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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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McCrabbe dispersing Ardstewart Border Leicester flock

Later this month, Alison McCrabbe will disperse her flock of Border Leicesters, which she farms under the Ardstewart prefix.

There has been “strong” interest in the forthcoming sale, which will take place at Beatties Pedigree Centre, 109 Glenpark Rd, Omagh, at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 15th.

Border Leicester sheep have been the backbone of commercial ewes for decades. Many farmers opt for a female with a blend of Border to produce a hardy sheep with exceptional mothering abilities.

Hence, the popularity of pedigree Borders remains strong. According to McCrabbe, this dispersal sale has attracted enquiries from right across Ireland and the UK.

Ardstewart Border Leicesters

The Ardstewart catalogue comprises pedigree registered stock ewes, gimmers, ewe lambs, stock ram, and a selection of commercial Border-cross females. All stock will be eligible for export.

McCrabbe has earned the reputation of being a superb sheep stock woman over the years, and Border Leicesters were always a breed that she was drawn to.

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The expansion of the farm’s Beltex and Hereford cattle has resulted in the “reluctant” decision to sell the entire flock of Borders. The sale includes a two-shear stock ram that was imported from the Drennan flock at Lanark.

She said:

“This is a super opportunity to acquire proven genetics to improve your flock or start a brand new one.”

“Given the restrictions in place making it difficult to import stock from a sale on the mainland, this sale is a fantastic chance to buy into Borders, without the price of a boat ticket.”

Ram Rendezvous Sale

Immediately following the sale is the Ram Rendezvous Sale of Texel, Charollais, Beltex and Suffolk rams on behalf of Artnagullion, Forkins and Lakeview flocks.

There will also be a “first-class” selection of hybrid rams on offer.

More information:

For catalogues, contact Richard Beattie 07984694616.

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