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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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Irish-bred Plato sets new breed record at 12,000gns

Hallfield Plato, a son of Broccagh Kingfisher ET, bred by John Barry Moran, Co Westmeath, set a new British Blonde breed record after selling for 12,000gns over the weekend.

The Hallfield Mia son made history at the British Blonde spring sale staged at Carlisle last Saturday (May 14th, 2021).

The November-2019-born entry drew bids from all areas of the ringside, with the hammer eventually falling to Thor Atkinson of Ulverston, Cumbria.

His breeder, James Weightman, said: “I had received phenomenal interest in Plato over the last few months.”
“I was delighted to see several commercial and pedigree breeders pushing him to a new breed record.”

Purchasing the bull, Thor Atkinson from the Arradfoot herd said:

“Plato had everything we had been looking for in a bull – length, power and great hindquarters. I am looking forward to using him and seeing what he produces.”

Other notable prices

Hallfield Plato was one of three strong bulls forward by P Weightman and Sons of Easington, Peterlee, Co Durham.

Next at 4,200gns, was the second bull within the Whiteman consignment, Hallfield Penn. The 24-month-old, Aaron Jaigo son was purchased by Brisbane Glen Estate Co, West Kilbride Ayrshire.

This vendor also purchased Gleniffer Ralph, a young bull forward by A R Walker, Auchinlech, Ayrshire, with the hammer falling at 2,500gns.

Rounding up the trade for this breeder was Hallfield Pete climbing to 3600gns. J Musgrave, Hartlepool, Cleveland purchased this Aaron Jaigo son.

Female entries  

Females were also in great demand at the sale, and topping this category at 2,500gns was Gleniffer Ruby and Lochhead Rebecca.

MR & GS Jenkins, Wick, Caithness, acquired Gleniffer Ruby, a Gleniffer Noble Prince and Gleniffer Naomi daughter, forward by A R Walker, Auchinlech, Ayrshire.

Lochhead Rebecca, a Baileys Jacob daughter, will join the Bickley herd of Mr T Owen, Malpas, Cheshire. The homebred 13-month-old heifer was forward by L Laird & Sons, East Wemyss, Fife.

New British Blonde breed record

William Mc Elroy, the British Blonde Cattle Society chairman, said:

“It was an excellent day’s trading for the society and its breeders, and it was wonderful to witness a new breed record being set.

“The successful sale saw steady bidding from start to finish, and the atmosphere was buzzing. There was a great demand on the day and the society have had a number of enquires since the sale.

“At last, the breed looks to be getting the recognition that it deserves, and hopefully, we will continue to see the breed go from strength to strength in the future.”

Summary – Averages:

  • 4 bulls: 5575gns / £5,853.75
  • 2 females: 2500gns / £ 2625
  • Clearance rate: 86%
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