It's the real star of our region, but the beautiful redhead that populates our land and meadows wasn't always as successful as it is today. Do you really know its history?

Since the 17th century, Limousin cattle have been used for agricultural work, renowned for their racial qualities. Once their agricultural career was over, they were taken to the big towns for consumption. In the 1930s, the Limousin breed went into decline due to the mechanisation of agriculture. 

It was in the 1960s that the trend was reversed. Régis Coudert, a breeder and selector based in the heart of the village of Meilhards in the north-east of the Corrèze, sought to re-popularise the Limousin in order to encourage young people to continue working with the breed. 

His idea, which was revolutionary and innovative at the time, was to get the cows out of their cowsheds and onto the meadows all year round, in summer and winter, so that they could graze as much good grass as they wanted, and it was free and plentiful.

Laurence Léonard

Emblematic star of our region

The Limousine: a beautiful redhead with captivating eyes, whose coat lights up the green meadows of the Correze.

Breeders' selection efforts led initially to the creation of the herd-book in 1886, and then to the continued development of the breed since the 1960s. Since then, the breed has grown considerably, and is now found in over 70 countries around the world, as well as in France, where it is now France's second-largest suckler breed in terms of numbers, with around 900,000 to 1,150,000 breeding cows.

Meat from the Limousin breed has many qualities in terms of taste. It combines tenderness and flavour, but what characterises it most is the fineness of its meat grain, which gives it its remarkable tenderness. The meat is low in fat, but finely marbled to ensure flavour, softness and juiciness.

This success has also led it to become a strong symbol of the Limousin identity.

Today there is even an agro-tourism park dedicated to it: the limouzinepark.

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