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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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VIDEO: €4,800 Rockville Banada 452 sets new record

The Irish Shorthorn Society’s premier show and sale, held on Saturday, November 21st, will go down in history.

Rockville Banada 452 (DRO) set a new record for a Beef Shorthorn male at auction when he sold for €4,800 at Roscommon Mart.

Anthony Dockery, Rockville House, Killna, Elphin, Co. Roscommon offered the March-2019-born entry for sale.

Tentore Dearg (RO) sires Banada and his dam is Bennekerry Rose Red (Rw), a Bushypark Enda 3rd daughter.

According to the sales catalogue, he has a replacement index of €105 and rates two-stars within the breed and four across.

Furthermore, he has a terminal index of €59, rating five-stars within the breed and two across.

In addition, he has five-star for docility, carcass weight, carcass conformation and daughter calving interval.

Also, his calving difficulty figure is 3.2% on beef cows and 7.5% on beef heifers.

‘A well-marked cracking bull’

Firstly, ahead of the sale, Dockery described the sale-topper as a “well-marked cracking Beef Shorthorn bull”. He said he “hails from one of the best breeding lines in the herd”.

“A five-star bull for terminal, dairy-beef and docility with a whopping 1.4kgs carcass weight index value. He is easy calving with a short gestation.”

A total of 61 entries, comprising 12 males and 49 females, were catalogued for the sale. All entries were pre-sale inspected, export-tested and TB-free by test or inheritance.

The society allowed buyers to view animals before the sale, which commenced at 12pm. Buyers conducted business remotely.

A full report to follow…

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