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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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Videos: Teague wins factory bullock championship

Tullamore Show 2023

The hotly anticipated commercial classes were competitively contested at this year’s Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show, which took place on Sunday, August 13th, 2023, at Butterfield Estate, Co Offaly.

In this article, we preview some of the first-prize winners in classes, which we have selected at random to create a snapshot of this section – a full list of results will follow in due course. See more videos on YouTube

Among the highlights of this section was class 288 – Moyvalley Meats €2,000 Factory Bullock Championship, weighing from 550kg to 720kgs, sponsored by Moyvalley Meats, Broadford, Co Kildare with €500 in prize money for first place.

In first place was Jason Teague, from Colehill in Co Longford, with his March 2022-born son of AI Belgian Blue bull, Ross Alo (ET).

Meanwhile, in the following class, 289, the Dawn Meats €2,000 Factory Heifer Championship, with entries from 550kgs-660kgs, Ruby, from Martin Devine in Brickens, Claremorris, Co Mayo with his March 2022-born Ruby.

Other results

In class 292, the commercial replacement breeding heifer, for entries up to two years old on show day, and sponsored by Natural Nutrition LTD, Boyle, Co Roscommon, saw Seanie McGreal from Westport, County Mayo, stand at the top of the line-up.

Pixie was born in November 2021, and is by the AI Limousin bull, from World-Wide Sires, Norman Inventor and out of a Simmental dam.

Meanwhile, in class 282, the best bullock with 2 or more permanent teeth saw Burke Livestock from Co Limerick in first with January 2021-born Spud, and he went on to claim the reserve overall commercial senior champion silverware in the show’s last commercial class of the day, which took place before the parade of champions.

In first place in class 286, Best Blonde-cross heifer, or bullock with no more than 2 permanent teeth, sponsored by the Irish Blonde d’Aquitaine Society, was Michael Creed, Co Cork, with his heifer, Kerry, born in June of last year.

She is out of Griscarra Oliver, a pedigree BA stock bull, by the AI bull, Stonelea Inzagi, and out of Dax-sired (AI code – S1436) pedigree registered Parthenaise dam.

Judges on the day in the commercial cattle section included:

  • Commercial calf – Michael Hannon;
  • Commercial Senior – Sharon Rothwell;
  • Commercial Feature Classes & Young Stockperson – Trudi McLaughlin.

More to follow…

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