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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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Renowned Blue herds join forces for online sale

An online sale of an elite consignment of embryo calves, bulling and in-calf heifers, cows with calves, embryos, and semen from the Springhill and Driot British Blue Herds will take place later this month.

Harrison & Hetherington and Marteye have been commissioned to host the sale on behalf of the Springhill and Droit Herds, two of the most recognised and prestigious herds in Northern Ireland, with stock seeing top prices throughout sales across the UK.

The online sale which begins on Friday, August 25th, 2023, and runs to Monday, August 28th, presents an “opportunity to acquire some of the best breeding available in Northern Ireland”.

The sale will see 13 lots from the Springhill Herd and 5 lots from the Droit Herd, along with a consignment of semen and embryos.


Highlights of the Springhill team include five served heifers sired by Springhill Mighty Mate who scooped 12,000gns at the annual Carlisle British Blue Cattle Society sale in May 2019.

Also present, will be daughters from Springhill Karla who was awarded Royal Ulster Reserve Champion in 2017, and a few daughters of from the famous Springhill Golden Girl who held the unbeaten record of winning five Royal Show Titles.

Established in 1988, the Springhill Herd has continued to invest in leading bloodlines to produce stock that meet the requirements of both dairy and suckler producers.

Having many connections with leading breeding companies across the UK, the standard of their breeding has been grounded with the ability to meet market requirements.

The docility of the British Blue breed, along with their fantastic mothering abilities, adds great value and shape to offspring to increase market gains, according to organisers.

Running the family dairy business with his father James Martin, Sam comments on the exclusivity of the upcoming sale.

“This is the best batch of heifers we have ever offered for sale. The pedigrees and back breeding of these heifers go back generations of using top-performing bulls.”

“There are cattle in the sale that would suit any producer need, whether it be a foundation heifer for starting a new venture, an addition to an existing herd for genetic improvement, or for those commercial herds wanting to breed top-quality show calves.”

Droit Herd

Joining this prestigious sale is the Droit Herd, founded 20 years ago and seeing stock continuously top cattle sales in Northern Ireland and England with heifers reaching £9,500gns and bulls selling to £9,500gns, £10,000gns, £11,000gns twice, £13,000gns, and a top of £14,000gns.

Richard Mowbray from the Droit Herd comments:

“In 2021, with new rules for cattle movements to GB we held a very successful sale at Omagh Auction Mart.”

“We saw 9 maiden heifers averaging £4,277gns and a top of £8,000gns.”

“We also saw Droit Penny, purchased by Dean Saunders (Maidenlands Herd) go on to win reserve overall British Blue champion at the Royal Highland Show.”

“The herd has high-status Johnes Level 1& BVD accredited Heifers can be viewed by arrangement on or after August 19th, 2023.”

All stock is BVD accredited and hold a Johnes Level 1 certification.

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