A UK bred Limousin bull has been sold to French breeders and exported in what it widely believed to be the first time a bull of the breed has been sold back to France.
Homebred, 11 month old Grange Gervaise from George and Steven Smith and Family, Brookfield Farm, Daventry, sold him for an undisclosed sum to InterLim Service Genetique on behalf of three breeders; Earl Lasternas, Earl Geraud and Earl Bonnet.
The bull is by French sire Chaval, which the Smiths bought from Lanaud Bull Station in 2008. Gervaise is out of homebred cow, Grange Cascade and was sold weighing 660kg at 33 days old, meaning he had gained an impressive 1.86kg a day since birth.
His great grandmother, Grange Juniata was champion pedigree female at Smithfield in 1994 and his grandfather on his father’s side is Recis – one of the leading bulls in France.
The bull is believed to be currently with Earl Lasternas where semen will be taken from him before he is moved around the three herds. Lasternas is one of the top show people in France having had the champion bull at the French national Limousin show for two consecutive years.