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Texels Making their Mark in 2014

29 December 2014

UK - An international theme with British Texel Genetics making their mark down under kicked the year off as British Texel Genetics also shone at Paris Show, a fitting start to the 40th anniversary of the British Texel Sheep Society.

Early spring and the demand for Texel Sired Hoggets increased as prime sheep prices surged.

Hoggets by Texel sires earned premium prices at many markets. With price volatility in the main season, the Texel earned its place as the “popular choice of producers” providing flexibility and a safe haven for producers across the UK.

The Texel Society said it was delighted to play a major part at the Scot Sheep event held in the rain at the MacFarlane family's Quixwood Farm and our Youth Development Programme encouraged Society members to extend their knowledge and learning.

The Society launched its new website which rose to new levels and our popularity increased on Facebook, attracting a flood of likes, whilst a chorus of tweets came from our Twitter as members and the Society alike embraced social media more than we could have hoped for.

The Breed bloomed at Balmoral and French Texel Member, Yves Lacroix, judged the Royal Highland Show saying that with the exceptional depth of quality he had been honoured to judge sheep of such a standard.

The breed then clinched the Championship honours in the interbreed pairs competition and the reserve championship in the individual interbreed competition.

A Royal appointment followed at the Great Yorkshire Interbreed Championship with an extra special breed promotion at the Royal Welsh show.

In the 40th anniversary year the Texels were indeed supreme at the Shows
Late summer and the Texel Breed went centre stage at the NSA Sheep Event with our Society promotion picking up the award for the best breed society trade stand as well as our Youth Development Programme raising funds for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute and with our Texel Director Aubrey Andrews out cooking the competition at “NSA ready steady cook”.

“We were blessed with exceptional demand for Texels at all four National Sales with our first million pound auction when the Scottish National Texel Sale grossed £1,049,925 and topped at 145,000gns,” the society said in its annual round up.

“The breed’s reputation and standing in industry was quantified with the release of EBLEX’S British Sheep Breeds 2012 Survey results which concluded Texels well and truly cemented at the heart of UK sheep production as the most dominant sire breed with a 27 per cent share of the ram market and significant influence of both the pure and X bred commercial ewe market.

“In November Texels were at the core of the Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the year awards. The Society was delighted to extend its congratulations to Ross-Shire sheep farmer John Scott and family for their triumph and to the Greenfield family, Atherstone Warwickshire as runners up.

“Showing Quality- Performance - Service & Success in Europe, the British Texels teamed up with the Industry promotion and were once again one of the stars of the show at Eurotier, the largest livestock event in Europe.

“The AGM & Social weekend at Carden Park proved popular where over 200 members and friends celebrated the Society’s 40th Anniversary in style. With the announcement of the winner of the Anniversary National flock Competition, the 1st Season Sire of the Year and not forgetting how many herded ducks like professionals!

“With Technology pouring into our lives at an insatiable rate, the Society are pleased to be awarded a £450,000 InnovateUk grant to study disease and genomics in our breed. 2015 will definitely see new faces on the Texel team as we deliver new projects and transfer new technology across our growing membership.”

 

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