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Catherina Cunnane
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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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1,950 head for Borris Ewe Breeders’ 60th-anniversary sale

Borris Ewe Breeders’ 60th-anniversary sale

Just shy of 2,000 entries are set to come under the hammer at this year’s Borris Ewe Breeders’ Sale, which takes place on Saturday, August 12th, 2023, at Borris Mart, Co Carlow (Eircode – R95 AY07).

According to the group, sellers from the south-east bring their “best” Borris hogget ewes and ewe lambs to the annual event, now in its 60th year.

Entries for this year’s sale as follows:

  • 1,100 hogget ewes;
  • 700 ewe lambs;
  • 150 2 and 3-year ewes.

Lambs will sell first at 10.30 am, followed by ewes at 12.30 pm.

Speaking to That’s Farming ahead of this year’s sale, Maurice O’ Donoghue, group chairman, said:

“The Borris ewe is a premium ewe used time and time again by many of Ireland’s top-performing flocks.”

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“The Borris ewe is a cross between the Cheviot ewe and the Suffolk ram. The Cheviot brings great maternal traits while the Suffolk ram brings power and hardiness. Together, they make a super combination.”

“This year is our 60th anniversary, which is a major achievement for the local Borris ewe breeders.”

“The Borris Ewe Breeders’ Association is going from strength to strength. We are a group of farmers from the foothills of Mount Leinster in south Carlow.”

“We only have three sales during the year, and entry numbers are generally always similar. Local farmers within a 15-mile radius are allowed to bring sheep to these sales that we organise.”

“Therefore, the group is a close-knit community, which we believe, is a testament to our sale’s success.”

“Last year’s sale saw hoggets sell from €180 to €230, while ewe lambs pushed from €90 to 140. Going on this year’s trade, we are optimistically hoping for similar,” O’ Donoghue concluded.


The group will host three sales in total in 2023 with dates as follows:

  • Sat, August 12th;
  • Sat, August 26th.
  • Sat, September 9th.

For further information about this sheep sale, please contact Leinster Marts.

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