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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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VID: Prices hit €1,280 at 2nd Rare and Minority Breed show and sale

Prices reached €1,280 at the second annual Rare and Minority Breed show and sale at Tullamore Mart, Co Offaly, on November 26th, 2022.

Rachel Gallagher, Co Donegal, secured the top call for a Dutch Spotted ewe scanned 70 days carrying twins.

Some 150 females across 115 lots from 14 breeds came under the hammer at the sale, which renowned rare breed enthusiast, Jim Croke ran under the Croke Promotions banner.

Price Summary:

  • Border Leicesters average: €560 – Top – €720;
  • Blue Texel – average: €227 – Top €300;
  • Clunforest: average €180 – Top: €180;
  • Dassenkop: average: €570 – Top: €680;
  • Dutch Spotted hoggets – average: €1,000 – Top: €1,000;
  • Dutch Spotted lambs – average €805 – Top: €1,280.
  • Easy Care ewe lambs – average – €100 – Top – €100.
  • Herdwick – average: €164 – Top – €250;
  • Jacob – average: €217 – €280;
  • Kerry– average: €160 – Top: €160;
  • Rouge – average: €608 – Top: €700;
  • Ryeland – average: €238 – Top – €250;
  • Soay – average: €80 – Top – €110;
  • Wensleydale – average: €300 – Top – €300;
  • Zwartbles: average: €177 – Top – €280.
Croke comments

Speaking following the sale, Jim Croke told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane:

“Overall, I felt the rare breed sale was a great success. To have doubled in size in the second year of existence was tremendous.”

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“I believe the sale is a great opportunity for smallholders of rare and minority breeds to showcase and sell their breeds on a nationally viewed platform.”

“There are certainly changes we can make to help improve the sale next year from advertising, organising and the general running of the show.”

“I suppose all great shows like Clonmel show, for instance, had to start somewhere so onwards and upwards. Save the date – November 25th at GVM Tullamore 2023.”

“This year, we had a show before the sale, which was fantastic to see nine different breeds you might not see at any other show lined up in the battle for champion and reserve.”

“Congratulations to Coote Geelan on the overall champion with a stunning Border Leicester and Oliver and Claire Keaskin on reserve with a stunning ewe lamb.”

“I would like to thank Antoinette and her team from GVM Mart, Hilary Workman for the catalogues, Maria Smyth and Lauren Payne for photography on the day, Johnny Couchman for judging and finally and most importantly, Grace Croke and Denise Rafferty, for organising everything,” he concluded.

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