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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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9 flocks join forces for Springtime Sparklers Sale

Springtime Sparklers Sale

Some of the “most progressive and successful” flocks in the country will offer sheep for sale at the forthcoming Springtime Sparklers Sale.

Beatties Livestock Sales will host Springtime Sparklers Sale on Friday, April 29th, 2022, at 7 pm.

60 lots will come under the hammer from the following consigners:

  • Derg;
  • Diamond;
  • Springhill;
  • Bodoney;
  • Bessiebell;
  • Little Whisker;
  • Johnstown;
  • Knockmult;
  • Tullynagowan.
Badgerface Texels

Firstly, Andy and Janet Carson’s Little Whisker flock will present 5 Blue Texels, and 5 Badgerface Texels, including three Blue Texel ET lambs by the imported Belgian ram Congo and their dam is the Balmoral Show Reserve Champion in 2019.

The Badgerface lambs are all ETs, with one sired by the successful Fyfin Blues Bad Boy, whose progeny have sold to 31,00 guineas.

The remainder are full siblings to the ram lamb, which topped the recent Auction of Hope.

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Furthermore, Andrew McCutcheon has handpicked several Badgerface entries from his Bodoney flock.

Little Whisker
Little Whisker
Charollais and Suftex 

The first pedigree female to be offered from the 25k Suffolk ram Frongroy Rocket comes from Jack Smyth. The same willing seller completes his consignment with a batch of Suftex, showing “great style and power”.

Graham Foster has a team of Charollais ewe lambs from his Springhill flock. These are by Boyo Walk This Way and Gwynd Whizz Kid, who are “surpassing all expectations” in their first season.

There is “attractive” breeding on the female side also and includes one of the flock’s top ewes sourced at Lisfuncheon.

According to organisers, this pen of lambs will give buyers “plenty of choice” if hoping to secure a show prospect.


Dutch Spotted

Furthermore, the Diamond flock of Dutch Spotted have made plenty of headlines in the last twelve months as their stock has excelled at shows and sales both here and across the water.

Emma Allen will offer a super ewe with February-born ewe lamb at foot for sale.

She also has three recipient ewes with ET lambs at foot by her new stock ram, Carlaustan Extrovert. This consignment includes sisters to the 11k Diamond Dakota and 10k Diamond Elizah.

Furthermore, Samantha Allen and Allen Short are gearing up for the sale and will have 4 recipient ewes with February-born ET lambs from their Derg Blue Texel flock.

They include a full sister to Derg Foxylady, who sold for 3800 guineas, and two ET lambs out of the Balmoral Breed Champion.

Knockmult Dutch Spotted’s offering includes the exciting prospect Ty Gwyn Cindy, who will be sold with two lambs at foot out of a Tywi Valley ram. Her ewe lamb sold privately last season at £3,000.

Meanwhile, Patrick Fee’s Tullynagowan Dutch Spotted entries include a “sharp-looking” son of Johnstown Elite who was purchased for £2,500.

Last but not least are “three exceptional” Dutch Spotted lambs from Chris Johnston, Johnstown flock. These comprise two ewe lambs and a ram, all “oozing style and breed character”.

Sale details

The Springtime Sparklers Sale takes place live at Beatties Pedigree Centre at 7 pm.

Viewing is welcome from 5 pm. For those who wish to purchase stock online, you can do so using MartEye. New customers must register in advance.

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