Top Recommended Aubrac Bulls 2015.

The Maternal Bull Breeder Programme Recommended Bull List 2015 is now available.

ICBF claim that the aim of this list is to provide pedigree breeders that are members of the Gene Ireland Maternal Beef Breeding program with a selection of AI Sires that they should mate to their highest index pedigree females to produce high index young bulls. These young bulls will then be considered for purchase by the Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder Programme for entry into the progeny test programme. These bulls are selected by each breed’s Gene Ireland Breeding committee which is made up of: Commercial Farmers, Pedigree Breeders, Breed Society Representatives, AI Companies &  ICBF.

Top Recommended Aubrac Bulls include:


The three bulls can be purchased through our Society Office. Download the Order Form and see more information here.

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Tullamore Show 2015

The Tullamore Show 2015 will take place on Sunday 9th of August.


Judging commences at 10:00 a.m. Ring 10. 

Aubrac Classes as as follows:

Entry Fee: €12 (Unless otherwise stated)

Prizes:1st- €100 2nd- €75 3rd- €50 4th €25 (Unless otherwise stated)

Animal details must be provided for all the classes of animals including the ‘pair of animals’ classes. Otherwise the entries will be disqualified.

Class 149: Pedigree Aubrac Bull Calf born on/after 01.09.2014.

Sponsors: SOBAC, Humus Creator.

Class 150: Pedigree Aubrac Heifer Calf Born on/after 01.09.2014

Sponsors: Johnstown Aubracs.

Class 151: Pedigree Aubrac Maiden Heifer Born on/ after 01.09.2013.

Sponsors: EWS Butchers.

Class 152: Pedigree Aubrac in-Calf Heifer (Any Age)

Sponsors: South Leinster Aubrac Group

Class 153: Pedigree Aubrac Heifer/ Cow with Calf at foot (Any Age)

50% Judging to Cow, 50% Judging to calf.

Sponser: BIOGREEN.

Class 154: Best Pair of Animals.

Property of the same exhibitor and exhibited in the above classes.

Sponsor: De Buitlier Aubracs.

Class 155: AIB Livestock Show Aubrac Champion.

(No pre-entry)

Sponsors: Watson Trailers.

Prizes: Champion Gold Medal, Champion Sash, Reserve Champion Silver Medal, Reserve Champion Rosette.

If you wish to show Aubrac Cattle at the Tullamore Show 2015, please notify our office.

We would encourage as many breeders as possible to show.


Irish Aubrac Society -Yearbook 2015

The Irish Aubrac Society will release their 3rd Edition of the Irish Aubrac Journal later this year. It will set to launch at the Tullamore Show 2015.

A committee is currently working on producing the Journal and content from our breeders is required.

Committee Members:

James Donnellan.

Ernest Mackey.

Mireille McCall.

Denis Lenihan.

Francis Butler.

Alfie Hanbidge.

Catherina Cunnane.

Catherina Cunnane will  be of assistance with the compiling of these ads. If you are interested in compiling an ad of your herd for the Journal, please contact her.

Contact any of our commitee members if you have a news story that you would like covered.

Deadline is July 1st.

Farm Walk- Alfie & Marion Hanbidge, Co. Wicklow

Alfie and Marion Hanbidge hosted the Irish Aubrac Breeders Society event at their farm in September 2014, in Stratford on Slaney which was attended by many  farmers from the locality but also as far away as Counties Clare and Kilkenny.

Chief Scorer at the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Basil Bothwell demonstrated the different qualities needed in the modern beef animal, especially due to rapidly changing market requirements.

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He was very insistent that the present suckler dam needs to have enough milk to feed her calf well and thereby cutting out the need for expensive meal feeding.

Kim McCall ,Calverstown, Co. Kildare, from the Calverstown Aubrac Herd, who is one of the original importers of the breed spoke about the history and background of the breed. The McCall’s first imported Aubracs into Ireland in 1996 and have been breeding Aubracs ever since.

The challenges of the the beef market was discussed by Eamon Moules of Slaney Meats, Bunclody, Co. Wexford.

One of the topics raised here was the lower carcase weight requirements of the trade at the moment and the importance of sufficient fat cover in the continental animal.

Mr. Moules stressed that the Aubrac breed could meet these requirements .

‘The livestock on show at Alfie and Marion Hanbidge’s farm were of a very high and consistent quality and were a great credit to them and their family,’ said Ernest Mackey, Council Committee Member of the Irish Aubrac Breeders Society.

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Aubrac X Simmental Calf.

Since the farm walk, several Aubrac heifers and steers have been slaughtered from the farm of Alfie and Marion.

Read more here.

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A New Breeding Venture for Aubrac Breeders

Aubracs genetically polled, now exclusive in close collaboration with Union Aubrac and Midatest. Our breeding results are recognised now by the French Breeding Authority. At present two of our pedigree B cows are on a French station for Embryo harvesting. Two pedigree heifers B and- we are so proud-two pedigree heifers A are on the way to France. From the pedigree heifers B female embryos are being produced and from the pedigree heifers, A male embryos are being produced, for reproduction.

From the union of the female progeny of B and of the male progeny of A homozygote bulls are produced. A long but very controllable process, in the thinking of Aubrac breeding. These are our future bull mothers for the Aubrac breed, genetically polled.

These heifers will produce embryos that will be sexed and genotyped. The process will be repeated over a few generations. Straws of poled Aubrac bulls should be available through Midatest in 2019.

Ernest Baumer has been working on this project for a long time and was very strict on the selection of the heifers. One of the points he insisted on, is that they had pretty heads.


One of the Aubrac Heifers involved in the programme.

Aubracs Shine in Sunny South East

Aubrac cattle are becoming ever more popular in the South East of Ireland.

Their qualities as a top suckler breed are becoming increasingly recognised.
Good growth rates, good conformation, excellent feed efficiency, ease of calving, hardiness, and docility all come as standard for the breed. Even dairy farmers are seeing their abilities for producing dairy-bred beef.
At a recent visit by the Aubrac Society’s Council to the Herdbook Secretary’s office in Deerpark, Carrick-on-Suir, members saw how the farm suckler herd is converting to Aubracs, because of those abilities. Others are recognising this too.
The year started with the Royal Dublin Society awarding Aubrac Cow Ballinclea
Babette, owned by Ernest and Lionel Mackey (Donard, Co. Wicklow), the Overall Award for Suckler Cow, “Champion of Champions”.
ICBF have taken in two Aubrac Bulls, as part of the GeneIreland test programme. One coming from the herd of Alfie Hanbidge, (Stratford-on-Slaney, Co. Wicklow), and the other coming from the herd of Francis Donohoe (Collinstown, Co. Westmeath). This follows the success of Ernest and Lionel Mackey’s bull, Ballinclea Iveco last year.
Earlier this year Slaney Meats hosted some Aubrac breeders, at the killing of
some aubrac cross steers and heifers. All graded U’s and R’s, and killed out very well. The factory in Bunclody would welcome more Aubrac cattle, as they are very suitable for their markets.
But breeders are looking to advance the breed even more. A group visited the Sommet de l’Elevage in Clermont (France) last October, as Aubracs were the featured breed. Leo Dooley and Bridget Barron (Clonegal, Co. Carlow) bought two heifers at the show. There were more purchases for breeders in other parts of Ireland.
In times of low profitability in suckler bred beef, farmers are looking for other, better options. More should take a closer look at Aubrac cattle.


Members of the Irish Aubrac Council pictured with Herdbook Secretary Angela Lacey.Photo courtesy of Tom Grace Photography.


Progressive Genetics/ NCBC Photo Competition

Progressive Genetics / NCBC are hosting a competition with prizes such as jackets and AI Straws to be won.

Derrybrack Aubracs were the successful winners of the NCBC All Ireland Beef Cow Championship 2014.
Aubrac breeders are encouraged to send in photos of their progeny sired by Duches, Rockhill Urbano, Turin and Perlou, all of which are NCBC Sires.
Along with the photos, entries must also have as much information as possible about the animals, such as Date of Birth, details about dam and sire and along with information of the farm- Herd name and Location.
Put forward your entries through the Progressive Genetics Facebook Page or Email photos and details to where entries can be forwarded on.
We would encourage our breeders to enter the competition!
More information here on the Progressive Genetics Facebook Page!

Aubrac-Popular Sire Selection for Dairy Cows

Joe O’ Neill, Dairy Farmer

Joe O Neill is a dairy farmer in West Wicklow who runs a herd of 100 Cows.

Traditionally, the herd has consisted of Holstein Friesian cows.

Joe was introduced to the Aubrac Breed, four years ago by his silage contractor. Prior to his introduction to the Aubrac Breed, he had been using Angus sires on his cows, but due to calving difficulties he made the change to running an Aubrac Stockbull with his cows.

The Aubrac Breed appealed immensely to Joe for many reasons, which included the easy calving and the small birth weight of the calves -35KG-45KG. Joe has been very impressed with how small the calves are when born, but turn out to be such excellent animals.


‘ I sell all the calves both bulls and heifers. The heifers are popular with the suckler farmers, as they are in search in top quality replacement and the Aubrac x FR heifers have all the maternal qualities- ease of calving, docility, fertility and profitability, the full package.

‘ I also sell the Bull calves and they are in high demand for feedlots, ticking all the right boxes in terms of correct specifications for factories, excellent kill-out results and easy fed’

‘ I sell all my calves from the farm, no need to go to the mart, farmers are starting to find out how impressive the Aubrac breed really is’ .


Joe feels that the Aubrac Crossbred heifer makes an excellent suckler cow and are becoming a very popular choice in the West Wicklow area and beyond.

‘ I would encourage other Dairy farmers, to consider the usage of Aubrac Sires. My plan is to continue using Aubrac, over the next number of years using AI Sires, as there is a wider selection available. Upon until recent I ran an Aubrac Stockbull with my cows’

Update: G€N€ Ireland Maternal Beef Breeding Programme

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ICBF has recently published an update on the G€N€ Ireland Maternal Beef Breeding Programme.

The publication featured an update and released that, Ballinclea Iveco (VEZ) is the most popular bull on the panel of the 2014 programme, having an order of 470 straws to date. This was released in the ICBF Newsletter the week ending Friday 17th of April 2015.

The newsletter(week ending Friday 10th of April) showed a total of 455  VEZ straws ordered to date.


Ballinclea Iveco.



There are still a number of straws available from Ballinclea Iveco and they can be ordered through ICBF or through our Office.

Due to Iveco’s impressive success in this programme, two more Aubrac Bulls have been selected to enter for testing as part of the 2015/ 2016 Programme.

Currently  a number of our breeders are participants of the ICBF G€N€ Ireland Maternal Beef Breeding Programme.

To recognise members of the G€N€ Ireland Maternal Breeding Programme all participants are awarded with the  G€N€ Ireland Stamp


What is the stamp about?

The Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder stamp is designed to identify pedigree animals that have been bred in a Gene Ireland pedigree herd.

The stamp is displayed:

  • On a Sales Catalogue page for a Bull or Heifer.
  • On the Bull Search facility in the ICBF website for bulls bred in a Bull Breeder herd.

What’s so special about a Gene Ireland pedigree herd?

Pedigree breeder’s that have joined the Gene Ireland program are:

  • Recording extra data on their pedigree animals – birthweights, inseminations, liveweights etc.
  • Visited annually by an ICBF Herd Liaison Officer to ensure that all required data is being recorded accurately and on time.
  • Getting all of their females assessed by ICBF for maternal traits.
  • Offering bulls for inspection and possible purchase by ICBF for semen collection.
  • Playing an extremely important part in identifying young beef bulls with excellent genetics for milk & fertility that will help us reverse the current negative trends for these traits.

See a list of our Breeders below that are participating in the programme:

Aubrac Martin Bermingham Barnaderg Galway 087-1235333
Aubrac Shane Bowers Coole Westmeath 087-9836950
Aubrac Francis Butler Streete Westmeath 086-1647442
Aubrac Francis Donohoe Collinstown Westmeath 087-2518332
Aubrac Alfred H Hanbidge Stratford-on-Slaney Wicklow 087-7832068
Aubrac Lionel Mackey Donard Wicklow 087-9970988
Aubrac Michael McCall Kilcullen Kildare 086-3451373
Aubrac Michael McCauliffe Castleisland Kerry 087-0507376
Aubrac Laurence McGrath Stratford-on-Slaney Wicklow 087-6392794
Aubrac Thomas & Theresa O’Brien Turloughmore Galway 087-6550198
Aubrac Daniel O’Connell Kilnamartyra Cork 087-7857924
Aubrac Sean O’Driscoll Skibbereen Cork 087-9375044
Aubrac John Walsh Ballintra Donegal 087-6786466
Aubrac William P Walsh Ballintra Donegal 087-9525800


Perlou(PRZ) listed in the Top 50 Active AI Sires- Spring 2015

ICBF have recently released the top 50 Active AI Spring Sires of 2015.

Among them is Perlou- PRZ, AI Aubrac Bull, coming in at number twenty five.

Perlou has a maternal index of €165 , with a reliability figure of 86%  and a terminal index of  €110 with a reliability figure of 89%.

He is available from Progressive Genetics at €10 per straw. Order now through your AI Technican or purchase online via their website.

They describe him as a bull that is leaving lovely progeny behind him.

See Euro-star Report

See more details of Perlou here.