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Catherina Cunnane
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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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Roan heifer competition to raise funds to keep air ambulance flying

Air Ambulance NI Agribusiness group has launched a competition to win a roan heifer from the renowned Jalex herd.

The charity has partnered with Culchie Comps that provides the online competition platform and manages all competition entries.

Organisers will announce the competition’s winner on October 30th, 2021, at a live draw at Jalex Farm in Randalstown.

Roan heifer competition 

In a spokesperson, a spokesperson said: “The beautiful heifer is a Limousin-cross and weighs approximately 570kgs.”

Libby Clarke has championed the competition on behalf of Air Ambulance NI’s Agribusiness group.

She said: “The brand name Jalex has become synonymous with quality, so we know this will be an attractive prize for the farming community.”

“The air ambulance charity is a cause that people want and need to support given the service is called upon for farming or agricultural incidents on average once every week.”

She explained why organisers selected ‘Hope’ as the animal’s name.

She said it is “fitting in so many ways”:

  • It follows on from the agribusiness group’s ‘Auction of Hope’ held in April of this year;
  • This fundraiser gives ‘hope’ to future patients.

“With entries at just £10 each or six for £50, we ‘hope’, excuse the pun, people will dig deep to be in with a chance and keep the helicopter flying,” she added.

£2 million each year

Organisers will donate net proceeds from each ticket sale to Air Ambulance NI. The charity works in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to provide the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland, 365 days of the year.

Air Ambulance NI needs to raise £2 million each year to maintain this service, so public donations are crucial.


Organisers have received support from Jalex Livestock, Culchie Comps and HVS Liquid Gold by way of sponsorship.

“This means we have a golden opportunity to raise substantial funds for this vital service. Thanks also to Alfie Shaw, Agriimages, for his super photos of Hope.”

Furthermore, Niall Turley, Culchie Comps said: “We are delighted to do our bit for Air Ambulance NI.”

Concluding, Paul Elwood of Liquid Gold added: “This is a super commercial heifer that has the potential to be a fantastic cow maker.”

“I jumped at the opportunity to get involved in this fundraising initiative. I greatly admire the service that the AANI provides.”

Enter the competition

You can enter the competition now at

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