SALES of pedigree Limousin cattle set a number of records in 2012, including the 120,000gns sale of bull Dolcorsllwyn Fabio at Carlisle last February.
Cattle sold at official British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) sales broken through the £8m mark for the first time to set a new all-breeds record sales gross mark of £8,184,303 – up 11% on 2011.
More than 2,000 pedigree Limousins were sold in the year, comprising 850 bulls and 1,219 females.
It is the fourth consecutive year of record sales and a total of £33m has been paid for pedigree Limousins in the last five years.
BLCS chairman Peter Kirton said: “The demand for the breed is simply driven by it meeting the needs of the market place in performance and profitability. There are so many strengths to the breed in its versatility and flexibility, both terminally and maternally, for beef producers. This is where the real added value is for farmers.
“Limousin cows can produce top-level pedigree calves, first-quality commercial calves and carcasses, and are top-grading cull cows.
“They are easy calving, can be run commercially, have longevity, and are feed efficient. It's a really attractive package and is recognised by the industry.”
Last February’s BLCS sale at Carlisle set a new UK all-breeds record average of £8,243 (up by more than £2,000) for the 131 bulls sold. This was topped by the 120,000gns Dolcorsllwyn Fabio.
Exactly 90 Limousins sold for 10,000gns or more during 2012. While the top-end bulls were responsible for lifting the sales averages, the majority of bulls at the official sales went under the hammer at up to 5,000gns. The BLCS said this shows the breed is affordable for commercial beef producers.
There were 16 BLCS collective sales held at Carlisle, Stirling, Brecon, Dungannon, Ballymena and Aberdeen in the course of the year, grossing a total of £4,510,386, with BLCS Breeders' Sales (comprising production, reduction and dispersal sales) grossing £3,673,917 on behalf of 25 individual herds.