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Ten Year Old British Texel Genetics Rank Third in Kiwi Test

19 August 2015

NEW ZEALAND – A Texel ram from a UK sire exported to Australia as an embryo in 2004 has ranked third in an overall central progeny test by a New Zealand levy board.

Te Rakau 92724 is a son of an all-British embryo bred ram shipped as an embryo, which has performed consistently across a range of criteria in the Beef and Lamb New Zealand test.

Breeders Rob and Maria Wood, Te Rakau Grazing Company, said the animal ranked third for meat value, seventh for growth, eighth for weaning weight, 19th for Worm faecal egg count and 21st for Dag Score.

Mr Wood said British genetics have left an “outstanding stamp” with flocks seeing great growth rates, conformation and consistency in progeny.

Texel Sheep Society chairman Henry Gamble said he was hopeful of more genetic exports to Australia and New Zealand in the coming years, following on from strong demand in South America and Europe.

He said: “What is really startling is that the genetics behind this success are now more than 10 years old and Texel breeders have made giant strides in improving performance since then, notably in growth rate and muscle depth.

“It will be interesting to see how this ram’s progeny continue to perform in the coming years and this performance puts British Texels in a strong position within the global sheep industry.”

Established in 2002, the central progeny test annually records the top 25 rams for each of several meat and dual purpose production traits. 

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