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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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14,000gns for Dec-19 heifer at Ronick production sale

Report from the production sale from the Ronick and Stephick herd on behalf of the Dick family, Mains of Throsk Farm, Stirling, held on Saturday, July 31st.

Leading the sale at 14,000gns was Ronick Pleasure, a December-19 naturally-born heifer sired by Rathconville Eugene, who the herd purchased in 2011 for 17,000gns.

Daughter of Ronick Joy, a great-granddaughter of Ronick Janita, one of the most noted cows in the Ronick herd and is one of the family’s top picks.

Pleasure carries myostatin of NT821 and Q204X and a beef value in the top 10% of the breed of LM45.

The heifer will join Trevor Shields’ newly established Glenmarshal herd.

Ronick production sale

Hot on her heels was Ronick Pizazz at 11,000gns. This January-19-born heifer is sired by Wilodge LJ, a son of Gerrygullinane Glen and out of Ronick Jazzy.

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Displaying two sets of the F94L profit myostatin gene, she was sold in-calf to Broadmeadows Cannon to the Glenmarshal herd.

Furthermore, Ronick Popsicle also achieved 11,000gns after catching Ian Miller’s eye (Millers herd).

Sired by Wilodge Granville, who the herd purchased in 2012 for 7,000gns, she is out of the home-bred cow, Icicle, a great-granddaughter of Rocky.

This October-19-born heifer displays myostatin of NT821 and Q204X and an impressive beef value of LM51.

8,000gns and under

Closely following was Ronick Ruth at 8,000gns. This May-20-born is a daughter of the aforementioned Wilodge Granville and out of home-bred cow, Lucy, a daughter of Stephick Hero.

Ruth displays myostatin of NT821 and Q204X and a beef value of LM40. Heading over the water to Newry, County Down, Ruth goes to commercial buyer, Mr D Small.

Next in line at 7,800gns was Ronick Maho. She sold in-calf to Westpit Nando and her calf heifer calf at foot, Ronick Sopretty.

This four-year-old cow is sired by 23,000gns Goldies Comet and out of the home-bred cow, Daho, a daughter of Bailea Olympia who was purchased by the herd in 2000 for 14,000gns.

The April-21-born heifer calf at foot, Sopretty, is a Westpit Nando daughter. This smart outfit also heads to the Glenmarshal herd.

7,000gns and under

The next highest-priced lot at 7,000gns was Ronick Lightening, sold in-calf to Westpit Nando and with her heifer calf, Ronick Shootingstar at foot.

Lightening, a May-15 born cow, is by Rathconville Eugene and is out of Ronick Delight, another daughter of Bailea Olympus.

Shootingstar is a daughter of Ampertaine Jamboree, who the herd purchased in 2015 for 45,000gns. Mr A MacGregor, Bannockburn, Stirling, secured this lot.

6,000gns and under

Ronick Nicole, in-calf to Westpit Nando with her heifer calf, Ronick Smartie, at foot, went under the hammer for 6,000gns.

This May-17 born cow is by Stephick Hero and is out of Honest. Nicole displays myostatin of F94L and NT821. Heifer calf at foot Smartie is one of the few Millgate Ohboy on offer after the herd purchased him last year for 10,000gns.

This outfit now calls Orkney home with Mr Ballie of the Sebay herd.

Next to reach 6,000gns was Ronick Pandora. This January-19-born heifer is a 45,000gns Ampertaine Jamboree, son and is out of home-bred cow Davina.

This heifer displays myostatin traits of F94L/Q204X. Pandora was the only animal on offer in-calf to Castlebrook Paddington, the newest stock sire. Davidsons Farm Ltd, Inverurie

Closely following at 5,900gns was Ronick Nigella, in-calf to Westpit Nando with her heifer calf Senorita at foot. Nigella, an April-17-born cow, is sired by Stephick Hero and out of home-bred cow Idylle.

Her heifer calf at foot Senorita is by Ronick Laddie. This outfit heads to Mid Wales with commercial buyers, G & A Orrells.

Trade reflects the quality of bloodlines

A spokesperson for the British Limousin Society said:

“This highly anticipated sale had high demand after the online promotion and on-farm viewing of the top-class cattle on offer.”

“Purchases were secured both in the mart, by phone and online with over 200 online registered bidders.”

The British Limousin Cattle Society Breeders’ Sale had a catalogue entry of 101 pedigree Limousin cattle and saw a “strong” clearance across the two herds.

Delighted with trade, Stephanie Dick from the herds remarked:

“We received overwhelming interest at home ahead of the sale. We were delighted to have over 200 registered bidders online for the sale.”

“It was great to see a healthy trade delivering strong averages, with cattle selling across the UK.”

Breed secretary, Will Ketley, commented: “The sale was a real credit to the Dick family and their team on the day, with the animals living up to the expectations of their pedigree and their pre-sale photos.”

“The trade reflects the quality of bloodlines, which are a rare opportunity to purchase.”

Sale averages

The auctioneer for the sale, Harrison and Hetherington’s James Little, reported that “all classes of the sale sold extremely well”.

“Pedigree purchasers secured the top end lots; however, a strong commercial trade underpinned the sale.”

“The day displayed the confidence and reinvestment available within the industry.

Ronick production sale: Summary:

  • Heifers – £3,793
  • Cows and calves – £4,212

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