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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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Roan heifer tops ‘Young Stars’ sale at £3,200

Report from NI Commercial Cattle Exhibitors’ Club Young Stars sale 2021 held at Clogher Mart on Friday, April 1st,2021:

Brian Hall’s Limousin-bred heifer, weighing 440kgs, stole the limelight at the NI Commercial Cattle Club’s ‘Young Stars’ sale when she changed hands for £3,200.

Hall’s success did not end there when his second entry, another Limousin-bred heifer, blue roan marked heifer, weighed 475kg and sold for£2550.

Following the strong trade for breeding type heifers, Mr N Quinn secured £2,550 for his roan-bred Charolais heifer, followed by £1,800 for his Limousin-bred heifer.

Meanwhile, S McGeehan fetched £2,400 for his 415kg Charolais-bred heifer. Besides, Mckee Brothers took home £2,000 for their 380kg Limousin heifer.

On the other hands, Richard Law received £1,860 for his 380kg Charolais-bred female.

Following hot on this heifer’s heels was Mr Keith Williamson’s Limousin heifer at £1,800, weighing 375kg.


According to a club spokesperson, a smaller entry of bull calves and steers went under the hammer at this year’s sale.

Topping this category at £1,800 was a 560kg Limousin from Alison Callion. In the second position was Alan Veitch, who claimed £1,760 for his 500kg Charolais bullock.

Other highlights at Young Stars sale 2021:
  • Miss Laura Irvine’s Blue heifer – 485kg at £1700;
  • Sam’s Martin’s Limousin heifer – 410kg at £1700;
  • Brian Weatherup’s Beef Shorthorn heifer – 305kg at £1650.
Roan heifers in demand 

A club spokesperson said: “This year, with Covid-19 restrictions still in place, there was no show part to this event.”

“There was a total of 41 calves entered from all over the north of Ireland of all different breeds; this year, breeding heifer-type animals were the big seller, especially roan-coloured heifers.”

The spokesperson reported “strong activity” from all over Ireland and the UK.

“A total number of 972 viewers watching online with 28% of the sale animals being purchased by online buyers. The sale average was £1, 587 for a total of 38 animals sold.”

Commercial Club secretary, Elizabeth Rodgers, said:

“With the uncertain times regarding summer shows, there still was a keen interest from buyers to pick up that show potential animal to bring to fatstock sales at the end of the year. We hope to have this event back to a show and sale next year.”

Robert Simpson, mart manager, stated, “Clogher Valley Livestock Market would like to thank the club for holding their annual young stars event with them.”

You can view more mart reports by clicking here.

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