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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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‘Very lively’ trade for quality continental bullocks 350-450kgs in Blessington

Farming News – Blessington Mart – Cattle Mart – 03-08-2023

According to a spokesperson for Blessington Mart, a “very good” trade prevailed for all classes at its most recent cattle sale on Thursday, August 3rd, 2023.

They noted a “very lively” trade in particular for good quality continental store bullocks in the 350-450kg weight bracket.

At Thursday’s sale, beef cows changed hands from €460-€860 over the kg, while feeding cows pushed from €260-€440 over the weight.

Meanwhile, in the heifer ring, beef types fetched from €1,060 to €1,220 over, while continental stores traded from €470-€1,000 over and traditional type Hereford and Angus-crosses stood from €360-€790 over the weight.

In the bullock ring, between €580-€1,160 over the kg was recorded for continental stores, while Friesian stores made from €300-€660 over and Hereford and Angus store bullocks changed hands from €420-€1,040 over.

This week’s sheep prices

According to the spokesperson, heavy ewes improved by €20/head, in cases, on the previous week’s levels at the mart’s sheep sale on Tuesday, August 1st, 2023.

They reported that overall, there was a “better” trade for lambs and cast ewes.

Suffolk-cross hoggets ewes made from €170-€230/head, while heavy ewes made from €156-€208/head and feeding ewes climbed from €86-€148/head.

In the lamb ring, stores over 40kgs stood from €104-€126/head or €62-€86 over the kg, while those over 35kgs varied from €85-€104/head or €54-€76 over the kg.

Heavy lambs, on the other hand, ranged from €144-€153/head or €96-€102 over the weight, while factory lambs sold from €126-€144/head or €86-€98 over the kg.

€1.15m land sale

Meanwhile, a local farmer has forked out €1,155,000 for a circa 68-acre block of “top quality”, free-draining land with “extensive” road frontage at Clonmore, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.

The property came under the hammer, at Lawlor’s Hotel, Naas, on the afternoon of June 29th, 2023, in an auction handled by David Doyle of JP & M Doyle.

The property has a stock handling facility and ruins of a castle and outbuildings on-site.

The lands, while presently laid under lush grassland pasture, could serve as a multitude of farming enterprises sheltered by mature hedgerows and trees laid out in two main divisions.

Read this post-auction report on

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