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Saturday, 25 September 2021 | 18.1°C Dublin
Michael Davoren was selling his heifer weanlings at the mart yesterday.
When they moved back to the family farm, John Joe and Marisa Roche decided to take things in a new direction while continuing in dairy.
A red sun had nearly set one evening last week as I drove down a narrow lane to a client’s out-farm. As I stopped to open a gate, a white owl swooped noiselessly in front of me.
We are making our autumn plans and looking to maximise our milk output from the high-quality grass we have been building over the last month.
Cattle Mart Trade
Many farmers have made the most of the strong mart prices, but others worry that if they sell their stores or beef, they will have nothing to eat the grass, which itself has surged in the last two weeks.
Cattle farmers have been expecting an improvement in factory prices over the last few weeks, but base quotes yesterday were not really any better than they were last week, at €4.15-4.25/kg.
Factory quotes for lamb yesterday morning ranged from €5.80+10c/kg quality assurance at Dawn Ballyhaunis and the two ICMs to €6.00+10c/kg QA at Kildare Chilling.
Last week there was a continuation of strong stock numbers, and numbers of ringside buyers started to increase.
Leinster Farm Sales
Agricultural land for sale within a stone’s throw of Dublin city is a rare enough occurrence, but a 62ac residential farm in Dublin 24 has come on the market.
Demand for land in Co Meath is very strong and top-quality land is making €12,000-€13,000/ac according to Trim auctioneer Thomas Potterton, of Rea TE Potterton.
A well-known Westmeath farm is on the market at a guide price of €1.2m.
‘Online auctions are going well at present — both vendors and purchasers seen happy with this method of selling,” says auctioneer Dillon Murtagh of Murtagh Bros.
Munster Farm Sales
The Old Head, near Kinsale, Co Cork is a magical place renowned for its beauty and known worldwide for its golf links.
Online and hybrid auctions continue to thrive and they are providing vendors with an extra choice according to auctioneer David Quinn, of Quinn Property.
When I am finished my day’s work and the kids are in bed, I go to check on my own herd.
Yesterday was the longest day of the year, but this is the period when we vets spend the least amount of time directly tending to animals.
I took a little break last week. Now I know what you’re thinking: what does this lad need a break for, sure he’s hardly working that hard?
‘Red red wine, stays close to me” – The lyrics of this song by UB40 have been stuck in my head for the past few days.
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