AUBRAC Farm Walk
The Farm is owned by the McGrath Family. They welcome everyone here for the annual Aubrac AGM to view his selection of pedigree and commercial Aubrac cattle.
The farm is situated in Stratford-on-Slaney in west Wicklow, where the McGrath family have been running a successful family farm for the last number of years. It is owned and ran by Laurence and Bernie McGrath and there 4 sons Danny, Larry, Sean and PJ.
The farm consists of dairy, beef and tillage enterprises. The farm is currently milking a 170 Holstein type cows and 30 suckler cows. All calves born on the farm are retained and fattened on the farm. The dairy calves are fattened with the beef calves from the suckler herd and with weanlings which are purchased every autumn. The majority of feed used on the farm is home produced with wheat, barley, oats, maize, wholecrop and beet grown and balancers being the only bought in feed.
In 2012, Pj started his own small herd of pedigree Aubracs. The foundation cow of the herd was a French import,Belote. Currently Pj has 15 pedigree females.
Reason for choosing Aubracs
Over the years we used a range of different breeds of bullson our dairy herd. We are now put our faith in the Aubrac breed andrun 4 pedigree Aubrac bulls on our dairy and suckler cows. The reason we chose the Aubrac breed were:
- Ease of calving
- Calf vigour
- Constantly grading R’s and U’s
- High feed conversion
- Short gestation (283 days)
All cattle bred on the farm are retained and slaughtered with Kildare Chilling and Liffey Meats. Until 2013 the farm consisted entirely of a bull beef system producing under 16 and 24 month bull beef, however over past two years 50% of the male calves have been castrated as weanlings.
With recent factory specs changing, we produce 24 month old bull beef and under 30 month bullocks and heifers.
All bulls are slaughtered between 18 and 24 months.
All steers and heifers are slaughtered between 21 and 24 months.
All fattening animals when initially housed receive silage and whole crop to allow them to adjust and are slowly introduced to the TMR.
The fattening cattle receive aTMR which consists of:
3kg’s of 1st cut silage
14kg’s of beet
3kg’s of barley
2kg’s of balancer
8Kg’s of wholecrop
0.5Kg’s of straw
|Tag Number||Age||Grade||Cold Weight Kgs||Value|
|391021573022||U 16 Month Bull||U+ 3+||383.60||1,605.77|
|391021523083||U 16 Month Bull||R+3=||402.50||1,651.15|
|391021563013||U 16 Month Bull||U+3+||388.30||1,615.32|
The above are AU X LM bulls.
|Tag Number||Age||Grade||Cold Weight Kgs||Price per kg||Value|
|391201522779||U 24 Month Bull||U- 2+||458.40||380.00||1,730.75|
|391021592967||U 24 Month Bull||R- 2+||392||400.00||1,568.00|
|391021543011||U 24 Month Bull||R= 3=||392.70||410.00||1,598.90|
|391021552716||U 24 Month Bull||U- 2-||418.70||390.00||1,621.76|
The above are AU X FR bulls.
|Tag Number||Age||Grade||Cold Weight Kgs||Price per kg||Value|
|391021573088||20 Month Heifers||U= 4=||289.30||440.00||1,272.92|
|391021563005||20 Month Heifers||R= 4=||321.60||417.00||1,341.07|
|391021563038||20 Month Heifers||R= 4-||310.30||417.00||1,293.95|
|391021583015||20 Month Heifers||R- 3=||298.30||417.00||1,243.91|
The above are AU X FR heifers.
List of Stock bulls used on the farm
|IE391032080914||22/03/11||RAMON ACAJOU||DREYLANDS ADHIRA||5 stars||5 stars|
|IE181894220639||02/03/13||DUROC||GARRYSALLAGH ENYO||5 stars||5 stars|
|IE391021513000||28/02/13||RAMON ACAJOU||TRASSE||4 stars||4 stars|
List of Pedigree Females
|Number||D.O.B.||Sire||Dam||Replacement (across breeds)|
|IE 111275040047||01/02/12||ALTAMONT EVEREST||DREYLANDS UGOCHI||5 stars|
|IE371111840264||26/01/12||ALTAMONT EVEREST||ADAMSTOWN EANNA||5 stars|
|IE221001410542||03/03/12||NOLORGUES ARBON||WESTFIELD SUKI||5 stars|
|IE141305680738||05/12/12||VULCANIA||THORNHILL VERSONIC||5 stars|
|IE391103430153||08/10/14||ALTAMONT AVERYON||ADAMSTOWN HEIDI||5 stars|
|IE151117790487||20/02/14||ROUSSEL||THORNHILL CAOIMHE||5 stars|
|IE151117780494||02/03/14||ANDALOU||THORNHILL CARLA||5 stars|
|IE391021553383||02/01/15||ROUSSEL||ALTAMONT HONEY||5 stars|
|IE391021573385||06/01/15||ROUSSEL||THORNHILL HALLOW||5 stars|
|IE391021583386||06/01/15||ARMENIEN||WHITESTOWN INDIGO||5 stars|
|IE391021523414||12/02/15||ARMENIEN||WESTFIELD HANNA||5 stars|
Congrats to Kelly Stephenson whose heifer Glencara Isla won the Champion Aubrac at the Tullamore Show.
Details of heifer ; GLENCARA ISLA IE201255550343
DATE OF BIRTH; 11-DEC-13
Dam Details : IE141305620468 THORNHILL CLODAGH
Sire Details : IE151117730374 MOUNTCAIN FEIRA
Beef Farmer Case Study, Alfie & Marion Hanbidge, Stratford on Slaney, Co Wicklow.
70 suckler cows (20 purebred Aubrac and 50 crossbred ) 3 bulls ( 2 Aubrac and 1 Simmental)
All replacement heifers bred from within the herd.
The first Aubrac we bought was a bull to run with heifers for ease of calving from the Balilinclea herd.
On our visit to see the bull we got to view the herd of cows. First impression was they were the type of cow we were trying to breed through crossing different breeds. The following year we returned to purchase another bull and 8 cows, that was the start of our pedigree herd. The main benefits to me are:
- Calving ease, whatever breed I cross them with.
- Lively calves with good weight gain.
- high feed efficiency with excellent grades.
- Steers average kill out 400kilos at 24 months.
- Heifers make ideal replacements.
- Bulls easily handled and very active.
- Cows docile, plenty of milk and good mothers.
The Aubracs are in my opinion the complete beef breed and all my replacement Aubrac cross heifers are 4 and 5 star.
Ploughing Draw Heifer
Attached photo of Ploughing Draw Heifer, Altamont Jazz being presented to the winner, Andrew Donnellan, Dunmore, Co. Galway, by breeder Leo Dooley, Bunclody, Co. Carlow.
Presentation took place at the Tullamore Show and Sale.
2015 Aubrac Council Committee
|Name||Phone Numbers||Email Address|
|CHAIRMAN + Year book
+ Finance Committee
|VICE-CHAIRMAN+ ICBF + AI||Francis Donohuefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|TREASURER||Martin Bermingham||087 email@example.com|
PLOUGHING +Year book
|PLOUGHING COMMITTEE||Anne Barronfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|ICBF + PLOUGHING
ICBF SUB COMMITTEE
|Field officer+ A I +year book subcommittee + ICBF
New Purchase Contact
|Website Sub committee
Website Sub committee
|A.I SUB COMMITTEE||John Walsh||0876786466|
|P. R. O + YEAR BOOk||Denis Lenihan
ICBF + AI Sub committee+ Year Book
|PLOUGHING COMMITTEE||John Barronemail@example.com|