Farmer's Diary: Sealing my first deal for a pedigree bull


“I don’t put every and any bull that I breed under the hammer just because he carries pedigree blood and has a certificate; there has to be something special about them.” - Catherina Cunnane.

Farmer's Diary: Sealing my first deal for a pedigree bull

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“I don’t put every and any bull that I breed under the hammer just because he carries pedigree blood and has a certificate; there has to be something special about them.” - Catherina Cunnane.

In recent weeks, I sealed my first ever deal for a pedigree Aubrac bull - one of my biggest milestone memories to date since I began my own pedigree cattle breeding venture over eight years ago.

For any herd regardless of breed and/or history, selling an animal to another herd is something that is always held in great esteem and it definitely evokes satisfaction and pride. For me, as a young breeder,

Over the past eight years, I’ve trailed different genetics; pumped new blood into the genetic pool; identified the best cow families and selected high-end replacements in a bid to drive the success of the herd. Taking baby steps and doing nothing in half measures, it has been a long, drawn-out process, but this sale really was the icing on the cake.

For an undisclosed four-figure sum, this young proven sire with numerous calves on the ground will now dominate the pastures of a dairy holding and I hope that he will be just as lucky for his new owner as his proud breeder.

Selective Breeding

Over the last few years, bull calves have always dominated my small crop of progeny and some may ask - why wasn’t a sale secured earlier? Personally, I feel that other bulls just didn’t make the mark as I advocate a strict selective breeding policy. I don’t put every and any bull that I breed under the hammer just because he carries pedigree blood and has a certificate; there has to be something special about them that makes them a cut above the rest.

What made this bull ticks all those boxes? My ideal bull is docile; easy-calved; has good temperament; carries himself well; has good pelvic confirmation; good fertility; is sound and correct with good feet; confirmation and has good overall health; free from illness/disease and lameness. In my opinion, every one of those boxes was ticked and the purchaser obviously shared the same view too!

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