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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 Saturday of record prices with 90,000gns for a Holstein, 24,000gns for a Limousin & 18,000gns for a Blacknose

It is understood that a number of new record prices were set at sales over the course of the weekend on Saturday, August 19th, 2023.

Yesterday saw a call of 90,000gns at a dairy sale, which is an equal top price for a Holstein in the UK, along with what is understood to be a new Northern Irish female record of 24,000gns at the Ladies in Red Limousin Export Sale and a new Valais Blacknose breed record of 18,000gns.

90,000gns Riverdane KD Hannah ET

Riverdane KD Hannah ET sold for 90,000gns, which is understood to be an equal top price for a Holstein in the UK, at Riverdane Holsteins’ ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ sale, which offered 150 lots from “deep” pedigree cow families.

The sale was held by Harrison and Hetherington, in conjunction with MartEye, on their Ravenscroft Hall Farm in Chesire.

Featuring as lot 90 in the sales catalogue, the September 2022 born entry was described by Riverdane Holsteins as being “the number one female in the UK (>2926 GTPI & >3.22 PTAT) (4th in Europe)”.

“She is the highest GTPI daughter in the world from Siemers LBA Hanina 28047 EX94-2E.”

“There are three global cows of the year in her pedigree (2020, 2019 and 2005), going back to her foundation (and 10th) dam, who needs no introduction: Snow-N Denises Dellia, EX95.”

“There are eleven generations or VG or EX in this pedigree – culminating with two EX94-point cows in Hannah’s dam and grand-dam and an EX95 in Dellia.”

“She is open and ready to flush and is also ready for the show ring. She is one of the most complete genomic packages ever offered in Europe.”

  • Sire – Woodcrest King Doc;
  • Dam – Siemers LBA Hanina 28047 EX94-2E;
  • 2nd dam – Siemers Monterey Hanina EX91;
  • 3rd dam – Cookiecutter Mog Hanker EX94-2E;
  • 4th Dam – Cookiecutter Mom Halo VG88 2YRS

24,000gns Ampertaine Tiara

At Ballymena Livestock Mart, in a sale in conjunction with Harrison and Hetherington and MartEye, Ampertaine Tiara sold for 24,000gns.

She was tapped out by judge, Mary Cormack, of the Rougemont Herd in Hereford, England, as junior female champion and overall female champion.

Numbered as lot 36 in the sales catalogue at the Northern Ireland Limousin Cattle Club’s Ladies in Red show and sale, she is by Ampertaine Opportunity (Ampertaine Gigolo X Ampertaine Juliet) and Ampertaine Neve (Plumtree Fantastic X Ampertaine Jill).

Carrying two copies of the Q204X genes, her breeders, W J & James McKay, described her as “a quality heifer with shape and style from a very consistent breeding family”.

Her full brother, Ampertaine Superstition, was the senior male champion of Carlisle in May 2023 and sold for 27,000gns.

This family also produced the 16,000gns Ampertaine Revolver, 15,000gns Ampertaine Director, 7,500gns Ampertaine Nova Scotia, 6,500gns Ampertaine Nashville and 6,000gns Ampertaine Stella.

Valais Blacknose

In yet another sale hosting partnership amongst MartEye and Harrison and Hetherington, Cheshire Incredible Hulk from Steve Dace, Cheshire, sold for 18,000gns at the Blacknose Beauties Valais Blacknose Society Sale in Carlisle.

He is a single ET, by Fernyford Alfred and Fernyford Doris Day, and was born in May 2021, according to the sales catalogue.

His breeder explained in the catalogue: “Cheshire Incredible is bred off top Swiss bloodlines with his grandfather being the famous maximum points Swiss ram, Hulk.”

“He himself was given maximum points in 2022 and also won his class. Also, he won the best male at many shows and was supreme champion at the Royal Cheshire Show this year, judged by Jamie Wood.”

“He has perfect teeth and great bone and is a proven ram,” the breeder concluded.

Jalex Transform

Meanwhile, on Saturday night, as reported by, Jalex Transform sold for £35,000 – You can read more in this news article.

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