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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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VID: Overall champion Limousin bull sells for 52,000gns

A Limousin bull skyrocketed from an opening bid of 5,000gns to a hammer price of 52,000gns at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s annual Carlisle sale on Friday, May 5th, last, writes That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane.

It was Northern Ireland’s day with the intermediate and overall champion in the pre-sale show, lot 174 Craigatoke Seanog coming from Mr MJ Conway, Co Tyrone, commanding the sale’s highest call.

An October-2021-born calf with Myostatin F94L/NT821, Seanog is by Foxhillfarm Ourbest, out of cow, Craigatoke Nicola, a daughter of homebred Craigatoke Johnny.

He is the exciting new stock sire for Messrs H Wood of the Deerhouse herd, Dutton, Preston.

22 bulls sold to pedigree and commercial homes at prices over 10,000gns, and clearance for 80 bulls sold was 71%, while there was an all-sale average of £9,178.

No stranger to many, judge at the pre-sale show on the previous day was Arwel Owen, Foel, Welshpool.

Of his Champion, Mr Owen said: “The champion was an animal which I really fell in love with, with great conformation and length.”

“With two good bulls in the same class placing so close together, it was a difficult choice, but he just had that little something extra.”

“I would like to thank the society for inviting me to judge the show; I was very impressed with the overall standard of bulls, which were presented amazingly, especially the intermediates and juniors.”

According to Alice Swift, the British Limousin Society CEO, there was an “upbeat atmosphere” at Carlisle amongst breeders and buyers that translated into a “flying trade” for bulls ready to work.

“It is reassuring to see confidence return to the beef industry, and I firmly believe Limousin is commercially the most viable breed in Britain today.”

“Nearly a third of bulls sold make five figures, confirming a demand for genetics that deliver growth and efficiency.”

Full report to follow…

Also in the headlines this week, almost 200 lots level at £3,436 at Jalex Select Sale and ROI-bred heifers among highest-priced lots at Jalex Select Sale

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