ABOUT

The Grange herd was established in 1976 with a mixture of privately purchased females and those purchased from sales.

From the off, French genetics were always highly sort after and were purchased within the UK. Then in 1979, the family purchased direct from France for the first time, as well as females from Dan Haak’s Uplands herd.

Early stock sires were Uplands Samson, bred by Dan Haak and purchased at Banbury Limousin sale. Also from Dan was Atout, a maternal half brother to the renowned Talent. The pedigree numbers increased and then in 1983, Midland Marts officiated the first on farm sale at Grange. Since then a further eight sales have happened on farm.

With the exception of one home bred bull, Grange Adonis, all other stock sires have been bought exclusively French. As a result of these purchases and the early importation of French female genetics, the Grange herd is the largest French-bred herd in the UK. Some 40% of the herd is French with the remaining 60% being by a French bull or out of a French back pedigree.

After the 2011 sale, numbers reduced to 45 cows, but these have now got back up to approximately 130 females running with the bulls, including heifers.

2012 marked a monumental page in the Grange history books as Grange Gervaise was the first UK-bred bull to be exported back to France. We have a fantastic relationship with many French breeders and particularly with the Interlim team, and the strength of these relationships, coupled with power within Gervaise’s dam line, gave us the ability to secure this sale.

This achievement was then followed up by the export of Grange Lequeux to France in 2016, who became only the second ever British bred Limousin to be sold and exported to France.  Grange Lequeux was the full brother to Grange Gervaise and was sold to the noted herd of Regis Lequeux where he has gone on to produce both males and females which are of the traditional Limousin type.

Uplands SAMSON edit
Uplands Samson
Females for export USA
Females for export USA
Gabarit
Gabarit
GES showing
GES showing
Grange Sophie 1982
Grange Sophie 1982
Grange Gervaise
Grange Lequeux
  • 1975
    First Pedigree Limousin cattle purchased for commercial management
  • 1976
    Grange Herd of pedigree Limousin cattle founded
  • 1979
    First purchasing trip to France, resulting in the importation of pedigree maiden heifers East Midlands Regional Club founded by five regional members, one of which was the Grange herd.
  • 1982
    Herd re-located to Brookfield Farm, Daventry
  • 1983
    First On-farm Production sale held First and only year of exhibiting cattle at agricultural shows – UPLANDS SAMSON taken to The Royal Show and East of England Show, winning reserve male champion and reserve breed champion on both outings. GRANGE TRITON sold to Milk Marketing Board, who went to have semen exported worldwide and was one of the most widely used and highest ranking Limousin sires owned by MMB (now Genus) between 1984 and 1986.
  • 1985
    Exports made to The United States of America – 17 animals sold out of a total consignment of 55 animals flown to Texas (only two exports ever made to The USA, both of which included animals from the Grange herd)
  • 1987
    Maiden heifers exported to The Azores in conjunction with the Local Government – this was the only Limousin export made to date to The Azores and comprised solely animals from the Grange herd. GRANGE BOHEMIAN sold to Hampshire Cattle Breeders Limited, for distribution of semen nationally.
  • 1989
    Second On-farm Production sale
  • 1991
    Third On-farm Production sale
  • 1992
    The first Grange stock bull was purchased from Lanaud Station – GABARIT; this was one of the very first sales made to the UK from Lanaud Station. GABARIT was the first of over 30 bulls purchased from Interlim and imported from France by the Grange herd. Fourth Production sale held.
  • 1995
    Fifth On-farm Production sale held
  • 1996
    1,000th pedigree Limousin calf registered by the Grange herd GRANGE LINARIA and GRANGE LANGLAUF (both sons of GABARIT) entered for October bull sale at Carlisle – Intermediate Champion and First Prize winner respectively. GRANGE JUNIATA (daughter of GABARIT) exhibited at The Royal Smithfield Show and won the pedigree heifer championship
  • 1997
    Sixth On-farm Production sale held
  • 1999
    Seventh On-farm Production sale held
  • 2003
    Eighth On-farm Production sale held – the first pedigree Limousin sale undertaken by Newark Livestock Market.
  • 2006
    First purchases made at the prestigious Grand Cru sale held by Interlim Genetique Service, held as part of the National Limousin Show in France.
  • 2011
    40th Anniversary of the Introduction of the Limousin Breed to the UK; GRANGE GERVAISE became the first ever British bred Limousin to be sold to France in July. Ninth On-farm Production sale held
  • 2012
    GRANGE GERVAISE exported to France, becoming the only ever British bred Limousin animal to have been sold and entered within the French Limousin Herd Book to date.
  • 2014
    In 2014 the Smith family’s dedication to sourcing elite French genetics was recognized at the 30th anniversary celebrations for the Lanaud Testing Station when they were presented with a ‘Meilleur Acheteur’ certificate for being the most prolific buyer at the Testing Station since its inception. This was a great honour for the family and something totally unexpected.
  • 2016
    2,000th pedigree Limousin calf registered by the Grange Herd. 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Grange Herd. GRANGE LEQUEUX (full brother to GRANGE GERVAISE) exported to France, becoming only the second ever British bred Limousin to be sold to France and permitted entry to the French Herd Book.
  • 2017
    Two females were purchased from the first ever auction sale of females to be held at Lanaud Station (LARA and LOLY), with LARA being the first female ever sold in an auction sale in the history of Lanaud Station, since it’s foundation in 1984.
  • 2018
    NORTON became the 30th bull purchased from Lanaud Station by the Grange Herd.

CONTACT

George, Beth and Steven Smith

Brookfield Farm, London Road, Daventry, Northants, NN11 4NQ

Tel: 01327 702763 Mob: 07971 915058 Email: grange.limousins@hotmail.co.uk