Montbeliardes offer breeding advantage
The Montbeliarde breed can be used to improve fertility, longevity and ease of calving in the dairy herd, as well as producing high yields of milk with high protein and butterfat content.
According to the Montbeliarde Society, established in 1995, the breed produces 7,285kg of milk on average at 3.86pc fat and 3.42pc protein. Its milk has excellent cheese-making value (for making gruyere) because of its high level of protein content and a high frequency of Kappa Casein B variants.
Attributes of the red and white breed include: resistance to mastitis proven by low cell counts, its fertility, based on good AI success rates, its longevity (24pc with five or more lactations) and its calving ease (25pc of crossbreeding with the Charolais, no calving problems).
Recent events run by the Montbeliarde Society include a very successful open day on the farm of Alan & Rosemary Hanbidge, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow and the classes at Tullamore Show where Michael Fitzgerald and Gerard McArdle were prize winners.
There are now approximately 100 members in the Montbeliarde Society, with registrations of around 1,000 annually.
For more information, please contact secretary Ann Fitzgerald on 086 3367051 or herd registrar Angela Lacey on 086 2465341. Alternatively, you can go to the society's website www.montbeliarde.ie