- Polled Limousin Bull Greensons Howlett exported to Germany
- Semen from three Limousin bulls heads to Australia in a repeat order
- Export orders through www.semenstore.co.uk
The demand for Limousin genetics from international markets has continued with the export of semen from four bulls in all to orders from Germany and Australia respectively, and through www.semenstore.co.uk
Included within this, an export first was achieved for the polled Limousin bull Greensons Howlett with a quantity of his semen selling to Germany. Bred by Greensons Limousins, Bottisham, Cambridge, Greensons Howlett is the first red coated, homozygous polled (100% polled calves) Limousin bull bred in the UK to have semen available and to now be exported.
Complimenting his polled status the two-year-old Greensons Howlett has an impressive range of performance figures with EBVs in the top 1% for 200 and 400 Day Growth; and in the top 10% for Muscle Depth, Gestation Length, Calving Value and Beef Value.
Commenting, breeder Guy Green said: “I’m delighted with this export first. Greensons Howlett is a long, easy-fleshing bull with a great top, super temperament and sound locomotion. He also carries two copies of the F94L ‘Profit Gene’ and had a scrotal circumference of 42cm at 12 months of age. His first seven calves have been born at between 39kg and 42kg and already his first two heifer calves are on target to reach 200kg by 100 days.”
The semen was purchased by Hexham-based company Eggs-Port for their client in Germany, with the export handled by Semenstore’s distribution hub at UK Sire Services in Devon.
LIMOUSIN SEMEN FROM THREE BULLS EXPORTED TO AUSTRALIA
A further three Limousin bulls have fulfilled a significant order, also through Semenstore, to Tim Keys of Keystone Genetics, Springhurst, Victoria, Australia. The export comprises of the French-bred bulls Bolide and Bahut respectively, together with semen from the 120,000gns world-record-priced Limousin bull Dolcorsllwyn Fabio.
This new deal comes on the back of previous orders from the same customer for Bahut and Dolcorsllwyn Fabio in 2012 and 2013. Commenting, Tim Keys said: “Our ongoing aim is to source the best UK-based Limousin genetics available for our Australian clients and our strong working relationship with Semenstore is an integral part in achieving this aim.”
According to Mr. Keys, the Uruguay sired Bahut is performing strongly in Australian conditions and meeting the market spec: “Bahut’s first progeny, coming up to yearling stage, are powerful, thick calves with moderate frames and a lot of width’. Australia’s first Bahut heifer, bred in Tim Keys’ own Keystone herd, has been sold for AUS$12,000 (£6500 approx) representing the top price this year to date for a Limousin heifer.
The first Fabio calves to be born in Australia are due in August, and breeders ‘Down Under’ are expecting length, width and good docility. The world-record-priced Limousin bull has been used on some top cows (primarily through ET work) and it is hoped his calves will be ‘pretty special.’
Bolide, a Neuf son, is a new bull for the Australian market, and the order comes on the back of very positive feedback from breeders both in the UK and New Zealand. Bolide represents the key traits for the Australian market of muscle, shape, powerful tops and positive docility.