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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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You haven’t been to an ag show until you…

You haven’t been to an ag show in Ireland until you… 

  1. Have walked the entire field of livestock, row by row, several times;
  2. Watch each judging category class by class, even when there are several rings in full swing simultaneously;
  3. Follow each beast from show to show and possibly all the way to the sales ring at a later date;
  4. Read the show’s catalogue from cover to cover;
  5. Make a list of cattle or sheep that you may buy if they become available for sale later in the year;
  6. Meet at least one person who you have not seen in years;
  7. You’ve had a full Irish on-site;
  8. You are one of the first to arrive on-site and one of the last to leave;
  9. Get roped into leading an animal around the ring;
  10. Get roped into clipping, brushing, grooming and washing;
  11. Wait until the last animal goes through the ring;
  12. Drink more cups of coffee or tea throughout the day than you do for the entire year;
  13. Come prepared with sandwiches and tea in a flask;
  14. Buy some sort of tool or farm implement that you may never use;
  15. Come home deciding that you are going to upgrade the tractor or jeep;
  16. Queue for hours for a drink or half-melted icecream;
  17. Take photos and videos of lots to send to your fellow farming fanatics who cannot attend;
  18. Watch coverage back on That’s Farmingeven though you were there in-person;
  19. Pick up free pens, keyrings and other types of branded merchandise from random stands;
  20. Purchase a ‘show stick’
Things they do not tell you about dating a livestock exhibitor

Previous article we published on things they do not tell you about dating a livestock exhibitor:

  • Forget about an overseas holiday each summer; ag show season it is!
  • Familiar yourself with the ISA event guide – you are heading to at least one ag show every weekend (maybe even two);
  • You will have to spend all your time perfecting the animal’s appearance – not your own!
  • Your white ‘show coat’ is your desired attire of choice for the season;
  • Red must become your favourite colour – eyes on the 1st-prize-winning rosettes;
  • You must become a ‘bovine hairdresser’ – Certificates required in: livestock blow drying, clipping, washing and grooming;

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