Mark’s History & Experience
Mark has a wealth of knowledge in the cattle and sheep world, brought up in a rural community in Wales he had always been actively involved in Farming. He farmed commercially and with pedigree livestock in Llandrindod Wells and the Brecon Beacons. These were on rented farms, he also provided a specialist service to assist with sales and show preparation of cattle and sheep for pedigree and commercial events throughout the UK and Ireland.
He ran a pedigree flock of Suffolk sheep, Redhill Suffolk’s and a pedigree herd of Limousin Cattle Redland Limousins. The Limousin herd was established in 1999 and he was very successful with the livestock at many sales and shows.
He is also a recognised and respected Judge of both cattle and sheep.
Helen’s History & Experience
Helen is from a 5-generation farming family and has a wealth of knowledge regarding breeding and sourcing Limousin genetics. Brought up on the family’s farm in County Durham she has always been involved with the farm and all activities associated with Agriculture.
She has been involved with breeding Limousin Cattle in her own right and with her family for over 40 years, this was with the Greenwell and Redland Herds. Over this time, she was very successful with breeding and producing many breed champions and having some record prices in the breed over the years.
During this time, she has made many contacts around the world and in France regarding the Limousin breed.
She is also a recognised Judge for the Limousin breed and has judged at many Major shows in the UK and had the great honour to also Judge Limousin cattle in France the “Country of Origin of the Limousin breed” in 2013
Mark and Helen met and shared the common love of Limousin cattle and at many events they developed a successful partnership and were Married in 2002 where they went onto farm together and build up the Redland Herd, Suffolk flock and also 200 Welsh Mules which they put to the Texel rams and they kept their own texel cross mule gimmers which they put to the Suffolk to produce Texel cross lambs for the food industry.
After many requests by other breeders to assist with sourcing Limousin genetics Helen and her husband decided to take early retirement from farming in the UK and made a positive decision to leave the UK and live in France.
They have since setup their new enterprise / business, “Lewis Bovine Consultancy” – lbcgitesandcattle.com
A specialist service
Lewis Bovine Consultancy was established in 2017 when they purchase two properties in France one as their home and the other offering accommodation for 4 persons in a self-contained Gite with private gardens.
The Lewis’s provide a bespoke service of sourcing new bovine and ovine genetics in France and specialise in sourcing new bloodlines for Breeders in the UK and Ireland.
They have a wealth of experience in the pedigree breeding industry and a good knowledge and working experience in Agriculture. They specialise specifically in Limousin genetics but also have contacts with Charolais, Salers & Aubrac Cattle and Texel and Charollais Sheep.
A specialist service is provided with an all-inclusive package designed specifically for each individual client.
Included in the bespoke package is all accommodation, airport and train station transfers on arrival and departure and all farm or specialist event visits Assistance with brokering deals on the livestock for interested parties is also available.
Mark and Helen work actively with the Limousin Herd book of France and the UK and with the Genetic Organisations and services in France which include Interlim, KBS and Sofrelim. They regularly visit breeders on Farm and the Test station at Pole de Lanaud.