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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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Summer Sizzleer Sale 2 sees prices to record 18,500gns

A new record was set at the “very fast-paced” SUMMER SIZZLEER SALE 2, at Andrew & Caroline Kennedy’s farm on Straid Road, Ballymena, Northern Ireland, on Saturday, July 2nd, 2022.

The sale contained 68 lots featuring “deep” pedigreed heifers from “top” Holstein, Ayrshire, and Jersey cow families from NI’s “top” breeder’s herds.

Topping the sale at the record price of 18,500gns was a calved heifer, lot 3 DAMM TATOO SALLIE (VG88-2YR). from George & David Simpson, Lisburn.

She was the Champion Heifer in Milk at the RUAS Balmoral Spring Show and Champion Heifer at the RUAS Winter Fair.

According to the sale organisers, she created “incredible” international interest with enquiries as far away as Belgium & Holland.

However, the local Coleraine father & son combination of Cyril & Martin Millar snapped up the female for their noted MILLARS herd at the sale, which Taaffe Auctions oversaw.


At the second-highest price of 8,500gns was lot 56, Lislea Hancock Cleo ET from Lislea Holsteins (Stephen Leyburn & Family, Derrynoose, Armagh) and purchased by Slatabogie Holsteins.

This January-2022-born heifer was born from an embryo imported from the USA from the famous Kings-Ransom Mogul Cleo (EX95-USA), a 10th-Generation (EX) cow & who bred the 2021 All-American Produce.

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The next best at 7,700gns for lot 59 Hilltara Diamondback Cleavage from Sam & John McCormick’s Hilltara Herd in Bangor, Co. Down and purchased by a Co. Wexford breeder.

This heifer is from the Cleavage branch of the same Kings-Ransom cow family that features behind the second highest-priced heifer.

Moreover, Lislea Holsteins also obtained the fourth high price of 7,500gns when they sold (lot 67), which a Louth breeder snapped up.

She was a first-choice heifer calf to be born from 2 Female pregnancies sired by Farnear Altitude Red & out of the 2X All-American Strans-Jen D Tequila Red (EX96-3E-USA), who herself has already bred two Junior Champions at World Dairy Expo in Madison.

Bidding finished at 6,800gns for Mostragee RT Duckett Black Magic ET, consigned by Mark Henry, Rory Timlin & Duckett Holsteins USA.

Born from an American embryo and by Brenland Denver, this October-2021-born heifer is a daughter of Ms Beautys BlackVelvet (EX95-USA).

BlackVelvet is an All-American 5Yr Old 2021, which a Maghera breeder was the final bidder for Black Magic.

The top price in the coloured breeds was for the Jersey heifer lot 34 at 5,400gns.

Consigned by Mark Henry & Rory Timlin, this December-2021-born female is a daughter of the double World Dairy Expo Champion Bri-Lin Valson Spritz (EX96-4E-USA) & sired by Hawarden Impuls Premier. Two young Lisburn farmers were the successful purchasers here.

Furthermore, Boghill Glamour Holsteins from Coleraine sold a November-2021-born heifer from their noted CARLIN cow family, Boghill Glamour Vader M Carlin A ET, with the entire sale proceeds of 3,900gns being donated to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.


  • ROI buyers snapped up 9 lots;
  • England and Scotland: 6 lots;
  • Averages: 4,292gns;
  • Clearance rate: 93%.
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