January 2015 North Island Limousin Breeders’ Bull Trial

The 2015 crop of bulls are heavier on average than last year’s group.  Growing conditions have been good and the bulls are blooming.  The mob of 13 apricot registered bulls has settled into the routine of yarding and weighing very well. Richard and Diana Maxwell (Limax Enterprises) are proud of the progress of the bulls so far.

The average weight of the bulls at the mid January weigh was 582kg with weights ranging from 468 to 722kg. Two Huntlands bulls came into the trial as the heaviest bulls and are still the heaviest bulls, followed by the Kivlean bull. Huntlands Gideon (An AI, Mandayen Guardian son) is 96 kg heavier than the next heaviest Huntlands bull. 

On average the bulls have gained 152kg since weighing started in mid October.  While a Ngarimu bull gained the most weight last month, two Sentosa bulls have the greatest weight gain over the three months with one of the Sentosa bulls gaining 2kg per day. The Kivlean bull has the third highest weight gain.  The Sentosa Stud is now owned by Aaran Pascoe who has taken over the Sentosa name.

After the wash out of the December inspection day, finally inspection took place mid January.  A very small number of bulls have a watch on their structure and docility.  The North Island Limousin Breeders are keen to maintain the high standards of docility and structure which have been developed over the last 20 years of the trial. Scanning is booked in for April, along with an independent structural assessment prior to sale.

Planning is well underway for the  21st Bull Trial sale with Convenor, Allan McKenzie working on the catalogue for the June 2 sale at the Bucklands Rd property in the Waikato. The catalogue will be available on the NZ website well in time for prospective buyers to study the bulls on offer prior to the June sale.

The links to the pedigrees of the bulls on offer can be found on the bottom of the introductory article on the NZ Website www.limousin.co.nz

Peta Lean
For the North Island Bull Trial

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