Breeds in fo­cus

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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

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