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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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‘A one-off offering of females’ in jam-packed Limousin reduction sale

Limousin Reduction Sales

According to livestock, auctioneer, James Little, the forthcoming reduction sales of the Winnington and Saltbrook herds will offer pedigree and commercial breeders the opportunity to purchase “top-end” stock.

Harrison & Hetherington will host a Limousin sale at Welshpool Livestock Sales, which includes consignments from the “illustrious”s pedigree Limousin breeders, John S Vance & Sons and Richard Harris, on Saturday, June 18th, 2022.

The sale includes:

  • 41 cows with calves at foot from the Winnington herd;
  • Eight cows and heifers served and/or suckling;
  • One served heifer;
  • Five maiden heifers;
  • One bull from the Saltbrook Herd;
  • Seven maiden heifers from the Sarkley Herd on behalf of EH Pennie & Son;
  • Eight maiden heifers from the Ashledge herd on behalf of AG Kirton & Son;
  • Four cows with calves at foot and 24 served heifers from the Garyvaughan Herd on behalf of CV Lewis & Son.
Winnington Herd

The Winnington Herd, 12 miles west of Shrewsbury on the north Welsh border, was established in 1981.

It is a closed herd, apart from bringing in proven stock bulls from the UK and France.

On the cows’ side, stock bulls predominantly featuring are Nebulon, Titanic, and Haricot.

Calves at foot are by Mereside Hallmark, and some are Sibbersfield Pagan progeny, while the cow-heifers’ calves at foot are by Beulah Nutella.

The herd is part of the SAC Health Scheme and is Johnes free since 2004.

Furthermore, the Vance family also follows a “strict” BVD vaccination routine and are currently on a one-year TB testing interval.

John Vance of the Winnington Herd said: “We rear and feed our cattle commercially.”

“This provides prospective purchasers the opportunity to buy genuine cattle, which will hopefully go on and do well for whoever purchases them.”

“This is our second reduction sale, the first being back in 2011. However, now with numbers beyond what we ideally want, we have decided to reduce the herd again, selling cows and heifers with spring-born calves at foot. “

Based at Middleton Park Farm, Derbyshire, Richard Harris, owner of the Saltbrook Herd, said:

“The cattle offered for sale are straight from the heart of the Saltbrook herd.”

“We are selling them due to the expansion of other areas of our farm business.”

“These are truly a one-off offering of females who show power and real breed character. They will provide purchasers with tremendous female breeding lines.”

Reduction sales 

Auctioneer, James Little, described these as two “significant” reduction sales.

He says that it is a “real” privilege to have been entrusted to conduct such an “important” sale of Limousins on behalf of these “noted” breeders.

“The Winnington herd has a long-standing history and reputation in the Limousin breed.”

“The relatively new Saltbrook herd has seen significant investment in some of the top bloodlines available.”

“In being joined by consignments of heifers from three other nationally recognisable herds, this is, without a doubt, going to be a fantastic sale,” he concluded.

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