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Why this Limerick farmer started breeding Aubracs and how they are the choice of many dairy farmers

One of the fastest-growing continental imports, the French Aubrac breed first caught James Ryan’s eye 12 years ago. Now he has 32 breeding cows at his farm on the Limerick-Tipperary border

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Aubrac breeder James Ryan on his farm at Glengar, Co Limerick.

Aubrac breeder James Ryan on his farm at Glengar, Co Limerick.

Breda Ryan, James Ryan, host farmer, Nora Dwyer, Stasia Curtin, Margaret O'Brien, and Rebecca Curtin with a French bred Aubrac bull in James Ryan's herd.

Breda Ryan, James Ryan, host farmer, Nora Dwyer, Stasia Curtin, Margaret O'Brien, and Rebecca Curtin with a French bred Aubrac bull in James Ryan's herd.

James Ryan says his Aubrac herd is very hardy

James Ryan says his Aubrac herd is very hardy

A selection of the Aubrac herd being shown to some of the attendance at the Open Day on James Ryan's farm at Glengar, Co Limerick.

A selection of the Aubrac herd being shown to some of the attendance at the Open Day on James Ryan's farm at Glengar, Co Limerick.

Eoin Frawley, ICBF speaking to the farmers at the Open Day on James Ryan's farm.

Eoin Frawley, ICBF speaking to the farmers at the Open Day on James Ryan's farm.

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Aubrac breeder James Ryan on his farm at Glengar, Co Limerick.

It was “love at first sight” for James Ryan on his introduction to the French Aubrac breed when he first spotted them with an Irish breeder.

And it is the dairymen with the larger herds who have now become the fastest growing market for the progeny of the breed from his herd and the breed overall in this country.


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