British Limousins sell to Holland in export first

The leading Dutch Limousin company, Cowporation BV of Alblasserdam in Holland, has purchased a quantity of both British Limousin cattle and genetics in a new export first which followed a five-day tour to the UK by a group of six Dutch Limousin breeders.

The package of genetics comprised 150 straws of semen from the Limousin bulls Carmorn Copilot and Sympa respectively. The sale of both cattle and semen is thought to be the first time that UK Limousin genetics will be heading over the North Sea to the Netherlands.

Seven heifers were purchased at the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) Breeders' Sale held at Carlisle in February with a further four females and a young bull bought privately.

Commenting, Mr Teus Dekker of Cowporation said: "We are establishing a nucleus of top British-bred Limousin genetics based on a foundation herd of 50 females and 10 bulls. These combine bloodlines such as Haltcliffe Vermount, Wilodge Cerberus and Carmorn Copilot which represent the British Limousin type with its extra muscling whilst still maintaining its easy calving characteristics."

Cowporation eventually plans to market livestock, semen and embryos throughout Holland and Flemish-speaking Belgium.

Caption: Eddy Claeys & Teus Dekker (Cowporation) with Richard Saunders (Semenstore, centre)

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