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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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New ‘Breed a Roan’ Scheme

The Irish Shorthorn Society has, in recent days, launched its 2023 initiative, Breed a Roan Scheme.

The project will see the society distribute a quantity of straws from a panel of five Beef Shorthorn sires.

These include:

  • Doon Giorgio;
  • Doon Jupiter;
  • Doon Jeremiah;
  • Glann Jenson;
  • Craigfaddock Parnassus.

The straws, according to the society, are available to commercial suckler and dairy farmers, as well as pedigree breeders.

A spokesperson for the society said:

“The Irish Shorthorn Society is welcoming farmers seeking to use the breed in their enterprise to apply for five straws from the panel above.”

“Straws will be provided free of charge to successful applications, on a first come, first served basis, and will be delivered to their AI technician or farm flask.”
“With demand expected to be high, farmers are asked to get their names in as quickly as possible.”

This scheme is only available in ROI, with exceptions made for fully paid-up members in NI.

Straws must be used this breeding season in 2023, and breeders will be asked for follow-up information once calves are on the ground.

The spokesperson added: “With more and more farmers becoming aware of the benefits of Shorthorn genetics in their herds, from their super maternal qualities to the much sought-after roan colouring, Shorthorn cattle have made huge progress in the last number of years in showcasing their commercial attributes.”

“Shorthorn-sired animals are also eligible for bonus payments under the Shorthorn Marketing Company’s beef scheme.”


Meanwhile, the society has elected a new council, with Tommy Shryane taking over as president from Kieran Flatley.

Amelda Middleton-Leonard has been elected vice president, while Judge Benson is its treasurer, and Áine O’Donovan will fill the shoes of PRO.

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