Get with the strength at Le Martres
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.