Texels first arrived at Haltcliffe in 1988 and were restocked alongside the Limousin herd in 2001.
The restocking programme was done in two stages with 60 ewes bought from the Boghouse flock of Ian Johnstone and three ewes from the Woodmarsh flock of Mick and Jean Gould in 2001.
Then in 2002 a further 36 shearling ewes were bought from the Quick family’s Loosebeare flock. Tups for the restocking came from Robert Laird’s Cambwell flock in 2001.
In 2002 another Cambwell tup, Cambwell Impact II was bought at Lanark. Imapct II, a son of Crailloch Galaxy, made an immediate impression on the flock, siring a brace of 16,000gns ram lambs in his first season. These were Haltcliffe Jaguar and Jackpot.
A year later in 2003 Douganhill Jeronimo was bought from Douganhill Farms for 48,000gns. This son of Cornerstone Isaac also made a quick mark, with Haltcliffe Knight selling for 26,000gns at Lanark in 2004 with a pen average of 8000gns.
Current service sires include Langside Rolex a £4500 purchase from Kelso in 2011, Cambwell Stewart the champion from the English Premier Sale at Worcester in 2011 when purchased for 3400gns and Knock Saphir I which was bought at Lanark in 2011 for 3800gns.
Also used in 2011 was a tup bred in Craig and Shelia’s son Matthew Ridley’s flock, Matthews Sir Alex. This is a son of Hexel Rio Tinto out of a daughter of a gimmer bought from Tommy MacTaggart’s Rascarrel flock.
The aim of the Texel flock is to breed strong commercial tups suited to the modern market, with the flock both MV Accredited and Signet recorded.