Along with the addition of Limousin cattle to Foxhill, a pedigree Texel flock is also a new enterprise for the farm. Complimenting the commercial attributes of the Charollais flock, elite breeding lines have been purchased to produce a nucleus flock of premium females to sell both females and tups at National sales all over the UK.
The Foxhillfarm pedigree Texel flock owned by Michael and Melanie and the Wayside flock owned by Charlotte were established in 2011 with the purchase of an Ettrick ewe lamb GGH1101166. By Ettrick Rainbow Warrior and out of a Thinacres Masambola dam, she stood first in her class out of 53 at the Royal Highland Show and went on to be reserve female champion she was purchased in a private deal from Robbie Wilson (Milnbank) who purchased her that year from the Royal Highland show after her success.
Her first flush yielded two tup lambs, Wayside Topgun by Glenside Razzle Dazzle, which was sold at the Scottish National Sale, Lanark 2012, in a five way partnership for 5500gns to Southern Ireland. The other, Foxhillfarm Tiptop, is retained in the flock.
2012 then saw the arrival of five more females which have since proved the main flushing foundation lines of the flock.
A Fairywater gimmer FAO1100201 by Strathbogie Python and out of a dam by Ettrick My Jinks was purchased at Ballymena for 11,000gns. This tremendous gimmer comes from an exceptional family which includes an unbeaten full sister, which was champion at Omagh and Castlewellan shows and is fullsister to Fairywater Samurai and maternal sister to the 9000gns Fairywater Superstar.
Another gimmer was also purchased at the same sale from the Tullagh flock CJT1100239 for 2700gns. By Garngour Patriot and out of a dam by Cherryvale Nijinsky, this one has great bone, skin, size and frame.
The English National sale was the sourcing point for our next addition where we purchased a Stonebridge gimmer RSS1100093 for 5100gns by Allanfauld Rockafella out of a dam by Rascarrol Nightlife, who was reserve breed champion at Lincoln as a ewe lamb. She was purely purchased for the strength of the family line having been impressed with full brothers who consequently sold for 5100gns in Worcester and 9500gns and 3800gns in Carlisle.
Four of these females have all been flushed producing 48 embryos all of which have been implanted into Suffolk Mule gimmer recipients. We plan on flushing five on a second flush all of which will be implanted which will hopefully produce us in the region of a 50-ewe Texel flock.