Figures released by the British Limousin Cattle Society show that sales of pedigree animals at Official Sales exceeded the £5 Million mark in 2008. Including the end of year Red Ladies female sale, the total gross figure for the year was finalized at £5,231,408. Over the last five years, pedigree
In 2008, fifteen Collective Society Sales were held with further Official Sales from twenty-two breeders’ herds. Averages for both bulls and females at Collective Sales increased on the year with the bull average showing a rise of £291 to £4026 per head. Significantly, the total number of animals sold at Collective Sales in the year also showed a slight increase, up by fifty one. At the Autumn 2008 round of Collective Bull Sales held at Carlisle,
The Limousin sale year saw a number of records and achievements which included: new centre records at Perth in consecutive sales; average of £6438 for senior bulls at Carlisle’s October Sale; centre record and all breeds record average for maiden heifers of £3321 at Red Ladies, Carlisle; 33 Newstart animals averaging £9900, an all-breeds centre record for a Dispersal Sale; centre record at Ballymena; centre record average at Brecon in May; centre record at Newark; a Welsh breeder record of £33,600 set at Carlisle in February; and a joint N Irish breeder record of £31,500 set at Perth in October.
The year’s highest price paid for a bull was the 50,000gns paid at
Commenting on the figures, BLCS Chairman Jim Bloom said, “The Limousin pedigree sale figures over a sustained number of years are testament to the ongoing demand from the commercial sector for easy care, efficient cattle that leave a profitable carcass. Ongoing research in the beef sector, including the identification of the F94L superior beef gene, is just serving to highlight the massive genetic advantages the