The true answer is quite simple: nothing beats a limo for the
production of kg of red meat per hectare. The breeds real secret
weapon is the F94L Muscle Gene that a Limousin readily imparts to its
progeny. Click the link to download a summary of F94L, and why for
profitability's sake it must become a part of your breeding program.
Research from around the world has conclusively proven that Limousin is
the only breed of cattle to perform admirably under BOTH low and high
nutrition conditions. There are breeds of cattle that perform better
than others under low nutrition, and there are breeds that perform better
under high nutrition such as the conditions found at the peak of a good
fattening season or in a feedlot. Limousin are the only breed of
cattle near the top of both of those lists.
This is largely due to two very important traits of the breed: low or
moderate maintenance requirements because of their efficient phenotype and
moderate size when compared to other high performance breeds; and the
afforementioned F94L gene that causes a Limousin to grow more muscle fibres
when the other breeds are putting the limited available energy into their
extra maintenance requirements. Limousin are essentially a high
performance breed that manages to put a greater percentage of its available
energy into red meat rather than growing frame and waste. The lower
maintenance requirements of Limousin cattle make it the only high
performance breed to mix it with the breeds that have been selected for
performance under tough conditions.