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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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VIDEO: €10,000 for Rathnashan Lettuce P

The renowned Rathnashan Simmental herd’s first online sale of elite females and young bulls has been branded a resounding success.

A top call of €10,000 was recorded for October-2019-born Rathnashan Lettuce P, sired by PHS Polled Worldwide 14W. The Curaheen Gilda P ET daughter soared to the five-figure sum from an opening bid of €3,000.

Other notable prices included:
  • €7,500 for Rathnashan Love Bug P;
  • €7,300 for Rathnashan Millie Empress P;
  • €6,200 for Rathnashan Legsfirst ET;
  • €5,500 for Rathnashan Lasagne Bev ET
  • €5,000 for Rathnashan Lemon Cara ET;
  • €4,900 for Rathnashan Lady Bug Cara;
  • €4,600 for Rathnashan Lap Dancer P ET;
  • €4,400 for Rathnashan Lemsip Cara ET;
  • €3,600 for Rathnashan Marigold Harper;
  • €3,000 for Rathnashan Lollipop Bev ET;
  • €3,000 for Rathnashan Liquorice ET;

The herd offered thirteen entries (eleven heifers and two bulls) for sale on a no reserve terms from the opening bid on Saturday, November 14th, 2020.

All lots from the Tullow, Co. Carlow-based farm were vet-checked, tested for IBR, BVD, Lepto, Johnes and Neospora and export-tested. Also, dams tested negative for Johnes.

Ahead of the sale, Nigel Hogan, told That’s Farming: “We believe here at Rathnashan that the animals being offered for sale are the best group of females we have produced to date.”

“This was our main reason behind having our draft sale. We wanted to sell an exceptional bunch of animals that will hopefully go on to breed many champions for their new owners, and give them as much fun as they have given us.”

“We get as much, if not more, sense of achievement seeing our cattle doing well for others as we do our own.”

“2019 was a sensational year for us in the show ring. We won four out of the five possible national titles with Rathnashan Kellogg’s P ET, Klum ET, Livia and Rathnashan Leonardo ET at Strokestown Show.”

The Hogans established Rathnashan Simmentals in 2011, with the purchase of Cruithill Breda, whose first daughter by Hillcrest Butcher was exported north.

Since its inception, the herd has experienced immense success on the show circuit, with its first online sale of elite females and young bulls adding another string to their ever-expanding bow.

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