The ongoing growth in registrations of pedigree Limousin
cattle has been highlighted with an announcement from the British Limousin
Cattle Society that it has recently registered its 250,000th calf.
Tandlehill Anna, an 15th May born heifer, was the young lady whose
registration broke through the quarter of a million landmark. Bred
and owned by Mr TH Tonge, Hough Farm, Slattocks, Middleton, Manchester,
Anna is sired by Threaphurst Magnum and is out of Siddall Raine.
The breed's rise in registrations has been year on year since
the Society's foundation in 1971. In recent years, the expansion
has been dramatic with the last 100,000 registrations being achieved
in just over six years. In 2004, the Society registered a breed record
of over 18,000 head in the year. The ten-year trend shows an increase
in pedigree Limousin registrations of 77.4% since 1994.
This pedigree performance is reflected commercially with a total of
716,320 Limousin-sired passports being issued in 2004, a record level
and a rise of over 9,000 on the year. Since the establishment of BCMS
nine years ago, to record all British cattle births and movements, over
6,000,000 (six million) Limousin-sired birth registrations have been
Commenting on these figures, BLCS Chief Executive Iain Kerr said, “This
is another terrific landmark for the breed to reach. The Limousin's
popularity continues to be driven by its ability to deliver all-round
performance and a profitable carcase”.
Tandlehill Anna's breeder Mr. Tonge has been presented with a
figurine of a Limousin calf to mark this pedigree registration landmark.