Know your cattle: Limousin

This rugged breed is easy to work with, has high weaning rates, and produces tender, tasty beef

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Originating in France, Limousin cattle thrive in harsh conditions. The breed is a highly efficient beef-producing animal with a well-muscled carcass containing little excess fat.

The first Limousin cattle were imported to South Africa in 1974. According to the Limousin Cattle Breeders’ Society of SA, the breed’s characteristics include:

  • A medium-sized frame, allowing these animals to flourish and be profitable under most conditions.
  • Hybrid vigour. Crossed with any other breed, Limousins produce calves for the feedlot that grow well.
  • An efficient carcass. Slaughter percentages, meat yields and meat-to-bone ratio are all high, and the amount of fat is low.
  • Easy calving at 32kg on the veld.
  • Docility. The breed is easy to work with.
  • Fertility. Herds achieve 92% weaning rates.
  • Longevity. Cows regularly produce up to 14 calves.
  • Feedlot potential, with daily gains of over 2kg.

The meat is tender, tasty and healthy. No hormones are needed as the breed grows beef muscle naturally – exactly what consumers want.

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For details, contact the Limousin Cattle Breeders’ Society of SA on 051 444 5082 or [email protected]. Website:

Limousin Cattle Breeders’ Society of SA;
Beef Cattle Management (ARC-Animal Production Institute, Irene).