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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: €18,000 for Feb-born heifer at Carrick Winter Fair

A February-2021-born Ampertaine Elgin daughter set Carrick Winter Fair alight when she changed hands for €18,000 this evening (Monday, November 22nd, 2021).

Sean Ramsbottom, Timahoe, Co Laois, presented the 433kg Limousin-cross heifer for sale at the Showgrounds in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim.

According to Ramsbottom, the export-tested heifer’s dam has BYU, TVR and CF52 blood. He sold her full brother two weeks ago; 460kgs at €2,530.

That’s Farming understands that she set a new record price for a commercial weanling heifer at auction in the Republic of Ireland.

She was tapped out as top in her class: Limousin female-cross calf 450kgs, or under showing Limousin characteristics.

Also, the heifer became the junior Limousin champion at the Midland & Western Livestock Improvement Society’s LTD annual event.

Mr James Alexander, of Randalstown, Co Antrim, of the renowned Jalex Livestock herd, officiated as the judge for Limousin classes on Sunday, November 21st, 2021.

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

The news comes just weeks after Martin O’Connor set a new record price of €10,000 for a commercial in-calf heifer at an auction in the Republic of Ireland.

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

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.

Furthermore, she is by Thomastown I 1337, a son of Bavardage / AGB, and her dam is by BBQ.

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

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.

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