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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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Luscious Ladies Sale Report: €5,400 ‘Star of the show’ Gaby lives up to her name

That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane, provides readers with part one of a report on this year’s Luscious Ladies sale on MartEye.

The Luscious Ladies timed virtual auction, which drew to a close on Monday, July 24th, 2023, reached new heights with a top call of €5,400 for a January-2023-born Dutch Spotted ewe lamb, Woodtown Gaby.

Woodtown Pedigrees, property of Dwayne, and Gerard Shiels in Woodtown, Ramelton, Co. Donegal, hosted the sale in conjunction with guest consigners, Woodview and Killclug and Tullow Livestock Sales on MartEye’s platform.

The sale-topper, lot 19, is out of Woodview Eva and Craigdoo Fabio ET, by the famed Carlaustan Extrovert, the 2022 Balmoral champion, who has bred lambs to £28,000 and Kilroot Electric, with Challoch Bearskin also in her pedigree stack.

She has “been a favourite since birth”, according to the breeders, who described her as “the star of the show” in the pre-sale catalogue as exemplified by her success on the show circuit this summer.

She was tapped out as the overall champion of Finn Valley Show and was the first prize-winning ewe lamb and reserve female champion in the All-Ireland championships.

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4,700

On her heels at €4,700 was lot 20, Woodtown Gucci, her ET sister, who was described as being “another very special girl with a bright future, that will be a serious show gimmer next summer”.

Next on the price table at €2,600 was lot 21 in the catalogue by the name of Woodtown Gennie, who stood fourth in her class at Finn Valley Agricultural Show earlier this summer.

She is yet another ET sister of the two above lots and boasts “colour and carcass”, according to the sales catalogue.

€1,000 and under

At €1,000 was lot 5, a January-2023-born Suffolk ewe lamb, Woodtown Beyonce. Out of Woodtown ‘2121 and Scrogton Snapchat, she is “the best Suffolk we have offered for sale to date with stars to match the style and exactly everything that we are aiming to breed,” according to the Shiels.

Two Dutch Spotted entries reached €950 – lot 17 and lot 23. First up, lot 17, Woodview Flirt, was born in March of last year and is by a ewe, which has bred females to €3,000 on three occasions and five more over €2,000, including the overall champion of the 2021 premier sale and her sire, Willbraid Everest, was acquired from the Willbraid flock for €2,500.

Lot 23, Woodview Good as Gold, was born in January of this year and is by the aforementioned Craigdoo Fabio ET and Woodview Delight, which is “the best ewe in the flock and a very consistent flusher”.

She boasts “serious style, and sheep with real fancy colouring,” according to the sales catalogue, and at €900 was her full ET sister, lot 25, Woodview Greatest, a January-2023-born ewe, with “real catchy colours to stand out”.

The third ET sister from this line in this sale came in the form of lot 24, January-2023-born Woodview Goodness, who has “skin, top and style”.

Meanwhile, at €950, was lot 30, a 120kg Charollais ewe by the name of Loanhead Loxie, born in December 2019, by Logie Durno Umpire.

According to the catalogue, she flushed successfully twice on the farm, and she is “100% correct and suitable to flush this year”.

Her dam bred a first prize-winning ewe lamb and first-prize-winning shearling ewe at the 2019 Royal Highland Show and also bred the £3,500 Logie Durno Upperclass.

Shiels comments

Speaking to www.thatsfarming.com editor, Catherina Cunnane following the sale, Dwayne Shiels, said:

“We would like to thank everyone who supported the sale, including bidders, purchasers and people who came to view the sheep.”

“Their custom is greatly appreciated, and we hope all the stock go on and be very successful.”

“The sale was a fantastic success from start to finish, with repeat and new customers purchasing from all across the country and several lots being exported to Northern Ireland.”

“We look forward to next year’s sale which we hope will be bigger and better again,” he concluded.

Second part of report to follow on www.thatsfarming.com

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