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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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The 5 main stories of the cattle world this week

In this article, we look at the five main stores of the cattle world on That’s Farming this week.

Headlines include Carrick Winter Fair, SCEP applications, a memorable day for Buckfield Limousins, baby beef judging duties for McNamee in Carlisle and a special Limousin production sale.

Carrick Winter Fair

The 2023 Carrick Winter Fair of Commercial Cattle will see a change of format this November, with two separate events across two weekends.

  • A show and sale of all adult cattle (all breeds) –  Monday, November 20th, 2023;
  • Show and sale of weanlings – Sunday, November 26th and Monday, November 27th, 2023.

Moreover, the society is also introducing rules as follows:

  • As was the case in 2022, only 5 exhibits will be allowed per exhibitor;
  • This year, all animals must be in the exhibitor’s herd on or before August 31st, 2023.

Read more on Carrick Winter Fair 2023.

‘Strong’ uptake as more than 20,000 farmers apply for SCEP

Over 20,000 suckler farmers have applied for the new Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme (SCEP).

The scheme rewards farmers with a payment of €150/cow on the first 22 cows and €120/cow thereafter, compared to €90/cow on the first 10/cows and €80/cow thereafter in the BDGP.

Applicants are reminded to:

  1. Ensure they calve down a minimum of 50% of the yearly reference number they applied for, between July 1st, 2022, and June 30th, 2023;
  2. Ensure they are in the Bord Bia Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS) by October 16th, 2023, at the very latest, and
  3. Ensure they submit their BISS application by midnight on May 29th, 2023.

Failure to meet one or more of these three eligibility criteria will result in no payment and removal from SCEP, the DAFM has stressed.

Read more on this news story.

A memorable day for Buckfield Limousins

The €6,000 Buckfield Tyrone, a March-2022-born bull by S3394, Hirohito, was one of the highest-selling contenders at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society’s final sale of the season at Roscommon Mart on Saturday, May 20th, 2023.

He was brought forward for sale by Nora and Patricia Moore, the wife and daughter of the late John Moore (Zulu), a renowned breeder from Buckfield, Kilmeena, Westport, Co Mayo, who passed away suddenly on January 1st, 2023.

The bull, which is out of a home-bred dam, Buckfield Leona, herself a Wilodge Cerberus daughter, with Wilodge Tonka and Ampertaine Commander blood, is a single myostatin carrier of the F941 (profit) and Q204X genes.

He made his debut on the show circuit as a young calf and was champion Limousin, and reserve interbreed champion at Glenamaddy Show.

Moreover, he also won his class at the northwest championships, where he was tapped out as reserve champion.

According to a spokesperson for NW Limousin, “It was a fitting way for Tyrone to finish with the Moores following the untimely passing of John in January.”

“Tyrone won champion at John’s last show. Roscommon was always a sale John loved and always done well at,” the spokesperson added.

Previously, the club paid tribute to its late breeder: “A great supporter of the local shows, there were very few he would miss.”

“It now seems fitting that John’s last show in Glenamaddy saw him and Patricia taking overall Limousin champion.”

Read more via this link.

Donegal judge for baby beef classes at Agri Expo

One of the country’s most successful cattle breeders, Pearse McNamee, is one of three judges confirmed for the 17th Borderway Agri Expo 2023, which will take place in Borderway, Carlisle, on Friday, October 27th.

The Co. Donegal native, who is a renowned seller of top-priced show cattle, will officiate as judge for baby beef classes.

He breeds pedigree Limousin and commercial show cattle, calves and embryos and has several champions at agricultural shows.

Read more.

Gerrygullinane herd sale

Progressive pedigree Limousin breeder, Gerry Walsh, believes “your cattle will do the talking for you,” and stock from his Gerrygullinane herd is a testament to that.

The multi-prize-winning 15-cow pedigree Limousin herd, which he runs with his father, John, and Anne Marie Clarke, has exported some of the breed’s best-known bulls, namely Gerrygullinane Glen and Derrygulliane Kingbull, across the waters.

The Knockmore, Ballina, Co. Mayo-based herd will offer 15 lots of animals, along with a selection of embryos for sale in its inaugural timed virtual auction, in partnership with MartEye and Mid-Tipp Mart this weekend.

  • 6 2022-born females;
  • 5 in-calf females;
  • 2 2021-born maiden heifers;
  • 2 2022-born LM Gerrygullinane Phoenix – both fertility tested;
  • 3 lots of embryos.

Read more on this news article.

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