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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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Video: Chris Meehan’s €4,900 entry tops sale at Balla Mart

Chris Meehan’s entry at €4,900 provided the highest call of the day at Aurivo Balla Mart’s general cattle sale on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023.

The Charlestown Co Mayo-based breeder put what he described as a “real stylish show quality calf with the ability to be shown in upcoming winter fairs” under the hammer with her 2020-born 465kg Hereford-cross-Friesian foster mother.

The naturally born 225kg show calf, is out of Bova AI’s Belgian Blue bull, Chocolat, and a Belgian Blue-cross Shorthorn dam.

Her grand-dam bred all of the Meehan family’s top-priced calves at the annual Carrick-on-Shannon Winter Fair event, including the €10,000 and €14,500 (sold in 2022, as reported by us in this news article) price tag progeny.

She sold herself for €6,000 in May of this year, which you can read about in this news article.

At Saturday’s sale, lot 2616 met with lightning bidding, with one consistent party from the beginning who secured the lot, following stiff competition from two other ringside bidders and some online activity.

Full report from Saturday’s sale to follow on

2023 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.

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023, the Midland & Western Livestock Improvement Society Ltd, which hosts the show and sale annually, confirmed its plans to “create a safer event”.

A show and sale of all adult cattle (all breeds) will take place on Monday, November 20th, 2023, while a show and sale of weanlings will follow over two days on Sunday, November 26th and Monday, November 27th, 2023.

Moreover, the society is also introducing a number of rule changes 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 this news article.

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