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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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Kelso Ram Sales – 7 rings, 20 breeds, 1,946 tups

The forthcoming Border Union Kelso Ram Sales will see the UK livestock trading company, Harrison & Hetherington, selling 45% of the total number of tups in the 2023 ballot.

Across their seven rings the H&H’s team of auctioneers will see a total of 1,946 tups go under their hammers on Friday, September 8th, 2023, at the Border Union Showground, Kelso.

Dating back to 1838, Kelso Ram Sales will see a total number of 4,281 rams being sold across the 20 different breeds represented.

H&H will be selling on behalf of sheep breeders from across the UK:

  • 794 Suffolk, an increase of more than 100 on last year;
  • 233 Texel;
  • 57 Border Leicester;
  • 84 Lleyn;
  • 323 Cross-Bred;
  • 316 Beltex;
  • 57 North Country Cheviots.

Other breeds being represented by H&H include Berrichon, Hampshire Downs and Blue Texel.

Kelso Ram Sales is one of the most important sheep industry events in the UK and “a phenomenal showcase of some of the finest rams to be seen in the country”.

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It is also one of Harrison & Hetherington’s most important annual sale fixtures.

In the sheep farming calendar, the Border Union Kelso Ram Sales is a very important sale, attracting vendors and purchasers from across the UK and Ireland to choose their rams for the forthcoming breeding season.

In addition, it is also a major industry event, a social occasion, which brings with it notable economic benefits to the Scottish borders.

Story comments 

Speaking ahead of this year’s sale, Tom Story, senior auctioneer at Harrison & Hetherington’s St Boswells Mart in the Scottish Borders said:

“This is one of the most noted and prestigious ram sales in the UK.”

“Along with seeing a surge in the number of Suffolk tups to be sold we have several new consigners who have come forward to sell for the first time including some from as far away as Ireland, Orkney, and Yorkshire.”

“The weather, a very good early growing season, and plentiful recent rains have definitely worked to the advantage of our sheep breeders, so we expect to see some tremendous quality stock.”

“The increase in Suffolk numbers, I believe, can be directly attributed to the fact that more and more sheep breeders are recognising the commercial benefits and traits of the Suffolk as a terminal sire as heavier lambs in recent years are selling to a premium through the live auction ring.

He said there is confidence in the sheep industry at present and early breeding sheep sales have witnessed “good” numbers.

“The lamb trade is good, if not slightly better than last year, and there is certainly more grass in the south of the country this year compared to last year.”

“So hopefully, this bodes well for Kelso and will reflect and transfer through to the rings and we will see good prices and clearance being achieved,” he concluded.

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