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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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Videos: BBX heifer tops trade in Balla at €3,500

A Belgian Blue-cross heifer skyrocketed to a top call of €3,500 at Aurivo Balla Mart’s opening weanling show and sale on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023.

Headlining the sale at the Mayo-based venue was 8-month-old lot 879, which has garnered notable pre-sale interest on social media.

She was born on January 9th, 2023, crossed the scales at 460kgs and went under Brendan Corrigan’s hammer for €3,500 or €7.61/kg.

The sale-topper, which was bred and sold by Patrick Gallagher, Enniscrone, Co Sligo, is out of the AI Belgian Blue bull, Delure – BB4498 (Progressive Genetics’ sire) and a Limousin-cross-Belgian Blue-dam (KJB x JOK).

She came first in her class, number 6 – sponsored by Harrington’s Concrete and Quarries in Kilkelly, Co Mayo, in the pre-sale show, which was judged by a County Sligo-based exporter, Ciaran Burke, before the sale got underway across two rings – bull weanlings in ring one and heifer weanlings in ring two.

Full report with videos to follow…

Saturday’s sale

According to Stephen Hannon, Saturday, September 2nd, 2023, saw a bumper entry of stock at Aurivo Balla Mart, Co Mayo, with three rings in operation.

Circa 100 dry cows, over 20 suckler pairs, 450 heifers, 300 bullocks and 7 stock bulls crossed the scales at its most recent general cattle sale.

Suckler pairs topped at €3,200, while stock bulls pushed up to €2,120, dry cows climbed to €2,550, heifers peaked at €2,100 and bullocks changed hands for up to €2,220.

Read more on this mart report.

 Upcoming sales at Aurivo Balla Mart, Co Mayo:

  • Special bullock sale – Saturday, September 9th;
  • Special breeding heifer sale – Saturday, September 16th, 2023;
  • End of month continental sale of bullocks and heifers – Saturday, September 30th, 2023.

Balla Mart information:

  • Address: Aurivo Balla Mart, Carrowntober, Oughter, Co. Mayo
  • Contact information: Phone: 094-9365068 or see Aurivo’s website.
  • Sale days: Weanlings: Tuesdays (seasonal). Bullocks, heifers, cull cows, sucklers, and stock bulls on Saturdays.

Further reading

Mart reports

  • Read more mart reports(cattle and sheep prices) on That’s Farming.

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