2017 Limousin Magazine Summer

Limousin cattle perfect for the Jack family as they ‘just get on with it’ Limousin bloodlines underpin a relatively new livestock enterprise, which has become a passion for the Jack family who farm at Carriston near Glenrothes in Fife. Originally from Ayrshire, Matt and Libby Jack came to Carriston in 1982...
SEES LIMOUSINS AS THE PERFECT FIT AT BEADLAM GRANGE Here we feature Mark and Jenny Rooke and their growing and successful farm enterprise at Beadlam Grange in North Yorkshire.  The Limousin breed is of course playing a central part in the Rooke’s ‘commitment to quality’. “Committed to Quality’, the three words...
The Summer 2017 Limousin Magazine is out now! Posted to BLCS members, copies will also be available around the UK at the upcoming Limousin sales, major winter shows and general events. Another magazine packed with news and views on the breed with the ‘built in premium’, this issue is...

2017 Limousin Magazine Spring/Summer

Limousins doing the business at White House Farm, Norfolk One Norfolk beef producer’s decision to change breeding policy and use pedigree Limousin bulls on his commercial sucker herd has benefitted everyone along the supply chain, as Aly Balsom reports. Now four years into the breeding strategy and the improvements in store...
Guest writer James Hazard reports on the central role of Limousin genetics in the 150 cow suckler herd of Robert and Sue Scott, Ayston, Rutland. In the heart of the country’s smallest county of Rutland, and set in the most beautiful rolling countryside, lies a very well organised and driven...

2016 Limousin Magazine Winter

Feature on the Towler family’s mainly commercial suckler herd at Scriddles Croft farm, Grindleton, near Clitheroe in Lancashire. The Limousin is the breed of choice for many beef producers looking for a hardy animal that will produce the type of store calf that the market is looking for and the...
Guest writer James Hazard profiles the Turville Herd of the Lear family based at Creslow Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and sees the Limousin breed ticking all the boxes as a pedigree herd run on a very commercial basis. The Turville Herd is located in Creslow, a unique and historic parish nestling...

2016 Limousin Magazine Summer

Feature on the Reed family of West Biggins Farm, Frosterley, County Durham The Reed family’s 12-14 month store cattle regularly top the auction sales at their local markets and they believe that the Limousin plays a key role in helping them to achieve this result. West Biggins Farm is a true...
Farm feature on Andrew and Mark Brown, Asby Hall, Nr Appleby, Cumbria The Limousin is unbeatable for producing calves that can earn a premium price at that early age, says Cumbria suckled calf producer Andrew Brown who runs 100 suckler cows with his brother Mark at Asby Hall near Appleby. “Our...

2016 Limousin Magazine Spring

The 2016 National Limousin Show is set to be a fantastic showcase of the best in the breed, and taking the helm in the judging ring on 29th July at Carlisle, will be Bruce Goldie, of the Goldies herd in Mouswald, near Dumfries. Well known for producing top price bulls...
Page Bros at Lodge Farm, Elkington in Northamptonshire is where Frank Page, this year’s commercial section judge at the National Limousin Show has lived all his life. Working in partnership with his brother, who looks after the arable side of the business. Frank, his wife Caroline, children George, (10)...
Feature on the Stockdale family’s commercial suckler herd at Oat Croft Farm, Burnsall, near Skipton in North Yorkshire. Brothers, Jim and Richard and Richard’s son, Dan all work on the family beef and sheep farm, with Jim mainly taking care of the 70-cow suckler herd. It is focused on store...

2015 Limousin Magazine Winter

Since this feature was compiled Gordon & Julie Sedgewick of Ricknall Grange Farm, Aycliffe, Co Durham have gone on to win the highly prestigious Beef Farmer of the Year title in the 2015 Northern Farmer of the Year Awards.  Commenting on the award, Julie said:  “We were thrilled to...
Feature on Will and Gillian Sedgley, Low Bank House, Barbon, Nr Carnforth, Lancashire Making a start in farming certainly isn’t easy but a young couple on the border of Cumbria and Lancashire are proving that with hard work and determination there are still opportunities for new starters – and on...

2015 Limousin Magazine Summer

Feature on the finishing enterprise of David Dickinson, Brockwoodlees, near Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. Specialising in the supply of quality cattle for the private butcher’s market requires an unerring eye for the selection of stores and attention to detail throughout the production system. David Dickinson manages to fulfil both criteria, with the...
Here we feature the 300 cow suckler herd, and ten strong Limousin bull battery, of the Sloan family’s Mull of Galloway Farm situated in the most southerly point of Scotland. There are few Limousin cattle which enjoy life in such a spectacular setting as those on the Sloan family's  Mull...
Saturday 19th September:  Upper Dinmore Farm will host the British Limousin Cattle Society's 2015 Open Day. Everyone welcome. The Dinmore herd is well known in pedigree circles, but it’s the Limousin breed’s commercial attributes that have kept it at the forefront of the cattle enterprise at Dinmore Manor Estate, Hereford,...

2015 Limousin Magazine Spring

Commercial feature on the 1,000 strong Limousin suckler herd, featuring 35 Limousin stock bulls, of the Alexander family, Mains of Mause, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Scottish Beef Association ‘Beef from the Hills’ event to be hosted at Mains of Mause on 27th May. This year Scotland's Beef Event run by the Scottish Beef...
Feature on the 150-head commercial suckler and 20-head pedigree herds of Nick Tennant, Manor Farm, Bridlington, East Yorkshire A Limousin sire has been used exclusively for many years on the commercial suckler herd belonging to Nick Tennant and his family. However, Nick’s lifelong association with the breed has recently notched...
Feature on the Scottish Government’s Crofting Cattle Improvement Scheme and bull stud based at Knocknagael Farm, Inverness. On a hillside above Inverness is the farm of Knocknagael.  Knocknagael is owned by the Scottish Government which operates the Crofting Cattle Improvement Scheme which leases pedigree beef bulls to crofting townships.   In...

2014 Limousin Magazine Winter

Feature on the Wildgoose Family, Scarcliffe Hall Farm, Scarcliffe, Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Springwood Farm, Sutton Scarsdale, Chesterfield. Ian Wildgoose says the reason behind his family’s unwavering commitment to the Limousin is simple: “Most of my cattle go to private butchers and I have found they prefer the Limousin above all...
Feature on DR Owen & Son, Sandilands, Tywyn, Aberystwyth A pastel shade of green might well be the preferred colour choice for most of the 700-plus luxury static caravans on the four sites a Meirionnydd-based farming family runs along the West Wales coast. But when it comes to their cattle the...

2014 Limousin Magazine Summer

Upper Coton Farms, situated on the edge of the Northamptonshire village of Guilsborough, finishes some 900-head of Limousin-cross stock each year with the marketability of the Limousin breed at the core of this finishing unit. Run by Mike & Jane Wills together with their son Charlie (25) and  part-time farm...
An emphasis on growth rates and good grades is the key to success for the Dandie Family, who farm at Learielaw, Broxburn, near Edinburgh; and they find Limousin-cross calves fit the bill for their butcher customers. They finish 350 to 400 home-bred and bought-in cattle every year and consistency of...
Stephen Graham’s hill farm is heavily stocked and he only has one full-time member of staff to help him. He has chosen the Limousin as the dominant breed for his commercial herd, due to its ease of management and ability to survive under harsh conditions; the farm is in...

2014 Limousin Magazine Spring

Award-winning commercial beef producer, Phil Jones, manages to achieve the best of both worlds. While he runs his business with ruthless efficiency and a keen eye to profit, he also has a genuine love of cattle breeding and is just as enthusiastic as any pedigree breeder. Over the years,...
Courtesy of The Scottish Farmer Words: Kayley Kennedy Photographs: Jacqueline Pettigrew   EVER SINCE its humble beginnings some 20 years ago, the Maybe herd of Limousin cattle has gone from strength-to-strength and has achieved some outstanding results, despite not focusing on selling bulls through the pedigree ring. David and Rosemarie Cornthwaite relocated from the...
A desire to reduce disease risk and improve calf quality has seen Pluckley, Kent-based suckler herd manager Martin Russell progress towards a near purebred Limousin herd over the last six years, with the intention of maximising profitability. Managing a herd of 325 sucklers for farming and contracting company FGS Agri,...

2013 Limousin Magazine Winter

Messrs S Higgott & Son, Crown Farm, Nailstone, Leicestershire were interviewed by Richard Saunders, BLCS Development Manager, in August 2013. Photography by Andy Hunting. Robin & Julie Higgott run 130 suckler cows in tandem with a finishing unit numbering around 400 head – with both enterprises firmly established on a...
While Clive Rowland may not aspire to a fully pedigree Limousin herd, he is just as passionate about cattle breeding as anyone else involved in the Limousin Society. He also shares the same goal, which is to gradually improve the quality of his animals, through careful research and selection. Garrowby...
The Siddal herd owned by Paul & Alan Fletcher, of Birch, Heywood, near Rochdale, has been recognised by EBLEX as the Most Improved Herd of Limousin cattle in England for 2013. The award is presented by the EBLEX Beef Better Returns Programme (BRP) to the recorded herd that shows the...

2013 Limousin Magazine Summer

‘THE PEDIGREE PEN’

QUESTION & ANSWER WITH ERIC & ELAINE NORMAN OF THE NORMAN PEDIGREE HERD, LITTLE ORTON FARM, CARLISLE The Norman herd, owned and run by Eric and Elaine Norman, along with their two sons Craig and Michael needs little introduction.  A string of sale successes in recent years has put their...
A feature on James, Sarah, Laura and Ben Cooper, partners in Tomschoice Limousins, Hill Top Farm, Dacre, North Yorkshire The Coopers are proof that it is not necessary to farm full time, in order to achieve cattle breeding success. They believe that the ‘easy-care’ Limousin plays a major role in...
The Northumberland-based Hunter Family credit the Limousin with helping them to maximise the value of the store calves they sell throughout the year.   Farming really is a family affair for the Hunters, of Bellingham, but they do not enjoy the luxury of having their land ring-fenced. The Steel is an...

2013 Limousin Magazine Spring

Feature on Stephen Nixon, Hunters Hall, Southerfield, Wigton, Cumbria   Most dedicated cattle producers can only dream about achieving the leading price at a pedigree sale, especially when they are in the company of some of the top breeders in the country. But for Stephen Nixon, this dream came true on...
Feature on Will Ketley, Toppesfield Hall Ltd, Yeldham Road, Toppesfield, Halstead, Essex With a life-long family association with the breed it was no surprise that when Will Ketley decided to establish a pedigree cattle herd as part of his farming enterprise it was Limousins he chose. Having seen the potential of...

2012 Limousin Magazine Winter

Nelson Alexander and his son James farm around 800 acres at Randalstown on the outskirts of Belfast in Northern Ireland. This family farm is home to 400+ suckler cows and followers, which are heavily influenced by the Limousin breed. The farm is spread out over approximately 20 miles, which means...
Starting a major farming enterprise from scratch is a challenging business. Even more so when you and the family are leaving home and setting up in a new country. But 33 years ago, that’s just what William and Anne Jamison did and have built up their enterprise on firm Limousin foundations....

2012 Limousin Magazine Summer

A family producing store cattle in north-east England has been using the Limousin as a crossing sire for two decades. Kevin Sparke and his family manage 1,000 acres of grassland at Little Swinburne, near Hexham. The farm carries a herd of 175 Limousin and Belgian Blue cross suckler cows, as...
'Weight pays' is the simple mantra for Fordham, Newmarket-based commercial and pedigree cattle farmers Roger & Daniel Turner and it's one they aim to practice with every one of the 1,400 cattle they finish every year. The reasoning behind it is simple, says Roger Turner. "When store cattle are as...

2012 Limousin Magazine Spring

Northumberland-based store cattle producer, Roland Telford has tried several terminal sire  breeds for producing store animals for the auction market, but he feels that a switch to using the Limousin exclusively five years ago was the right decision. He has no intention of changing policy again.   Roly and his wife,...
Sustainability may be the buzzword of the last decade, but it’s something Chris Passmore has always strived to achieve in his mixed farming system.   Mr Passmore, who farms 344ha (850 acres) on the South Downs at Lancing, maintains that his integrated farming system is simply doing what’s best for the...

2011 Limousin Magazine Winter

A rapidly expanding herd focusing on the production of high health status black polled Limousins As well as winning the EBLEX Award, the herd has the highest average Beef Value this year of any Limousin herd in the UK. The Greensons Limousin Herd owned by Guy Green and his father...
When the Hurford family moved from Devon to Cornwall in 1999, they had to find an enterprise that would replace the regular cash flow they had enjoyed in dairy farming. Giving up the dairy herd was a priority, as it would mean the two brothers, Robert and Graham, could...

2011 Limousin Magazine Summer

A feature on the Haltcliffe herd of Messrs Ridley, Haltcliffe, Hesket New Market, Wigton, Cumbria. One of the foremost pedigree names in the United Kingdom, Haltcliffe will be the venue for the British Limousin Cattle Society’s 2011 National Open Day on Friday 29th July.  The day will be held...
commercial feature on John Blaxell, Eastfield Farm, Hickling, Norwich  Spending up to 10,000gns for a commercial bull may sound a little excessive for some beef producers, but for John Blaxell it’s a must to ensure quality stock are produced for the liveweight market. Commercial and pedigree producer John Blaxell is no...

2011 Limousin Magazine Spring

Church Farm, Steeple Ashton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire is home to a 335 head suckler herd run by FC Cottle & Son. Put exclusively to a battery of 9 Limousin bulls, the cows are predominantly spring calving with the calves sold as stores at around 6-9 months of age. Sold late...
Established nearly 30 years ago, the Mereside Herd is without doubt one of the leading herds in the Eastern Counties, with a strong customer base buying both males and females from their Saltby Heath Farm at  Skillington, Grantham. The herd, currently numbering just shy of 140 breeding females, was...

2010 Limousin Magazine Winter

The Shire Herd owned by Doug and Carol Edgar and their son Jack of Fellside, Ousby near Penrith, Cumbria, has been recognised by EBLEX as the Most Improved Herd of British Limousin cattle in 2010. The award is presented by the EBLEX Beef Better Returns Programme (BeefBRP) to the recorded...
A family with connections to a livestock auctioneering business has chosen the Limousin as the main breed for its suckler herd and finished cattle enterprises. Rudda Farm belongs to Doug and Rachel Gascoine, who trade as Gascoine Group Ltd, a business which runs Newark Livestock Market. The family also owns...
The Mackley Family is a shining example of the progress that can be achieved through sheer dedication and hard work. They credit the Limousinwith helping them as they strive to achieve their goal, which is to build up a herd of 200 commercial cows and 50 pedigrees. Edward Mackley and...

2010 Limousin Magazine Summer

Laura’s Lean Beef

Here we feature the Laura's Lean Beef company, a branded beef programme (based on Limousin) with over 6,700 stores in 47 US states. The following is the paper given by John Tobe, company chairman, at the 2010 British Cattle Breeders Conference. Company Background              ...
With several members of the Nixon family relying on the income from Stotsfold Farm in Northumberland, it’s essential that profits from the beef enterprise are maximised. That’s why they’ve chosen the Limousin - a breed which they believe has no serious rival in the marketplace.  The family farming partnership at...
LIMOUSIN - MEETING THE DEMANDS OF THE MARKETPLACE   A Northumberland family which credits the Limousin with helping them to meet the demands of today’s customers has started to make an impact on the pedigree circuit, with several homebred breeding bulls having attracted keen bidding at pedigree sales. Swarland Old Hall near...

2010 Limousin Magazine Spring

Commercial herd feature on Ben and Len Attewell A father and son team with a commercial suckler herd in South Wales relies on the Limousinto sire easy care cattle with good growth rates, and the ability to attract a premium at auction. Ben Attewell and his father, Len, manage Chapel Farm,...
Mains of Burnbank, Blair Drummond, Stirling, June 2nd Feature on the Graham family, Dougie and Lynda, and sons John and James Most farmers eagerly await a cracking good day out at Scotsheep, but this year’s event, hosted by Graham family at Mains of Burnbank, Blair Drummond, Stirling, on Wednesday, June 2,...
Commercial herd feature on Stephen Lord While understanding the breeding in a bull’s pedigree is a top priority for all breeders looking for new herd sires, it’s not always the first thing that commercial buyers take into account. But when it comes to choosing Limousin bulls to sire the suckled...

2009 Limousin Magazine Winter

A huge estimated crowd of around 3,500 people attended what was a spectacular Northern Ireland Limousin Club Open Day held in August 2009 at the Corrie Family Farms situated on the Ards Peninsula, County Down. The large crowd came from all corners of the UK and Southern Ireland and...
A focus on quality and profitability is at the heart of the firmly established pedigree Limousin enterprise at Procters Farm Ltd, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, Lancs. Under the day-to-day eye of Farm Manager Gary Swindlehurst, rapid progress has been made with the Procters pedigree herd which was founded in 1996. The Procters...

2009 Limousin Magazine Summer

N I LIMOUSIN CLUB OPEN DAY 22nd AUGUST 2009 “From Birth to Plate” AT THE CORRIE FAMILY, DRUMILLA FARMS The Corrie Family Enterprise has its base on the Family Farms situated on the Ards Peninsula, not far from Newtownards in County Down, and consisting of two main farms, each of around 200...
The family behind a farming business that has been buying Limousin bulls for many years believes the breed cannot be beaten. Ted and Merle Davies, and their son, Wayne, run their Limmy bulls with Limousin crossbred cows. The system produces top quality replacements that will stand up to the...

2009 Limousin Magazine Spring

BLCS Open Day held at Smiths of Bloxham Ironstone Limousins on Saturday 4th July 2009.
Strattons Farms in Hampshire is a good example of how the Limousin can help to improve herd performance over a relatively short period of time. When Simon Hill took on the role of Farm Manager in 2002, he inherited a diverse mix of cattle, including Limousin, Blonde d’Aquitaine and Charolais...

2008 Limousin Magazine Summer

Farm feature on the Allison family, Muirburn, near Biggar, Lanarkshire “With any other breed, you would be struggling to achieve top quality grading for half the animals put forward,” he says. “By contrast, 99 out of 100 Limousins have the potential to achieve a price premium.” Richard and his wife...
Feature on Michael and Sarah Potter of Faringdon, Oxfordshire Michael Potter lives, breathes and dreams about Limousins. And the dream of establishing himself as a recognised breeder is now starting to come true. Having made the change in 1999 from commercial store cattle to establishing the Hannem Herd at Blackacres Farm,...

2008 Limousin Magazine Spring

“There’s nowt to beat a Limmy,” is a phrase that John Richardson often uses when asked to describe his favourite breed of cattle. As a producer of high quality suckled calves, he thinks the Limousin has characteristics that set it apart from the competition. It has certainly served him well...
Murtagh Walls Feature Murtagh Walls and his family farm at the picturesque foothills of the Cock and Hen Mountains in the Mournes, close to Hilltown, Co Down. He is the third generation to be farming in this area and is helped on the farm by his wife Geraldine, son Niall...

2007 Limousin Magazine Winter

Since Thomas Threlkeld switched to using the Limousin exclusively on his herd, Herries Farms has gone from strength to strength, producing yearling stores that attract the attention of market bidders and private buyers alike. The coastal farm, which is based on the Caerlaverock Estate near Dumfries, supports 300 mainly...
The McFarlands of Rahoney Ireland and its counties are sub-divided in a unique way; counties into baronies, baronies into parishes, and parishes into townlands. The townland is a unique feature of the Irish landscape and is one of the most ancient divisions in the country. The origins of the townland remain...

2007 Limousin Magazine Summer

The Limousin’s exceptional ability to convert forage into meat is one of the principle reasons behind Steadman Dodd’s unwavering loyalty to the breed. Other cattle may grow larger, but producers looking for profitability will find it very difficult to beat, he says. The Dodds’ herd at West View is made...
The first word that springs to mind when it comes to describing Hunthills is traditional. The family farm, near Dumfries in Scotland, relies on tried and tested methods of suckled calf production, with the Limousin playing a pivotal role in breeding policy. Stuart and Mary Wright have been keeping Limousins...

2007 Limousin Magazine Spring

Richard Howatson, Nantglyn, near Denbigh Throughout his farming career, Richard Howatson’s affiliation to the Limousin has been unwavering - he has been involved with the breed as a suckler sire for more than two decades. His brother, Meirion and nephew, Glyn, run a similar operation just up the road at...
Tim Piper, Wittersham, Kent Adding value to beef by providing exactly what the customer wants is a must for winner of the South East Region Limousin Suckler Herd Competition. Providing exactly what the customer wants is a phrase that regularly comes out of Tim Piper’s mouth, and it’s fair to say...
Will Corrie & Sons Committed to Quality and Improvement Will Corrie & Sons, who farm at Crossnamuckley Road, Newtownards, have been announced as the Northern Ireland Limousin Suckler Herd of the Year and Reserve National Overall winners of the British Limousin Cattle Society’s National Suckler Herd Competition for 2006. In...

2006 Limousin Magazine Winter

The Smith-Jacksons of Hightown, near Haltwhistle, Northumberland. Farming is not just a business, it is also a way of life. That is certainly true for Northumberland store cattle producer, John Smith-Jackson. He manages to combine business with pleasure by producing what the market wants, and achieving considerable success in the...
Todd Brothers, High Bank Hill, Kirkoswald, Cumbria Running a suckler herd on a low-input, extensive system based almost 10 miles away from the home farm means choosing an easy-calving breed that is hardy enough to thrive outdoors during harsh winters. Cumbrian producer, Mark Holliday, feels that the Limousin matches that...
Patrick Greed, Columbjohn Farm, Exeter, Devon Top quality sires are the key to any successful beef enterprise, claims Patrick Greed, winner of the South West Limousin Suckler Herd Competition. Patrick Greed first introduced Limousins to Columbjohn Farm, Exeter, Devon in 1995 in an effort to better meet market requirements. “I wanted...

2006 Limousin Magazine Summer

Cumbrian farmer, Andrew Harrison is in the business of selling store cattle from his suckler herd, and he reckons the Limousin is a good choice when it comes to producing quality 8-10 month calves. His animals regularly top the local sale at Carlisle, with prices averaging £600 for steers...
"A producer of good quality livestock will always find a market for it" thats the motto adopted by Harry Gass a Cumbrian farmer who is optimistic about the future and firmly believes the Limousin will help his business stay in profit in the years ahead. Harry Gass and his family...
The maze of minor West Wales roads might make Cilgryman Fawr a difficult place to find – but there are certainly no location problems when it comes to Mynach. Bulls and females bearing the prefix are scattered far and wide across the UK. Recent years have seen stock from the...