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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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VIDEO: 40,000gns for May-born Holstein Friesian heifer

A May-2021-born Holstein Friesian heifer has sold for a whopping 40,000gns.

BOGHILL GLAMOUR ZAZZLE C CARLIN M ET, born on May 28th, 2021, went under the hammer as part of a two-day on-farm sale earlier today (Wednesday, August 25th).

According to the sales catalogue, the entry, lot 110, is the highest TPI (Total Profitability Index) animal in the sale.

Boghill Glamour Herd

Meanwhile, lot 111 has followed hot on her heels at 31,000gns. BOGHILL GLAMOUR ZAZZLE C CARLIN K ET was also born in May 2021.

The event is taking place on August 25th and 26th under the auspices of Norton and Brooksbank Livestock Sales at 7 Boghill Road, in Northern Ireland.

The Boghill Glamour Herd of 440 pedigree Holstein cattle, the property of Boghill Glamour Holsteins (M. McCollum and D McAfee), is being dispersed.

It is one of the UK’s highest PL herds – a global breeding powerhouse which is the result of a joint venture between two friends.

Breeding and farm management

The sales catalogue reads as follows:

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“When you consider the genetic merit of the herd, which can be counted on a global scale, it must be taken into account the environment in which they reside.”

“This is a hard-working herd, set in a commercial facility in an area where it is not possible to push for extreme production.”

“It cannot be emphasised enough that there is enormous scope for increased yield. All of the milkers reside in the herd with none given special individual treatment.”

“The herd are all housed in cubicles and milked twice daily. Feeding consists of a simple TMR of grass and whole crop silage together with concentrates.”

“There is no parlour or out-of-parlour individual feeding. The resulting milk yields pay testimony to the breeding together with the level of farm management.”

According to the sales catalogue, it has a current rolling herd average of 10,309kg, 4.65 fat, 3.41 protein and SCC:121.

Cows are currently yielding 35kg/head, 4.71% fat and 3.44% protein.

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