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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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Things people do not tell you about dating a mart-goer

Things people do not tell you about dating a mart-goer

That’s Farming’s version of things people do not tell you about dating a mart-goer

  • Consider a trip to the mart a date;
  • Social events must not clash with mart sales;
  • If you want to go away for the weekend, it must be from Saturday evening (after the mart) onwards until Sunday evening (back in time for Monday morning’s sale);
  • Bank Holidays are for special weanling sales, not scenic road trips;
  • Sundays are for playing ‘catch up’ via LSL Premium and Mart Eye’s Clips;
  • If you plan to go to a Saturday wedding, prepare for ‘the afters’ only, as your other half has a mart sale to attend first;
  • Their mart attire must be in ‘ready to wear’ condition each morning;
  • If you want to go shopping, gear up for a day out at the mart;
  • If you want to go shopping and do not fancy going to the mart, pick a town that has a shopping centre and a mart;
  • Do not get offended if they are glued to their phone (MartEye or LSL Auctions) during dinner/lunch/tea;
  • They will spend their evenings talking to fellow mart-goers via phone about trade, their purchasers, various lots, ect;
  • They may rope you into hauling cattle to and from marts at dawn or dusk;
  • You must have your mart/dealer boots in the back of your vehicle at all times;
  • Prepare for mayhem at the back end of the year. They have some of the biggest cattle and sheep sales of the year to attend;
  • They attend marts from Monday to Saturday inclusive but will not deal on a Sunday.
Dating a livestock exhibitor:
  • Forget about an overseas holiday each summer; ag show season it is!
  • Familiar yourself with the ISA event guide – you are heading to at least one ag show every weekend (maybe even two);
  • You will have to spend all your time perfecting the animal’s appearance – not your own!
  • Your white ‘show coat’ is your desired attire of choice for the season;
  • Red must become your favourite colour – eyes on the 1st-prize-winning rosettes;
  • You must become a ‘bovine hairdresser’ – Certificates required in: livestock blow-drying, clipping, washing and grooming;
  • It would be most useful if you completed your ‘BE’ test.

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