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Montbeliarde Society Ireland Open Day

The Montbeliarde Society are delighted to announce there will be an Open Day held on the farm of Kenny Roberts on the 26th September kicking off at 11.30am. The day promises to be an informative day about the breed and a chance to see yet another Monty success story here in Ireland. We are also going to launch the latest edition of the Montbeliarde Journal which includes articles on Irish breeders and features on Montys in the UK, France and Equador.

Watch this space for further updates in the coming weeks.


Montbeliarde Society will be at the upcoming Lely Open Day in Carrick-On-Suir

A Lely Open day will take place on the farm of Mark Drohan, Carrick-On-Suir, Co.Waterford on Thursday 20th April 11am -4pm

Mark has been using Montbeliardes for many years, the Montbeliarde Cattle Society of Ireland members will be in attendance to answer any breed questions that you may have. So come and have a look at Mark’s Lely robot working and his Montbeliarde cows.

Click on the link below for more information from Lely:



Monty Triplets Born on the Williams Farm

A beautiful start to the calving season with Jonathan Williams when he had a set of triplets born well and happy.

They are by Elastar, out of a Cargo dam

Congratulations on their safe arrival Johnathan.

We wish everyone continued success in their calving season


Montbeliarde Society AGM 2016

The Montbeliarde Cattle Society AGM will be held in The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Tuesday 13th December at 1.30pm followed by a Christmas Dinner. Special guests include Dovea Reps, Ferreol Roche of Coopex France and Mr.Michael Wilson a Prominent UK Montbeliarde Breeder.

All Welcome


Montbeliarde Society AGM 2015

The Montbeliarde Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held in The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on the 10th December at 1.30pm  followed by a meal.

Ferreol Roche from Coopex in France will attend. He will be introducing the latest bulls available in Ireland for next Spring.

All are welcome.

Please contact Ann FitzGerald to confirm if you would like to attend the dinner after the meeting.


Farm Walk on 24 July

The Montbeliarde Society will host a farm walk on the farm of Mr. Pat Callan, Phillipstown, Dromin, Co. Louth on Thursday 24 July at 1.30pm. All are encouraged and welcome to come along. Ferreol of Coopex France will be guest speaker on the day.


Directions to Pat Callan’s:

Turn at Junction 12 off the M1. Turn left for Collon. At first crossroads turn right. It will be sign posted after that. It is approximately 5 minutes from the M1


National Ploughing Championships 2013 Competition Winners

Shirley Busteed and JJ Kavanagh drawing the competition winners with our chairman, Con Murphy.

Shirley Busteed and JJ Kavanagh drawing the competition winners with our chairman, Con Murphy.

The Montbeliarde Society had two trips to France up for grabs at the Ploughing Championship in Laois, kindly sponsored by Coopex and Jura Betail. Prize winners were Suzanne Greally, Lismullen, Tara, Co. Meath who is off to the Coopex Expo Montbeliarde Show in February 2014 and Eamonn O’Shea, Ballinabanogue, New Ross, Co. Wexford who is off to the Jura Betail Show in March 2014. Congratulations to you both and enjoy!!

It was a busy three days and there was plenty of interest in the breed, so much so that we urgently require pedigree registered in-calf heifers for our growing number of clients.

As an added incentive to encourage former and new clients to register their stock we are offering your first heifer registration free in the coming year. Membership for the year €60.

Contact Ann Fitzgerald, secretary, 086 3367051.


Montbeliarde Entrance Signs

The price of the signs is €27.50 plus vat for a double sided aluminium sign measuring 2’x2’. A single sided sign costs €20.00 plus vat.  You will probably have to pay a postage or delivery charge, but Angela will tell you more. 086 2465341


New Jackets Available

Just to let you know that the Montbeliarde Society have launched a new jacket, available to the public in all sizes for men and women at a price of €50.00 plus postage and packaging. They are a lined, waterproof jacket with the Montbeliarde crest on the back and badge on the front.  They will be available at the ploughing championship at the Dovea and Progressive Genetic Stands.  They are a must have jacket as only a limited number of them are available on a first come first serve basis.  Get your order in today by contacting any committee member


Society AGM Report 2013

Mr. Con Murphy gave a brief report on his trip to the French Dairy Show earlier in the year, at very short notice, I might add. He visited four or five farms and then went to the Show where they were exhibiting new bulls coming through. He really enjoyed it and all in all we should all make an effort to get to one of these shows every few years. Thanks Con.

Four of our members attended the English Farm walk in late October on the Hemmings Farm, about 20 minutes from Birmingham Airport. We were made really welcome by the Hemmings and the English Society. They gave us handouts and then brought us to a collection yard where they were putting cows to the classifying process for the first time. It was very interesting to hear how they thought cows should be graded. We were then shown through the main herd of about 200 cows and 100 replacements. We learned a lot from out visit but what was a real eye opener was the size on the herds and how many herds over in England are going from Holsteins to Montbeliardes. The problems they have is very good for us as breeders they cannot get enough of them, especially the pedigree registered heifers. In actual fact many of us have made sale to England in the last two years. We’re very pleased with the price we got and more importantly they are delighted with the heifers they purchased from us.

During our meeting in Abbeyleix we had a lively discussion on where the breed is at and where we are going. The future looks good, but we need to push AI technicians to carry Montbeliarde straws so that they can encourage non Montbeliarde breeders to try the breed. We also need you as a breeder to register your heifers it pays in the long run as you will get it back on the sale of your stock.

Order your semen with your AI station as soon as you can, so you are sure of getting the best bulls available. If you are unsure of what bulls to use give any committee member a ring they will steer you in the right direction. Talk to people who were thinking of using the breed last year immediately. Give them a copy of our bull list or give Angela, our registrar a ring, she will send them on a copy of recommended bulls.

New officers elected:

To all breeders of Montbeliardes

We thank you for your support and wish you a happy new year from all in the Montbeliarde Society.

List of Officers Elected: 2013

  • Chairman – Con Murphy,Gneeveguilla, Rathmore, Co-Kerry
  • Treasurer – Alan Hanbridge Kiltegan, Wicklow
  • Secretary – Ann Fitzgerald New Ross Co-Wexford
  • P.R.O – Eric Kingston, Baurleigh, Bandon, Co-Cork