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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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£2,850 in prize money for commercial cattle classes at Fermanagh County Show

A whopping £2,850 of a prize money cash pot is up for grabs across various commercial cattle classes at Fermanagh County Show this summer.

The show, with a history dating back to 1836, will see a format change this August with new weekend dates and a new venue in a hotly-anticipated full-scale return.

County Fermanagh Farming Society LTD will stage the premier agricultural event at Castle Irvine Estate, Necarne, Demense, Irvinestown, across two days on Friday, August 11th, and Saturday, August 12th.

The last full Fermanagh County Show took place in 2019, with a scaled-back event taking place last August.

The plan for 2023 is a full programme of pedigree and commercial cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, dogs, schools, home industries and a larger food pavilion.


The pilot classic suckler competition and breeding heifer derby held last year will be continued as a herd competition for Fermanagh suckler farmers for non-pedigree stock this year.

Herd judging will take place in early July, and the best herds will qualify for the final at Castle Irvine on Saturday, August 12th, 2023.

Schedules of classes for home industries, dogs, poultry, cattle, sheep and goats will be available from mid-June, continuing with the online entry system.

Commercial cattle classes as follows: 

Anupro – Baby Beef Heifer Championship (£250):

  • 1st: £100, 2nd: £60, 3rd:£40, 4th: £30 and 5th: £20

    Taggart Jack And Irvine Farm Supplies – Baby Beef Bullock Championship (£400)

  • 1st: £150, 2nd: £100, 3rd: £75, 4th: £50, 5th: £25

Bovalto Vaccine Store Animal Championship M & F (Boehringer Ingelheim)

  • 1st: £100, 2nd: £60, 3rd: £40, 4th: £30, 5th: £20

MCV Competitions – Breeding Heifer Championship (£500)

  • 1st: £250, 2nd: £120, 3rd: £80, 4th: £30: 5th: £20

Shane Mc Carvill Veterinary Services – Native Breed Championship (£150)

  • Champion – £100
  • Reserve champion – £50

Drumlin Veterinary – 2023-Born Calf Championship (£500)

  • M: 1st: £50, 2nd: £40, 3rd: £30
  • F: 1st:  £50, 2nd: £40, 3rd: £30.

Other titles:

  • Calf champion – £150
  • Reserve calf champion – £110
  • Borderview Livestock Ai and Scanning Services – Suckler Cow and Calf Championship (halter-led) (£250) – 1st: £100, 2nd: £75, 3rd: £50, 4th: £25
  • T Dickey & Co – Overall Champion Commercial  – £250
  • Growvite – Reserve Overall Champion Commercial – £150
  • Jennings Fuels and Lubricants – Fermanagh champion – £100
  • Mayfly Village Pub and Restaurant – Reserve Fermanagh Champion – £50

(Note from organisers – These classes must be shown by a Fermanagh exhibitor and not be overall or reserve commercial champion)

About the venue:

Castle Irvine Estate consists of 230-acres with unrivalled facilities, including unlimited on-site car parking.

The large indoor arena, the outdoor arena and the walled garden will accommodate large exhibits, while the lawn at the front of the iconic Necarne Castle will provide a spectacular area for the livestock judging rings.

Two courtyards will provide a site for street food and music and with more space available to extend the popular food pavilion.

The rolling parkland on the estate also provides many potential opportunities to expand the Show programme in “the next few years”, organisers say.

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