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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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Jalex Transform smashes his way to NI record at £35,000 in two-way split

James Alexander is celebrating his biggest victory to date thanks to his exceptional Limousin bull, Jalex Transform, which smashed all NI records after selling for a whopping £35,000.

There was “huge” pre-sale interest in this May 2022 born son of Huntershall Nutcracker, with both pedigree and commercial enterprises keen to secure this rising star.

Transform proved unstoppable throughout the 2023 show season and was crowned the National Limousin Champion at Antrim Show just last month, in addition to a long list of awards to his credit kicking off with male champion at Balmoral.

Following spirited bidding at the Jalex on-farm sale, auctioneer, James Little, knocked him down in a two-way split to Chris Johnston, Johnstown Limousins, Ivan Lynn and sons Dan, Liam and Conall, Hillside Commercials Armoy, pictured with breeder James Alexander, with Eamon McGarry at the halter.

Heifer Hub Sale

Meanwhile, as reported by females skyrocketed to £8,000 at the Jalex Select Sale, on Friday night (August 18th, 2023), which James Alexander hosted on-farm in conjunction with MartEye.

Leading the charge in the female section was lot 12, by the name of Weapon, an August 2020-born entry weighing 800kgs.

The ROI-bred heifer is out of Orme De Somme and a BZZ-sired daughter and is due to Ampertaine Lance on 21-10-2023 with a heifer calf.

On her heels at £7,500 was lot 13, a 752kg UK-bred British Blue, bred in Lanark by A&C S Comrie, Stonebyres Mains.

Out of Stonebyres Minstrel, the commercial heifer was born in March 2021 and is due on 31-12-2023 to Brookland Poet, who carries two copies of the ‘profit’ gene and has a 2.8% calving difficulty figure.

At the same money was lot 16, a ¾-bred Belgian Blue-cross-Simmental-cross-Montbéliarde heifer, born in March 2020.

The ROI-bred heifer, which crossed the scales at 770kgs, is out of S533 and her dam is a JKS daughter.

She is due on 11-12-2023 to The Grove Farm – P381, a 5-star Limousin sire with two copies of the profit gene and a 2.6% calving difficulty figure.

Read more on this report with prices.

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