Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Limousin

Contributor(s): CABI, Vetstream Ltd, British Limousin Cattle Society

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Introduction

Biological Data

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Weight

  • Body weight female:
    • Birth: 41kg.
    • Mature: 670-750kg.
  • Body weight male:
    • Birth: 43kg.
    • Mature: 980-1150kg.

Height

  • Body height female:
    • Mature: 137-142cm.
  • Body height male:
    • Mature: 144-155cm.
  • The breed is classed as medium sized and has a strong-boned frame and a well-muscled carcass without excessive fat cover.

Colors and distinguishing features

  • Limousin cattle have a short head with a wide forehead and broad muzzle and are naturally horned, although polled animals are acceptable for entry in the herd book (UK).
  • Horns are fine and curve forward and upward with paler extremities.
  • The animals have a deep chest, strong top line, well-placed tailhead and strongly muscled hindquarters.
  • Legs are fine boned and straight with a square stance.
  • Coat color is uniform bright light chestnut.
  • The coat is officially described as a uniform dark red-yellow color and should be lighter under the belly, inside the thighs, anus, end of tail and around the eyes and muzzle.
  • It is varyingly described as red, brown, yellow, golden-red, light yellow to reddish brown, 'wheat' red by different European breed societies.
  • Limousins with black genetics show a variation in color, where calves can be light fawn or brown in color, reaching a deep black when fully mature.
  • A solid patch of colour in the upper body varying from the main coat colour and greater than 1.25 cm in diameter excludes the animals from use for pedigree breeding.

Breed History and Information

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Societies

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