AURIVA PROGRAM

BLOND
D’AQUITAINE

Offering you the best breeding stock for AI, the AURIVA Blonde d’Aquitaine selection program is THE reference for quality and performance.

With a very wide range and excellent genetic variability, AURIVA is committed to offering every breeder the bulls he needs. Because each herd is unique, because each breeder must be able to choose balance, originality, novelty or confirmation, we offer you the best of Blonde d’Aquitaine genetics every year.

Whether hornless, available in sexed or conventional semen, evaluated on individual control or breeding station, evaluated on the farm or tested at our Maternal Abilities station in Casteljaloux, demand the quality that will help your herd progress, demand Blond AURIVA.

Spot your future AI sires at a glance

AURIVA TOP Blonds Bulls

MILK

For fertile dairy cows with excellent calving abilities, promoting vitality, health and maximum growth in your calves.

ORIGAMI - ONDENC
NEKETI - LATINO - MORZINE

EQUILIBRIUM

The right balance between muscle and size to obtain animals with high muscular potential that are marketable at any age: grazers, young cattle and adult carcasses.

NARUTO - NARKO
MARENGO - ONDENC - LEGO

EASY CALVING

To ensure the first calving and high performance: beef and marketable qualities in males and maternal qualities in females that will become good replacement heifers.

PITCHOUN - PYHA
ONDENC - ILLUSTRATED - HASHTAG

MORPHOLOGY

For powerful, elegant animals with high growth potential and large females with heavy carcasses.

LATINO - LARGO
NEKETI - NARUTO - LARRONDO

BREED QUALITIES

For show animals or animals with impeccable morphology for breeders who like the "Blond style".

NACERY - PANTZO
NOTOS - LATINO - JABU

HORNLESS

To produce 100% hornless animals or gradually introducing the Polled gene into your herd.

NIBIRU - RELAX PP
SIGMA PP - SELF P

EASY STEERING

For animals that are easy to steer and for safe and easy management.

ONDENC - NEKETI
NARKO - JABU - MARENGO

GENETIC ORIGINALITY

For breeders seeking originality and diversity whilst maintaining performance and reliability.

LARRONDO - LARGO
PANTZO - LOPEZ - MORZINE

YOUNGMEAT

For the production of veal calves and calves under the dam, both purebred and crossbred.

GAZOU - NAHIKO
MELKIOR - GLACON - MEGALITH

PIERRE ETCHECOPAR
Mating, advice… ?

Pierre Etchecopar, Blonde d’Aquitaine genetic creation technician

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Mating, advice… ?

David Gonzales, Blonde d’Aquitaine genetic creation technician

Order your doses

To order doses for AI, please contact your cooperative or our breeder customer service: commercial@auriva-elevage.com or +33 5 56 30 75 66

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Catalog Embryos

To order embryos, please contact Loli CASTET :

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On-farm weaning assessment brochure

For all inquiries please contact Loli CASTET :

Blonde d'Aquitaine selection scheme

To support today’s and tomorrow’s blond breeders, AURIVA, its team of experts and partners work hard every day to select the best bulls for AI. Developments in indexing methods, use of genomics, collection of new phenotypes, evaluation in maternal abilities progeny testing station, evaluation of new traits… with the support of tools that have proven their relevance, but also thanks to a proactive innovation policy, AURIVA offers you more than ever exceptional genetics.

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Maternal abilities progeny testing station in Casteljaloux: the program’s reliability trump card

Located in the Lot et Garonne region, the maternal abilities progeny testing station enables us to specify and confirm the quality of bulls distributed by AURIVA, based on rigorous testing of their progeny under similar breeding conditions.

The Casteljaloux facility is the only one of its kind in the world, enabling us to offer the highest level of indexing reliability. Each year, 150 daughters of 8 bulls are tested before being offered (or not) in the AURIVA catalog.

By bringing all the animals together on the same site and eliminating the environmental effects of breeding farms, several hundred measurements are taken each year to compile maternal quality indexes:

  • Growth: monthly weighing, scoring, detailed measurements at 18 months
  • Precocity: heat detection twice a day, insemination at 15 months with semen from test bulls
  • Calving at 2 years with recording: calving preparation, calving conditions, birth weight, pelvimetry
  • Impact of the mother on the calf: milk recording at 60 and 120 days with double weighing of calves before and after suckling, monthly weighing of calves and scoring at 120 days.

Discover the program and the station on video :

Discover the program and the station on video :

Genotyping

Do you want to encourage genetic progress and optimize the management of your livestock? With Gen&Blond, AURIVA-Elevage and France Blonde d’Aquitaine give you access to this reliable, simple and fast service for controlling the future of your blond herd.

With genotyping, you can :

  • Know your animal’s genetic value early on to improve the suitability of your matings and target the use of sexed semen.
  • Avoid risky matings to manage anomalies in your herd
  • Detect genes of interest for fixing the Blonde Muscularity gene, predicting coat color fixing abilities or managing hornless strains.
  • Controlling parentage, essential for your males and reassuring for your females
  • Simplify confirmation procedures for young males requiring translocation 1/29 and anoxonopathy results

BlondoTyp Males

(MD chip)
90
  • SNP genetic identification
  • VCG SNP request "Genetic compatibility check"
  • Haplotype test results : Robertsonian translocation 1/29
  • Mutation test results: Axonopathy, Culard gene, Polled gene,
  • Blonde Muscularity gene, Coat coloring gene

Blond'Eval Males

(GEMBAL indexing option)
160 - 40€ for VA4 members
  • Optional
  • Available from age 12 months (racial deferral)
  • GEMBAL evaluation => IPVGéno/Index IBOVAL amended with genotyping information (Availability and expression according to CD level)/(Updated with each new official indexation)

BlondoTyp Females

35 - 10€ for samples of mothers of males requested in BlondoTyp if sample of the female and request for BlondoTyp Female on the same order form as their son.
  • SNP genetic identification (no "official" VCG required)
  • Haplotype test results : Robertsonian translocation 1/29
  • Mutation test results: Axonopathy, Culard gene, Polled gene, Blonde muscularity gene, Coat coloring gene

Blond'Eval Females

(GEMBAL indexing option)
55 - 20€ for VA4 members
  • Optional
  • Request for VCG SNP "Verification of genetic compatibility".
  • GEMBAL evaluation => IPVGéno/Index IBOVAL amended with genotyping information (Availability and expression according to CD level)/(Updated with each new official indexation)
  • No racial delay

Additional benefits :

BlondoTyp Males

Recruited for racial station
90
  • SNP genetic identification
  • VCG SNP request "Genetic compatibility check"
  • Haplotype test results : Robertsonian translocation 1/29
  • Mutation test results: Axonopathy, Culard gene, Polled gene,
  • Blonde Muscularity gene, Coat coloring gene

SNP identification

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  • For parents of genotyped animals not previously referenced
  • Required to obtain VCG from genotyped animal

Additional VCG

8 per new parent tested
  • Request for new VCG for incompatible genotyped animals or as a supplement for BlondoTyp females

Priority sample processing

9 per sample
  • Priority sample processing option in the laboratory for faster results delivery

For all requests

Please contact Ermeline Vigroux: ermeline.verchere@auriva-elevage.com or +33 5 63 82 52 73

Blonde d’Aquitaine

Recognized by its light wheat to darker gray color, Blonde d’Aquitaine is emblematic of its region of origin. France’s 3rd-largest beef breed, it is widely renowned for its meat qualities and excellent yields of quality meat with a low fat content. Its well-developed musculature and ideal conformation give it tender, juicy, flavorful meat.

If its butchering qualities are remarkable, its maternal abilities are equally so. Calving ease, quality of maternal milk, vitality, efficient feed conversion… Blond calves enjoy vigorous growth for excellent profitability.

Easy to rear, resistant to difficult climatic conditions, robust and long-lived, Blonde d’Aquitaine makes the most of moderate rations. Whether purebred or crossbred, choosing the Blonde d’Aquitaine means choosing quality, versatility and durability.

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bulls evaluated on their maternal abilities at Casteljaloux