The Aubrac Cattle Breed Society’s first pedigree sale of the year at Tullamore Mart, Co. Offaly last Saturday (May 7th, 2022) generated “solid” prices for breeding stock.
That is according to a society spokesperson who reported that thirty lots of the “finest” breeding stock went under Tom Cox’s hammer.
The spokesperson noted that the top prices paid for bulls ranged from €2,500 to €2,900.
At €2,900 was a 24-month-old bull, De Butleir Phoenix, by Balinclea Myles from Francis Butler of Streete, Co. Westmeath.
Top prices paid for heifers were around the €2,000 mark. The highest price of €2,050 was for a 13-month-old heifer, Coolskeogh Rosalie, by Cloonmore Niall from John Nolan of Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan.
The spokesperson noted that some Aubrac pairs were on offer, and prices rose to €2,500. Finnoe Harry, with a heifer calf afoot sold by Francis Donohoe of Collinstown, Co. Westmeath, put this entry under the hammer.
Speaking following last Saturday’s sale, James Donnellan, chairman of the Aubrac Cattle Breed Society, said:
“Our spring sale of pedigree Aubrac breeding cattle generated a lot of interest among the pedigree breeder community and among dairy farmers who are looking to Aubrac to meet their requirements for a reliable, high performing and easy calving beef cross for their dairy cows.”
“This is not surprising as Aubrac has three of the top six active AI bulls in the ICBF Dairy Beef-Cross Index, namely Dauphin, Despagnou and Madison.”
“As expected, while strong prices were paid, there was also good value to be had for buyers that wanted to try Aubrac as the foundation of their own pedigree herd, or to introduce Aubrac breed characteristics without risking too much of the family silver,” he concluded.
The society is mounting a campaign to “widen” the breed’s appeal amongst dairy farmers.
It aims to increase the numbers of Aubrac-cross cattle from the dairy herd that are available to processors.
The society says this “high performing, easy calving breed” should be in every dairy farmer’s beef selection this breeding season.
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