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The Italian Job: John Commins with his herd of Piedmontese cattle on the farm near Two Mile Borris, Co Tipperary. Photo: John D Kelly

The Italian Job: John Commins with his herd of Piedmontese cattle on the farm near Two Mile Borris, Co Tipperary. Photo: John D Kelly

John with the Blackcastle Farm beef sausages which have proven a hit in Aldi stores

John with the Blackcastle Farm beef sausages which have proven a hit in Aldi stores

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The Italian Job: John Commins with his herd of Piedmontese cattle on the farm near Two Mile Borris, Co Tipperary. Photo: John D Kelly

'You're as lucky as a black cat," Tipperary beef farmer John Commins was told by his wife a few weeks ago when the country was basking in perfect barbeque weather as he prepared for the launch of his beef sausages in Aldi stores nationwide.

"They went on the shelves as 9am in Thurles, and they were sold out at 10 past - and that's when the phones started hopping," says John.


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