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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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£2,950 9-month-old heifer tops Magnificent Moilies auction

Leading the 2022 Magnificent Moilies autumn online auction, held in conjunction with auctioneers, Harrison and Hetherington, at £2,950 was 9-month-old heifer calf, Ballyreagh Lily 6757.

She continued her success from Antrim show in July when she was crowned the N. Ireland Irish Moiled Cattle Society

National calf champion. Ballyreagh Lily 6757, (main image) consigned by N & M Moilies (Nigel Edwards & Michelle McCauley) bred by William Edwards of Tempo, Co. Fermanagh, is heading to her new home with Niall Curran from Co. Mayo.

He also acquired the next two top prices of the sale, which included a home-bred heifer, Beechmount Charlie (pictured below), from the renowned Beechmount herd of Robert Boyle of Millisle Co. Down for £2,550.

2. Beechmount Charlie Robert Boyle Took The Second Highest Price In The H & H Magnificent Moilie Online Sale

The Mayo buyer also snapped up another consignment from N & M Moilies (Nigel Edwards & Michelle McCauley).

Bred by William Edwards, Ballyreagh Pandora 6771, (pictured below) the young heifer calf is from the well-known Pandora cow family.

3. Ballyreagh Pandora 6771 (n & M Moilies) Took The Third Top Price In The H & H Magnificent Moilie Online Sale

A return buyer at previous Magnificent Moilie sales was Chitty Farms Ltd., Shropshire who secured the fourth joint highest price in the sale.

This was another heifer calf, Curraghnakeely Bessie 0608, (pictured below) at £2,050 consigned by (N & M Moilies) Nigel Edwards & Michelle McCauley bred by Nigel Edwards, Tempo, Co. Fermanagh.

4. Curraghnakeely Bessie 0608 ( N & M Moilies) Who Took Joint Fourth Highest Price In The H & H Magnificent Moilie Online Sale.

Chitty Farms Ltd also added a two further lots in the sale to its sheet with consignments from N & M Moilies – Curraghnakeely Bluebell 0482 and Curraghnakeely Bessie 0556, both young cows.

The other joint fourth highest price at £2,050.00 was the young in-calf cow, Curragnakeely Pandora, 0466 (pictured below) from (N & M Moilles) bred by Nigel Edwards.

She was purchased by Andrew McKee from Newtownards, Co. Down, another return buyer of the Magnificent Moilie sale.

5. Curraghnakeely Pandora 0466 ( N & M Moilies) Joint Fourth Highest Price In The H & H Magnificent Moilie Online Sale

He also heads home with a heifer Beechmount Cherry, owned by Robert Boyle, for his newly established herd.

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Chairperson’s remarks

Michelle McCauley, chairperson of the Irish Moiled Cattle Society commented:

“I think Harrison & Hetherington Auctioneers for all their professional help in managing the timed auction, the buyers and under bidders, the breeders who entered in the sale.”

“Also, thanks to all those behind the scenes who worked hard in making the sale a success. We really appreciate your valued support and look forward to future endeavours.”

“Quality entries of Irish Moiled cattle were on offer from all three constituencies.”

“The sale commanded some of the top prices for young females. Cows averaged £2,000, heifers averaged £1,740, and bulls averaged £1192,” she concluded.

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