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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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Ballycannon herd dispersal sale due to health reasons

Pat Shanahan, Croagh, County Limerick, will disperse the spring-calving portion of his Ballycannon herd at 11:30 am this Saturday, March 27th, 2021.

60 head are catalogued for the online-only on-farm sale comprising freshly-calved high-yielding cows and heifers.

The sale is being held on MartEye in conjunction with Ballyjamesduff Co-operative Livestock Mart due to health reasons relating to a farm accident.

According to the herdowner, all cows calved from February 1st onwards, are export-tested, and transport can be arranged.

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Ballycannon herd dispersal sale summary:
  • 26 fresh calved heifers;
  • 32 fresh calved cows;
  • 2-year-old pedigree Holstein Bull from the Peitje’s;
  • 2-year-old pedigree Hereford bull.
Herd history

With his wife, Deirdre, Pat moved to Croagh in 1996 from Australia after purchasing the property the previous year.

He built the herd from a greenfield site from 1997 by selecting good bloodlines and breeding replacements from his preferred cow-type – “a hard-working cow with great legs, feet, and udders and easy on the eye”.

The herd was crowned the winner of the Elite spring calving section in Limerick/Clare Herds’ Competition on numerous occasions and at a national level.

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The herd’s average stands at 8,600 litres at 3.75% fat and 3.29% protein, while the last bulk tank results show: 4.15% fat, 3.37% protein and SCC: 64.

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Top cow families and classification results

Its top cow families including, Copywoood Sara, Lisduff Leslie, Creva Lotto, Lauduc Broker Mandy EX96, Comestar Laurie Sheik, Hanoverhill Lulu and Green Farm Matador Eleonora EX95, will go under the hammer at this sale.

Furthermore, many families developed at Ballycannon, including Silks, Jackie and Adas, will also be on offer.

“The herd has never looked better. Lot 5, Ballycannon Aft Silk 2 EX92, is one of the best cows I have bred, and I have had a few more like her down through the years.” Pat told That’s Farming.

“She is probably the best young cow to sell in Ireland this year. You only get a cow like this in a clearance sale. I will be sorry to see her go, but I look forward to seeing how this family develops in their new herds.”

“The Silks are my best cow family. Lot 5 has a daughter VG87-2yr (lot 9), full sister EX91 third-calver, with (Lot 18) VG 86 daughter only calved ten days. They are going to make cracking cows. We just had a very successful classify visit with cows scoring to EX94, which shows what we have been breeding for over the last 25 years.”

“IHFA classification results from March 23rd, 2021 as follows: 9 EX & 27 VG Cows & 17 2-year-olds scored to VG87. You can buy online with confidence that these are quality stock.” Pat added.

Highlights include the following lots:
  • 5: Ballycannon AFT Silk 2 now scored EX92 – 3rd-calver;
  • 9: Ballycannon Titan Silk (Daughter of lot 5) now scored VG87 – 2-year-old:
  • 18: Ballycannon Silver Silk VG86 – 2-year-old;
  • 28: Ballycannon AFT Lotto now scored EX94 3E;
  • 30: Ballycannon D Twizzle Palmrock VG87 – 2-year-old. 2
  • And 7 other VG86 – 2-year-olds.

Further information 

For viewing appointments, call: Pat Shanahan on (087) 6628466.

New buyers must register with MartEye the day before the sale by clicking here.

Note: Pat will sell the remainder of their herd at a later date.

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