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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Red Ladies Derby: 20,000gns hit twice with Irish buyers active

Prices hit the 20,000gns mark on two occasions at the British Limousin Society’s Red Ladies Derby sale on Friday, December 10th, 2021.

According to the society, spirits were “high” at Borderway Mart at its final society sale of 2021.

First up at this sum was Grahams Ruby, who won her class and was crowned overall female champion.

The January-2020-born heifer, property of R and J Graham, is the first daughter to be offered for sale from the interbreed champion of the 2018 Royal Highland Show, Grahams Naomi.

She is by the renowned AI bull, 32,000gns Ampertaine Elgin, a son of Glenrock Ventura.

According to the sales catalogues, she carries a myostatin of NT821 and Q204X and a beef value of LM41, placing her in the top 10% of the breed.

Huntershall Rowena, property of Stephen Nixon, Wigton, Cumbria, was also knocked down at the same price tag.

Rowena is an August-2020-born daughter of 32,000gns Millgate fame and out of Dinmore Luxurious who has a French-dominated pedigree and is one of the two flushing cows at Huntershall.

Rowena carries two copies of the NT821 myostatin gene and heads across the water to County Down with her new owners, Mr P McKeag and Ms C Ferris, who purchased her in shares.

Report (with photos) from the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Red Ladies Derby sale held at Borderway Mart on Friday, December 10th, 2021.
All images: Breed society

2021 Red Ladies Derby

Hot on their heels at 15,000gns was Whinfellpark Royalty from Messrs Jenkinson, Penrith, Cumbria. Royalty won her class and was female reserve champion to the joint top price heifer, Ruby.

The September2020-born heifer is a daughter of Gunnerfleet Lion and out of home-bred cow, Whinfellpark Flair.

Flair also bred Royalty’s full brother, Whinfellpark Poldark, who went under the hammer for 18,000gns in May 2021.

According to the sales catalogue, she has a beef value of LM50 and is a F94L and Q204X carrier. Royalty was the top choice for the Seisiog herd, purchased by Mr Jones, Llanrwst, North Wales.

Report (with photos) from the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Red Ladies Derby sale held at Borderway Mart on Friday, December 10th, 2021.

The next best at 14,000gns was Spittalton Ravenelle from J Burnett, Blair Drummond, Stirling.

The December-2020-born heifer is a daughter of Ampertaine Opportunity, who was purchased for 40,000gns in shares between Tweeddale, Goldies and Spittalton.

Out of the home-bred cow Spittalton Nigella, Ravenelle carries myostatin of F94L/F94L and a beef value of LM34.

Another heifer from Stephen Nixon and the aforementioned Huntershall herd to make the leaderboard was Huntershall Rachelriley, at 12,000gns.

The July-2020-born heifer is a full sister to Rowena, who sold earlier in the sale for 20,000gns, by Millgate Fame and out of Dinmore Luxurious.

Rachelriley was the star of the show for A & J A Iveson, Hawes North Yorkshire heading to the Eastshaw herd.

Other prices:

  • 8,000gns was Bangtidy Rosegold, brought forward by Mr A Hyslop, Kippen, Stirling. The January-2020-born Ampertaine Foreman heifer is out of Ironstone Madam. Rosegold carries two copies of the F94L myostatin gene and a beef value of LM48. Purchaser: Paul McArdle, Co Monaghan;
  • Norman Farming Company, Carlisle, Cumbria sold Norman Princess for 7,000gns. This August-2019-born Anside Loki daughter is by the home-bred cow, Norman Jessica;
  • Another one of Nixon’s heifers Huntershall Roslyn sold for 7,000gns Roslyn is a July-2020-born Huntershall Gladiator daughter Purchaser: M McKinstry, Crumlin, County Antrim.
  • At 5,000gns was Everpark Ripple from J and T Waring, Everingham, York. The April-2020-born Mereside Lorenzo daughter is out of Mcinnes Jean;
  • Kevin Watret’s Annanview Ree sold for 4,800gns. The October2020-born heifer is a daughter of Irish bred bull, Gallaway Midland and is out of Tweeddale Harika. Ree carries myostatin of F94L and NT419;
  • 4,800gns for Garrowby Rhubarb from Garrowby Farms York. The October-2020-born heifer is by Gunnefleet Hicks and is out of Gunnerfleet Mrslocks.

Second report to follow.

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