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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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Pictures and prices: Up to €5.76/kg for weanling heifers at Shorthorn sale

Pushing up to €1,950 at the Moyside/Croghan Beef Shorthorn Club’s annual autumn sale was lot 7A, an in-calf heifer bred by Lismacool Sunny Boy, a son of Brickeens Smasher.

Betty, AI’d to EMS on March 8th, was sold by Mr Padraig Flanagan, Lismacool, Elphin, Co. Roscommon to Amanda Flynn, Ballyskerry, Co. Mayo.

The sale, which was held at Elphin Mart, Co. Roscommon on Saturday (October 17th), attracted 75 entries, according to a club spokesperson.

A selection of pedigree registered, and non-registered Beef Shorthorn breeding stock went under the hammer.

Other notable prices 

Second and third-highest prices in this category were achieved by Ms Angela McGahern, Granard, Co. Longford.

She presented two roan maiden heifers for sale, lots 16B and 16C which realised €1810 and €1800, respectively.

Both heifers were sired by Grousehall Mayflower Storm ET, a son of Alta Cedar Perfect Storm with Ballyart Lucky ET and Chapelton Liberty on the dam’s side.

Lot 16B found a new home in Elphin with Mr John McDermott and her stablemate was acquired by Mr Charlie Farrell, Dromard, Co. Sligo.

Weanlings up €120/head on 2019 

Speaking to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for the clubs said: “There was an exceptionally strong trade for all females on the day with all classes seeing strong demand.”

“Average prices saw a significant increase from last year. Maiden heifers were up €95 while weanlings saw an increase of €120 on the previous year.”

“The pedigree females saw a 98% clearance and the commercial females a 100% clearance. The males met with a tougher trade with a 50% clearance.”


The top-priced bull was lot 61A [pictured below], an August-2019-born son of Ballyart Lucky ET (YKK) from a Ballylinney Eagle dam.

He was bred by Mr. Michael Connolly, Rusheen, Riverstown, Co. Sligo and purchased by Mr John Joe Smith, Co. Longford for €1,750.

Following on his heels at €1,350 was lot 58A, Ballycurraghan Jimmy, a son of Renvyle Hurricane shown by Mr Pat Fallon, Maynooth, Co. Kildare and purchased by Mr Marty Mee, Donamon, Co. Roscommon.

Pedigree weanlings

In the pedigree weanlings, a top call of €1,500 was paid for a “very smart roan calf” bred by Mr Ben Lang, Ballinacarrow Co. Sligo [main image].

Lot 25A, Finlough Gracie, a six-month-old daughter of Buncraggy Firefox and a Doon Erasmus dam, weighing 260kgs.

The auctioneer’s hammer fell to Mr Robert McKean, Ballymagarry, Co. Tyrone, who also purchased the next highest-priced weanling.

Lot 29A, Rhyne Erin, by Ballinlig Deeda, a son of EMS and a Rowanberry dam topped out at €1,450.

The third top price in this class at €1,400 was lot 18C[below], Cloontia Bonnie 2nd, a white calf, daughter of Killure Con 2nd, by Sprys Patent Ace.

She was shown by Mr Padraig Phillips, Cloontia, Ballymote, Co. Sligo and secured by Mr. Arran Dockery, Rockville, Co. Roscommon, his first Shorthorn heifer.

Commercial weanlings

A commercial weanling heifer, out of a pedigree Limousin cow-heifer and Shorthorn bull, Gavan Summit, climbed to €4.92/kg.

Weighing 345kgs and bred by Terry Middleton, Moate, Co. Westmeath, lot 42A was snapped up by the Flatley family Glann, Co. Mayo for €1,700.


“Overall, a very successful sale in challenging times with great interest shown in the Shorthorn breed.”

“The Moyside/ Croghan clubs would like to thank management and staff at Elphin Mart, auctioneer, Mr Pat Considine, all our customers both sellers and buyers and wish you all the best with your Beef Shorthorn stock.”

“Finally, to sum up, the average maiden heifer price for 2020 was €1,306, an increase of €95 from 2019 prices. In the weanling heifer class, the average price was €1,055, an increase of €120 on last year.” the spokesperson concluded.

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