Steady trade at Aubrac autumn sale -writes Shane Murphy

Even with increased numbers at this year’s Aubrac autumn sale trade remained steady, with a number of highlights, writes Shane Murphy.

The annual autumn Aubrac sale in Tullamore was met with a lively trade on Saturday 28 October. Weanling heifers were first into the ring, and setting the trend for the day was William P Walsh, who sold the first heifer through for €1,800. Next in was the first prizewinner from the Turloughmore Herd who went on to fetch €1,500. Overall weanling heifers on the day averaged €1,320.

Next offered for sale were maiden heifers and with buyers from both Northern Ireland and the UK present, the trade excelled. Claiming first prize in her class and overall champion was Ballintra Larissa bred by John Walsh; making €3,200 she was a true champion. From the same herd was Ballintra Lea claiming a cool €2,800. An Invincible-sired heifer then went on to make €2,100 for Shane and Joanne Bowers of Shrubbywood Aubracs. Strong demand throughout saw maiden heifers average €1,810.

Next into the ring were in-calf heifers. Claiming first prize and a price of €3,000 was another Ballintra-bred champion Ballintra Kaye. Claiming second prize was Tipperary Kayla bred by James Bernard Ryan of Tipperary Aubracs, while third prize went to Shrubbywood Kari who sold for €2,450. With a smaller number of in-calf heifers available, averages remained high to settle at €2,425.

Firm trade for cows

A small number of cows made their way to the sale and these were met with a firm trade. Winning first prize was Johnstown Holly 2816 with a heifer calf at foot hailing from the famous Johnstown Aubrac herd of Francis Donahoe. She sold for the highest cow price of €3,050. Second place honours in the cow class went to Shrubbywood Jadore bred by Shane and Joanne Bowers; she was unsold at €2, 500. Third prize went to Julie and Eugene Lynch for their Bedos Benji-bred in-calf cow. Last but not least to go through the ring were the bulls. Champion bull was De Buitlier Lenny sold by Francis Butler from Culvin, Streete, Co Westmeath. Lenny sold for a solid €3,050. Close on his heels in both the show and sale ring the second prizewinner Turloughmore Lothar who sold for €3,000. This one was bred and exhibited by Kevin O’Brien from Co Galway. Finishing off the placing was the third prizewinner, Tipperary Leo 307, from James Bernard Ryan. He later sold for €2,100.

Article: Shane Murphy, Irish Farmers Journal. 

Champion Aubrac breeder on why interest in the breed is continuing to spread – writes Martin Ryan

A Donegal breeder maintained a long-running winning streak when recording a double success at the Irish Aubrac Cattle Breed Society Show and Sale at GVM Mart, Tullamore on Saturday.

John Walsh, Rockhill, Ballintra showed 18-month-old Ballintra Larissa to win the overall Championship of the show and the April 2016-born Ballintra Lea took Reserve Champion.

Both maiden heifers are by the same sire, Despagnou, with the Champion out of his herd dam Ballintra Fame and the Reserve out of Rockhill Bunty.

Read Martin Ryan’s full article here. 

Picture courtesy of Farming Independent: Evan Walsh, with the overall Reserve Champion and Champion at the Irish Aubrac Cattle Breed Society Show and Sale at Tullamore exhibited by his uncle, John Walsh, Rockhill, Ballintra, Co Donegal. They sold for a combined €6,000.

One of Ireland’s oldest Aubrac cows?

In December of this year, ‘Dreylands Nolorgue Papine’ will celebrate her 18th Birthday and despite what many may think, she most certainly won’t be going into retirement anytime soon.

She continues to live a long productive life and has recently delivered yet another bull calf unassisted. 

Her own Paul Grace is more than satisfied with her consistent performance.

“The French Aubrac people have told me that the cow is the last remaining daughter alive in the world today by the legendary bull E Ratier Duches. He was the sire of Goeland amongst others. An absolutely fantastic pedigree.Some French breeders have asked me to not put the cow in-calf again and try and flush her.A priceless cow seemingly!!

The calf is by a Bull I recently sold to another breeder, a son of Poupeil who was imported from France and has been in the Ploughing match tent on one or two occasions.” Paul said.

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