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Texels Shine at NSA Sheep Event 2014

04 August 2014

UK - Texel breeders made their mark at this week's Sheep Event, Malvern, on Wednesday 30 July, with the Society's stand picking up the award for the best breed society trade stand as well as raising funds for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute (RABI).

The Society's stand which featured a range of pedigree Texels as well as commercially bred Texel cross stock, was a major draw for visitors to the event, with huge numbers visiting the stand to learn more about the breed's genetic progress and seek out the latest advances in breeding being used by Society members.

Speaking after the event Society chief executive John Yates said it had been pleasing to see so many commercial producers on the Society's stand at the event. "What was evident was that commercial visitors to the event were keen learn more about how Texels could help them add value to their flock's output.

"With displays of both pedigree males and females and prime lambs sired by Texel tups the stand was a hive of activity throughout the day and the Texel YDP stock judging competition proved a huge success."

The stock judging, which was run to raise money for RABI drew a great following, with entrants raising more than £350 for the charity, with this being match funded by the Texel Society, taking the total donation to £700.

Top prize of a new lamb weigh crate, donated by IAE and Charlies Stores, was won by Peter Holden of High Bold Venture Farm, Oswaldtwistle, with Mr Holden gaining the highest points total in the competition which required entrants to judge pens of shearling rams and shearling ewes and match their selection with that of master judge, Henry Gamble. Mr Yates said the hard work and initiative shown by the YDP committee members and helpers had been tremendous and their fundraising efforts were to be applauded.

Runners up were, Richard Lewy, Treffgarne, Haverfordwest, Edward Hird, Skipton and Daniel Rowbottom, Kelby, Grantham, with the correct placings being X Y A B in the shearling ewes and Y X B A in the shearling rams.

Away from the Society stand Texel board member Aubrey Andrews was also on fine form in the event's Ready Steady Cook competition, taking the championship award in a cook off against Swaledale Sheep Society secretary John Stephenson, having beaten Suffolk breeder Michael Weaver in the heats earlier in the day.

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