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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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Exporters fork out over €3.00/kg for high-end cull cows in Carnew – Quinn

Farming News/Mart Reports on That’s Farming – Cattle Prices – 09-09-2023

Saturday, September 9th, 2023, saw some 946 lots sell in a “very lively trade throughout” at Carnew Mart.

David Quinn reported that beef and forward stock met with “serious demand” with customers both ringside and online “very anxious” for all types of stock over 500kg.

Saturday saw a full clearance with a top price for a BB cow, which crossed the scales at 884kg and saw the hammer fall at €2800 – €3.17/kg.

Quinn reported “in the line of store cattle, there were many farmers around the ring that were very eager to buy lighter stores for grass and further feeding”.

Bullock prices:

  • LM 454kg at €1430;
  • CHX – 482kg at €1370;
  • 3 CHX – 494kg at €1340;
  • CHX – 500kg at €1340;
  • 3 CHX – 514kg at €1400;
  • 2 LMX – 530kg at €1380.

Cull cows:

Quinn reported that the sale saw a “very good show” of beef and forward cows, which met with an “excellent trade” on the back of demand both from factory agents and alike with exporters on hand giving over €3/kg.

Sample prices as follows:

  • BB – 884kg at €2800;
  • BB – 920kg at €2620;
  • BBX – 898kg at €2390;
  • LM – 738kg at €2110;
  • LMX – 646kg at €1910.


  • CHX – 688kg at €1930;
  • LM – 686kg at €1860;
  • LMX – 522kg at 1550;
  • LM – 446kg at €1370;
  • PT – 422kg at €1270.

Interview with David Quinn

Previously, we profiled David Quinn of Carnew Mart, as part of our popular Mart Focus series, which reads as follows:

In 1997, David Quinn, from Carnew, County Wicklow, took over the running and management of Carnew Mart, a family-run business.

He farms a small beef enterprise on the Wicklow/Wexford border and is married to Eilish with their four children: Jack (25), Julie (22), Adam (19), and Robert (15).

“My grandparents would have started it as a sheep mart in the 1950s and the existing mart site in the mid-1960s. I would have started auctioneering when I was eighteen in 1988”, David Quinn told That’s Farming.

Read more on this profile.

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