One-off Limousin sale offer top genetics for breeders

Almost the entire Glenrock herd, based in Lockerbie, will be going under the hammer at Harrison & Hetherington's Borderway Mart in Carlisle

Stephen, left, and Thomas Illingworth of Howgillside Farm
Stephen, left, and Thomas Illingworth of Howgillside Farm

Limousin breeders are being offered the chance to buy top pedigree bloodlines in a one-off special sale.

Almost the entire Glenrock herd, based in Lockerbie, will be going under the hammer at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart in Carlisle on Friday August 22.

The sale will feature 35 cows served and/or suckling with 28 calves, six embryo calves, 19 heifers, two stock bulls and six young bulls.

The Glenrock herd has been built up using the best Limousin bloodlines since it was started in Yorkshire by butcher David Illingworth in 1982. Now run by Mr Illingworth’s son Stephen, his wife Helen and their children Thomas and Victoria, the herd has been based at Howgillside Farm near Lockerbie since 1995.

Stephen Illingworth said: “We moved to Howgillside on a 20 year tenancy and we are delighted our landlords have given us the opportunity to purchase the farm before our tenancy ends.

“After a great deal of soul searching we have very reluctantly decided to sell the entire herd with the exception of our matriarch Spangle to help fund the purchase of the farm.

“Under usual circumstances these cattle would not be sold; the aim is to progress our farming enterprise and safeguard the farm for the next generation. We will be rebuilding the Glenrock herd for the future from Spangle’s bloodline.”

Glenrock has focused on breeding bulls for both the pedigree and commercial markets, which are sold from the farm and at the main Limousin breed society sales at Carlisle and Stirling.

In recent years, Glenrock Limousins have been shown at the highest level, with considerable success.

David Pritchard, operations director from Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart said: “This truly is an exceptional opportunity for Limousin breeders to snap up some of the very best genetics available.

“The Illingworth’s have built up a fantastic herd and we expecting interest from across the UK and beyond for the Glenrock sale.”

The Glenrock herd is member of SAC CHECS controlled health scheme monitoring for Johnes and BVD and is free from both diseases. Cattle are regularly vaccinated against BVD and are currently on a four-year testing programme.

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