Tough trade at opening spring sale in Carrick-on-Shannon
The Midland and Western Livestock Improvement Society held its first sale of 2019 in the showgrounds in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday 2 February. Anthony Mulligan reports.

There were 38 animals on offer comprising of 29 Charolais bulls, one Charolais heifer and eight Limousin bulls.

It was a disappointing trade, with only 14 of the 38 animals that passed through the ring selling on the day.

They sold at an overall average of €2,475. The Charolais average was €2,580.

Top price

The top price of €3,150 went to Cahirglissane Ned, which was exhibited by Patrick Hehir, Cloonahaha, Gort, Co Galway.

Along with taking top price on the day, Ned also collected a third place rosette in the pre-sale show.

He was sired by the Dovea AI bull Sicilien and out of a home-bred dam Liscally Eti.

He also had a five-star terminal index, with a €uro-Star value of €140 and 6.1% for calving ease.

Three lots claimed a price of €3,000. First of these was lot four, Portland Nero sired by Blelack Digger.

Nero carried an impressive €uro-Star index of €162 and €155 for terminal and replacement respectively and was also five stars.

He was bred by Donegal breeder Sidney McDaid Ray from Kilmacrennan, Letterkenny.

Next up was Cavehill Niall, which was awarded the red rosette in his class and went on to take champion Charolais of the show for Padraig Farrell, Aughavoneen, Fardrum, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Niall was sired by Dromiskin Viceroy and displayed a five-star terminal index, with a 6.9% calving ease.

Joseph O’Reilly, Brickeens, Kenagh, Co Longford, was the last of the breeders to fetch a price tag of €3,000.

His stylish 17-month-old bull sired by a Goldstar Echo-bred stock bull also received first prize in his class earlier in the day.


Demand for Limousin bulls was poor. Only two of the nine Limousin bulls on offer were sold.

Both the champion and reserve Limousin were withdrawn, unsold from the sales ring.

Read the full sale report in next week’s Irish Farmers Journal.

The farmer's daily wrap: inspections, milk price and silage 2019
Here is your news round-up of the five top farming stories and weather outlook for 16 February 2019.

Weather forecast

Met Éireann has said that there will be some mist or drizzle at times on Saturday morning, but most places will be dry during the day.

More general rain is forecast to develop along the west coast by evening.

It will be mild and breezy, with highs of 10°C to 12°C in southerly winds.

In the news

  • In pictures: silage 2019 kicks off in February in Kilkenny.
  • The board of Aurivo met on Friday and increased its January milk price.
  • Farmers are being driven out of business by over-zealous and unaccountable inspectors, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has said.
  • Applications for the BEEP scheme, which has a funding provision of €20m, will be accepted up to and including next Friday 22 February.
  • Some 66 projects from across the country will be allocated funding of €62m under the €1bn rural regeneration and development fund.
  • Coming up this Saturday

  • Good week/bad week.
  • Nathan Tuffy reports from Balla Mart.
    Fly-tippers return to burn rubbish to prevent identification
    A farmer who spoke out against illegal dumping and promised to search bags to find the culrpits spurred those responsible to return and burn out the rubbish.

    A farmer who said he would search through illegally dumped rubbish on his farm found it burnt to ashes when he returned two days later.

    Speaking on RTE’s Countrywide earlier in the year, tillage and livestock farmer Michael Doran from Co Wexford said he was targeted on two separate occasions by dumpers after Christmas.

    Bags of rubbish, mattresses, old clothes, children’s toys and household appliances were among the items dumped. At the time, Doran said it was his intention to search the bags in an effort to identify those responsible.

    I went down on the Monday and someone had put a match to it and burnt all the rubbish

    However, after the show aired on Saturday, and in a bid to prevent identification, the rubbish was reduced to a pile of ashes and burnt metal.

    “I went down on the Monday and someone had put a match to it and burnt all the rubbish,” Michael said.

    He said the farm had been preparing for calving and it had been a struggle to find the time to conduct the search.

    Men in vans

    Michael said there were a number of theories about where the rubbish had come from. Some people said they had seen adverts on various platforms from men in vans offering to take rubbish away for €25 to €30.

    “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true,” Michael warned. “That rubbish is being offloaded on properties like mine.”

    In a bid to tackle the issue, county councils are to introduce an inspection system similar to the TV licence. Homeowners will be asked to produce evidence that they are disposing of their waste legally to cut down on “men in vans”-type operations.

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    Foot and mouth disease found in Australian airport seizures
    A number of products seized at Australian airports since December last year have tested positive for foot and mouth disease.

    Pork jerky, sausages and other pork products were seized by officials from the Australian Department of Agriculture in airports in the last three months.

    Two samples tested positive for foot and mouth disease, while one tested inconclusive. In total, more than 280 samples were tested for the disease to date this year.

    African Swine Fever was also detected in six of the December samples and 40 of this year’s samples, according to a report by ABC news.

    Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said that he “won't tolerate travellers risking Australian farming.”


    It is estimated that a foot and mouth outbreak could cost Australia’s livestock industry up to $60bn.

    "[If] borders close we can't trade live animals, we can't send meat products out of the country except to other countries that have FMD,” biosecurity expert and Melbourne University professor Tom Kompas said.

    The Victoria Farmer’s Federation said that penalties need to be more severe on people who bring in biosecurity hazards.

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