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Remainder of Ireland's Fittest Family winner's cattle herd to be sold on Monday

He had described the mood after the news broke earlier this month as “like the day after a funeral”.
Apr 22nd 2016, 9:16 PM 29,220 21

A FARMER WHO starred on Ireland’s Fittest Family will see half of his cattle herd sold on Monday following a €2.45 million judgement against him by ACC bank.

Peter Kingston had said it was “like the day after a funeral” when he heard his prize herd of 1,000 cattle would be sold at auction. Some of the cattle have already been sold.

The herd is being sold as Kingston found himself heavily indebted to ACC Bank who, according to Kingston, had ceased to negotiate over those debts from 2013 onwards.

An emotional Kingston told RTÉ’s Today with Seán O’Rourke on 13 April that the feeling of losing his herd was akin to “the day after a funeral”.

Today a statement from Denis Barrett, sales agent acting on behalf of Cork County Sheriff said:

A date for the sale of a pedigree herd of approx 500 cattle will take place at Cradenhill Farm, Nohoval, Kinsale at 9.30am on Monday, 25 April. It is hoped that the maximum value for the elite milking animals and followers will be realised from the auction.

Kingston had described his business as permanently running “short” of €250,000 in working capital from the beginning of his dealings with the banks.

Kingston is married with three children. “Look, we don’t give up so easy,” he said. “The farm isn’t mine anymore, but there are people out there who have things far worse than we do.”

Read: “It’s like the day after a funeral” – Ireland’s Fittest Family farmer laments sale of herd of 1,000 cattle by bank>

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