Buyers at the Coalgate Saleyards (Canterbury, NZ) on 5 November were stunned when bidding broke all records for a line of Limousin yearling heifers. The first pen of ten animals sold for an incredible $4.60/kgLW. This was in contrast to the next highest price being $3.07 for a pen of Angus store cattle. The second pen of nine yearlings on offer wasn’t far behind.
Warrick James (Ben More), the successful vendor, was stunned at the significant premium paid for his animals. He should not have been that surprised as the buyer, John McDrury, had entered the Canterbury Park Prime Cattle Competition earlier in the week with Ben More and Piwakawaka bloodlines and won a number of classes. He was obviously back for more but had to head off some stiff competition to secure them.
One of the challenges to the breed in New Zealand is the lack of numbers of Limousin cattle sold through saleyards. Limousin simply lacks the profile of some other breeds in this forum. If farmers saw these successes more often perhaps the pendulum might start to swing back to exotics like Limousin.