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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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Cattle to €1,385 over in Raphoe – Harkin

Raphoe Mart – Cattle Prices – 09-02-2023

Ann Harkin reported that a “flying” trade prevailed at Raphoe Mart’s most recent cattle sale on Thursday, February 9th, 2022.

The mart manager reported that “another good” entry of cattle came under the hammer, with a blend of online and ringside activity.

She commented: “Quality cattle continue to be highly sought after, selling from €3/kg to €3.60/kg.”

“Aberdeen Angus cattle also met a great trade, selling from €2.50/kg to €3.20/kg.”

Raphoe Mart 09-02-2023
  • Bulls over 600kgs – €1055 to €1385 over the weight;
  • Beef bullocks – €970 to €1175 over the weight;
  • Store bullocks – €705 to €1270 over the weight;
  • Beef heifers – €835 to €1665 over the weight;
  • Store heifers – €290 to €1110 over the weight.


  • FR cattle made from €2/kg to €2.40/kg;
  • Bulls/bullocks fetched from €2.50/kg to €3.50/kg;
  • Heifers changed from €2.40/kg to €3.60/kg;
  • Fat cows sold from €880/head to €2010/head.
This week’s sheep prices

According to Harkin, prices reached €270 at Monday’s (Feb 6th, 2023), sheep sale at the Donegal-based mart.

Ewes with one lamb sold from €120/team to €170/team, while ewes with twin lambs ranged from €200/team to €270/team.

On the other hand, springing ewes traded from €120/head to €265/head, while fat ewes found new owners from €70/head to €184/head.

Hoggets ranged from:

  • €70 to €90 for 28-35kgs;
  • €90 to €110 for 36-40kgs;
  • €110 to €130 for 41-47kgs;
  • €130 to €141 for 48-55kgs.

Mart information:

  • Address: Raphoe Livestock Mart, County Donegal.
  • Contact: 074 914 5385
  • Sale days: Sheep sale – Mondays at 11 am. Cattle sale – Thursdays at 11 am.

Mart reports:

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Ann Harkin

As part of our Mart FocusThat’s Farming profiled Ann Harkin, a former bookkeeper, financial controller and current manager of Raphoe Livestock Mart.

Ann Harkin from Convoy, County Donegal, never envisioned a career in agriculture with no farming background until the late 1980s.

In 1989, she applied for Raphoe Livestock Mart’s secretary job and became manager in 2001 due to the late John Witherow’s tendering.

“I never was in a mart until the day I did the interview; it was a secretary and financial controller position, which I applied for as my career; it was not because of a love of farming,” she told That’s Farming.

“I never thought I would become a manager; it was the trust of the committee and the mart shareholders who had confidence in me. It was never a job in my wildest dreams did I think I would get because I was not from a farming background.”

Established in 1959, Raphoe Livestock Mart began with a committee and 270 shareholders, holding their first sale in July 1961. Each shareholder bought five pounds of shares and generated funds from their locality to construct the livestock mart premises.

Read her profile.

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