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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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Pics: 6 of the highest-priced females at McGee’s sale as heifers to €22,500

Prices ranged from €2,400 to €52,500 at the McGee family’s online sale in conjunction with Mart Eye and Mid-Tipp Mart, which drew to a close earlier tonight (Monday).

As reported by That’s Farming, a pedigree registered Belgian Blue bull headed up the sale, which reported a full clearance.

Topping the female category at €22,500 (main image) was lot 1, Pretender to the Crown, a March-2022-born red and white Belgian Blue-cross.

She is a maternal sister to last year’s sale topper, the €18,000 She’s the One.

The McGees believe that “it is only a matter of time before she surpasses her mother and takes her mantle as one of the true greats”.

They said: “Whilst we would love that to happen to here, it is with a heavy heart we offer her for sale, in the hope that a heavy pocket might go some way to easing the loss.”

“She is as near as it gets to perfection for a foundation flushing female. With a sire stack behind her second to none, she is undoubtedly destined for great things,” they remarked.


On her heels at €18,000 was lot 18, Lunar Eclipse, a January-2022-born red and white embryo from the mating of a full pedigree red and white blue cow and the farm’s Hamlet breeding stock bull (75% LM/25% BB).

According to the family, she “has the full package, including enormous scale and power for her age, something lacking in many potential donor females nowadays”.

Lot 18


The next highest-priced heifer at €8,200 was Globetrotter, lot number 3, which was born in February of this year.

The family said she “deserves to be haltered and brought to see lots more of the world” as she is a “super stylish, sweet calf with a head to die for”.

She is the first heifer calf to be born from the farm’s Ampertaine Lance bred-stockbull and a “hard-working” dam who “earns her right in our top ten”.

Lot 3


On her heels at €7,000 was lot 2, Skunk, a March-2022-born Belgian Blue-cross.

According to the family, this heifer is “sure to leave her mark,”. She has has “real width and squareness”, and her “distinct markings are shared by all her predecessors”.

At the same price tag was lot 20, Square Peg Round Hole, a March-2022-born Charolais-sired calf, a CF52 daughter out of a Limousin-cross dam, that the family imported from Wales.

They said that this heifer has “everything, pure raw power, colour, bone, hair, length, width and serious plates; the perfect fit if you are looking to produce top-end show calves”.

Lot 2


At €6,800 was lot 21, Mini Skirt, a January-2022-born Belgian Blue-cross out of a Limousin-cross, from the same dam as the aforementioned lot 20.

She is out of a pure red and white stock bull and has been decribed as a “real head turner”.

Lot 21


At €6,200 was lot 15, Strong Swimmer, a January-2022-born OBH (Boherard Hurricane) daughter.

They described her as a full pedigree Belgian Blue heifer with “extreme muscling but size to go with it” that would make for “a fine foundation female for a blue enthusiast”.

Lot 15

Full report to follow.

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