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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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Firefighters work into darkness in ‘challenging’ conditions to rescue 50 sheep

Firefighters in Northern Ireland brought over 50 sheep to safety in recent days.

According to Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, the animals were trapped by rising floodwater in Tynan Abbey, Tynan, Armagh.

Sheep brought to safety

In a statement on December 10th, 2021, a spokesperson for Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue said:

“Yesterday at 3 pm, 1 fire appliance from Armagh, the large animal rescue team from Newcastle, and the specialist rescue team were called to rescue sheep who were trapped by rising floodwater in Tynan Abbey, Tynan, Armagh.”

“The crews worked with the farmer to rescue the sheep using a specialist rescue team boat.”

“They worked into darkness in challenging conditions to ensure 52 sheep were successfully rescued. The incident was dealt with by 7 pm,” the spokesperson concluded.

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Blaze at a former poultry factory

Meanwhile, last month, More than 100 firefighters attended the scene of a fire at a former poultry factory in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The incident – which also involved nine officers, 15 pumping appliances and ten specialist appliances  – occurred on Monday, November 22nd, 2021.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service declared the blaze in Ballymoney (former site of Fleming Poultry) a “major incident”.

Furthermore, NIFRS asked residents to remain in their homes and keep doors and windows closed.

More than 30 firefighters, including four officers, four fire appliances, two aerial appliances and one high volume pump, alongside a command support unit, remained at the scene the following afternoon.

NI beef prices up £100/head on last year

In other news, beef plants across Northern Ireland increased cull cow, heifer, and young bull prices last week, while steer quotes were down slightly on the previous week.

The Livestock and Meat Commission reported that factories paid between 388-394p/kg for U-3 grading prime cattle.

Besides, quotes for good quality O+3 grading cows ranged from 260-290p/kg.

See this update on beef prices.

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