First hand experience with Aubrac Cattle

Alexander McConaghy, farms in Co. Antrim, just five miles outside Bushmills.

Catherina recently caught up with him to receive an insight into his herd of Aubracs, which was recently established.

‘I was first introduced to Aubracs a number of years ago, when I spotted numerous pictures when scrolling through my Twitter.

I visited the Irish Aubrac Society Stand at Tullamore Show in 2014. The breed won me over, so much so I attended the annual Irish Aubrac Society Sale at Tullamore Mart and purchased two weanlings from Donegal based herds.

I then made an additional purchase of a total of 11 heifers in Spring of 2015.’

He continued: ‘ I work off-farm, so I did initially try the use of AI and a synchronisation programme, however it was difficult to catch them in heat.

I purchased a bull from Ballinclea Aubracs, the herd of Ernest Mackey in July of that year and haven’t looked back since.’

‘Aubrac cattle admirable as they are small and hardy at birth, thriving every week.  As a breed they need little looking after, which is particularly important when working off-farm.

To put it simply, they tick all the boxes!’