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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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€5,500 Coralstown Hurricane leads Tullamore premier sale

The Irish Hereford Breed Society’s autumn premier show and sale topper at Tullamore Mart on October 15th, 2022, came in the form of the €5,500 Coralstown Hurricane.

Bred by Enda and Colin Burke of Coralstown Herefords, Co. Westmeath, he was the male champion of choice for Philp and Laura Vincent, owners of the well-renowned Pulham Hereford herd in South Norfolk.

They were tasked with presiding over the judging at the premier Hereford show.

This bull is by Trillick George & was bred from a Trillick Snazzy dam. His sale represented a premier sale debut for the father and son duo.

The first class of the day was for bulls born between October 29th, 2020 and February 28th, 2021.

The second prize in this class went to Michael and Sinead Conry of Rathnollag Herefords from Co. Roscommon.

The father and daughter duo kicked off the sale in good fashion with their January 2021-born bull, Rathnollag Buster.

Sired by Trillick Hotspur & bred from a Castleroberts Stephanie dam, the hammer fell at €3,400.

The second class of the day went to Griananpoll 1 Vegas for T&A Fitzgerald of Grianan Herefords in Co.Westmeath.

They had a very successful day, pocketing a total of €7,000 for their two bulls. Born in March-2021, Griananpoll 1 Vegas was the first bull to hit €4,000 after winning his class earlier that morning.

Vegas, a 5-star replacement and 4-star for carcase weight, is by Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine ET and is going back to a Dendor 1 Greta 31st dam.


The Fitzgerald’s other bull at the sale, Grianan Wildfire, changed hands for €3,000. He is by Pute Nascar N13 and goes back to a Grianan Cooperobin 712 dam.

Alan Gibbons of Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, with Mullaghey 1 Tom 4, stood in second place in the second class.

His bull, by Knockglass Donald and bred from a Grousehallpoll 1 Premier ET dam, went on to sell for €3,000 in the ring.

Third in the class went to Ardstewart Gunner, owned by Nelson and Wade McCrabbe from Co. Donegal, and he later found a new owner at €3,000.

The third class of the day was for bulls born between June 26th and September 30th, 2021.

Taking the hot spot in this class were Eamon and John Mc Kiernan with their bull, Knockmanta 1 Major 2.

Major 2 went one step further and was also tapped out as the reserve male champion. This July-2021-born bull was by Fabb 1 Northern Star and is out of a Knockmanta 1 Jessica 3 dam.

The hammer came down at €3,000 for Major 2, who boasts a 5- star replacement and 4- star terminal index.

Hitting the €4,000 market was the youngest bull in the sale, Mountwilliams Pogba, property of Aidan Farrell of Mountwilliams Herefords in Co. Westmeath.

Pogba is a September-2021-born bull by Butlerstown Duke and going back to a Mountwilliams Iris ET dam.

Pogba has 5-stars for replacement and has a lower-than-breed average calving ease figure.

Society spokesperson’s comments

Speaking following the premier sale, a spokesperson for the Irish Hereford Breed Society said:

“A fantastic atmosphere resulted from the commendably high quality of stock turned out on the day, which made the judging very challenging for the English pair, with securing the male and female championships even more prized for the breeders.”

“The Irish Hereford Breed Society would like to say a huge thank you to Irish Hereford Prime for continuing to support the sale by providing €250 to the purchasers of each bull that sold for €3,000 or more.”

A second report on Hereford females at this sale to follow.

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