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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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‘The cream’ of Northern Ireland’s Limousin genetics for Red Ladies Sale

Catalogues are available for the Northern Ireland Limousin Cattle Club’s inaugural Ladies in Red show and sale, scheduled to take place at Ballymena Mart on Saturday, August 19th, 2023.

Sponsored by Norbrook, and conducted by Carlisle auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington, in conjunction with JA McClelland and Sons, the sale has attracted an outstanding entry of 41 Limousin females from many of the province’s leading herds.

The catalogue boasts an unrivalled selection of pedigree Limousin females ranging in age from March 2021 to December 2022.

All entries have been individually selected on-farm by Harrison and Hetherington’s pedigree beef sales manager and auctioneer, James Little.

“After last year’s record-breaking 50th anniversary sale, I was delighted to receive instructions to conduct the forthcoming sale, in conjunction with JA McClelland and Sons.”

“The 2022 sale saw some real show stoppers, and this year’s offering is no exception.”

James Little added: “The entire catalogue provides purchasers with the opportunity to acquire some of the very best genetics in the breed.”

“There are some real stars on offer, and the mix of cow makers and show types, ensures breeding females to suit every taste and budget.”

“Cattle from Northern Ireland are renowned for their quality and depth of breeding, regularly featuring in the upper echelons of premier sales throughout the UK and Ireland.”

“The Ladies in Red Sale promises to be a fantastic event, and one not to be missed by discerning pedigree cattle enthusiasts.”

All females will be veterinary inspected prior to the auction and will be sold under the auspices of the National Beef Association and the British Limousin Cattle Society.

Judging and sale

Entries will be pre-sale tested and eligible for immediate export to GB following the sale; or to southern Ireland by arrangement with the vendor.

Judging gets underway at 10.00 am, and is in the capable hands of Mary Cormack, owner of the noted Rougemont herd based in Leominster, Hereford.

The sale will commence at 1.00 pm, and online bidding will also be available via Marteye.

Prospective buyers are advised to contact the auctioneers for online bidding approval prior to the sale.


The full-colour catalogue, which includes photographs of the heifers on offer, features entries from 17 herds, including:

  • Ampertaine;
  • Backfarm;
  • Carrickaldreen;
  • Charlottes;
  • Collegeland;
  • Craigatoke;
  • Doogary;
  • Glenmarshal;
  • Huntley;
  • Keadyview;
  • Keenaught;
  • Lynderg;
  • Larkhill;
  • Moneydarragh;
  • Rathkeeland;
  • Slieve;
  • Trueman.

Many of the breed’s sought-after and proven bloodlines are represented in the catalogue.


The heifers selling are daughters of successful stock bulls and highly acclaimed AI sires such as:

  • Lynderg Prince;
  • Rocky;
  • Plumtree Fantastic;
  • Westpit Omaha;
  • Lynderg Dimitri;
  • Whinfellpark Lomu;
  • Goldies Jackpot;
  • Loosebeare Fantastic;
  • Ampertaine Foreman;
  • Haltcliffe Nijinsky;
  • Claragh Franco;
  • Haltcliffe Dancer;
  • Gunnerfleet Lion;
  • Elite Forever Brill;
  • Ironstone Gandi;
  • Huntershall Odyssey;
  • Foxhill Farm Ourbest;
  • Milbrook Playboy;
  • Gleneagle Pascal;
  • Claragh Neymar;
  • The 40,000gns Mereside Godolphin;
  • Ampertaine Opportunity;
  • The 32,000gns Ampertaine Elgin;
  • The 20,000gns Telfurs Munster;
  • The 19,000gns Ampertaine Jeronimo;
  • The 17,000gns Trueman
McAuley comments

NI Limousin Club chairman Brian McAuley said: “This is a new sale in the club’s annual calendar, and the organising committee is excited to present a high-calibre catalogue, representing the cream of Northern Ireland’s Limousin genetics.”

“Vendors have been working hard in preparation and we are looking forward to welcoming breeders from across the UK and Ireland. Thanks also to our principal sponsor Norbrook, for its generous financial support.”


Alternatively, view the catalogue online at, or

Keep an eye on the NI Limousin Club’s Facebook page for updates, and photographs of the heifers offered for sale.

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