This herd started in 1999 in conjunction with the British Limousin Cattle Society. Twenty pedigree maiden heifers were donated by the society which originated from breeders all over the British Isles.
The aim of the project is to breed the heifers and monitor traits of the breed. Since 1999 the project has continued to monitor traits but moved towards the finished article for the consumer, the development has led to Lackham Limousin meat being sold direct to consumers. This enables us to monitor growth rates, killing out % meat to bone ratio's and helps towards the financial improvement of the beef sector. Other breeds have been compared along the way with the Limousin or its crosses, showing significant higher results in many areas.
The farm has avoided rearing pedigree animals for sale in large numbers other than a few selected bulls onto mainly dairy or cross bred suckler farms. The aim has never been to sell breeding progeny although the farm is looking to enter in this market following the use of AI on the cows and selecting top quality bulls to serve the cows and heifers. Surplus animals not for breeding are sold direct through our meat outlets.
The herd has progressed to using selected AI bulls on the cows and heifers after strict selection for further breeding.
Bulls used include Grahams Poncho, Sarkley Topknot, Sympa, Rasonhall Trekker, Ronick Hawk, Ronick Member, Mynac Sporty, Oxygene.
During 2011 planning for the students to show these cattle is under way; with the construction of a show yard at Home Farm incorporating head yolks for ease of handling.
The students are able to gain experience of working with the cattle monitoring their growth rates, condition scoring and learning to handle the cattle in preparation for showing.