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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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News: Coolnaslee Charolais dispersal, singing at Kenmare Mart & new shearing system

Our resident editor, Catherina Cunnane, takes a look back at some headlines on (That’s Farming) this week.

Stories include:

  • Coolnaslee Charolais dispersal sale;
  • Over €17,000/ac for land in Wexford;
  • ACRES scorecard extension for ag advisors;
  • ‘Rose of Tralee’ perform in Kenmare Mart;
  • A revolutionary shearing system.
Coolnaslee Charolais dispersal

Details have just been announced of the unreserved dispersal sale of the Coolnaslee herd of pedigree Charolais cattle.

The auction will take place on Saturday, August 26th, 2023, with the venue being confirmed as Ballymena Livestock Mart.

Coolnaslee Charolais was founded in 1993 by the late Gilbert Crawford, Maghera with his passion for the breed spanning over 25 years until his passing in 2017.

The success that the Coolnaslee herd had in both the show and sale rings remains the same today as it did in days gone by, with a focus on “eye-catching cattle with style and presence, and the ability to perform whether it be in a pedigree or commercial herd”.

Over 120 lots are set to go under the hammer and will comprise cows with calves at foot, in-calf heifers, and a batch of choice maiden heifers.

All lots running with the bull or AI’d will be scanned in advance of the sale with full information made available to buyers.

Read more on this news story.

A €171,000 land buy

A circa 10-acre roadside holding has changed hands for over €7,000/ac more than anticipated at an online auction, hosted by David Quinn of Quinn Property on Friday, July 21st, 2023.

Quinn guided the property in Ticknock, Oulart, Gorey, Co. Wexford at €10,000/acre in advance of the auction, which the firm hosted in conjunction with LSL Auctions.

He described the land as “currently in grass, laid out in one block, with the benefit of good road frontage onto two roads”.

“The holding is good quality land is good quality and suitable for agricultural use. However, given its road frontage, the property may have site potential for a residence, subject to planning permission.”

The auctioneer reported “strong” interest in the property, which is situated in a convenient location within close proximity to the Gorey to Wexford Road.

Read more on this post-auction report.

ACRES scorecard extension for advisors

Agricultural advisors will have an additional four weeks to complete ACRES scorecard submissions, as a result of an extension granted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine today (Friday, July 28th, 2023).

The new closing date will be Friday, September 29th, 2023, the DAFM has confirmed in a statement to

According to the DAFM, to date, 46,000 farmers have joined the scheme, with over 1 million hectares of land in the scheme.

Under the scheme, result-based payments link the nature quality of the habitats on a farm to the environmental payment.

Each field is scored out of ten using a scorecard that captures the environmental quality of the habitat, which reflects past and current management.

Read more on this news story.

New shearing system

Perkinz, a New Zealand farming brand, has just released their new shearing system (The ShearMaster) that not only makes a tough job easier, but faster.

It replaces the traditional sheep-catching pens with a race delivery system that not only saves space but significantly cuts down the distance the shearer must drag the sheep.

The irrefutable laws of physics dictate that it takes less time and energy to drag a sheep half a metre than three-to-four metres.

If you are shearing two hundred and fifty sheep a day that average eighty kilograms each in a traditional shearing shed, you end up dragging about twenty thousand kilograms about three to four metres.

The ShearMaster reduces that down to half a metre. People can make up their own minds about which makes more sense!

Read more about this invention.

Musical performance for mart-goers

Effie Neill (Aoife O’Neill), the 2023 Cowboys and Heroes Singing Competition winner, took centre stage in Kenmare Livestock Mart’s cattle sales ring on Thursday morning, ahead of the release of her debut single, Country is Best, written by Niall O’Brien.

At Thursday’s general cattle sale, she performed the nineteenth-century Irish ballad, ‘The Rose of Tralee’, which the internationally famed Rose of Tralee festival takes its inspiration from.

Read more on this news article.

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