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

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:

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.


Irish Aubrac Annual Show and Sale 2015

The Irish Aubrac Society will host their Annual Show and Sale in Tullamore Mart on Saturday 24th of October 2015 in Tullamore Mart.

Pedigree Aubrac  and Aubrac Crossbred Commercials will be included in our sale.

This will be the first year that Aubrac Crossbreds will be on offer for sale. Sale will take place directly after Pedigrees.

Judging will commence at 12pm sharp, followed by sale at 1pm sharp.

Cattle will be penned and available to view prior to judging.

Digital and hardback copies available of both catalogues- Pedigree and Commercial .

Pedigree Aubrac catalogue can be viewed here.

Crossbred Aubrac catalogue can be viewed here.

For hardback copies, please contact our Herdbook Secretary, by phoning 051 –  641 106 or email 

Irish Aubrac Pre-selected Sale- Catalogue Enquiries.

If you require a catalogue for our Show & sale please contact our Society Office to request your copy, with your postal address for a hard copy or email address for a digital version.
Show and sale to take place on Saturday 24th of October 2015 in Tullamore Mart. Includes both Pedigree & Commercial Aubrac Cattle.

Irish Aubrac Society Winner of Draw Announced.

Congratulations to Andrew Donnellan, Dunmore, Co. Galway on winning the Pedigree registered Aubrac  heifer ‘ Altamont Jazz’ as part of our National Ploughing Championship draw. We wish him every success with her. Altamont Jazz is a five star heifer from the herd of Leo Dooley and Bridget Barron.  Thank you to all those who entered our draw and to all those who devoted their time selling tickets at farm walks, Agricultural shows, in their local communities and the Ploughing Championships.

A special word of thanks to Henry Burns ( IFA Livestock Chairman) who visited our tent on Thursday at the Ploughing Champoinships to draw our winner.


Altamont Jazz in the spotlight at the Ploughing Championships.



Ploughing Championships 2015

Europe’s largest Outdoor Exhibition and Agricultural Trade Show, 2014 saw the most successful Championships ever with over 279,000 attendees and 1,400 delighted exhibitors!
The 84th National Ploughing Championships returns to Ratheniska, Co Laois from September 22nd – 24th 2015

Come visit us our tent! We’ll be in Block No 3 Row No  2 Stand No 6.

Our council members will be on hand to chat and discuss the breed, answer any questions and give advice.

There will also be a selection of Pedigree Aubrac and Aubrac Crossbred Commercial cattle on display.

You can also pick up your free copy of our new Yearbook.


Our raffle for our Ploughing Championship Fundraiser Initiative for our Pedigree Registered Aubrac maiden heifer ongoing and over the three days there will be lines of tickets available to purchase.

The lucky winner of the heifer will be chosen on Thursday 22nd of September at 4pm!

heifer raffle

There will also be a draw for AI Straws.

Come along & visit our tent- An opportunity not to to be missed!

Come see the Aubrac breed for yourself & meet our members!

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Tickets for the event can be booked online in advance:

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