1. Aims of the Breeding Programme

The aim of the society is to preserve and improve the Aubrac Breed by adhering to a strict breeding programme which maintains the breed characteristics, and using all available technology to improve the breed.

2. Name of the Breed

The name of the cattle breed is “Aubrac”.

3. Geographical Territory

The geographical territory being the island of Ireland to conduct it’s breeding programme.

4. Characteristics of the Breed

The fawn coloured coat can vary from wheaten to pale grey. The neck is darker in males. The muzzle and the area around the eyelids are black surrounded by some white hair. All the extremities must be black. The extremity of the tail and the outer hairs of the ears are black. The head, beautiful and expressive, has a short wide black muzzle and is carried proudly. It is an animal of medium size with deep and wide chest rounded hips and very strong correct legs.

5. System for Identifying Breeding Animals

a) All animals shall be identified in the Herd Book using the National Identification

Number, which is displayed by ear tag. b) Every member who registers an animal in the Society’s herd book must register an approved herd prefix, which shall be applicable to all animals born in his/her herd and registered by that member either alone or jointly with any partner(s) or other person(s) in any one herd. c) A prefix shall consist of approved word(s), and the member shall pay a fee for the registration thereof. d) In addition to the herd prefix, each animal must have a name, which shall have as the first letter, the year designation letter as specified by the Council of the Society, of the year in which the animal was born.

6. Procedure for Entry of Pedigree Animals

The birth of every calf alive or dead to any dam registered in the Society’s Herd Book shall be notified within 27 days from the date of the birth of the calf with ICBF, or on agfood.ie.

a) Notification should be made by the registered breeder, being a member of the Society, of the animal in question, either alone or jointly with any partner(s) or other person(s).

b) The Council reserves the right to refuse the notification of birth of a calf where the data provided is deemed to be deficient or inaccurate.

c) In the case of twin or multiple births a separate birth shall be recorded for each calf born alive or dead.

d) The pedigree registration fee payable shall be as the Council of the Society may from time to time decide. Payment is due within 4 months of the date of the animals registered. Late payments will be subject to additional fees, which council may apply from time to time.

e) Late pedigree registration for animals identified as pedigree, will be subject to the late registration fees and genomic analysis for parentage verification, at the Breeder’s expense.

f) All bulls used for pedigree breeding purposes must be genotyped parentage verified, by an approved laboratory before any progeny can be accepted for registration. Exceptions may be considered by Council.

g) Where calves are born as a result of insemination from a bull registered in the Society’s Herd Book or other qualified Aubrac Herd Book, Council reserves the right to request a copy of the official insemination certificate in cases where the Inseminator is not uploading his insemination records direct to the ICBF database. If such request is made the official AI docket/s should be forwarded within 7 days of the request. All insemination certificates must be fully completed. Where more than one insemination has been made all the insemination certificates shall be forwarded. In the event of the A.I documentation not being available the calf may have to be parentage verified by genotyping analysis carried out at an approved laboratory, prior to registration. If the insemination certificate is issued by a centre, which is not officially recognised by the Department of Agriculture & Food, then the resultant calf must be genotyped for parentage verification.

h) Where calves are born as a result of DIY insemination a copy of the inseminator’s licence may be required to be forwarded to the Society along with a list of straws purchased. Failure to do so, when requested, may result in the animal being parentage tested. (DIY FORMS AVAILABLE FROM THE AUBRAC SOCIETY).

i) When calves are born as a result of insemination with imported semen from a bull registered in another approved Herd Book, registration or notification will only be accepted provided that a copy of the bulls herd book certificate and Genotyping certificate are forwarded to the Society.

j) If it is found that any detail of any AI certificate has been changed by the breeder, or someone acting on his/her behalf, the calf may be subject to DNA/Genotyping analysis for parentage verification at the owners’ expense, have fines levied, or be disqualified from the Herd Book. Parentage verification, by DNA or genotyping, of each 25th calf notified to the Society will be carried out. Laboratory costs for typing the calf and its dam will be borne by the breeder.