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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Show winners catalogued for Glenford Pedigree Livestock Herd’s Aubrac production sale

11 females and 6 males from the multi-prize-winning Wicklow-based Glenford Pedigree Livestock Herd will come under the hammer in a virtual timed production sale later this month.

The sale – which is believed to be one of the first of its kind for the Aubrac breed in Ireland – will take place on Mart Eye’s platform (sale now live – link at bottom of this article), in conjunction with Mid Tipp (Thurles) Mart, from Friday, March 31st to Sunday, April 2nd, 2023.

Sale entries are as follows:

  • 5 in-calve heifers – some in-calve to sexed semen sires, including a new polled French AI bull, Otto. In-calf heifers scanned by ReproDoc – Dan Ryan;
  • 6 maiden females;
  • 6 males.
Glenford Pedigree Livestock Herds

Kelly, and PJ McGrath of Glenford Pedigree Livestock, told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane,

“We are delighted to announce our first Aubrac production sale of all AI-bred progeny from our Johne’s disease and Neospora-accredited free herd. All our heifers are offered in the sale, and none are being retained, including our show team.”

“Progeny from some of our best and most prolific cow families in the herd, including Tullamore Show supreme champion 2015, Glencara Isla and the 2016 reserve Tullamore champion, Altamont Honey, are being offered for sale, along with our 2022 show-winning heifers.”

“We established our herd in 2011 and have focused on using superior AI sires, in addition to our herd sire, Whitestown Leyland ET (AI code – AU5506), an embryo by Orfevre (AI code – ORF) we imported from France, who stands in Eurogene AI.”

“In line with the Irish Aubrac Cattle Society’s breed development programme, we have sought to utilise the best possible Aubrac genetics to strengthen our herd’s genetic potential.”

“Sires we have used down through the years include but are not limited to Madison (AU4627), Hussard (AU2168), Eros (S1462), Dolby (S1463) and Loto (AU4620), all of which are French AI bulls.”

“As for our team of bulls in this sale, which includes some of the best progeny we have ever bred, they are all fertility tested and ready to work,” they concluded.

How will the timed auction work?
  • The timed auction will run on MartEye’s platform;
  • Interested buyers are required to submit a request to bid through Mart Eye’s platform.  Register without delay ahead of the timed auction;
  • All lots are set at a reserve price;
  • Users can click on each lot and see information, such as name, date of birth, sire and dam details, tag numbers, calving details (if applicable), commentary from the proprietors and imagery and video footage;
  • On Sunday evening, lots will begin to close, starting with entry number 1, followed by number 2, ect, all in rotation. If a bid is placed at the last minute, the lot will re-open for another minute and so on – as per MartEye’s anti-sniping policy;
  • Mid-Tipp (Thurles) Mart will oversee financial transactions;
  • On-farm viewings can be arranged strictly through appointment by phoning PJ on 087-6392794;
  • Here is a direct link to MartEye, where you can virtually view and/or bid for a lot/lots;
  • See the conditions of timed online auctions and market terms (payment terms) on MartEye’s website.
Why Aubrac?
  • Medium-sized low, maintenance cattle;
  • Ease of calving;
  • High feed conversion ratio: Hardy and excellent foragers – Can feed on a low-cost roughage without comprising meat or milk production;
  • High fertility;
  • Consistent grading and kill-out results – U and E grades’
  • Docility;
  • Longevity;
  • Meat and milk.

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