According to the North American Limousin Foundation, the Limousin breed of cattle can be traced back perhaps 20,000 years, with some of the primitive drawings in the caves of Lascaux depicting the blonde-red cows.

During the following centuries, the Limousin was used as both a work and beef animal in the southern part of France for which it is named. American interest in the breed developed recently, with the success of breeds like the Charolais leading North American ranchers to investigate many traditionally European breeds.

Limousin are very muscular, and provide an ample amount of relatively lean beef. Despite the foot-and-mouth epidemic, about one million of the breed exist in North America. Frequently, to avoid spreading potential disease, ranchers import Limousin bull semen and impregnate Limousin heifers already in America.

This node is part of Tem42's list of cattle breeds, entitled, simply, cattle.

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