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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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UK judge & over 100 lots for Dutch Spotted sale this weekend

107 lots are catalogued for the Irish Dutch Spotted Association’s second annual premier show and sale on Saturday, August 6th, 2022.

The sale will take place at The Showgrounds, Carrick-on-Shannon, at 2 pm, following judging at noon.

From an initial 19 breeders who committed to establishing the IDSSA, “strong” growth and interest have resulted in the current membership standing at 47.

Breeders formed the association to promote, market, record and certify the breed in Ireland.

At this weekend’s sale, entries – 55 males and 50 females – include:

  • Older rams;
  • Shearling rams;
  • Ewes;
  • Ram lambs;
  • Ewe lambs.

Dutch Spotted sale

Speaking to That’s Farming ahead of the sale, a spokesperson for the society told editor Catherina Cunnane:

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“We are delighted to welcome Dutch Spotted breeder, Henry Jewitt, from the Sunnybank flock in Barnards Castle, Durham as our pre-sale judge.”

“Henry is very active on the UK show and sale circuit with his Spotties and other breeds, with recent wins at the major shows in England.”

“He will inspect all stock for correctness and quality and all entries are fully registered. On offer will be stock to suit both pedigree breeders, people interested in starting in the breed and commercial flocks looking for rams.”

“Reports have been coming in from around the country of quality Spotty-crosses on the ground: good carcasses, clean, well-fleshed lambs coming to weight easily,” the spokesperson added.

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Dutch Spotted-cross lambs
Competition and catalogue

According to the association, demand is “rising” for rams as sheep breeders desire to try out this new breed which has been “developed to perform”.

The society is holding a competition on its Facebook page until Thursday evening with two €200 vouchers, which a buyer can redeem at Saturday’s sale, up for grabs.

You can obtain a copy of a  catalogue for this sale by emailing – [email protected]

The sale will also be online via LSL – contact the mart directly ahead of the sale to register.

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Upcoming sales:

  • Blessington: September 10th;
  • Tullamore: December – In-lamb ewes and ewe lambs

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