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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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Ways you can tell you are an AI technician

Ways you can tell you are an AI technician

That’s Farming’s light-hearted, humorous take on ways you can tell you are an AI technician.

  • You have an unrivalled interest in cattle breeding and have your own herd;
  • Your jeep/van is a mess, but you know where everything is;
  • You could find a blank AI straw or docket anywhere;
  • Some clients have you on speed dial and could ring at any hour to seek advice or request AI services;
  • You know every back road and farm in the parish;
  • You are known as ‘the AI woman or man’ in the area;
  • You try to be a good timekeeper, but animals often decide otherwise;
  • You clock up more mileage than some taxi drivers;
  • You wish that all of your farmer clients could provide Eircodes/postcodes;
  • You have more patience than you could have ever imagined – some farmers will not have the beast rounded up from the field by the time you come to the farm;
  • You have more plastic containers, wrappers, and coffee/tea cups in your vehicle’s footwell than some landfill sites;
  • Also, you know the AI code and name of every possible AI bull – all breeds, shapes and sizes;
  • You take pride in looking at progeny from AI sires on your client’s farm;
  • Regardless of what you advise against or in favour of, some farmers will choose to ignore your experience advice;
  • You are up-to-date with mart prices – especially the weanling trade – That’s Farming’s daily mart reports have you covered
  • You base your work schedule around the AM-PM rule;
  • Planning weekends away and nights out can be a challenge (to say the least), especially during breeding season;
  • Your phone gallery is filled with images of your client’s AI-bred progeny;
  • You remember how animals are bred on client’s farms, even years after they were born.

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