The Texel flock was founded with eight in-lamb females purchased as a 21st birthday present for John and has since grown to meet the demand for well grown, commercially produced shearling tups.
Since the flock’s inception the aim has been to breed strong, stretchy sheep with good skins and good feet and legs. Performance recording plays an important role in flock management and sire selection, with particular attention paid to growth and muscling indices.
Over the years a number of homebred sires have been used to complement the bought-in tups, with an eye to improving the performance traits of the flock.
Previous sires used have included Tweed President, a grandson of the leading performance sire Lumbylaw Madras, was bought in 2010 for £4000 and has left some excellent female progeny as well as breeding superb crossing tups which have sold well.
Another influential sire in the flock’s history has been Lumbylaw Lambourn, a son of Lumbylaw Java, with an index of 363. This long, clean tup has bred well in the flock and stamped his progeny with excellent feet and legs and muscling.