history of Limousin cattle may very will be as old as the European
Cattle found in cave drawings estimated to be 20,000 years old
in the Lascaux Cave near Montignac, France, have a striking resemblance
to today's Limousin.
the early times of animal power, Limousin gained well-earned reputation
as work animals in addition to their beef qualities.
Through the late 1800's and early 1900's, Limousin breeders paid close attention to morphological characteristics as the breed developed. The medium size of these cattle as compared to other European breeds was, and is still, an outstanding breed trait.
They also selected for the dark golden-red hide with wheat colored underpinnings. French records also show a great deal of emphasis was stressed upon deep chest, a strong top-line, well-placed tailhead and strongly-muscled hindquarter.
The end result was an efficient, hardy, adaptable animal which was extremely well-suited for its only intended purpose ... to produce meat.