A STRONG PEDIGREE

BREED HISTORY

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The Aubrac cattle breed are quite an old breed of French cattle that originated in the early 19th century. The originated from the Plateau de l’Aubrac in the Massif Central. This area basically spans a few regions of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes and Occitanie in Southern France.

The Aubrac cattle breed are quite an old breed of French cattle that originated in the early 19th century. The originated from the Plateau de l’Aubrac in the Massif Central. This area basically spans a few regions of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes and Occitanie in Southern France.

The Aubrac breed is a very frugal, robust, long-lived and fertile breed of cattle that can survive on the low-roughage or mountains regions. There are quite a few of them left and are not currently in any conservation risks statuses.

The Aubrac is said to have been bred by Monks in the region from which they originated with carefully selective breeding for the quality of meat, milk, hardiness and disease resistance.

A herd book was opened for the breed in 1893 and there was around 300000 head of Aubrac cattle recorded by the end of the 19th century.

With the rise of the dairy cows and consumer demand, the Aubrac is mainly used as a meat breed these days.

The first shipment of Aubrac cattle to be imported to the United States of America was in the 1970s, another shipment of the breed arrived in America in the early 1990s and then again in the mid-1990s. Aubrac cattle breed came to America as an efficient superior foraging low-maintenance beef cattle breed. They were an effective alternative to grain dependent high-growth rate cattle breeds in some parts of the United States of America.

The Aubrac cattle are fast becoming a favorite for the American farmers wanting to improve on their herd’s genetics by cross-breeding with that of the Aubrac cattle in order to improve on their current herds.