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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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Videos: Barbie stands at top of line-up in €1,000 Heifer Calf of the Future Class

It proved to be a worthwhile journey from Croagh, Co Limerick to Glenamaddy Agri Show on Sunday, October 1st, 2023, for Shane Giltinane, who clinched first prize in the hotly anticipated €1,000 Heifer Calf of the Future Class.

Shane’s March 2023-born Charolais-cross heifer, by the name of Barbie, who has been a stand-out highlight on the 2023 show circuit, caught the eye of commercial judge, Sean Walsh, who pushed her forward to the top of the line-up.

Six out of a total of ten pre-entered lots competed in class eleven, which was sponsored by Grennans, and carried €500 in prize money for 1st, €250 for 2nd, €125 for 3rd, €75 for 4th and €50 for 5th.

The competition was open to female cross-bred calves born in 2023 and saw participants from counties including Limerick, Galway, Donegal, and Westmeath.

Results for this class as follows:

  • 1st – Shane Giltinane, Croagh, Co Limerick;
  • 2nd – Stevenson family – Letterkenny, Donegal;
  • 3rd – Charlene Nohilly;
  • 4th – TBC by organisers;
  • 5th – John Barry Moran, Athlone, Co Westmeath.


Matching the notable cash pot of €1,000 was class number 12, The Glenamaddy Show €1,000 Breeding Heifer of the Year, which took place immediately after class 11 – see more.

About the show

The commercial section saw a total of 9 classes for bull calves, heifer calves (various ages), bullocks, heifers, and a suckler cow with a 2023-born calf at foot, with the overall champion receiving the Comer Perpetual Cup.

The show also hosted the Breeders’ Choice ISA/ DAFM Continental 4/5-star competition, which boasts €250 in prize money for the red rosette winner, all the way down to €50 for 8th place.

There were also classes for the best pair of animals from the same herd (pedigree and non-pedigree) and young stockperson for under 14 and under 18.

In addition, there were pedigree classes for Blonde d’Aquitaine, Angus, Shorthorn, Limousin, Charolais, Simmental and Belgian Blue.

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