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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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VID: €3,260 BBX tops Balla’s dry cow sale for second time

A Belgian Blue-cross is making headlines on That’s Farming for a second time after topping the dry cow category in Aurivo Balla Mart, Co Mayo, for a second occasion in the space of seven months.

The cow, which was born in September 2015 and is herself by ADJ, going back to BYU and out of a BBX dam, crossed the scales at 820kgs at Saturday’s sale (May 27th, 2023) and made €3,260 or €3.98/kg for a local seller, following a flurry of activity.

As previously reported by That’s Farming, the black-and-white female was acquired in the same ring, by Saturday’s seller, on October 15th, 2022, where she again, sold suitable for breeding, including flushing, the purpose of which she reportedly successfully served, for €3,320 (€3.67/kg) and weighed in at 905kgs.

Ahead of Saturday’s sale, the seller, in an advertisement, described her as a “Belgian Blue show cow cycling every three weeks and suitable for flushing”.

€16.00/kg for ped BB heifer

The breed also generated headlines at Gortatlea Mart last week, where a pedigree registered heifer topped the sale at €16/kg.

As reported by, a pedigree registered Belgian Blue heifer sold for what is understood to be one of the highest prices per kg – €16/KG – so far this year at Gortatlea Mart’s special E and U grade weanling heifer sale on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023.

The heifer is by Chocolat d’Ochamps, Bova AI’s 100% Red Belgian Blue bull – AI code: BB6634 – and is out of a LOTTO VD VLOEIKENSHOEVE (S964) daughter.

According to her breeder, Mark Casey, Co Kerry, she is “one to breed roans in the future”.

The September-2022-born ET heifer crossed the scales at 370kgs, and James McCarney’s hammer eventually fell at €5,920 to an online bidder.

Other sample prices in the weanling heifer ring at Wednesday’s sale include:

  • BBX – 425kgs – €3,620;
  • BBX – 405kgs – €2,180;
  • BBX – 400kgs – €2,000;
  • BBX – 410kgs – €2,020;
  • BBX – 400kgs – €1,740;
  • BBX – 420kgs – €1,800;
  • BBX – 380kgs – €4,000;
  • BBX – 315kgs – €2,700;
  • BBX – 365kgs – €2,760;
  • BBX – 360kgs – €2,340;
  • BBX – 305kgs – €1,920.

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