Breeds in focus
Originating from an area of central France around the town of Limoges to the west of the Massif Central, the Limousin is, with the Charolais, one of the two major French beef breeds. The first pedigree bulls were imported into the UK in 1971: within 15 years the Limousin had become the dominant beef breed in the UK. The bulls are noted for their sound temperament, 56 • SHOOTING TIMES & COUNTRY MAGAZINE a reminder that this was once a draught breed.
Sturdy and adaptable, the goldenred Limousin is popular in the UK both as a pedigree breed and as a beef sire for use with dairy and suckler herds. It is highly valued for maturing rapidly, producing an excellent ratio of lean meat to bone. However, the breed’s popularity is also based on the fact that cows covered by a Limousin bull tend to have few calving problems.
The Limousin replaced the Hereford as the main UK beef breed