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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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Paul Sykes to retire from Irish Limousin Cattle Society

Paul Sykes has vacated the position of secretary at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society for a second time.

It was announced on Friday, October 9th that the Mayo native was to formally step down from his position. He was due to leave the society on Friday, October 16th to take up new employment in his native county.

However, the society issued a statement at the end of last month, revealing that he would continue in his position as breed secretary.

“A little bit of good news for once this year! The Irish Limousin Cattle Society is pleased to announce that Paul Sykes has agreed to continue in his position as breed secretary.”

Further update

Furthermore, the society issued further correspondence to breeders today (Thursday, November 19th).

The following was circulated via SMS: “Having taken time in recent days to reconsider his position as breed secretary, Paul has decided to stand by his original decision to retire. Paul apologises sincerely for any inconvenience caused.”

12 years of service

Paul has worked for the society for over 12 years. Previous to his role as secretary, he worked as breed development officer.

In a statement last month, Michael Gunn, society president, said: “He has always been a tremendous ambassador for the Limousin breed since he first started breeding his own Limousin cattle under the Cavelands prefix in 1984.”

“During his tenure, the breed has had many successes including moving to number 1 suckler dam of choice in the beef herd, number 1 beef AI sire and number 1 continental breed for the dairy herd to mention just a few.”

“His standing in international Limousin circles was recognised when he was elected to a position on the International Limousin Congress organising committee in 2012.”

“In 2016, the society had the honour of hosting the International Limousin Congress with Paul playing a huge part in its success.”

“Paul saw the value of Irish Limousin to the UK market. On his visits to Carlisle and other UK sales, he developed close relationships which led to many UK buyers being regular visitors to the Roscrea sales, Irish shows and Limousin events, in general.” the statement added.

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