Tuam Mart Sale- Entry Forms

Notice to Breeders- Entry forms for our Sale in Tuam Mart, which takes place on Monday 28th March 2016 are now available.
Pedigree & Crossbred Commercial Aubrac heifers will be offered for sale, along with Pedigree bulls.
  • Entries accepted only by Post. No late entries.
  • Pedigree breeding bulls only Minimum 15 months.
  • Bull has to be DNA. + preferably Halter trained.
  • No entries accepted until payment is made in full.
  • All entries must be 4 or 5 stars.
  • Pedigree+ non Pedigree heifers 425 kilo +
  • Health Status: TB exported tested +BVD tested.
  • Animals will be pre-selected on farm prior to entry into catalogue.

Fees- €20 Pedigree Cattle

      €10 Commercial Cattle

Entries Close on Monday 29th Feb 2016
Society Details:- Herdbook Secretary- Angela Lacey.

Telephone: 051-641106

Fax Number: 051-641825

Mobile: 086-2465341

Email: angela.lacey@deerparkfarmservices.com


Irish Aubrac Cattle Society Office

Deerpark Farm Services



Co. Tipperary

Midatest 2016 Panel of Bulls now available

Midatest’s 2016 Panel of  Aubrac Bulls are now available.

The catalogue is available to view here

A number of these bulls are available through the Irish Aubrac Society as part of our Breed Development Programme. Available list of bulls will be published on the site over the next number of days. 

For further information contact our Society office on 051- 641106 

New Aubrac Bull available from Dovea Genetics.

Bison (S578) is now available through Dovea Genetics from January 2016 onwards, making him the most recent Aubrac bull to enter into Irish AI.

He has a maternal index of €157 and is 5 Star Maternal, both within and across the breed.

He is a suitable sire selection for herds participating in the new Beef Data and Genomics Programme.

See his Eurostar Report here.

To obtain further information, see www.dovea-genetics.ie 

To order semen, contact your local Dovea Genetics Representative/ Technician.

Farm Walk- the McGrath Family.

AUBRAC Farm Walk

Sunday 06/12/15





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.



Farm Background:

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
  • Docility
  • Calf vigour
  • Constantly grading R’s and U’s
  • High feed conversion
  • Short gestation (283 days)

Beef Enterprise

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



Kill Outs

Tag NumberAgeGradeCold Weight KgsValue
391021573022U 16 Month BullU+ 3+383.601,605.77
391021523083U 16 Month BullR+3=402.501,651.15
391021563013U 16 Month BullU+3+388.301,615.32

The above are AU X LM bulls.


Tag NumberAgeGradeCold Weight KgsPrice per kgValue
391201522779      U 24 Month BullU- 2+458.40380.001,730.75
391021592967U  24 Month BullR- 2+392400.001,568.00
391021543011U 24 Month BullR= 3=392.70410.001,598.90
391021552716U 24 Month BullU- 2-418.70390.001,621.76

The above are AU X FR bulls.


Tag NumberAgeGradeCold Weight KgsPrice per kgValue
39102157308820 Month HeifersU= 4=289.30440.001,272.92
39102156300520 Month HeifersR= 4=321.60417.001,341.07
39102156303820 Month HeifersR= 4-310.30417.001,293.95
39102158301520 Month HeifersR- 3=298.30417.001,243.91

The above are AU X FR heifers.


List of Stock bulls used on the farm

Bull NumberD.O.B.SireDamReplacementTerminal
IE39103208091422/03/11RAMON ACAJOUDREYLANDS ADHIRA5 stars5 stars
IE18189422063902/03/13DUROCGARRYSALLAGH ENYO5 stars5 stars
IE39102151300028/02/13RAMON ACAJOUTRASSE4 stars4 stars

List of Pedigree Females

NumberD.O.B.SireDamReplacement (across breeds)
IE22100141054203/03/12NOLORGUES ARBONWESTFIELD SUKI5 stars
IE14130568073805/12/12VULCANIATHORNHILL VERSONIC5 stars
IE39102154296224/01/13ROUSSELBELOTE5 stars
FR120603944607/03/06TRAFALGARMARGOT5 stars
IE15111779048720/02/14ROUSSELTHORNHILL CAOIMHE5 stars
IE15111778049402/03/14ANDALOUTHORNHILL CARLA5 stars
IE39102151328007/04/14ROUSSELBELOTE5 stars
IE39102155338302/01/15ROUSSELALTAMONT HONEY5 stars
IE39102157338506/01/15ROUSSELTHORNHILL HALLOW5 stars
IE39102158338606/01/15ARMENIENWHITESTOWN INDIGO5 stars
IE39102152341412/02/15ARMENIENWESTFIELD HANNA5 stars
IE39102153347228/03/15EROSBELOTE5 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

NamePhone NumbersEmail Address
CHAIRMAN + Year book

+ Finance Committee

James Donnellan0868379057roseandjames@eircom.net
VICE-CHAIRMAN+ ICBF + AIFrancis Donohue087.2518332   donohoebernie@gmail.com
SECRETARYOlive Butler086/1647442olivebutler14@gmail.com
TREASURERMartin Bermingham087 1235333    m.bermingham@bauder.ie
Finance Committee

PLOUGHING +Year book

Bernard Casey

Ernest Mackey





PLOUGHING COMMITTEEAnne Barron087/2730243linsteraubrac@outlook.ie


Pat Bolton

Alfie Handridge



Field officer+ A I +year book subcommittee + ICBF

New Purchase Contact

Francis Butler086/1647442       olivebutler14@gmail.com
Website Sub committee

Website Sub committee


Catherina Cunnane

Michael Heslin

PJ Pollard

John Pollard

086 3325496








Leo Dooley

Bridger Barron

087/7852062                linsteraubrac@outlook.ie


A.I  SUB COMMITTEEJohn Walsh0876786466
P. R. O + YEAR BOOkDenis Lenihan


087 2987901





ICBF + AI Sub committee+ Year Book

Micheal Hanlon 

Mirelle McCall

087 2709318   




PLOUGHING COMMITTEEJohn Barron                    0863898161              linsteraubrac@outlook.ie

Aubrac Breeders to Feature on Ear to The Ground



Next week’s Ear to The Ground episode will entail a  visit the farm of  Micheal and Mirellie McCall, Calverstown Aubrac, Co. Kildare, to receive an insight into Low Carbon Footprint.

Calverstown Aubracs was established 19 years ago with a herd consisting of 70 in-calf cows.

For further information about the herd see http://calverstownaubrac.com/

Tune into Ear to the Ground on Tuesday 1st December- 8:30 pm on RTE 1. 

Slaneymill Jack 687- G€N€ Ireland Maternal Breeding Programme

As part of the G€N€ Ireland Beef Breeding Maternal Programme 2015/2016, Slaneymill Jack 687 is now available.


Name: Slaneymill Jack 687.

Breeder: Alfred E Hanbidge, Beechdale, Stratford- On-Slaney, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow.

Sire: Roussel

Date of Birth: 19 March 2014

AI Code: AU2155

Cost : €5 per straw.

Eurostar Report:  See here.

The bulls involved in the Gene Ireland Programme are not recommended for heifers.


Straws can be ordered through ICBF. Call 1850 600 900.


Irish Aubrac Breeder Features on RTE News.

Michaél O’ Flatharta, Irish Aubrac Breeder recently featured on RTE on Tuesday 27th of October 2015, as part of a feature on the ARANLife Project.

inis oirr

Michaél farms on Inis Oírr, which is the smallest of the three Aran Islands lying in Galway Bay. It isan island famous for its stone walls and biodiversity of plant life and wild flowers and is the home to Michaél’s pedigree Aubrac herd for more than ten years now. Inis Oírr is an outcrop of the Burren, with the cattle staying out doors all year round, being fed on hay and winterages.

island update


You can see the interview here: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/six-one-news-30003249/10484916/

Read more about farming life on Inis Oírr in our new Yearbook page 73!

Report from Irish Aubrac Annual Show & Sale.

The Irish Aubrac Society Annual Show and Sale was held in Tullamore Mart on Saturday 24th of October.

Judging took place at 11:30am by Mr. Martin McCullough.

The Pedigree sale took place at 1am, followed by the Commercial Pedigree sale.

Top price of the day went to Ardara Irene, who fetched €3000. She also claimed Supreme Champion title of the show and was the winner of the springing heifer class. She was bred by Daniel Brennan, Donegal and owned by William Walsh, Ballintra, Co Donegal. Born in May 2013, she is sired by Despagnou(DPZ- Bova AI Aubrac Bull) and was sold in-calf to Johnstown Harry calving in January 2016.  She comes from a bloodline of showlines.


Champion of the Show & Sale 2015.

The Reserve Champion of the show and sale Shrubbywood James, was owned by Alan and James Geelan from Carrick On Shannon, Co. Leitrim and bred by Shane and Joanne Bowers, Shrubbywood, Coole, Co. Westmeath.  He has an excellent pedigree background, sired by Johnstown Glen 944, who has Armenien and Turin Bloodlines. His dam, Shrubbywood Felicity is sired Perlou (PRZ), available from Progressive Genetics.



Ballintra Isobel. Maiden heifer, Sire: Caporal, Dam: Ballintra Damaee. Sold for €1710.



De Buitlier Jade. Weanling heifer Sire: Ballinclea Howard, Dam: Johnstown Holly. Sold for €1450.


Turloughmore Julius an August 2014 born bull, sired by Turloughmore Harry and bred by Kevin O’Brien, Athenry Co Galway, sold for €2,600,


Ardara Johnny, Owned by Daniel Joseph Brennan. Sired by Despagnou, Dam Ballintra Edma. Sold after the sale.