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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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3-year-old flock sells Dutch Spotted lamb share for £20,000

Saintfield, Co Down-based sheep breeder, Tommy Jackson, has sold a 50% share in one of his Dutch Spotted rams, in a deal that is believed to be an “NI record” involving a £20,000 sum.

The much-admired Milltown Golden Balls ET has been snapped up in a private deal ahead of him travelling to Carlisle.

Catalogued as lot 945, he was Jackson’s “lead tup with skin, power, muscle and style” for ‘The Spotlight Sale’, which took place at H and H Borderway Mart on Friday, August 4th, 2023.

He was born on January 29th, 2023, and is by Carlaustan Extrovert ET and out of Diamond Destiny. His sister sold for 3,500gns, being the top priced female at the May Fair Sale 2023.

A share was negotiated by Moira breeder, James Johnston for his recently established Broadwater flock. He first saw the lamb at Balmoral Show in May 2023, where he was tapped out as male champion.

Tommy explained: “We rarely sell at home when we have an animal entered for a sale.”

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“However, the opportunity to retain a 50% share was too good to miss as we believe this is a special lamb that will breed well in both of our flocks.”

“We wish the Johnston family all the best with their new stock ram,” he added.

Two highest calls in May

We previously reported that it was a worthwhile trip across the waters to Harrison & Hetherington in Carslie from Saintfield, Co Down for Tommy Jackson and his Milltown Dutch Spotted flock on Friday, May 26th, 2023.

Jackson – who established his flock in 2020 – clinched the two highest calls with his ram lamb, Milltown Grizzly Grant ET, headling the trade at H&H’s May Fair Pedigree Sheep Sale when he sold for 7,000gns.

Snapped up by A & RA Middleton, Leck Fell House, Cowan Bridge, Grizzly Grant, born on January 26th, 2023, is an ET lamb by the renowned Carlaustan Extrovert and out of Glencoy Cherry.

Cherry herself has previously generated waves in the sales ring when she was purchased, along with her February-born ewe lamb, Diamond Felicity, for 9,000gns at the Springtime Sparklers Sale at Beatties’ Pedigree Centre in Omagh on Friday, April 29th, 2022.

She is a 2019-born ewe by the renowned Challock Bareskin and has previously reared twin natural ewe lambs, which sold to 4,600gns and 1,700gns in 2021.

Also, at last week’s sale, Jackson commanded the second-highest call of 3,500gns for a substitute lamb, Milltown Gyspy Girl, a full sister to the 2023 Balmoral Show male champion.

She is by Extrovert, and her dam, Diamond Destiny, has previously bred daughters to 3,500gns (Milltown Fantasy) and 2,600gns (Milltown Foxy).

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