In 2014 we introduced the Limousins to our stud.
Jennipher & Stephen attended a couple of auctions looking for the perfect additions, it took time but we finally got there.
Our foundation stock was purchased from the Burden Family at Tintinara.
Sadly it was due to Frank & carole's retirement that found us attheir farm, but hopefully we can go on to do them & the breed proud.
Our first cow is Graffoe Eau De Cologne, she comes with a 6 month old heifer calf at foot (Kreme) who is sired by Graffoe Senator.
Our other purchase was a young heifer calf. Since closing the dairy I have only dreamed about the oppotunity to rear a calf.
Sadly the only way for this to happen was going to be if a cow had twin heifers or should something go wrong with a cow.
Very sadly this is the case. Kookie is out of Mandayen Ursula. The cow had damaged her hip / stifle meaning the calf would need to be reared, so a bitter sweet moment really.
She has been so quiet from the moment we got her home. A true testiment the breeders & the breed.
If I showed you every photo I took, well that's all this site would be about!
I promise to update regularly on her progress :0)
ORIGIN OF THE BREED
The Limousin breed originated in a region of central France - rugged, granite country - where the summers are hot and winters are severe.
The documented history of Limousin goes back more than 15,000 years to to an area surrounding the French city of Limoges where rough cave paintings showing the characteristics of the breed have been discovered and carbon dated. The Limousin herd book was established in 1886.
Today the Limousin breed can be found in seventy countries from the northern-most herds of Finland and the Commonwealth of Soviet States to countries such as Cuba, South Africa and China.
The Limousin breed is:
- the largest breed in the UK
- the third largest breed in the USA
- the fifth largest breed in Canada
- the seventh largest breed in Australia
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BREED
The Limousin is a rich gold colour, with lighter circles around the eye and the muzzle, and shading to a lighter colour on the legs. Limousins can also be black as a result of grading up from black cattle in Australia. The head is small and short with a broad forehead, and the neck is short. All French Limousins are naturally horned. In Australia polled Limousins have also been developed. Most horned Limousins are dehorned at a young age. The Limousin is intermediate in size and maturity between British and most other European breeds.
Limousin cattle adapt to diverse climates and the widest range of management systems, from the top end of the Northern Territory to the highlands of Central Tasmania.
Ease of Calving
Limousin calves have low birth weights, which lead to minimum calving problems when Limousin bulls are used over cows of other breeds.
High Dressing Percentage
Limousin crossbred steers and heifers have high dressing percentages of 58 - 63 percent compared to an average of 53 - 58 percent.
High meat to bone ratios and low fat leads to outstanding yields of saleable meat from Limousin cross carcases. Yields of up to 80% of saleable meat are not uncommon.
Tender Healthy Beef
Limousin meat is finely textured, tender and low in saturated fats and cholesterol. It is genetically trimmed.
Limousin cattle are efficient - they have moderate mature size and are excellent foragers walking long distances for food. They also have above average feed conversion rates.
The Limousin stamps its characteristics on other breeds when used in crossbreeding programs, especially its superior carcase characteristics.