Our annual Aubrac Show and Sale will take place in Tullamore Mart on Saturday 22nd of October. There will be both pedigrees and commercials offered for sale on the day. 39 pedigree females, 4 pedigree bulls and 11 commercial females.
Pedigree Catalogue.View here
Commerical Catalogue. View here
The Aubrac society is bringing a strong display of both pedigree and commercial stock to show how it can tick the boxes across a number of sectors, writes Shane Murphy of the Irish Farmers Journal.
At this year’s Ploughing, the Irish Aubrac Cattle Society will have a very impressive line-up of cattle on display. The society and its breeders will be displaying dairy cross cattle at the stand to show the benefits from using an Aubrac bull on the dairy herd.
With the recent rise in new dairy entrants and expanding cow numbers in the dairy industry, the society feels this is an area where the breed can play a huge role in helping not only the farmer meet market specifications and requirements but also helping the processors receive animals with the desired grades and fat scores.
The Aubrac breed’s main attributes consist of ease of calving and calf vigour coupled with the animal’s ease of finishing and good grade scores. The society and its members feel that the breed is a very effective alternative to some of the traditional breeds currently chosen for dairy herds.
The major show winners from around the countryside will be on display for the public to view. This will provide spectators with a good chance to view pedigree Aubrac cows, heifers and bulls.
The society will also be highlighting throughout the three-day event the benefits which the Aubrac cattle have to offer in relation to the introduction of the new Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP).
Following the ICBF genetic evaluations and scoring, the Aubrac breed as a whole has scored very well with the highest-ranked pedigree cow having a five-star replacement index of €251. This highlights the benefits which the breed can offer to the beef industry in Ireland.
The society will also be holding a free draw offering those in attendance the chance to win a pedigree registered Aubrac maiden heifer, so be sure to call.
Photo: Donal O’ Leary.
Ploughing 2016 is upon us, with all roads leading to Tullamore, Co. Offaly once again.
With both pedigree and Aubrac commercial cattle on display, this year our exhibition will focus the role Aubrac cattle can play in a dairy farming enterprise and the benefits they have in relation to the BDGP.
Experienced breeders and our council members will be on hand in order to discuss the characteristics and merits of the Aubrac breed, along with providing breeding advice and any other queries that you may have.
One of our highlights is of course the 5 star Pedigree Registered Aubrac heifer that is up for grabs as part of our raffle, with lines available to purchase over the three day period, for €2 per line, 3 lines for €5 and a full card of 30 lines for €50.
The lucky winner will be drawn on Thursday at 4pm in our tent.
You’ll find us at Block 2 Row 16 Stand 357!
The first calves have arrived from Wicklow-bred Slaneymill Jack 687.
Slaneymill Jack has a replacement index of €206(5 Star) @ 48% reliability on his latest genomic proof (August 2016). Genomics has increased Jack’s reliability by 22% since Jack was first in the Gene Ireland catalogue 12 months ago, according to ICBF.
The following photo was published on the website of ICBF.
Slaneymill Jack (AU2155) calf from LMX cow at 17 days, from the herd of Paul Keating.
We are currently looking for a number of Commercial females in the Cork/ South Tipperary / Limerick or surrounding area, for a Suckler Farming event hosted by Corrin Mart , Fermoy , Co. Cork on Friday 9th of September 2016.
The event will start at 6.30pm.
If you have stock suitable for this event, please contact our Society Chairman James Donnellan on 086- 837 9057.
The Irish Aubrac Breed Society had a stand at this years Tullamore Show and we are delighted to report the increased interest in the Aubrac Breed. On the day attendees were also able to view a large array of Aubrac stock on show across a number of classes.
Congrats to Francis Donohoe on exibiting the Champion Aubrac, Johnstown Jennifer at the Tullamore Show. The reserve champion was exibited by Kelly Stephenson and PJ McGrath. Lionel & Ernest Mackey got 1st in the Bull class and wealing heifer classes. There was a great display of Aubracs at the show, and the french judges, Yves Chassany and Thierry Roumejon, were very impressed. The day went very well, and a big thank you to our sponsors, Sobac, Johnstown Aubracs, Cross Engineering, EWS Butchers, BIO Green Energy Products, and the Tullamore Court Hotel. Also thanks to the Judges, the exibitors, the Tullamore Show Committee, and all who helped.
Eoin Cooper was the lucky winner of our third sponsored heifer, as part of the Irish Farmers Journal Heifer & Hogget Competition.
Two years one since his winning success, Catherina Cunnane once again caught up with Eoin!
Tullamore show 2014 is one that Eoin Cooper, Beaugh, Ballybritt, Roscrea, Co, Tipperary won’t be forgetting anytime soon as he took home an outstanding Aubrac x Simmental heifer from the herd of Alfie Hanbidge, Stratford on Slaney, Co. Wicklow.
‘On the day I won my Aubrac heifer, Tulip and was absolutely delighted. Tulip joined our herd and settled in immediately, developing into a strong heifer showing a very suitable structure to make a good suckler cow. Tulip was artifically inseminated in 2015 to a Dovea Genetics Limousin bull Brooklands F0959 (KJB). I chose this bull as a first time calver for Tulip, due to its unique combination of easy calving, excellent calf quality and excellent indices. Also this bull is listed as an ideal choice to produce top quality Limousin females.’ Eoin explained.
He continued ‘In May of this year, I was becoming both anxious and excited as I awaited the arrival of Tulips new calf. I had been keeping a close eye on tulip as her due date was Mid-May and on the morning of May 20th I went out to the field to realise she was in the process of calving. After about an hour we welcomed a lovely Limousin heifer onto our farm which was calved without any difficulty.
Tulip is an outstanding suckler cow, a good milker and easily maintained. Her daughter Pink Lady is a lovely quality calf and will make an excellent replacement for the herd.
My plan for Tulip now is to AI her to an Aubrac bull or put her in calf to our own Limousin stock bull.’
Following on from the success of last year’s Ploughing draw, we will host a draw this year for another pedigree registered Aubrac heifer.
The selected heifer up for grabs derives from De Buitler Aubrac herd, owned by Francis and Janet Butler, established in 2010, based in Culvin, Streete Village, Co. Westmeath.
‘De Buitlier Kola’, boasts a Replacement index of €190 and is rated five star within and across all breeds.She is bred in a Gene Ireland herd from a line of five star cows within and across breeds.
Koala is a daughter to ‘De Buitlier Heidi’ (Replacemnet Index €157), who scooped 2nd prize as a calf and won the best pair of animals class along with her half-sister ‘De Buitlier Halle’ at Tullamore show back in 2013.
Her grandmother ‘Urlar Freda’ was one of the first cows purchased by the De Buitlier Herd and has a replacement index of €181 with all of her daughters retained in the herd for breeding purposes.
Her Sire ‘Ballinclea Harry’ is a stock bull bought from the Ballinclea Herd which is renowned for breeding excellent maternal traits. He currently boasts a Replacement Index of €210. All of his Pedigree Maternal offspring are being retained in the De Buitlier Herd.
His sole Pedigree Bull calf has just been sold into a Dairy herd at 13.5 months old while the non –pedigree calves were sold as weanlings in October of last year.
Tickets can be purchased- €50 for full card, €2 per line or €5 for 3 lines .
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!’