Irish Farmers on Twitter

@IrelandsFarmers is a twitter account with an interesting initiative behind it, organised by the Agchatirl group consisting of six members – Thomas Duffy, Marita Kelly, Fionnuala Malone, Paudie O’Brien, Sarah Vanden Broeck and Lorna Sixsmith.

An #agchatirl tweetchat is  also held on Wednesday evenings 9-10pm, which involves focusing in on different topics such as farm safety, agricultual shows events ect.

Running for over a year now, seeing a total of 52 farmers tweeting from the account including 30 male farmers , 21 female farmers and a cat.

Every week, a new Irish farmer is selected to tweet on the account. The tweeting commences on the Monday morning right through until Sunday evening.

The account now has over 6,000 followers.

The IrelandsFarmers twitter account has a number of functions and aims:

  • To educate consumers about the production of food in Ireland
  • To showcase Irish farming and food production
  • To provide twitter followers with a means to ask questions and learn about the different farming practices
  • To enable farmers to network, grow their following, connect with new followers and discuss any issues important to them
  • For enjoyment – all farmers seem to enjoy tweeting for the week, taking photographs of their farm, answering questions, inviting discussion.

Two Irish Aubrac breeders have tweeted on the account so far-Shane Mc Auliffe and Catherina Cunnane.

If any of our breeders are interesting in curating for the week, (which we would strongly advise) tweet the Agchatirl team- @agchatirl, or send Lorna Sixsmith an email- lorna@irishfarmerette.com

Read more on Lorna Sixsmith’s blog: See here

Irish Aubrac Society on Twitter

In July 2015, the Irish Aubrac Society began using Twitter to engage more with those on the network and to become involved in discussions with others about the Aubrac breed. Also to offer tips, advice, and assistance to those who require it, with rapid responses.

We will be using the account to update with it with as results and photos from Agricultural Shows, our Show & Sales,farm open days and many more events. Follow us to discover news as its happening!

We will also continue to post this content on our Facebook page: Irish Aubrac Society.

Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. It’s an easy way to discover the latest news.

Twitter contains valuable information. Messages from users you choose to follow will show up on your home page for you to read. It’s like being delivered a newspaper whose headlines you’ll always find interesting – you can discover news as it’s happening, learn more about topics that are important to you, and get the inside scoop in real time.

To join twitter, you can do so either from your laptop, by visiting www.twitter.com/signup 

You can also download the Twitter app on your smartphone and use it from there.

You can follow us over on @IrishAubrac and use #Aubrac in your tweets too!

If any of our Breeders are interesting in using Twitter or Facebook, but have any questions or queries or need help getting started up, contact Catherina ( catherina@aubrac.ie)

De Buitlier Aubrac Open Day

A farm walk was held on the farm of De Buitlier Aubrac, Culvin Streete, Rathowen, Co. Westmeath on Saturday 4th July 2015.

The event saw over seventy people pass through its’ gates throughout the evening.

On display were Pedigree Aubrac cattle and Commercial Crossbred cattle with Aubrac Crossbred calves at foot. The farm also has a number of progeny bred by French AI Bulls.

The De Buitlier Aubrac herd are also participating in the Irish Aubrac Breed Development Programme and the G€N€ Ireland Maternal Beef Breeding Programme.

Our Society Ploughing Championship Fundraiser Raffle draw was launched at the event  and a large number of lines were purchased.

Photos from the event

The Butler family were very impressed with the large turnout and wish to thank all those who travelled from both near and far to attend the event.A great evening was had by all.

Progressive Genetics/ NCBC/ Munster AI Photo Competition

Just to inform our breeders- Progressive Genetics are holding a photo competition – Cow & Calf, all animals entered must be sired by Progressive Genetics (Munster AI/NCBC) sires. These sires include Duches, Perlou, Rockhill Urbano and Turin.

Entries must be submitted before  15th August with as many details as possible such as calving difficulty, calving interval, age of first calving etc, plus Star Ratings if possible.

Entries can me made via Facebook, Twitter with the hashtag #PGILphoto or you can email Ross Hamilton ( Progressive Genetics) rhamilton@progressivegenetics.ie

The prize will be dependent on number of entries – a voucher for AI or domestic DIY straws – min €50 voucher.

More details on the Progressive Genetics website, see here.

Last year’s winner of the NCBC All Ireland Photo competition winner was ‘Rockhill Cara’ entered by Joseph & Catherina Cunnane, Derrybrack Aubracs, Kilkelly, Co. Mayo.

We would encourage as many as our breeders as possible to enter this photo competition, as entering will promote your herd, the Aubrac breed and some of the bulls.

Here are some top tips for taking photographs of cattle- Get snapping!

A great animal can look poor in a badly taken photo use the below guide to enable you to take better photos.

A picture says a thousand words:
1. Time: Early or late, the middle of the day is not great! Cloudy days work better than bright clear days.
2. Keep the sun behind you. Stand where your shadow does not fall into the picture.
3. Fill the photo with the whole animal – don’t have bits cut-off.
4. Have the “cow” going uphill. Cattle photograph much better when their front legs are higher than their back legs.
5. It is best for the camera to be lower than the centre of the “cow”. Get down on the ground if necessary. Never take a picture with the camera higher than the cow. It makes them look small (butty).
6. The background of your picture is important, a cow standing in a green pasture.

Ireland’s Oldest Aubrac Cow?

Mudgee (Calverstown Aubracs) died on the 23rd of June 2015, in her sleep, lying in the sun.

At 19 years of age, she was rearing her 17th calf and doing a good job, as she had done all her life. According to ICBF,Mudgee was only a one star cow. To us she was our star. She had a calving interval of 368 days over 16 calvings and 374 including the 17th calving (11 bulls- 6 heifers). We never saw her go to the bull, we never saw her calve. Just found a lively little calf sucking in the morning. One of her calves died un-expectantly at a week old and she willingly reared another one. She goes back such a long way, we don’t have all the kill out figures from her progeny but from the ones we have she bred 5 Us and 2 Rs. 5 of her bull calves went on as stock bulls including 3 in pedigree herds, one of her daughters won the Aubrac Championship at the Tullamore show and 4 others are performing well in our herd. She had perfect feet, perfect udder, vet bills were nil and her temperament exceptionally sweet. In her younger days, and for many years, she was taken around the country to many shows as an exhibit, advertising the Aubrac breed and spreading the word.  In 1999 she appeared on the 9 o’clock news along with our bull of the time Nemrod. She was a little cow who made no noise, never put a foot wrong except at feeding time in the shed when those French horns came in to play. For that reason, she spent every winter out except for the last one when we finally felt sorry for her. Then was also the first time she got a taste of ration. If all cows behaved and performed as well as she did, there would be very little need for replacement heifers!

Mudgee cow

Read more about the Calverstown Aubrac Herd here.

Win an Aubrac heifer

The Irish Aubrac Society will host a raffle for a 17 month old Pedigree Registered Aubrac maiden heifer, with the draw to be held at  this year’s National Ploughing Championships, taking place from the 22nd to 24th of September.

The Heifer is from the Ballinclea Aubrac Herd owned and farmed by Ernest & Lionel Mackey,based in Donard, Co. Wicklow, established in 1999.

Maternal Breeding: The herd has an overall maternal rating of €164, placing it firmly within the top 10% of all herds (across all breeds) in the country. They also successfully entered Ballinclea Iveco (VEZ) into the G€N€ Ireland Maternal Breeding Programme, with 475 straws ordered to date, topping the list.

‘ Ballinclea Juno’ born on 15th October 2014, is the heifer that is up for grabs.

She is sired by ‘Balinclea Galaxi’ and her dam is ‘ Ballinclea Geneva’.  Balinclea Galaxi has a maternal index of €250 and is 5 Star for Replacement both within and across the breed.

ernest heifer raffle

Ballinclea Juno.

Tickets are available to purchase from any Society Member at €2 per line, 3 lines for €5 or €50 per card for 30 lines, from the beginning of July until 1st of September 2015.

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day of the Tullamore Show and the Ploughing Championships where the heifer will be available to view. The opportunity is also available to meet and talk with Irish Aubrac Council members.

The lucky winner of the heifer will be chosen and  announced at 4pm on Thursday 24th of September at the Ploughing Championships.

Progeny Photos Required

turin photo

TURIN

Progressive Genetics/NCBC/ Munster AI currently have four Aubrac Bulls available-Duches, Perlou, Rockill Urbano and Turin.

Have you got any stock bred by these four sires?

Send progeny photos, along with details to catherina@aubrac.ie

They will be featured on our website and Facebook, along with the possibility of being featured on the Progressive Genetics Facebook Page, upcoming catalogues, brochures, their website and advertisements! They also hold several photo competitions throughout the year.

PRZ_Perlou

PERLOU

DUCHES

Top tips for taking photos:

A great animal can look poor in a badly taken photo use the below guide to enable you to take better photos.

A picture says a thousand words:
1. Time: Early or late, the middle of the day is not great! Cloudy days work better than bright clear days.
2. Keep the sun behind you. Stand where your shadow does not fall into the picture.
3. Fill the photo with the whole animal – don’t have bits cut-off.
4. Have the “cow” going uphill. Cattle photograph much better when their front legs are higher than their back legs.
5. It is best for the camera to be lower than the centre of the “cow”. Get down on the ground if necessary. Never take a picture with the camera higher than the cow. It makes them look small (butty).
6. The background of your picture is important, a cow standing in a green pasture.

Ballinclea Iveco- Topping the List!

To date, 392 herds are participating in the G€N€ Ireland Programme. Over 6,000 straws have been ordered, with an average of 15 straws per herd ordered.

Top of the list is the Aubrac bull Balinclea Iveco (VEZ) from the Ballinclea Aubrac herd, based in Donard, Co. Wicklow, established in 1999.

Iveco combines five-star replacement and terminal indices within and across breeds, with a calving ease of 1.3%. A total of 475 straws have been ordered for VEZ.

The first calves from Iveco are starting to arrive. He has since been sold on for Breeding.

iveco bull

His dam scooped a prestigious award ‘ RDS Champion of Champion- Top Maternal Cow 2015’ earlier this year.

Only 15 straws remain of Iveco. To order, contact our Society office or ICBF.

Two more bulls have been purchased, as part of this programme and have began testing. Johnstown Ian 1039, from the Johnstown Aubrac Herd, Mullingar Co. Westmeath has been selected. He is already proving him, as he received title  ‘Supreme Champion’ at the Irish Aubrac Society Annual Sale, held in Tullamore Mart in October 2014.

Here is sired by Roussel, see his Eurostar Report here.

gene ireland johnstown ian 1039

Also, a second bull, Slaneymill Jack 687 has been purchased,  alsosired by French AI Bull Roussel. See his Eurostar Report here.

Capture new

Slaneymill Jack 687

See Updates and Press Releases of the Programme by the Irish Farmers Journal here.

Tullamore Show 2015- Entries

Roll up, Roll up! It’s coming up to that time of year again!

The Tullamore Show 2015 will be held on Sunday 9th of August 2015- Save the date!

Entries for classes close on Friday 17th of July.

We are asking our breeders to submit their entries as soon as possible.

Entries form are available online here.

Competition & Exhibition Rules & Regulations can be found here.

We would encourage as many of our breeders as possible to exhibit in the classes.

See list of Aubrac classes for the Tullamore Show 2015 here.

Please notify our Office or Council Members if you are interested in showing!

Come along and support Team Aubrac on the day, where you will get the opportunity to meet with our Council Members and see the cattle for yourself!

Top Recommended Aubrac Bulls 2015.

The Maternal Bull Breeder Programme Recommended Bull List 2015 is now available.

ICBF claim that the aim of this list is to provide pedigree breeders that are members of the Gene Ireland Maternal Beef Breeding program with a selection of AI Sires that they should mate to their highest index pedigree females to produce high index young bulls. These young bulls will then be considered for purchase by the Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder Programme for entry into the progeny test programme. These bulls are selected by each breed’s Gene Ireland Breeding committee which is made up of: Commercial Farmers, Pedigree Breeders, Breed Society Representatives, AI Companies &  ICBF.

Top Recommended Aubrac Bulls include:

LIST 2

The three bulls can be purchased through our Society Office. Download the Order Form and see more information here.

Read More here:http://www.icbf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Gene-Ireland-Recommended-Sire-List-2015.pdf