The Haltcliffe herd was re-established in 2001 on the best available bloodlines in both the UK and France, with replacement females selected from the top female families in the top herds.
Central to this re-stocking was a selection of heifers purchased from leading herds in France. These included stock from the herds of Gaec Alrivie, Gaec Bourbouloux, Scea Bournazel, Jacky Chateil, Earl Camus-Huberson, Pierre Gardette, E Laleu, Serge Lajudie, Daniel Peyrot, and Emmanuel Zerger.
Meanwhile, in the UK stock came from the Allanfauld, Brontemoor, Cloughhead, Hazelhead, Ronick and Winnington herds.
These exceptional females proved to be a firm foundation for the new herd, with a number of early successes with their progeny. Chief among these was the show success of Haltcliffe Uppertity at the International Limousin Congress in 2004 when she was named junior champion and reserve overall female champion.
Among the other early highlights after restocking were a number of the first crop of bulls from these new bloodlines, with Haltcliffe Ullswater selling at Carlisle in May 2004 for 43,000gns, while at the same sale Haltcliffe Umpire sold for 18,000gns and Haltcliffe Underwriter sold for 10,000gns. Then in October the same year Haltcliffe Understudy sold for 10,500gns and Haltcliffe Ulex made 9500gns.
Another exciting addition to the herd was also on the lorry which arrived from France. This was a young Limousin bull calf, Sympa.
This son of Octopus was soon to become a household name in the Limousin breed in the UK and is out of Operette, one of the finest cows Craig Ridley has ever seen. Bred by Germain Souton, Sympa has been without doubt the most influential Limousin sire of the last decade and the only regret is not having been able to persuade Monsier Souton to sell his dam too.
One of the biggest honours the herd has had was being asked to host the National Limousin Open Day as part of the 40th anniversary weekend 29th July 2011. We were blessed with glorious sunshine (typical Cumbrian Summer’s day) and were pleased to welcome a huge crowd to Haltcliffe, with more than 3000 people from all parts of the UK and beyond attending the event.
The Haltcliffe herd is Signet recorded, is in a four year TB testing area, is a member of the SAC Health Scheme and is monitored for Johnes and BVD. All bulls are leptospirosis and BVD vaccinated for buyers convenience.