Get with the strength at Le Martres

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - Livestock -

AC­CORD­ING to Le Martres Li­mousins stud prin­ci­pal Leon Martin the cat­tle he breeds presents some ma­jor ben­e­fits to the beef and meat in­dus­tries.

Af­ter 16 years of mea­sur­ing and de­lib­er­ately fo­cus­ing breed­ing for higher In­tra­mus­cu­lar Fat the stud’s 58 head re­turned an av­er­age of 3.8 per cent, with a range of 2.7 per cent to 4.5 per cent, with the test range be­ing zero to six per cent.

“This re­sult is ex­tremely pleas­ing as our orig­i­nal goal was to achieve be­tween three and four per cent IMF/mar­bling,” Mr Martin said.

“Mar­bling is ter­ri­bly im­por­tant for meat qual­ity and the sub­se­quent eat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for con­sumers.

“Our cat­tle have now achieved this im­por­tant mile­stone.

The Le Martres Li­mousin Stud was founded in 1988 with the pur­chase of its first fe­males from the Manor Hill Li­mousin Stud.

At this time, the stud was op­er­ated in con­junc­tion with Bund­ing Park Li­mousin Stud lo­cated at Bal­lan, Vic­to­ria owned by Bert and Ruth Bow­den.

In 1994, the Martin fam­ily pur­chased the prop­erty named ‘Rose­mont Farm’ lo­cated at Ta­ble Top, NSW, and the Le Martres Li­mousin Stud was re­lo­cated to Ta­ble Top, NSW.

The stud then ac­quired an ad­di­tional se­lec­tion of older apri­cot and black Li­mousin cows and bulls to ex­pand the herd size.

Older cat­tle were se­lected as proven breed­ers and as hav­ing been proven to be struc­turally cor­rect by time.

Le Martres Li­mousin now breed French and Aus­tralian pure­breed Li­mousin cat­tle with ex­cep­tional qual­ity car­cases, var­i­ous coat col­ors (apri­cot, black, blue and straw­berry) and horned or pooled.

“The an­i­mals of­fer phe­nom­e­nal, high-qual­ity car­cases which per­fectly suit the do­mes­tic meat mar­ket,” Mr Martin said.

“The car­cases of­fer ex­tra meat yield, fine grain meat, mar­bling and even fat cover by se­lec­tion.

“Con­se­quently, the cat­tle can be killed younger and of­fer still ideal por­tion sizes for both the butcher and cus­tomer.

For the first time, the stud re­cently of­fered pedi­gree fe­males by on­line ten­der for sale, com­ple­ment­ing the up­com­ing bull sale sched­uled for Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 27, 2015 where a se­lec­tion of horned and polled bulls will be avail­able.

“Le Martres has specif­i­cally se­lected Li­mousin cat­tle that have out­stand­ing longevity as this is a very im­por­tant trait for max­imis­ing on-farm re­source ef­fi­ciency and op­ti­mis­ing prof­itabil­ity,” Mr Martin said.

“Your in­spec­tion of our Li­mousin cat­tle is wel­comed through­out the year.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.lemartres­limousins. com.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.