Maintaining the growing momentum of Limousin export interest from
the UK national herd, a further thirty-three Limousin heifers from
the north of England have been sold and exported to a Polish client.
The consignment was made up of twenty-two heifers from Steven and
Michael Priestley’s Brontemoor herd Hill Top Farm, Denholme
near Bradford and eleven heifers from Alan Jenkinson's Whinfell herd
at Clifton Moor, Penrith.
The joint venture was organised by Norbreck Genetics in Lancaster
in conjunction with Carlisle breeder Gordon Wilson from the Bankdale
herd and his daughter Helen. This consignment marks the second fulfilled
order to Poland with 20 Limousin in-calf heifers from the Jenkinson’s
Whinfell herd having been successfully exported in July this year.
All of the heifers travelling to Poland range between 12 and 18
months and are ready for breeding as soon as they reach their destination.
Steven Priestley, who has been breeding pedigree Limousins for
over 20 years, confirmed that the process of exporting had been
far easier than he imagined and that he was delighted to have exported
to a newly established market. He plans to travel to Poland next
summer to see for himself how the Brontemoor-bred cattle are doing.
The Polish breeder customers are aiming to build up their suckler
cow herd numbers to 1,000 head and have been pleased to visit the
UK in their search for good Limousin females. They have quickly
recognised the high quality genetics available in the UK and have
indicated their intent to place further orders. Interest in Limousin
cattle from mainland and Eastern European countries continues to
grow with a number of enquiries into UK Limousin livestock presently
Underpinning the potential of these markets for Limousin genetic
packages, a quantity of Limousin semen has also been exported to
Poland from two well-known Limousin bulls: Grahams Samson, the
ILC 2004 National Show Champion from Doug Edgar, Penrith and Nouvelle
Prospect, the Wilson Jupiter son from Richard Bartle and Christine
Williams at Shifnal. “From the sale of the semen, it
was a natural progression for us to facilitate the export of British
Limousin beef females so they could develop their own beef breeding
programmes,” said Philip Halhead, Managing Director of Norbreck
Genetics and Beef Consultant for Cogent Limited.
Through October and November of this year, the BLCS has booked
promotional stands at three of the premier European Agri Expo events
to further promote the quality and availability of British Limousin
genetics. They are Polagra in Poznan, Poland; Eurotier in
Hanover, Germany and Indagra in Bucharest, Romania.
Limousin Cattle to 4,500gns at Carlisle
Bull Says Olé To Mexico!
Whinfell Park Limousins Lead The Way to Poland
Limousins at The Royal Highland Show 2006