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Limousin is a very old cattle breed that originated anywherernfrom 16000 to 13000 years ago as dated by cave drawings in the French LascauxrnCave. They were developed in the central Marche and Limousin regions ofrnsouthern France. The area is relatively isolated and the cattle were allowed torndevelop with little to no external influences. Due to its environment, thernLimousin attained excellent hardiness and adaptability.

In the 1700s and 1800s, there were attempts at producing arnlarger strain of Limousin cattle. The resulting cattle while being more massivernalso required increased amounts of feed. The bigger Limousin were not anrneconomically sound option so the project was abandoned and breeding programsrnwere allowed to develop naturally, their aim being higher quality in the mediumrnframed animals.

rnrnOne of the key cattle breeding programs belonged to Charlesrnde Leobary, who through rigorous selection established a herd of cattle that atrnits time was the epitome of the Limousin breed. The success of his breedingsrnled to the Limousin being known from then on as the French "butcher'srnanimals".

rnrnThe first Limousin Herd Books were written in 1886. Itsrnentries were chosen with such scrutiny that less than half of all animalsrnapplying for registration were actually accepted. The adoption of a herd book,rnprompted creation of Limousin exclusive cattle shows in France.

rnrnLimousin Cattle entered North American initially in Canadarnin 1968. The first Limousin bull imported into the US was named Kansas Colonel,rnin 1971. Previously Limousin genetics were attained using imported semen,rnmostly from Canada's Prince Pompadour. The North American Limousin Foundation,rnfounded in 1968 is presently the largest Limousin association in the world.

rnrnLimousin cattle highlight three important traits withinrntheir breed: excellent feed efficiency, adaptability and high carcass yield.rnThe red or golden colored cattle are good foragers and in feedlots are wellrnable to convert feed into mass. The carcass of the Limousin yields goodrncutability and it is commonly said that they are geneticallyrn"trimmed". The meat is tender and fine fibered because of their lowrnfat levels.

Due to the difficult terrains in which the Limousinrnoriginated, it developed a volatile temperament in order to guarantee itsrnsurvival. Limousins have been known to clear high fences with great ease and tornbe generally rather unpredictable. In 1998, the North American LimousinrnFoundation created a temperament EPD. This EPD rates the docility of the cattlernallowing breeders to select for the calmer animals and cull those who continuernwith difficult disposition. Speaking to ranchers and breeders of the cattle, itrnis quickly noted that the nature of these cattle is not up to par with theirrnreputation. The temperament has improved significantly, so much that some haverncattle that can "eat out of their hands". One must take into accountrnthe Limousin is a muscular animal whose sole movements will have a morernsignificant impression than cattle of smaller mass. While a reputation of beingrnvolatile may precede them, experience with these animals will paint a differentrnimpression. The heavy musculature of the Limousin is a highly heritable trait. 

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