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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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News: Mart manager’s passing, new Land Cruiser, shearing record & Poshspice’s progeny

Farming News August 2023

In this article, our editor, Catherina Cunnane, takes a look back at some stories that have made the headlines this week on

Articles include:

  • Passing of Loughrea Mart manager, Jimmy Cooney;
  • New one-year once-off National Beef Welfare Scheme to replace BEEP-S;
  • Launch of new 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser;
  • A new shearing record;
  • Poshspice’s first bull & heifer net £56,000.
Jimmy Cooney – Loughrea Mart

Tributes have poured in for the manager of Loughrea Mart, All-Ireland hurling winner and former inter-county referee, Jimmy Cooney, who has died at the age of 68.

A spokesperson for Loughrea Mart confirmed the manager’s sudden death in a statement on Tuesday, August 1st, 2023.

It reads as follows:

“It is with great sadness and devastation that we, at Loughrea Mart, announce the sudden passing of our manager, Jimmy Cooney.”

“Jimmy took over management from Gus Egan in 2013 and has successfully managed the mart to date.”

“He was extremely well-liked and respected by the buyers and sellers of livestock in the mart.”

“Jimmy was regarded as such a kind and dedicated manager by all the staff. He was always there for the staff and made the mart a friendly place to work.”

“Jimmy will be sadly missed by all the staff, committee, patrons and the wide circle of friends at the mart. May he R.I.P.”

“The mart will remain closed until next Tuesday, August 8th, 2023,” the spokesperson concluded.

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DAFM launches BEEP-S’ replacement

Suckler farmers are set to receive a payment of €50 per cow-calf pair under the DAFM’s new National Beef Welfare Scheme (NBWS).

The National Beef Welfare Scheme (NBWS) is a support measure designed to enhance animal health and husbandry on suckler farms.

The scheme will support farmers in meal-feeding suckler calves in advance of and after weaning, and in testing for the presence of Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) in their herds.

Both actions are mandatory for farmers who wish to participate in the scheme, which is separate from the SCEP.

Read more on this news article.

Wraps off 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota has taken the wraps off its all-new Land Cruiser, a model, it claims, that draws directly on the original qualities that have made its name synonymous with strength and reliability for more than seven decades.

The legendary Land Cruiser DNA has been combined with new technologies to deliver higher levels of performance both off-road and in everyday use.

The result strengthens Land Cruiser’s global reputation for being  transport you “can trust to get you safely to your destination and bring you home again, in the toughest conditions”.

The Land Cruiser was born 72 years ago as the ‘Toyota BJ’, on August 1st, 1951, and shortly afterwards, it demonstrated its strength and capabilities by becoming the first vehicle to successfully climb to the sixth station on the slopes of Mount Fuji.

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Tom Perry’s shearing record

Professional shearer and farmer from Co. Tyrone, Tom Perry, has successfully set a new Irish 9-hour lamb shearing record attempt, with a count of 858.

He smashed the previous record of 708 lambs on Norma Hoy’s farm in Co. Antrim on Saturday, July 29th, 2023, all while raising funds for Rural Support.

Up until this, Fermanagh native, Stanley Allingham, held the record, which he set in 2019 in Co Cavan, clinching the title from Co Louth’s Mark McGeown who set the previous record of 669 lambs.

Ahead of the record attempt, Perry outlined that in order to beat Stanley’s record, he would have to shear a lamb every 45 seconds across 9 hours.

Read more on this news article.

Poshspice’s first progeny

The first son and daughter of the world-famed 250,000gns Limousin, Wilodge Poshspice, who traces her roots back to an Irish dam, to be offered for sale, have sold in separate private deals for five-figure sums, amounting to £56,000.

On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023, Whinfellpark Limousins announced the sale of Whinfellpark Troy, a Gunnerfleet son, for £38,000 to the Harestone Limousin herd.

According to Whinfellpark Limousins, March 2022-born Troy, who carries two copies of the Q204X gene, was “a stand-out calf and was placed junior male champion at Stars of the Future”.

Meanwhile, according to the breeders, Poshspice’s first daughter, Whinfellpark Temptress, sold at the age of 8-months at £18,000 to the Miller Herd, in a sale confirmed in January of this year.

The Jalex ItAllGood daughter was also shown successfully at the Stars of the Future Calf Show in 2022, where she stood top of the line, despite being the youngest.

Read this news story.

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