The Aubrac is a well muscled medium sized animal, which feeds well on low cost roughage: grass and hay, thus reducing the production cost of the finished animal. In France they live at an average altitude of 3,000 feet and can stand harsh climates. In summer they forage on poor vast pastures, and spend the winter tied up in sheds on concrete (little straw available).
LOW MAINTENANCE COST:
Feed well on low cost low grade roughage (grass, hay). In their part of France fresh grass is only available for a maximum four months. In winter, they are fed on hay with added minerals.
EASE OF CALVING:
Excellent pelvic conformation is one of the main criteria in selection of bulls and cows. Cows calve very easily both pure bred and crossed with heavy muscled Charolais, Culard, etc…The Aubrac bulls are used successfully on dairy and suckler herds for ease of calving. Calves are relatively small, weighing 35kg -40kg. They are lively and hardy at birth with high growth rates.
Very good fertility rate, and up to 98% of cows going back in calf.
Good quality milk; average 2250kg per lactation at 4.2% butter fat. Tidy udder.
One of their main attributes is docility.
Dense, continental type with marbling and good taste. Very high bone to meat ratio and little waist. Details and examples of kill-out results and boning percentage available further in the text.
Longevity, hardiness and high fertility rates guarantee more calves over the lifetime of the cow.