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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: Using Blue and Charolais sires on 140-cow dairy herd

Anthony Murphy is a dairy farmer by nature, milking 140 cows in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

He uses a selection of beef AI sires including Belgian Blues, Angus and Charolais on his spring-calving herd.

The Glanbia Twenty20 Beef Club member takes 80-100 calves through to beef as part of a 20-month-old system annually.


In Dovea Genetics’ new dairy-beef video series, John Lynch explained: It is a very simple system. He plans to have everything gone before the second winter.”

“By using AI and getting better genetics into his herd, that is allowing him to do this. A lot of his store cattle, both Angus and Blues, are up on 500kgs now. There are some Friesian cattle also.”

“When finishing your own, you can afford to use better bulls. You need to use better bulls to achieve profits from this system.” Lynch concluded.

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