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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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Videos: Tilly, Parada, Sonny and Freya steal the limelight in Ballinrobe

The Limousin and Simmental breeds rose to the top in the supreme overall cattle championship at the 71st annual Ballinrobe Agricultural Show, Co Mayo on Sunday, September 3rd, 2023.

The show’s three judges, Kevin Clancy, Michelle Tarpey and Fergal Doherty, joined forces for the final cattle class of the day to collectively select their overall champion and reserve entries.

They tapped out Martin O’ Connor’s pedigree registered Limousin heifer, (Strokestown, Co Roscommon) Rockview Tilly, as the show’s overall champion.

The October 2022-born heifer’s (Fuschia X Clew Bay Rebecca ET) latest accolade comes following a successful summer on the show circuit at various local and national events.

At the 32nd National Limousin Show at Tullamore, she stood third in her class, national pedigree registered Limousin heifer born on/between 01-09-2022 and 31-10-2022 and was also reserve champion Limousin at the County Longford Agricultural Show.

Standing in reserve was the Larkin family, Loughrea, Co Galway, with their pedigree registered Simmental, Glanville Parada, who has also made her presence felt on the show circuit this summer.

She is an April 2022-born daughter (twin to Glanville Pasha) of Woodhall Ferrari 14 and Limehill Karisma P (by AHC) who has won various rosettes to date, including the national junior heifer title and overall senior female champion at Tullamore Show 2023.

Overall commercial championship

Meanwhile, two local-based cattle breeders secured the overall and reserve commercial championship silverware, judged by Kevin Clancy.

Clinching the overall commercial championship silverware was Shane McGreal, Ballinrobe, with his April-2023-born northern import, a Limousin-cross calf, named Sonny.

He has several titles under his belt, including standing second in the All-Ireland Junior Calf Class in Bonniconlon in August.

Earlier in the day, the Wilodge Joskins (LM2188) son stood first in his class, the best non-pedigree male calf continental type, born on or after 01-01-2023.

Claiming the reserve champion silverware was TJ Duffy, Westport, Co Mayo, with his March 2023-born Freya, by the AI Belgian Blue bull, EPI (EPI DES GRANGES).

Earlier in the day, she snapped up the red rosette in the best non-pedigree female calf continental-type, born on or after 01-01-2023.

She is yet another rising star on the 2023 show circuit, with successes including placing third in a 270kg commercial calf class at Tullamore Show 2023.

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