000 it was inevitable that competition was going to be tough. Judge Sean O Brien Co Donegal Selected Co Clare Breeders Andrew amd Catherine McCarthys Limousin X heifer “Rosie” this September 2013 born TVR X Rocky Daughter is no Stranger to success having a string of championships under her belt from last summer. Second place went to TJ Duffy Westport Co Mayo with his Limousin X Heifer by Millbrook Dartangan. Third Place went to Clive and Roy Stephenson from Co Donegal. Fourth Place Went to Maxwell Bros Co Roscommon.

This week in photos: New Ross and Newport Marts
Our top farming photos from the last week include harvesting and hay-making.

Front page photo: Bales in Co Kildare

Hundreds of bales on the Kelly family farm in Athy, Co Kildare. Conor Kelly has been tasked with moving these bales. The family also grows gluten-free oats, rapeseed and wheat. \ Claire-Jeanne Nash

Haymaking in Co Cavan

Charlie Reburn and Peter McGorry in Corraneary, Co Cavan, raking and baling hay for JMC agri contractors. \ Philip Doyle

My Farming Week in Co Kilkenny

Brothers Tom and Jim Murphy in Fiddown, Inistioge, Co Kilkenny. The brothers are currently switching the farm from beef to dairy and hope to begin milking in 2019.

Winter barley harvesting in Co Kildare

Park Avenue Farm in Boley, Co Kildare, is a family run farm and grain stores. The Kellys run a tillage, sheep and beef enterprise. Michael and his three brothers, Jerry, John and Jimmy, work together on the farm. Michael’s son and daughter, David and Clodagh, are currently studying ag Science in UCD. \ Philip Doyle

Grubbing beet in Co Wexford

Ciaran Lancaster grubbing beet in Ballybeg, Fernes, Co Wexford. He is contracting for tillage and beef farmer Pat Rourke. Ciaran explains that beet holds up well in drought, needing little water. \ Philip Doyle

Harvesting in Co Carlow

Joe Walsh harvesting winter barley in Ballybar, Co Carlow. He is harvesting a Bazooka six-row highbred with a moisture content of 15.5%, which was sown in the last week of October 2017. \ Philip Doyle

Newport Mart

Liam Philips from Killoscully, Jimmy Kennedy from Silvermines and Francis Ryan from Birdhill, at the sheep sale in Newport Mart, Co Tipperary. \ Mike Hoare

PJ Fogarty, Ruth Minihan and Baden Powell, all form Newport, and Liam Shanahan form Broadford, Co Clare, at Newport Mart. \ Mike Hoare

John and Dolores deCourcy from Limerick at Newport Mart. \ Mike Hoare

Liam Shanahan from Kilbane, Co Clare with Jack and Mary Berkery from Rearcross at Newport Mart. \ Mike Hoare

New Ross Mart

Cattle in the ring at Monday's sale in New Ross mart. \ Mary Browne

Kevin Barry, Ann Furlong and Michael Cody at New Ross mart. \ Mary Browne

Anthony Ryan and Richard Kirwan from Ramsgrange, Co Wexford at New Ross mart. \ Mary Browne

Eyes on the ring at the weekly sale at New Ross mart. \ Mary Browne

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Tests for residues and illegal medicines shows 99.7% compliance
The Department of Agriculture released the results of testing carried out under the National Residue Control Plan (NRCP) in 2017 on Sunday.

The overall rate of compliance with the NRCP stands at 99.7%. The NRCP covers testing for banned substances, approved veterinary medicines, pesticides and environmental contaminants.

18,513 samples were tested in 2017, taken across all 8 food producing species (bovine, ovine, porcine, equine, poultry, farmed game, wild game and aquaculture) as well as milk, eggs and honey. Most samples are taken in accordance with criteria designed to target animals or products that are more likely to contain illegal residues.

Risk

The Department said that this high level of compliance has been consistent going back to 2013.

Just 51 samples were non-compliant and of these the majority related to residues of authorised medicines. Risk evaluations by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland were carried out in response to each result and it was found that there was no unacceptable food safety risk to consumers. In these circumstances, none required a recall of products from the market. In all cases where positive results were found, a follow up investigation takes place at the farm of origin. Results from the extensive testing under the NRCP in 2017 indicated the absence of illegal administration of banned growth promoting hormones and other banned substances to food-producing animals in Ireland.

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