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Limousin stud will celebrate

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January 26, 2018

Mistletoe Limousin stud is celebrating 25 years of breeding at this year's Beef Week.

This year Mistletoe Limousin is celebrating 25 years of breeding Limousin cattle.

The Greta South stud was established in 1993 from an imported embryo and the herd immediately had a base of easy calving and good temperament.

‘‘These attributes have been enhanced by the careful selection of AI sires used in the ensuing 25 years and the prudent selection of AI sires and a commitment to cull animals that do not fit the selection criteria of our stud has ensured that Mistletoe animals breed true to genetics,’’ stud owner Denis O’Connor said.

As part of Beef Week, Mistletoe Limousin will offer bulls and selected females for sale on Tuesday, February 6.

Mr O’Connor said repeat and new customers would be purchasing bulls bred to enhance the commercial buyer’s bottom line.

‘‘The progeny of Mistletoe bulls continue to provide extra money per animal for the commercial breeder,’’ he said.

‘‘At Mistletoe Limousin the emphasis continues to be on bulls that have good growth, muscling, fat cover, being structurally correct, calve easily and are docile and easily handled.’’

Mr O’Connor said the continued introduction of the polled gene to the herd had proved beneficial.

‘‘Great care is taken in the selection and use of sires such as French pure polled Exclusive, Jim Dandie, polled Zansibar, polled Excellant and Cyan Po.

‘‘These sires, being homozygous polled, have complemented the dams sired by proven horned bulls sourced from France, Canada and England.’’

Mistletoe will have two-year-old bulls, 18-month-old bulls and weaner bulls (a total of more than 25 bulls) on display on February 6 and there will be a selection of cows and calves and cows due to calve in the autumn.

Sons and daughters of dams will be available for inspection to show the consistency of breeding, as will groups of animals by the same sire.

Animals going to the National Limousin Show and Sale at Wodonga will also be on display.

Mistletoe animals all come with Limousin assurance warranty and are Breed Plan recorded.

Mistletoe Limousin can be found on Dinnings Lane, Greta South (east of Benalla).

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