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Crossbreeding with Parthenaise

Since thier introduction into Ireland in the mid 1990's, Parthenaise have made their mark and have gained a steady increase in popularity.

Parthenaise cross bred steers have graded incredibly well in factories, scoring E and U grades consistently. Live shippers are transporting as many cross bred Parthenaise weanlings as can be sourced. Commercial cattle producers have positive views on the breed and have endorsed Parthenaise as the breed of the future in Ireland.

Calving surveys reveal that despite the heavy muscling there is hardly any difficulty calving, 28% require slight assistance and 66% require no assistance at all.

Frequently, animals of the type imported kill out at over 67%. Average birth weight for bulls is around 44 kg and heifers 41 kg, with mature bulls weighing up to 1,250 kg and cows up to 900 kg.


The Beef in photo is from a 22 month old Pedigree bull live weight 800Kgs, carcass 540Kg, saleable meat 460Kg.

Carcasses produce high yields of excellent quality meat, the result of good conformation and fine bone. Since killing out percentages can be over 67%, cattle offered make very high prices.

In France Parthenaise Beef is regarded as a premium product and is served in the very best restaurants and sold in exclusive butcheries.

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