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Le Martres Limousins news and events –

 

2015 Royal Melbourne Show Beef Carcase Competition

UPDATE:

After enjoying success with local schools and entering steers into the 2014 Melbourne Show Beef Carcase Competition, we arranged for another consignment of steers to go with even more local schools for the 2015 Melbourne Show.
This year we purchased purebred steers from the Limoges Limousin Stud of Lake Tarago via Goulburn NSW, owned and operated by Dr John Sheehy & Family. The reason for this decision is the Limoges stud is founded on 100%     Le Martres genetics, thus providing another opportunity to test our genetics, but from a different herd & environment.

 

We placed 2 steers with,

Mr Ron Webb & his students from Rutherglen High School VIC,

Mr Wayne Whale & his students at St Pauls College at Walla Walla NSW

Mrs Michelle Godde & her students at Billabong High School at Culcairn NSW
Mr Luke Collins & his students at Yanco Agricultural High School at Yanco NSW
And, we placed 1 steer with,

Mr Gary Webb & his students from Finley High School NSW.

 

On September 22nd 2015, Mr Ron Leary and Mr David Grant representing Le Martres Limousins and, Mrs Margaret Pierce of ‘Belanglo Park’, Gerogery NSW attended the Melbourne Show to watch the steers being judged ‘On The Hoof’.

All schools and their students had done a marvellous job in feeding and coaching the steers in preparedness for the big Show. And, all students competed well and gave our steers every opportunity.

In 2014, Mrs Pierce’s steer, bred with 100% Le Martres genetics and, exhibited by Billabong High School, won

  1. In the Led Class Awards –

‘Champion Heavy Domestic Steer’ and ‘Champion Steer’.

  1. In the School & College Awards –

‘Champion Schools Led Steer’.

This year, Le Martres again backed up, with Limoges Kanga, Exhibit No.280, exhibited by St Pauls College, winning

  1. In the Led Class Awards –

‘Champion Heavy Domestic Steer’ and ‘Reserve Champion Steer’.

  1. In the School & College Awards –

‘Reserve Champion Schools Led Steer’.

 

 

Photos of Limoges Kanga.

 

Congratulations to Mr Wayne Whale & his students and, St Paul College.

 

The following day, the steers were trucked away to a local abattoir and killed and during the following weeks the carcase results released.

Le Martres Limousins continue to embrace entering the Melbourne Show Ring with steers with the help of local schools. This formula has proven to be a win win situation.

Firstly, by donating steers to local schools operating an Agriculture Department, the students are seizing the opportunity to learn to prepare and show cattle and, then enter the Show Ring and complete against the best handlers in the Beef Industry.  The experience the students are gaining is absolutely invaluable. They pick up skills they will carry all through-out their lives, skills they can call on at anytime and skills that no one can ever take away from them.

Congratulations to the following schools and their head Agriculture teachers for their brilliant work in 2015.

  • St Pauls College of Walla Walla NSW and Mr Wayne Whale.
    Billabong High School of Culcairn NSW and Mrs Michelle Godde.
  • Rutherglen High School of Rutherglen VIC and Mr Ron Webb.
  • Yanco Agricultural High School of Yanco NSW and Mr Luke Collins.
  • Finley High School of Finley NSW and Mr Gary Webb.

 

  • Photo of LEM Steers at Melbourne Show to be forwarded.

 

Secondly, this process allows Le Martres Limousins to research and assess how our genetics will perform.

The following is a summary of how our steers performed.

 

Class 1 – Medium Domestic:

39 head of steer entered, including 2 head of Le Martres Limousins steers.
39 head of steers versus 2 head of Le Martres Limousins steers –

Average of 2 head of Le Martres Limousins steers:Differences:

Dressing %: Rib Fat: Rump Fat: EMA: IMF: Retail Value:
(%) (mm) (mm) (sq. Cm) (MSA) ($)
Average of 39 head of steers:
53.38 4.9 5.9 72.8 240
58.00 2.0 2.5 105.0 175 1337.30+GST
+4.62 -2.9 -3.4 +32.2 -65
(+8.7%) (-59.1%) (-57.6%) (+44.2%) (-27.1%)

 

Class 2 – Heavy Domestic

95 head of steer entered, including 4 head of Le Martres Limousins steers.
95 head of steers versus 4 head of Le Martres Limousins steers –

Average of 4 head of Le Martres Limousins steers:Differences:

Dressing %: Rib Fat: Rump Fat: EMA: IMF: Retail Value:
(%) (mm) (mm) (sq. Cm) (MSA) ($)
Average of 95 head of steers:
55.17 6.6 8.4 85.6 313
58.38 6.5 6.3 100.8 250 1732.54+GST
+3.21 -0.1 -2.1 +15.2 -63
(+5.8%) (-1.5%) (-25.0%) (+17.8%) (-20.1%)

 

Class 3 – Export

59 head of steer entered, including 2 head of Le Martres Limousins steers.
59 head of steers versus 2 head of Le Martres Limousins steers –

Average of 2 head of Le Martres Limousins steers:Differences:

Dressing %: Rib Fat: Rump Fat: EMA: IMF: Retail Value:
(%) (mm) (mm) (sq. Cm) (MSA) ($)
Average of 59 head of steers:
56.50 8.0 10.0 99.2 392
60.60 6.5 5.5 108.0 315 1724.08+GST
+4.10 -1.5 -4.5 +8.8 -77
(+7.2%) (-18.7%) (-45.0%) (+8.9%) (-19.6%)

 

These comparisons prove Le Martres genetics consistently carry adequate & even fat cover over the carcase and excel in eye muscle area or muscularity, hence the high dressing percentage and retail $ value.
The 8 head of steers were at slaughter, on average, 392 days or approx. 12.8 months of age.

 

Thirdly, using purebred steers, this meant our cattle were eligible to be selected on behalf of the Limousin Breed for the Borthwick Trophy.

Exhibit No.280, “Limoges Kanga”, was selected into the Limousin team and the team of three representing the breed came second on points.  To our delight, our steer was the highest scoring Limousin steer in the team and, was the third highest individual scoring steer in the whole event involving 193 animals.
In conclusion, in our view, adopt Limousin genetics bred and engineered to meet Meat Industry specifications and you can afford to upgrade your entire beef herd to Purebred Limousin females using Le Martres genetics.  More of our clients are breeding with Limousin infused females and collecting the dividends.

2015 Royal Melbourne Show – Limousin Feature Show

UPDATE:

Students of St Pauls College, Walla Walla NSW debuted the showing of Le Martres cattle at Royal Melbourne Show.

The Royal Melbourne Show was very well attended this year for the Limousin Feature.

We had Tyler Hereud of St Pauls parading ‘Le Martres Jamima’ our 19 month old, apricot, polled Limousin heifer and Bradley Cox also of St Pauls parading ‘Le Martres Jenny’ our 18 month old, apricot polled Limousin heifer in a Junior Female class.

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Bradley Cox with ‘Le Martres Jenny’.

In the Junior Female class, 16 multibreed entries were paraded and, the Judges gave first place to an Angus heifer, second place to a Shorthorn heifer and third place was won by Tyler and ’Le Martres Jamima’.

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Tyler Hereud with ‘Le Martres Jamima’.
***Congratulations Tyler***

In our opinion, both young men and their heifers paraded and competed very well.

 

In summary, Mr Wayne Whale, the Agriculture Teacher at St Pauls College was well pleased with his students and our cattle.
Mr Ron & Mrs Carol Leary and l, were likewise, delighted to attend and see the St Pauls College student handle and parade our cattle with pride.

So, l believe, we are all looking forward to attending the 2015 Canberra Show on Saturday February 28th and, competing in a Limousin Feature Show which will be well attended with large numbers of cattle entered and, of the highest standard.

 

Note:   Photos by courtesy of Mr Kevin Anderson, Wodonga.  (Bradley Cox’s grandfather)

 

October 23rd 2015 – Ivyrock Limousin Retirement Sale

 

NEWS UPDATE – Le Martres Acquires Ivyrock Limousin Stud Elite Cow Families –

 

Le Martres has invested in it’s future by acquiring a series of ‘elite’ cow families from the renowned Ivyrock Limousin Stud of Ballarat VIC at their ‘Retirement Sale’ last October 23rd 2015.

In this acquisition, three renowned dam families ‘Premier Vixen Y22’, ‘Arkhade Magritte Q10’ and ‘Eclipse’ IMP were secured.

For the last 2 decades, Le Martres has championed the importance of Cow Families in breeding up the Le Martres herd to its current high profile status.  In addition, the importance of valuable carcase traits by scanning & indexing the herd for the last 18 years using the highly regarded ‘Natural Ecosytems Group’ Livestock Assessment System.
The acquired Ivyrock herd now provides Le Martres with access the unique combination of great Cow Families possessing Industry leading carcase figures.
1. Premier Vixen Y22; 4 daughters –
Premier Vixen Y22 is a black & polled daughter of Premier Guardian V77 and Premier Vixen V13.  Four daughters of this great cow were acquired.
Animal ID: LWT: (kg) Rib Fat: (mm) Rump Fat: (mm) IMF: (%) EMA: (sq. cm)
Ivyrock Polled Dancer 794 17.0 31.0 4.5 117.04
Ivyrock Ebony 744 11.0 22.0 4.2 114.75
Ivyrock Black Fluer 804 12.0 13.0 4.5 117.04
Ivyrock Georgia 826 25.0 26.0 4.4 118.58
Average: 792 16.2 23.0 4.4 116.85

 

2. Arkhade Magritte Q10; 2 daughters –
Arkhade Magritte Q10 was a french pure daughter of Billabong Lancelot and Ardenvale Lavinia.  Two french pure polled daughters of this great cow were acquired.
Animal ID: LWT: (kg) Rib Fat: (mm) Rump Fat: (mm) IMF: (%) EMA: (sq. cm)
Ivyrock Polled Fluked It 718 13.0 16.0 4.4 115.77
Ivyrock Honore 726 22.0 25.0 5.7 118.17
Average 722 17.5 20.5 5.1 116.97

 

3. Eclipse IMP; 6 grand daughters, through a Geant IMP son Arkhade Titanic –
Eclipse IMP was a french pure, imported cow.  Through her son Arkhade Titanic, six grand daughters of this great cow were acquired.
Animal ID: LWT: (kg) Rib Fat: (mm) Rump Fat: (mm) IMF: (%) EMA: (sq. cm)
Ivyrock Xenium 726 12.0 16.0 4.2 106.06
Ivyrock Yvonne 762 10.0 24.0 4.7 123.32
Ivyrock Bernadette 732 9.0 11.0 5.6 110.46
Ivyrock B32 766 10.0 11.0 4.6 118.16
Ivyrock Polled Dancer 794 17.0 31.0 4.5 117.04
Ivyrock Ebony 744 11.0 22.0 4.2 114.75
Average 754 11.5 19.2 4.6 114.97
In addition, in the 30 cows acquired, the most outstanding figures include marbling(IMF) percentages as high as 6.4%, eye muscle areas(EMA) as high as 125 sq. cm and liveweights up to 896 kg.
Le Martres looks forward to it’s future by being able to offer clients great carcase bulls & females from these new ‘Elite’ Ivyrock Limousin Cow families.

 

Photos of dams to be delivered.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are planning for Melbourne 2016 already……