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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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VIDEO: €10,000 for in-calf heifer at O’Connor’s annual sale

Martin O Connor’s annual in-calf heifer sale has once again defied the odds this year, with prices topping at €10,000.

Lot 23A, a four-star Limousin-cross-Belgian Blue, heifer smashed last year’s record price of €9,000 at Elphin Mart earlier tonight (Friday, November 5th, 2021).

€10,000 heifer 

She set what is understood to be a new record price for a commercial in-calf heifer at an auction in the Republic of Ireland.

The October-2018-born 965kg heifer is a half-bred Limousin with 25% Belgian-Blue influence and 18.75% Friesian and 6.25% Holstein Friesian blood.

She is by Thomastown I 1337, a son of Bavardage / AGB, and her dam is by BBQ (Ballyfin Borat).

She sold scanned in-calf to Loyal and is due on December 29th, 2021.

Annual sale 

A selection of Simmental-cross-Charolais, Belgian-Blue-cross-Limousins, Limousin-cross-Simmentals, and Charolais-cross-Limousins came under the hammer.

O’Connor sourced over 60% of heifers for this year’s sale directly from farms, with the remainder in marts.

O’Connor focuses on:

  • Docility as the first and foremost trait;
  • Good pelvic conformation for calving ability;
  • Maternal traits with an ability to produce a calf every 365-370 days and rear subsequent progeny on her own;
  • Power and style: 600kgs+, U or U+ grade.

O’Connor reported that average prices at his annual sale have increased year on year. The average levelled at €2,500 in 2019 and settled at €3,100 in 2020.

Last week, the specialist in-calf heifer sale host told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane:

“This just goes to show you that there are farmers out there to buy good-quality stock.”

He believes that “you cannot expect the bull to do everything for you; you must have good cows”.

“People have said to me over the years: ‘Martin, your heifers are too good’, but my answer to this is that ‘your cows can never be too good.’ You cannot expect the bull to do everything for you; you must have good cows.”

“Your heifer/cow is your foundation stock. I find the heifers I breed from, mostly U grades and some U+s, that by using the best possible easy-calving Limousin bull you can get, you will still produce a top-quality U grade calf.”

“The hard calving factor does not come in with my heifers because the heifers I have are producing top-quality calves from easy-calving bulls,” he concluded.

Full sales report to follow…

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