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Catherina Cunnane
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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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NI breeders buy Dec-born Raquel for 32,000gns in Carlisle

Read a report from the Haltcliffe herd production sale.

Pedigree Limousin breeders from across Northern Ireland made their presence felt at the Haltcliffe herd’s production sale in Carlisle over the weekend.

The Haltcliffe herd held a production sale in conjunction with the Procters Limousin dispersal sale last Friday, August 20th.

Topping the Haltcliffe’s consignment at 32,000gns was Haltcliffe Raquel, an August-2020-born daughter of Westpit Omaha.

Raquel is an August-2020- born daughter of Westpit Omaha, who the herd purchased privately in 2019 at the Royal Highland Show, and out of Haltcliffe Opal, who was sold alongside Raquel.

Haltcliffe herd production sale

According to the British Limousin Cattle Society, the heifer “oozes style and has real presence”.

Raquel displays two sets of the Q204X myostatin gene and heads to Gareth Corrie, Newtownards, to his Drumhilla herd bought in shares with Ms Claire Ferris of the Damview herd.

Gareth commented that Raquel is one of the best heifers he has seen in Carlisle.

“One reason I was attracted to the heifer is her father Omaha, who I saw at the Royal Highland Show in 2019, an excellent bull.”

“I am looking forward to crossing her with Ampertaine Majestic, a double F94L ‘profit’ gene bull.”

Craig Ridley of the Haltcliffe herd added: “It is not every day you sell a heifer at that level under one-year-old.”

“She would be one of the highest price females ever sold from Haltcliffe. We are delighted with Westpit Omaha, who we purchased privately after he went to the Highland. We knew he needed to come back to Haltcliffe.”


Haltcliffe Opal, the dam of sale topper Raquel, was next in the stakes, at 14,000gns.

March-2018-born Opal is a daughter of Ampertaine Elgin, the herd purchased for 32,000gns in 2011.

Carrying her second calf, she sold pd’d to Haltcliffe Olympus. Her dam, Haltcliffe Larissa, is by 18,000gns Haltcliffe Fencer.

Opal displays myostatin genes of F94L and Q204X and ventures across to Millisle, County Down, with Ms Claire Ferris of the Damview herd.


Hot on their heels was Haltcliffe Rose at 13,000gns. By Grahams Nathan, this January-2020-born heifer is out of a home-bred cow, Naples.

Rose is a full sister to Haltcliffe Paul, who sold for 13,400gns in May 2020 at Carlisle. Rose is the first of two lots which now call the Sportsmans herd home with Boden and Davies based in Mellor, Stockport.


Haltcliffe Nikki, with her heifer calf at foot, Ritz, followed at 12,000gns. Nikki is a daughter of Ballyrobin Joop, the herd acquired in 2016 for 20,000gns.

Dam, Haltcliffe Bianca is a proven breeder, breeding to 18,000gns with Haltcliffe Fencer and 15,000gns Haltcliffe Gentry.

Nikki displays a beef value of LM48, which places her in the top 10% of the breed.

Heifer calf at foot, Ritz is a December-2020-born daughter of French bull, Nectar, Haltcliffe purchased in 2019. A half-sister to Ritz, Perfume parted ways in the sale for 4,800gns. This pair sold to Andrew Ewing of the Fairywater herd in Annan.


Next up at 10,000gns is Haltcliffe Raffles, a March-2020-born heifer by 20,000gns Ballyrobin Joop, out of home-bred cow, Haltcliffe Igles. Igles previously bred Haltcliffe Mike, who sold for 15,000gns at Carlisle in 2017.

A beef value of LM47 places Raffles in the top 10% of the breed, and she displays myostatin of F94L and NT821. Boden and Davies take Raffles back to their Sportmans herd in Stockport.


Haltcliffe Jolie, with her heifer calf Scarlet at foot, found a new home at 8,500gns. Jolie is a June-2014-born daughter of the full French pedigree 42,000gns, Cloughhead Umpire.

This cow is from the “top-selling bloodlines” of Haltlcliffe Angela, a daughter of Ronick Red and out of Sympa. Haltcliffe Angela has bred Haltcliffe Eubank, which sold for 12,000gns.

Jolie sold pd’d in calf to Omaha at the sale. Heifer calf at foot, Scarlet, is a daughter of Westpit Omaha, the herd purchased in 2019 at the Royal Highland Show. Mr H Wood of the Deerhouse herd, based in Dutton, Preston, snapped up this pair.

Average prices:
  • 13 cows & heifers served &/or suckling: £9571.15;
  • 6 Served heifers: £4532.50
  • 12 Maiden heifers: £4655.00
  • 1 bull: £8400.00
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