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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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Over €37,400 the second-highest price paid for Simmental bull in UK

A January-2022-born Simmental bull has changed hands for £32,000 (over €37,400), a sum which is believed to be the second-highest price paid for a male of the breed in the UK.

Corskie Nutmeg from WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, has been sold privately to the Denizes herd of MA Barlow & Sons, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancashire.

At this year’s Royal Highland Show in June, Nutmeg won the Simmental junior male championship; reserve overall male; and reserve overall junior and the reserve overall in the Beefbreeder interbreed.

According to a spokesperson for the British Simmental Cattle Society, immediately, catching the ringside eye of John Barlow, an approach to the Green family was made and after a few days of “discussion and consideration, the deal was done”.

The bull sits behind the 45,000gns the Greens themselves paid for Bel Dhu Capercaillie at Stirling in February 2013.

With a breeding connectivity, Capercaillie is the sire of Corksie Nutmeg’s dam, Corskie Jasmine EX92.

Purchaser comments

Barlow said that his newest purchase has “the x-factor and he has everything we look for in a Simmental stock bull”.

“He has length, power, muscle, and with a real sweetness and style and comes from a foremost herd with proven cow families”.

“He has a real depth on both sides of his pedigree, and has top performance indexes.”

“We have Denizes Hamish, Saltire Impressive, and Coose Gambler as stock bulls and all bringing something different to the herd.”


Corskie Nutmeg is sired by the herd’s stock bull Kilbride Farm Haka who the Greens purchased for 10,000gns at Stirling in 2018.

Nutmeg is out of the aforementioned Corskie Jasmine, who herself was a first-prize winner at this year’s Highland and reserve interbreed at the Black Isle Show, and whose classification of EX92 is the highest ranking a third-calving female can attain.

Laura Green said that Nutmeg has “always been one of my favourites as he is a total sweetheart with a terrific temperament and all the attributes both terminally and maternally”.

“We are really delighted that he is going to a renowned herd like Denizes.”

“Everyone at Corskie wishes Michael and John all the best with him and very much look forward to seeing his progeny in due course,” Green concluded.

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