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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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€1,500 Brandon Josephine sets new Zwartbles price record

A “stylish” hogget, Brandon Josephine, from the flock of Nesta Fitzgerald, has set a new Zwartbles female breed record price.

She changed hands for €1,500 at the inaugural ZSBI (Zwartbles Sheep Breeders of Ireland) sale in Tullow, Co. Carlow, on Saturday, November 19th, 2022, and now heads to Oakvale Zwartbles, in Co. Cavan.

Other leading prices on the day included €850 for a ewe lamb from the Cummerhill Zwartbles flock.

She makes the journey to Westmeath, where she joins Laura Cotterill in her newly established Almoritia Flock.

Another new breeder from Tipperary, Aidan Ryan, from the Elm Hall flock, secured the third highest-priced female on the day, while a ewe lamb from the Woodfield flock reached €800.

The catalogue included 59 registered rams and females consisting of 6 aged ewes, 10 shearling ewes, 37 ewe lambs and 9 ram lambs, from eleven breeders.

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A spokesperson for the newly formed society told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane:

“It was a very successful day at the first ZSBI Sale in Tullow, Co. Carlow.”

“Quality lots met with a strong trade, culminating with a new female breed record being set for a very stylish hogget.”

“Thank you to all who supported the sale and to Tullow Livestock Sales for hosting us on the day.”

“Thank you also to Lauren Payne Photography for some great photos and to our sponsor, Man & Beast, for their support,” the spokesperson concluded.


The group advises purchasers to seek the following traits in Zwartbles sheep:

  • A wide pelvis;
  • Erect ears;
  • A long back;
  • No white in wool;
  • Deep chest;
  • Full unbroken blaze;
  • Medium/fine bone;
  • White socks on front legs are acceptable;
  • Two white socks on back feet no higher than the hock;
  • White tip on tail no more than halfway up.

United organisation

Earlier this year, we featured an article from the group’s Ronan Lally, who discussed the Zwartbles Sheep Breeders of Ireland’s emergence as “a united and strong organisation to take its rightful place amongst pedigree and commercial domains on the island of Ireland”.

You can read more on this article.

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