The Glenrock flock of Texels is run by Thomas and Victoria Illingworth alongside the pedigree Limousin herds and commercial sheep flock at Howgillside.
The flock was restocked in 2001 with ewes from Ashledge, Garngour, Craighead, Sportsman’s and Fordafaurie flocks with the aim being to breed strong, well fleshed commercial tups for sale at Carlisle and Lockerbie.
Leading lines within the flock include a number of excellent females sired by Garngour Kelso Star, along with daughters of Castlecairn Regal Religion and Haddo Lancer.
Testament to the quality of the restocking ewes and sires has been the flock’s success in the Solway and Tyne Texel Club’s flock competition, with the flock named champion flock in both 2009 and 2010.
In 2011 the flock bought a share in 10,000gns tup Sportsman’s Scout at the Solway and Tyne Texel Club sale at Carlisle, with his first progeny looking very promising indeed. This son of Cowal Rob Roy II is out of a dam by Castlecairn Nile God and was bought in partnership with the Mossknowe and Garngour flocks. This impressive sire has already made his mark on the sales scene, with his first three sons selling at 60,000gns 8000gns and 5000gns.
And in 2012 another tup was sourced from the Carlisle sale, with Castlecairn Tim Tam Tanga, a son of Hull House Space Cowboy out of a dam by Muiresk Blondin, bought in partnership with Bruce Goldie and Sandy Lee.
The 2012 Solway and Tyne sale at Carlisle also saw the flock achieve one of it’s best sale results to date when shearling ram Glenrock Shakalaka Boom Boom sold for 2000gns. He is a son of Kingsland Rock out of a dam by Crookholm Impressario and sold with an index of 291 and was bought by Eskdale Forestry, Langholm. The eight shearlings sold on the day averaged £902.