Limousin cattle originate from the Limousin and Marche regions of France. The breed has to be both sturdy and adaptable to thrive in the region’s fairly unfavourable conditions. Limousin cattle were originally used mainly as draft animals. Interest in their high quality meat started around 200 years ago.
In the 1960s, Limousin cattle began being exported in large numbers and in the early 1970s, a small quantity of bulls and heifers (under 200) arrived in Scotland. By the mid 1980s, the Limousin took over from the Hereford as the country’s number 1 artificial insemination breed. By the end of the millennium, figures from the British Cattle Movement Service confirmed that the Limousin was the largest numerical beef breed in the United Kingdom.
Today, the breed can be found all over America, Continental and Eastern Europe, South Africa and South America. The beef is well-regarded. It exhibits good marbling quality (making for great tenderness) and is very low in saturated fats.
Limousin cattle – Characteristics
Limousin cattle are golden-red in colour (with paler sections around the eyes and muzzle) and are naturally horned. That being said, international breeders have now bred polled and black Limousins.
Females weigh around 700 kilos, mature males about 1,100 kilos. The breed is renowned for its efficiency in converting feed to weight at a good rate. Their carcasses have up to 80% meat yields and the ratio of good beef to waste products is excellent. In France, Limousin cattle are still referred to as the ‘butcher’s animal’.
Limousin cows calve easily (birth weights are low) and the breed has an excellent immune system. Due to their ability to contribute hybrid vigour, Limousins are favoured for crossbreeding with cattle such as Hereford and Angus.
Although primarily used for beef production, Limousins are popular sires for dairy farms. Their small calves make breeding with Friesians attractive.
Given these traits, it’s easy to understand why Limousin cattle are so popular. If you are interested in purchasing Limousin cows or bulls, please get in touch.
Limousin cattle for sale and much more
Dual purpose cattle such as Brown Swiss, Danish Red, Fleckvieh / Simmental, Montbéliarde, Norwegian Red, Dexter and Rotbunt can all be sourced. Dairy cattle include; British Friesian, Holstein, Jersey crosses, Kerry and New Zealand Friesian. Beef and dairy Shorthorn can also be supplied.
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