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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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VIDEO: €4,650 for suckler pair at Balla Mart

A Salers-cross cow with her Limousin-cross heifer calf have sold for what could be a new centre record price for a suckler pair at Aurivo Balla Mart, Co Mayo.

The 2019-born second-calver, herself out of a Charolais-cross dam, with her December-2022-born heifer, with a combined weight of 1,035kgs, sold for €4,650, at the mart’s general cattle sale on Saturday, August 26th, 2023.

The cow was scanned on August 22nd, 2023, circa 3.5 months in-calf to a four-star Limousin stock bull, due in February 2024.

Upon entering the ring, resident livestock, auctioneer, Brendan Corrigan, announced that the cow has a five-star replacement index with a value of €159 (genotyped), while the heifer also boasts a five-star replacement rating (also genotyped) with a value of €143.

He requested an opening bid of €3,000 and brisk bidding began from €2,500, with a hive of quick-fire ringside and online activity.

With predominately €50 bid increments, she skyrocketed to €4,650 and the hammer fell to a ringside bidder, who expressed interest from the beginning.

Full mart report to follow on

 Upcoming sales at Aurivo Balla Mart, Co Mayo:

  • Special feeding heifer sale – Saturday, September 2nd, 2023;
  • Special show/sale of weanlings – Tuesday, September 5th, 2023 – Tuesday sales thereafter at 10:30am;
  • Special bullock sale – Saturday, September 9th;
  • Special breeding heifer sale – Saturday, September 16th, 2023;
  • End of month continental sale of bullocks and heifers – Saturday, September 30th, 2023.

Balla Mart information:

  • Address: Aurivo Balla Mart, Carrowntober, Oughter, Co. Mayo
  • Contact information: Phone: 094-9365068 or see Aurivo’s website.
  • Sale days: Weanlings: Tuesdays (seasonal). Bullocks, heifers, cull cows, sucklers, and stock bulls on Saturdays.

Further reading

Mart reports

  • Read more mart reports(cattle and sheep prices) on That’s Farming.
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