Page 1

2016

#addtexeladdvalue

Quality

I

Performance

I

Service

I

JOURNAL

The Journal of the Texel Sheep Society

Success


The Breeds Origin The Texel sheep originates from the island of Texel, one of the north-western islands off Holland. Rigorous selection resulted in the development of a large, prolific and well muscled sheep. In extensive trials to compare the Texel with other terminal sires the verdict was that the Texel excelled in carcass quality and in particular, in lean meat yield. In the United Kingdom, Texels have shown that they are capable of withstanding the rigors of the Scottish winter without any hardship and their progeny have proved to be as adaptable in our climate and altitude as the flocks in Holland and France. The breed is well known as a provider of a high quality carcass that has a high killing out percentage and as a breed that transmits its qualities to its progeny when used for crossing purposes.

www.texel.co.uk 2


The Breeds Value The historic financial benefits of genetic improvement from the use of the Texel breed have been significant. The financial benefits of genetic improvement between 1996 and 2015 amount to £197.0 million, or £4.8 million annually. The benefits can be attributed to a combination of an increasing genetic trend, increased use of rams from pedigree registered flocks (as opposed to rams from commercial flocks), and increased use of Texel rams to breed replacements. The future financial benefits of genetic improvement from the use of the Texel breed are predicted to be significant.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

The estimated financial benefits of genetic improvement between 2016 until 2035 (20 years) amount to £244.5 million, or £23.1 million annually. The benefits can be attributed to both an increased penetration or market share of the Texel breed, and also accelerating rates of genetic progress in economically important traits.

3


In Touch With Texel To keep up to date with all the latest Texel news @twitter.com/britishtexel Our Twitter page continues to grow now with over 2000 followers.

#addtexeladdvalue Our Facebook page has received over 5,200 likes to date

SEARCH TERMS Facebook: texel Twitter: britishtexel Google+: texel Youtube: britishtexel

#addtexeladdvalue

Acknowledgment The Board of Directors and Chief Executive would like to thank our Members, Regional Clubs, Sponsors, Judges and staff at the Texel office for their continued support.

www.texel.co.uk

Photography MacGregor Photography Alfie Shaw Robert Smith Tim Scrivener

Mooandbaa John Eveson Special thanks to all Members that provided images.

Design Ghost Design Front cover Hoxa Texel Ewe - James Cowe Pages 2-3 Hartside Texels

British Texel Sheep Society, Unit 74 - 4th Street, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LG Tel: 024 7669 6629 Fax: 024 7669 6472 Email: office@texel.co.uk Website: www.texel.co.uk Texel Journal 2016 is published by the Texel Sheep Society annually in May. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, no responsibility can be accepted by the Society for any errors or any reliance on the use of information by readers.

4


02

Introduction & Society Matters Chief Executive’s Foreword Board of Directors Sire of the Year 2015 2015 AGM & Social Weekend Presidents Award

11 12 14 16 17

26

Youth Development Programme 2016 YDP Committee 2015 update

28 29

2016 programme

29

38

Features Jamie Brownrigg - Castle Sowerby Alastair Gault - Forkins Matt & Shirley Seed - Auchry

40 44 48

Frank Rushton - Fresh Fields Dafydd Jones - Kitrob

50 54

66

Shows Royal Royal Great Royal Royal

Ulster Show Highland Show Yorkshire Show Welsh Show Norfolk Show

66 70 74 78 82

Show dates 2016 Sponsorship 2016 Show Judges 2016

102 106 110

English National National Show Judges 2016 National Show & Sale dates 2016

Performance Recorded Texel Kelso - Builth Wells Malcolm Coubrough - Hartside

134 135

G & B Ingram - Granite Driving Innovation

154 174

114 118 120

132 138 140

152

Regional Clubs Club Reports 2015 Regional Club Flock Competition Results 2015

86 87 88

100

Sales Northern Ireland National Scottish National Welsh National

Contents

02 04 04 06 10

Club Contact Details 2016 Club Sale Dates 2016

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

The Breed In Touch With Texel Acknowledgments Index to Advertisers Chairman’s Foreword

190 192

5


MEMBERS

Index to Advertisers www.texel.co.uk 6

MEMBERS NAME

FLOCK CODE

FLOCK PREFIX

PAGE

DONNIE ALLAN

ADK

BALLOCHNECK

23

ALAN BLAKWOOD

BYZ

AULDHOUSEBURN

21

J & H CLARK

CFT/CJN & DCX

GARNGOUR/TEIGLUM & CLARKS

30

K, A & R CAMPBELL

CKC

199

F MOFFAT & D & T BRADLEY-FARMER

DBF/FDT& FTD

A & B DRAPER

DHA

COWAL MEON DOWN/ MEON SPRINGS & MEONSIDE HOLLYFORD

D J MCKERROW

DMN

NOCHNARY

123

J & G Y DAVIES

DYA

AMAN

21

TOMOS EVANS & ROLAND WATKINS

ESW

WELSH

197

GORDON GRAY

GGH

ETTRICK

36

BRUCE T GOLDIE

GJG

GOLDIES

37

ARCHIE HAMILTON

HLU

SMYLLUM

147

W & C INGRAM

IGB

LOGIE DURNO

95

IOLO P JONES

JLI

LLANGWM

94

P & A JOHNSON

JTC

CORRIECRAVIE

31

P & C KERMODE

KAO

ORRISDALE

98

T & A LAIRD

LTC

CAMBWELL

24

J MELLIN

MJH

HULL HOUSE

61

D NESBITT

NTA

ALWENT

20

PAUL & BAILLIE O'CONNOR

OCP

DRUMGOOLAND

32 - 33

PROCTERS FARM LTD

PFD

PROCTER'S

131

R E J PIERCE

PRE

OLDFORD

129

USK VALE POULTRY LTD GEORGE WILKINSON & G H & G G WILKINSON P K WOOF

UVP

USK VALE

196

WGA & YGW

ARKLE & ELLEN VALLEY

22

WPS

STAINTON

195

D NESBITT & J A PARK

NTA & PJP

ALWENT & DRINKSTONE

25

98 62


PAGE

0800 6891 517

6

VALE VETERINARY

01884 35558

194

MCCARTNEYS

01905 769770

97

ANIMAL BREEDING EUROPE

01875 614 500

18

S&GHS

01463 226995

146

ARGYLL HOLIDAYS

0845 459 9772

198

H & H INSURANCE

01228 406290

59

LONGTOWN C&D AUCIONS

01228 791215

59

MACGREGOR PHOTOGRAPHY

07703 544605

91

CELTIC SHEEP BREEDING

01970 612526

25

SOUTH WEST SHEEP BREEDING SERVICES

01769 610000

194

LAWRIE & SYMINGTON

01555 662281

93

HARBRO

01888 545200

60

DAN FAWCETT

01768 890935

146

J G ANIMAL HEALTH

01886 880482

92

IRISH TEXELS

00353 87355 2992

63

AHDB

02476 478829

19

FARMGENE

07813 010386

37

NEWARK LIVESTOCK SALES

01636 676741

122

PRIORITY SPACE

07715994357 OR 07974975515

130

PROSTAR GENETICS

00353 879837107

121

REGIONAL CLUBS REGIONAL TEXEL CLUBS

PAGE

EASTERN

35

GLOUCESTER & BORDERS

58

MIDLANDS

99

NORTH WEST

124 - 125

NORTHERN AREA

126 - 127

NORTHERN IRELAND

128

RUTHIN

144 - 145

SHROPSHIRE & BORDERS

148 - 149

SOLWAY & TYNE

96

SOUTH WALES

150 - 151

DYFED

34

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

TELEPHONE NUMBER

SELL MY LIVESTOCK

Index to Advertisers

COMMERCIAL COMMERCIAL ADVERTISERS

7


Society Matters

www.texel.co.uk

8


Chairman’s Foreword Chief Executive’s Foreword Board of Directors Presidents Award 2013-2015 Sire of the Year 2015 AGM & Social weekend

society matters

In this section:


Chairman’s Foreword

Chairman’s Foreword

I served on the board from 1985 - 1995 and the change in technology since then is immense. The membership still continues to grow, and having attended some in-lamb sales in November and December it was encouraging to see so many young people around the ringside wanting to get involved with Texel sheep. I would like to welcome Steve Smith and Sylvia Rawlings on to the board. The board has changed quite considerably over the last two years, but I feel we have a good mix of breeders of both commercial and pedigree sheep, supported by an excellent chief executive and staff in the office to keep progressing the breed.

W

hat an honour it is to have been elected Chairman of the UK’s leading sheep Society.

While sitting writing this it has given me time to reflect on the journey Texel Sheep have made since coming into the UK. Where has the time gone? Forty three years ago I can remember my late father coming home from Lanark and telling me about this new breed of sheep a group of farmers and a processor were wanting to import and asked if he would be interested. I am still as excited now as I was then about Texel sheep.

www.texel.co.uk 10

The Society has come a long way since those early days and so have the sheep. The ups and downs of the 70’s and the winning of Winter Fairs, Smithfields and carcass competitions in the 80’s & 90’s was when people started to take notice of Texels. There has been a steady rise in sales of pedigree and commercial tups from then until now. Texels have the carcase quality that suits today’s market, but we can’t be complacent. We must watch that we maintain this quality and not lose the market share to other breeds.

Will Sawday is into his second year of the ‘Genomics of Mastitis in meat sheep’ project and we look forward to getting some results during the year. The Society continues to embrace new technology and our DNA profiling keeps progressing and will help protect pedigree Texels. Having just come through the wettest winter I can remember, I can’t wait until the spring and the start of the show season where the buzz will begin again. The social side of the Society is important too, and I look forward to meeting many of you at the shows, sales and events during the coming year.

David J McKerrow Society Chairman


Chief Executive’s Foreword But the one thing that all members agree on is the strong community feel across the entire organisation, wherever and whenever members choose to visit in the UK. The membership offers a really friendly and supportive environment that enables new and old members alike to be the best they can be in breeding Texel sheep. That’s just one reason why the Society continues to grow its membership which now exceeds 2150 members. As a result, despite a falling national flock, the number of Texels continues to increase as the breed becomes more important to the industry.

often ask Society members what it is that they particularly love about the Society and as you can imagine I get a number of different responses. Many cite the fact that they love the social elements including showing, while for others it is the buzz at the well attended sales auctions; or the progressive approach by the Society in research and development, as science is key to the breeds’ and farming’s future success.

I

For a large number one of the best things about the Society is the kind and supportive approach from our office staff, with this and the range of clubs across diverse regions of the UK helping members feel valued. Without a doubt many members enjoy the huge number of opportunities to get involved with the breed and of course making a difference in developing a breed which has become so valuable to the UK commercial industry.

If you are one of the many new members considering joining the Society, before you make your mind up, I recommend that you come along to either a Society or regional Club event. They have a real buzz about them; you only really get a sense of how impressive things are in the Texel membership when you see it for yourself. So come along and get involved, I have no doubt you will be well supported and you will soon love being part of the Texel family as all our members do.

John Yates

Society Chairman

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Our breed has a real buzz about it!

The total economic impact of the Texel breed also continues to rise as the breed takes a greater market share of rams across the industry.

11


Board of Directors

1. North of Scotland 2. Central & West of Scotland 3. South East Scotland 4. South West of Scotland & Cumbria 5. North East of England 6. Northern England & Central North 7. East and South East of England 8. Central South 9. South West of England 10. North Wales & Borders 11. South Wales 12. Northern Ireland 13. Mid Wales & Borders

Roy Campbell

• Sales & Shows Committee Chairman

Tel: 01900 828914 Royel - CXR & Cowal - CKC Elected 2013 Term expires 2019

Graeme Knox

4

Steve Richardson

• Honorary Treasurer • Finance & Remuneration Committee

• Vice Chairman & Vice President

• Finance & Remuneration Committee

Tel: 01651 891264 Haddo – KWJ Elected 2011 Term expires 2019

1 Andrew Barr

• Finance & Remuneration Committee

Tel: 01899 308062 Parkhouse - BAH Elected 2013 Term expires 2017

www.texel.co.uk

2

Tel: 01226 752359 Stonebridge - RSS Elected 2012 Term expires 2016

5

David McKerrow • Chairman & President • Finance & Remuneration Committee Chairman

Tel: 01337 830457 Nochnary – DMN Elected 2012 Term expires 2016

3 12


Jeff Aiken

Iolo Prys Jones

• Sales & Show Committee

Adrian Windsor

Sylvia Rawlings

• Sales & Shows Committee

• Breed Development Committee

Tel: 01206 263 142 Wiston - RHW Elected 2015 Term expires 2016

7

11

• Sales & Shows Committee

• Breed Development

Committee Chairman • PRT Committee Chairman • Society representative on the PS&GHS Advisory Committee

8 Graham Hill

Tel: 02891 270215 Springwell – GRS Elected 2014 Term expires 2018

12 Steve Smith

• Breed Development

• Sales & Shows Committee

Committee

Tel: 01395 568205 Rolle – HGF Elected 2014 Term expires 2018

Tel: 01994 241078 Fern - WAF Elected 2014 Term expires 2018

Henry Gamble

Peter Mitchell

Tel: 01684 295177 Avon Vale - MQZ Elected 2014 Term expires 2018

10

Board of Directors

6

Tel: 01490 420087 Llangwm – JLI Elected 2013 Term expires 2017

9

Tel: 01938 850 265 Penparc - SJP Elected 2015 Term expires 2019

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Tel: 01200 446981 Procter’s - PFD Elected 2013 Term expires 2017

• Sales & Shows Committee

13 13


Garngour Vintage is Sire of the Year 2015

Sire of the Year

The First Year Sire of the Year is Garngour Vintage, bred by the Clark family, purchased by Albert and George Howie, Knock, in conjunction with the Knox family, Haddo, and Sandy Lee, Fordafourie, at Lanark last year. The 2015 winner was based on the highest aggregate reached for the top three ram’s lambs in the sire’s first season sold at the Society’s four National sales with three different registered Dams. Garngour Vintage’s three high selling sons at National Sales in 2015 were Knock Will-I-am from the Howie’s which sold for 70,000gns at Lanark to Charlie Boden, Fordafourie Welcome which sold at 1500gns at Lanark and Haddo Winner from the Knox family which made 500gns, again at Lanark.

This left Garngour Vintage, who carries an index of 307, with an overall average for his three highest selling sons from individual dams of 24,000gns. Taking second place was Cornmore Velvet Jacket bred by John Leitch and sold for 85,000gns at Lanark 2014. And third spot this year went to Procters Ventura. Bred by Procters Farm and purchased for 4000gns in 2014 by David Houghton for the Tophill flock in partnership with Charlie Boden.

www.texel.co.uk Alan Clark - Garngour receiving the Sire of the year trophy from Chairman Henry Gamble.

14


Sire of the Year

Garngour Vintage

2015 1st Season Sire of the Year

First Season Sire of the year 2015 Sire & Position

1st place Garngour Vintage CJN1403170

Qualifying Son

Dam

Sold for Gns

Progeny owner

Knock-Will-I-Am HAK1500870

HAK091025

70,000

Albert & George Howie

Fordafourie Welcome LAF1500322

LAF1300249

1,500

A C Lee & Co.

Haddo Winner KWJ1501021

IJS1100044

500

W J Knox

Glenside Willie Winkle -

FPG1300718

24,000

John

FPG1501071 2nd place Cornmore Velvet Jacket LTE1400381

Glenside Willy Nilly FPG1501083

FPG1300687

16,000

John Forsyth

Glensire Whiskey

FPG1100242

15,000

John Forsyth

HPH1300531

32,000

David

Tophill Wall St HPH100816 Procters Ventura PFD1403565

Average

J & H Clark

24,000

John Leitch

18,000

Procters Farms Ltd

12,970

Houghton

Tophill White Knight HPH1500763

HPH1300526

5,800

David Houghton

Tophill World Cup

HPH1200401

1,100

David Houghton

HPH1500812

Sire Breeder

Forsyth

Galore - FPG1501054

3rd place

3rd - Procters Ventura

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

1st - Garngour Vintage 2nd - Cornmore Velvet Jacket

15


2015 AGM & Social Weekend St Andrews

AGM & Social Weekend 2015 www.texel.co.uk 16

torm Abigail joined us all at St Andrews as an uninvited guest, but failed to put a dampener on the 2015 AGM & Social weekend. Held at the luxurious Fairmont St Andrews Hotel on the beautiful Fife coast line, we kicked off the event with a drinks reception followed by a sumptuous buffet, Society presentations were made to retirees, director Roy Hughes and office staff Angela Dobson. Alan Clark picked up the appropriately named ‘Sire of the Year’ award for Garngour Vintage and we all thanked Henry Gamble for his time as chairman and wife Alice for her support over the last two years.

S

One of Henry’s last acts as chairman was to announce the recipient of his President’s award and his choice of Keith Jamieson couldn’t have been better received. Keith was genuinely surprised and delighted; the Texel Members were unanimous in their approval giving this highly respected and loved breeder a well deserved standing ovation and round of applause, much to his surprise. The Race-night that followed proved to be one of the most popular nights of entertainment ever experienced at our Social weekends, If you missed it - you missed out! The eventual winning team was led by Andy Barr who won by a nose chased closely by Keith Jamieson’s team. Saturday brought a bright windy day for the Highland games and Stock Judging

competition, judged by Keith Jamieson and with thanks to David McCall - Noresk, Robert Cockburn - Knap & David McKerrow - Nochnary, for providing the quality stock. The winner was Nigel Hamill, Ballynadrenta Texels who received a large bottle of liquid refreshment for his correct prediction. The Texel Highland games involved ginger wigs and tartan hats, caber tossing, wellie wanging, haggis chucking, weight lifting and a wheelbarrow race that was beyond competitive! Following lunch and the AGM, the pre Dinner Dance drinks reception took place before we enjoyed a delicious dinner of local Fife beef, sponsored by Galloway and MacLeod and sourced by incoming chairman David McKerrow, and fresh Sky Salmon. Graham Hill presented Kirsty Harrison,Youth Cancer Trust representative, with a cheque for £5225, the culmination of a year of fund raising events by the Society and Clubs. This fund continues to grow with further donations being made on Grahams 4 Nations Challenge ‘Just Giving’ site and from Texel regional Clubs. Guests were entertained by after dinner speaker Hamish Dykes and then danced the night away to the music of the ‘Big Squeeze’, a proper ceilidh enjoyed by all and a fitting end to a fantastic Texel weekend.


Keith Jamieson

O

Presented and chosen by outgoing Society president Henry Gamble, this award is made bi-annually by the retiring president to an individual who in their opinion has given outstanding commitment, time and experience towards the success of the Society. Keith was surprised and delighted to accept the award, the Texel guests were unanimous in their approval and gave Keith a standing ovation, much to his embarrassment. He then went on to lead his team to second place in the nights racing event proving the old saying ‘it is compulsory to grow old but not to grow up’!

The Annan flock is one of the oldest Texel flocks in the country, having been founded in 1973 by the importation of two gimmers and the imported ram Annan Captain from the Robert Depernet flock in France. The influence of the flock in the breed in the UK over the past 40 years can be seen in many of the top breeding flocks which can trace their foundations to Annan. Over the years Keith and the flock have held many UK sales records and periodically held world records for top prices for both males and females. Keith has worked tirelessly promoting the Texel breed at sales, shows and fatstock events. The 2015 National Texel sales highest selling Texel ram that sold for 70,000gns can be traced back to the Annan flock, the flock has taken supreme champions ten times at Royal shows, two supreme championships and one reserve at Smithfield covering the whole spectrum of showing, selling and carcass competitions. Keith has now reduced his flock, as he reached the fine age of 21 on February 29th, but we are sure he will not be reducing the time he dedicates to the Texel breed. We look forward to the pleasure of his company at Texel events in the years to come and offer our congratulations to the worthy President’s award winner that is Keith Jamieson.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

ne of the Texel breed’s longest and most active supporters, Keith Jamieson of the Annan flock, was the recipient of the Presidents Award at the Society’s 2015 AGM & Social weekend in November.

Presidents Award 2013 - 2015

Presidents Award 2013 - 2015

17


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

18


19

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


ALWENT

Adverts

NTA Performance Recorded Texels www.alwentpedigreelivestock.co.uk

GOLDIES SUPREME 10500 gns Lanark Index 429, 99% acc. Based on 562 progeny in 43 flocks TOP RAM FOR MUSCULARITY.

NTA1300721

ONE OF 6 E.T. SISTERS BY SUPREME, WITH AVERAGE INDEX 394, SOLD TO AVERAGE OF £3,115.

Breed Champion Northumberland 2012, Interbreed Champion 2014 where he beat the 2014 RHASS Breed Champion.

www.texel.co.uk

BRACKENRIDGE UNDERDOG ARR/ARR

ALWENT WEIGHTMAN ARR/ARR

Index 522. A leader in eye-muscle area and gigot score. Semen available.

INDEX 358, 130 PROGENY IN 8 FLOCKS 2nd NORTHUMBERLAND 2014 TO THE RHASS BREED CHAMPION 2nd GREAT YORKS. TO THE 2013 LANARK CHAMP. TOP STOCK RAM SOLWAY AND TYNE FLOCK COMPETITION

T NESBITT & SON Alwent Hall, Winston, Darlington, DL2 3QH Tel: 01833 660 769 Mobile 07979 593 170 E-mail: nesbitt@realemail.co.uk

20


21

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


ARKLE & ELLENVALLEY TEXELS Adverts

MV ACCREDITED, SCRAPIE, MONITORED, SIGNET RECORDED

SENIOR STOCK RAMS

MILNBANK VANTASTIC PURCHASED FOR 11,000GNS SONS SELLING FOR 10000GNS BEING ELLEN VALLEY WARLORD

MOORTOP VODKA PURCHASED FOR 4000GNS AT SKIPTON 2015

JUNIOR STOCK RAMS

www.texel.co.uk

AMAN WATCYN WYN PURCHASED FOR 7000GNS SON OFF 38K SPRINGWELL ULSTERBOY

STAINTON WINCHESTER AN UNO SON PURCHASED FOR 4500GNS

OVERALL CHAMPION FLOCK 2015 IN SOLWAY AND TYNE FLOCK COMPETITION

CONTACT: GEORGE & HARRY WILKINSON, ARKLEBY HOUSE, ARKLEBY, ASPATRIA, CARLISLE, CUMBRIA, CA7 2BP MOBILE: GEORGE 07733136889 HOME: 01697 320374 E-MAIL: arklebyfarm@gmail.com FIND US ON FACEBOOK: ARKLE TEXELS

STOCK & SEMEN ALWAYS FOR SALE 22


23

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

24


Adverts SEMEN AVAILABLE

DAUGHTERS

PJP1304679 - 398 Index

Goldies Supreme Sold for 2,500gns. P.T. Index 429 from 563 progeny in 43 flocks, 99% acc. Breed champion, Northumberland 2012 and Interbreed champion 2014, when he beat 2014 RHAS Breed Champion. Supreme is a trait leader for muscularity, he has the highest EBV for muscularity of all stock rams with over 100 progeny and used in more than one flock.

NTA1300721One of 6 ET Sisters, AVE. Index 394. Sold to average ÂŁ3115

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

GOLDIES SUPREME

Limited amount of semen available from J A Park Tel: 01377 270 312 D Nesbitt Tel: 01833 660 769

25


26


YDP Committee 2016 YDP Summary of 2015 YDP Programme 2016

Youth Development Programme

In this section:


2016 YDP Committee

YDP Committee www.texel.co.uk 28

Area A Kerr Jarvie - Duncryne 01764 681 589 or 07736 299632

Chairman Area E Adrian Liggett - Corbo 02882 841 691 or 07766 146624

Area B Duncan Mellin - Hull House 01729 850 220

Secretary Area D Anna Minnice-Hughes - Penparc 01938 850 265 or 07979 381285

Area C David Bradley-Farmer Meon Springs 01730 823 003 or 07732 993085

The Youth Development Committee assists with the Society’s promotions, progress and development of initiatives aimed at young breeders and novice flocks for the benefit of the members. The YDP programme includes a wide variety of social and promotional activities at shows, sales and agricultural events throughout the year raising the profile of the Society and fundraising for charity.

A

E B

D C


• •

Young Handlers classes at the Royal Ulster & Royal Welsh shows Novice flock classes at the Scottish, Welsh & English Nationals and the YDP/NITYB Young Handlers class at the NI National Four education awards to top performers at agricultural universities Sponsorship of six young breeders at the 2015 Sheep Breeders Round Table

Novice Flock/Ram Lamb Class winners 2015

Northern Ireland National, NITYB - Adrian Ligget - Corbo Wagon Wheel

Scottish National - Richard Reynolds - Killyvolgan Whizz

Welsh National - Will Davies - Usk Vale Wondewall

English National - Will Davies Usk Vale War-Lord

2016 Programme • • • •

Texel education awards offered to four top agricultural universities YDP Young Handlers Class at the Royal Ulster and Royal Welsh Shows YDP Novice flock classes at the Scottish, Welsh & English Nationals with a YDP/NITYB Young Handlers Class at the NI National YDP Charity Stock Judging competition at the 2016 NSA Sheep Event, Malvern

If YOU want to get involved in any of the activities, discuss ideas or be a part of the YDP Programme please contact your Regional YDP representative or call the Society office.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

• •

YDP in 2015 & YDP Programme 2016

The 2015 Programme included...

29


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

30


31

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

32


33

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

34


35

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

36


37

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


www.texel.co.uk

38


Jamie Brownrigg - Castle Sowerby Alastair Gault - Forkins M Seed - Auchry Frank Rushton - Fresh Fields R E & D R Jones - Kitrob

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

features

In this section:

39


Jamie Brownrigg - Castle Sowerby

Jamie Brownrigg - Castle Sowerby

Louise and Jamie with Daughter Caitlin

ever compromising on quality is a firm foundation to build any business and for Cumbrian breeder Jamie Brownrigg its one he has stuck too from the outset, always aiming to buy the sheep he’s wanted provided he can afford them.

N

www.texel.co.uk

“I started the flock in 2000, but unfortunately never really got going as we were taken out in the foot-and-mouth cull in 2001. I didn’t wait long before I got going again though, buying four Ettrick ewes and a brace of Woodmarsh ewes to set the flock up with. They were a great starting point and I’ve since added a few ewes over the years as I’ve been able to. “A few years later I rang Mick Gould to see if they might have a few more ewes for sale as the first two had done so well for me. As it happened Mick was beginning to consider

40

selling the flock as he didn’t feel he was doing them justice. I jumped at the chance and bought the flock from them with these ewes breeding tremendous females for me,” explains Jamie. “After that over the last five years older ewes from the Greenwood flock have been purchased. These have been good solid ewes and have served me well. “Then in late 2014 I saw that Nick Tavernor was advertising the adult portion of his Salocin flock for sale. With a depth of pedigree and some great performance in the flock I thought they could be a good fit with the existing flock. I went to see them and they were a credit to Nick. The opportunity to acquire more than 30 years of hard work and meticulous decision making in one go should not be underestimated.


To help the flock complement his working life Jamie uses Zwartbles teaser tups to tighten lambing up and in 2016 introduced AI to make the most of one of his new stock ram, Glenside Royal Welsh, which was bought at the Einon dispersal in July 2015 for 3000gns. “It works well and means I can book two weeks off work for lambing and get most of the ewes lambed. I’m lucky to have both my wife, Louise, and my mother and father on hand to help out too, particularly once I go back to work. And at nine our daughter Caitlin is becoming a useful pair of hands too. “The good thing is that in most cases provided the ewes are in good condition ahead of lambing they can largely be left to get on with things on their own. Once ewes have lambed they tend to stay in for quite a while to ensure the lambs get off to a good start. We lamb in early February, but the weather can be harsh up here at that time

Hesket-Newmarket-based Jamie aims to sell all his rams as lambs, with many of them taken on to make shearlings by others. “I did keep some lambs round to shearlings myself one year and had a good trade with them, but its hard to do as well as everything else and its equally pleasing to see them go and do well with others. With two champion shearlings at Hexham in the last five years being Castle Sowerby breeding it is good to see people doing well with and making a success of my ram lambs sold between 300 and 500gns. Also lambs have been sold at 900gns and several at 800gns too. We’re still awaiting what will be a proud moment when we sell one at four figures. “I keep all the ewe lambs through to gimmers and will probably start selling a few each year from now on as the numbers in the flock increase and I get to know the families in the bought in flocks better too. We’re lambing about 150 pedigree ewes at the moment,” he explains. “Lambs are generally creep fed to start with and then I take them off creep later to see how they grow on as the grass comes, with lambs then weaned at 12 weeks old as I want to see what they can do for themselves and it allows me to get the ewes stocked more tightly for the summer. “Ewe lambs then go away to keep at Skelton on rented ground there from August onwards, with these shorn in September and run there through the winter on about 300 acres of grass.”

Jamie Brownrigg - Castle Sowerby

“It can be a challenge to fit the flock work around the day job, but the two are mutually beneficial as I have the opportunity to use my own flock as a learning tool for the students. For many students the chance to work with pedigree stock is few and far between and it helps show them a different side of the industry to that which they may be used to seeing elsewhere,” says Jamie who is a course manager for apprenticeships at Newton Rigg College

of year, so I’d sooner leave the sheep inside than turn them out and see them suffer as a result.”

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

“It was a flock with great traditional Texel traits, there were no poor sheep among them and I felt they had huge potential to develop. As a flock they were even and particularly correct. It was clear Nick had put a lot of time and effort in to developing the flock and the opportunity to tap in to those genetics was too good to miss.

41


Jamie Brownrigg - Castle Sowerby www.texel.co.uk 42

BXJ1200402 by Douganhill Magnum

Going forward Jamie is looking at performance recording the flock this year having previously been slightly sceptical of it. “I bought three shearling ewes from Drinkstone and have seen how their lambs have performed and fleshed more easily off grass and carried meat compared to some non recorded bloodlines. I’m keen also to use it as a tool for teaching the students and to provide that educational link from the pedigree sector to the commercial sector. I do worry that some lambs are being pushed too hard and whether they’ll work or not, but that’s the same in non recorded flocks.” On the sire side notable rams which have influenced the flock over the last 15 years include Douganhill Magnum, and Ellen Valley Pedro, with perhaps the most influential of all being Topside Supreme, a tup we shared with the Ridley family at Haltcliffe. He was a great female breeder and left really correct ewes. “This year’s lambs will be by a number of sires, including Glenside Royal Welsh which we bought at the Einion dispersal as an older tup and Crailloch Wrangler and Ballochneck Wright After, both of which were bought at Lanark as lambs last year. Develoing the flock over last 15 years has

BXJ1200384 by Douganhill Magnum

seen some highs and some lows, but the good times always outweigh the bad. “When buying the Texel flock from Woodmarsh I’ve never forgotten the words of Mick Gould who said that achieving success and developing a flock would not happen quickly, ‘You must, like anything, serve your apprenticeship which could be more than 10 years,’ he said. It was an appropriate message for an apprenticeship course manager,” adds Jamie. “I’m looking for good skins, legs and tops when it comes to buying rams. I’ve seen the peeler fashion come through and now its on its way out again I’m looking to breed lambs with good full coats, particularly bearing in mind the climate we’re farming in here in an exposed part of Cumbria,” he adds.


Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Above: Glenside Royal Welsh FPG1000045 Below: Craillock Warrior - MAE01621 15 and Ballochneck Weightlifter - ADK1500830

43


Alastair Gault - Forkins

Alastair Gault - Forkins Alastair with son Jack.

t may be the rams that grab the headlines for most flocks, but when it comes to Alastair Gault’s Forkins flock there is no doubt it’s the success enjoyed by the flock’s females that have really helped to put this Antrim-based breeder on the map nationally.

I

www.texel.co.uk 44

Gimmers from the flock have sold at £15,000 privately as well as to 11,000gns, 8000gns and 6500gns twice at auction, with all but one of these top prices achieved for in-lamb females sold at the Northern Stars Sale, Ballymena. “We’ve been lucky in some ways to have started with exceptional female lines which have set the tone for the rest of the flock. When I started with Texels in 1995 it came as a result of working with the Sweet Wall flock at Loughonmore Farms. I initially bought ewes from the Hillhead flock of the

Watson family and from Stephen Shortt’s Aughnagill flock. “Then in 2001 Loughonmore Farms sold their flock and I was able to buy the flock of 30 ewes and ewe lambs to expand the Forkins flock. There was some great breeding in these ewes and Springhill Expert was one sire which had left a real mark on the Sweet Wall flock. His daughters and their progeny have given a great female base to work from,” explains Alastair. Alongside the Sweet Wall origins one female line which stands out is one which goes back to a Ballynahone ewe bought from Richard Henderson by the Sweet Wall flock which was in turn the dam of Sweet Wall Gigolo, a ram which was in the belly of his dam when she was bought for 1500gns. “He bred some great sheep and is behind many of our best females,” he adds.


“Just before that we’d had great success with Castlecairn Kennedy too, but Mc Fly goes down as a real star performer. He’s bred well everywhere he’s been used and has just clicked with a great range of breeding too. I guess we could all do with another like that if we could find one!”

And by only keeping six gimmers a year for himself Alastair says buyers can be assured of getting the best possible breeding from the flock when it comes to the sales. “We flush 10-12 Texels a year, so always have plenty of quality to chose from, but it is important to be clear on only keeping the best as otherwise we could overkill the market and that wouldn’t be good for ourselves or anyone else.”

“Such is in the influence of Mc Fly that he was the grand sire of the gimmer, GAF1100309, which took the interbreed championship at Balmoral in 2012 and went on to sell for 11,000gns to Paul O’Connor of the Drumgooland flock. As well as being grand sire to the gimmer which was champion at Balmoral in 2014, GAF1300824.” He was also grand sire to the Forkins flock’s dearest ram to date, the 65,000gns Forkins Rocksolid sold to Trinidad Investments at Lanark in 2010, with this lamb being by Tamnamoney Ned, a Mc Fly son.

However, the flock is managed on a heavy commercial basis, with all ewes away wintered on grass only and coming back just ahead of lambing. “We farm some heavy ground, so getting the ewes away for the winter helps ease the pressure on the ground and gives the fields a break before we start turning ewes and lambs out after lambing. “By the time we’ve lambed the Suffolks and the Texels as well as the recipients and with

“Like everyone we’re conscious of keeping a clear focus on the commercial customer and with competition strong in this part of the world it is important to keep the main customers happy. But alongside that we’re lucky to be able to sell significant numbers of females too and that means paying attention to breed character and correctness. “In our tups we want to breed some size and stretch along with good tops and ends.

Alastair Gault - Forkins

We also breed for a bit of neck as we find it helps them last longer and the last thing we want to breed is rams which don’t go away and thrive for the buyers. We do though look for that bit of flash and character as that’s what helps sell the females when it comes to both empty and in-lamb gimmers. With up to 40 gimmers a year to sell we need to produce what those customers want too,” he says.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

But perhaps of all the rams which have left the greatest mark on the Forkins flock is the noted Douganhill Mc Fly which was bought as a lamb in partnership with the Tamnamoney and Ballynahone flocks. “He’d stood second at the Highland in 2006 and proved to be an exceptional investment, breeding the 28,000gns Forkins Nijinsky and the 16,000gns Cherryvale Nijinsky in his first season.

A Forkins homebred gimmer

45


Alastair Gault - Forkins

www.texel.co.uk

2016 Forkins lambs

46


“Creep feed is introduced to the lambs at about three weeks old once lambs start to look for it and nibbling at the ewes’ feed and lambs stay on creep until weaning, usually in mid June. After that the sale lambs are picked out and moved on to either a new ley or a field of Tyfon and are fed accordingly. Those lambs not destined for early sales and all the ewe lambs don’t receive any feed from weaning onwards, although in some years they are trough fed for a short time until grass is able to catch up. “The aim is to grow our sheep as naturally as possible from grass and with that in mind we’ve been trying to grow more clover in the leys in the last two to three years to help with pasture quality.” Looking ahead Alastair says he hopes to keep producing the goods as the flocks have done in the past, but says increasing competition both locally and nationally

“We’ve been fortunate to have bought some great breeding tups in the past which have really knitted with our females. Duncryne Uber Cool is another lamb which has done well for us, breeding consistently and in 2014 we sold 30 ram lambs by him to average more than £1000 with the top price only being 3500gns. That just shows how level his lambs were and his daughters have done well too, including the top seven gimmers at Ballymena Show in 2015 all being Uber Cool daughters. Sportsmans Scania is another that has done well in recent years and the quality of his back breeding has shone through in his progeny over time’ Its important for everyone to remember that sheep breeding is a long-term project and it’s the depth of pedigree that is equally as important as what a lamb looks like on the day when it comes to selecting the next stock tup, adds Alaistair. “We’d all like to speed the process up, but even with modern technology such as embryo transfer you still need that bit of luck to make it all come together. It is often the second or third generation down when a tup really proves his worth.”

Alastair Gault - Forkins

The aim is to turn ewes and lambs out as soon as possible, but the fickle Northern Irish climate doesn’t always play to the same tune and in some harder years ewes and lambs can stay in for up to six weeks. “Throughout that time though I always try and get them outside during the day for a bite of grass and to keep them moving.

means the quality in the breed is improving all the time.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

the gimmers back home as well we could have up to 500 sheep across the 100 acre farm in spring, so giving the ground a good break is essential.”

Forkins ewes

47


Matt & Shirley Seed - Auchry Matt & Shirley Seed - Auchry Matt & Shirley with children Iona (4) and Daniel(3)

ew Texel breeders, Matt and Shirley Seed, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, are setting their sights firmly on the commercial shearling market having purchased the bulk of the Culterallers flock from Messrs McCosh Bros in October 2015.

could be tricky as new entrants to the breed.

Farming in partnership with Matt’s parents having moved to Aberdeenshire from the Yorkshire Dales in 2004, Matt and Shirley believe there is a ready market for well grown, well fleshed Texel shearlings in the north east of Scotland, with a large number of local Texel flocks concentrating on producing ram lambs. “Many of the flocks up here are using ET to breed ram lambs targeted at the main pedigree sales. There’s nothing wrong with that if it works for them, but I’m nervous of going down that route as it is a costly business and high risk. We’d need to be hitting some five figure prices to make it justifiable and I think that

The family already run a pedigree Bluefaced Leicester flock, selling ram lambs at many of the breed’s major sales, including Builth Wells, Carlisle and Kelso. “We’re not afraid of spending as much as we can afford on the right sires and its always worthwhile buying the best ram you can manage no matter what the breed.”

N

www.texel.co.uk 48

“I’m keen to build on the solid foundation the Culterallers flock has brought with it and will be looking to invest in new stock sires as the need arises.”

With 130 ewes bought from the McCosh Bros along with 37 ewe hoggs Matt has since slimmed the flock down to 100 ewes, with 30 ewes sold to the Isle of Barra. “The ewes have scanned well this time around at 180% with lambs due to stock sires


Running 200 acres at home along with a further 70 acres of grass rented in, the Seed family also run a herd of 100 Limousin cross sucklers, with heifers put to Aberdeen-Angus bulls and cows going to Charolais sires. “We sell the progeny as yearling stores, with the mix of cattle and sheep on the farm helping with grassland management,” he explains.

“For now though I’m keen to get the Texels established here and see how they do in their first year. I’m lucky to have the support of my wife Shirley who splits her time between her vet career and caring for our two young children. We may not hit the dizzy heights of five figure sales with our Texels just yet, but if we can breed rams which perform for our customers I’m sure they’ll be a great addition to our farming enterprise,” he adds.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Away from the farm Matt also runs a successful shearing business, with his team of five shearers clipping more than 40,000 sheep a year and Matt also working as a belly clipper at Woodhead’s Turriff abattoir during the winter months where up to 1700 lambs a day are slaughtered for Morrisons. “I’ve been lucky enough to shear for the

Ingram family at Logie Durno, so have learnt a lot from them over the years and can see how producing commercially relevant shearling rams has worked well for them. Indeed I may, if demand rises, try crossing some of the Texels with a Bluefaced Leicester tup to produce some maternal rams, as the Ingrams have done.

Matt & Shirley Seed - Auchry

Douganhill Uno and Cambwell Very Shapely, both rams with scale and shape to them. “We’ve some good hoggs coming through as well, with ET bred Craighead Masterpiece and Cowal Powerhouse daughters looking the part at the moment.”

Auchry Ewes

49


Frank Rushton - Fresh Fields

www.texel.co.uk

A Strathbogie Thunder daughter

50


Frank Rushton - Fresh Fields

Frank Rushton - Fresh Fields

passion for producing top end sheep has driven Frank Rushton’s Matlock, Derbyshire-based Fresh Fields flock from its inception, with the aim always to produce pedigree tups suited to commercial customers.

A

“I’ve never looked to sell breeders’ tups, having always concentrated on selling tups for commercial men to breed top end prime lambs from. That doesn’t mean I’m not keen on the pedigree aspect of things and I like to show every summer, usually doing 14 or 15 shows a year. I do sell a few tups for pedigree use, but the mainstay of the tup sales are ram lambs sold at home to repeat commercial customers, with just a handful kept round to make shearlings,” explains Frank. “We sell about 90% of the tups from home with the remainder either sold at Club sales or Bakewell Ram Fair. I don’t take any rams to National Sales, but do like to get to them

whenever possible to see what’s breeding well and every now and again buy a tup to use at home,” he adds. Alongside selling rams the flock has also gained a reputation for selling top drawer females, with only 10 ewe lambs kept each year and the remainder offered for sale at the North West Texel Club’s January sale at Chelford each year. “We generally sell up to 10 ewe lambs a year and sold up to 950gns in January 2015 and average more than £500 apiece for them most years. “With both the males and females the aim is always to produce good skinned, growthy, well fleshed sheep. I am particularly keen on breeding sheep which flesh naturally rather than needing to feed a lot of flesh on to them. We can grow good grass at home and away winter our ewes and ewe lambs on local dairy ground, so they need to be able to convert grass to flesh easily without needing a bag of corn too.”

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Frank with Kerry & Ashley

51


In the early days of the flock a tup from John Hedley, Red Myle Henry, left a lot of good females, with foundation ewes from the Summerwood, Castle Ashby and Lodge flocks providing a solid base for Frank to work with.

Frank Rushton - Fresh Fields

“I’ve bought in a few ewes over time at in-lamb sales, including ewes in lamb to Haltcliffe Jackpot and Clinterty Impressive from the Goldie family. One of these bred a tup I kept back to use for myself, Fresh Fields No Limits. He was the sire of Fresh Fields Outstander which sold to the Broadfields flock of the Clamp family and Fresh Field Off Limits which was bought by the Holtom family for their Spring flock. Another son, Fresh Fields On a Mission, was bought by the Mallaber family for their Grovewood flock,” explains Frank. “I largely use homebred rams from ewes with a proven track record of producing the type of sheep that perform in the flock over a number of years. Another homebred sire, Fresh Fields Tyson, a Tullagh Real Deal son, was another retained ram which did a lot of good, leaving great females and subsequently going on to work in Simon Clarke’s Dunstall flock. “I do buy the odd ram here and there to inject some fresh blood in to the flock and in recent years have bought a number of rams in partnership with local young breeder Ben Vernon, Charben Texels,

www.texel.co.uk Interbreed Champion – Bakewell Show Lady Dynamite

52

purchases include Tullagh Real Deal, Forkins Simply the best and Strathbogie Thunder. This gives access to some better breeding and allows progress in the breed,” adds Frank, Helping to publicise the flock and as part of the social side of Texel breeding Frank and his family, including his girlfriend Kerry and son Ashley, as well as Kerry’s father Philip, attend about 15 shows a year locally. “We don’t really have time for any of the big shows, but we do plenty of local one day shows and really enjoy meeting up with other breeders at them. “We’re generally fairly successful and have previously won interbreed championships at the likes of Nantwich, Cheshire and Derby shows, as well as winning the ewe lamb class at Ashbourne for 12 consecutive years.” The flock has also enjoyed significant success in the Derbyshire Texel Club’s flock competition, being champion small flock on many occasions and champion overall several times too. Lambing in mid February, ewes are usually housed about 10 days before lambing, having been on grass and feed blocks up until then. “They then have a little concentrate while housed and are straight back to grass as soon as possible after lambing, with lambs offered a little creep feed through the early months, with this cut back once they start to clear the trough. “All ewes are sponged to concentrate lambing into a short period which makes management easier. “We tend to leave lambs with the ewes until they’re about 20 weeks old and find this cuts the chances of any mastitis problems in the ewes. Ewe lambs then head away to their winter grass in mid August and come back the following April, grazing on a local dairy farm for those eight months.”


RRF00242 - Natural Ewe Lamb from Freshfields VIP

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Sales highlights for the flock include shearling rams selling to 1750gns and 1500gns at Chelford, while stock from the flock have gone on to perform well in the show ring for others, including Fresh Fields Red Light, a 2010-born Fresh Field Perfection son out of a dam by Freshfields No Limits which was male champion at Three Counties in 2013 for David and Thomas Bradley-Farmer.

Frank’s son Ashley also runs a flock of pedigree North Country Cheviots, with these running alongside the commercial ewes and also enjoying show success locally in recent years, including picking up the championship at last year’s Hope Show and then carrying on to win the English National championship as well. Capping off a successful 12 months for the 13 year old was an invitation to judge at the 2016 in-lamb sale at Lockerbie which made both Frank and Ashley’s mother, Kerry, very proud.

Frank Rushton - Fresh Fields

Away from the pedigree flock Frank and his mother and father, Jim and Georgina, run a commercial flock of Texel x Mule ewes & Texel x Charolais ewes, which are put to mainly Texel rams to breed prime lambs with these sold liveweight at the number of midlands markets, including Bakewell and Newark.

Ashley with some Fresh Fields Ewes

53


Dafydd Jones - Kitrob

Dafydd Jones - Kitrob

“The flock was founded with four ewes purchased from Chelford in 1986 after my father asked Tom Williams of the Ty Hir flock to buy him some ewes at the sale. He gave Tom £1000 to spend and asked him to get four in-lamb ewes which he did. The following year he bought Ti Hyr Ripple as a ram lamb and a few more ewes from Hull House and really got the bug, particularly as he showed Ripple at a few local shows and did well with him,” explains Dafydd. Dafydd, Dona,Tomos, Carla.

can’t go to Tesco with a championship rosette and buy the groceries!” It’s a bold statement, but one which sums up the commercial and sales focus which is the driving force behind the Jones family’s Kitrob flock.

“I

For Dafydd Jones, his wife Dona and their children Tomos and Carla the Texel flock has to pay its way on their 150 acre farm or something else will take its place. “Its not easy making a living in this part of the country and having seen the suckler herd go I’m focussed on profitable farming.

www.texel.co.uk 54

“We’ve recently invested in non-farming activities, including a holiday cottage conversion here on the farm and rental properties in nearby Pwhelli and renewable energy activities and while we could have invested the same money in buying more land the return on the investment wouldn’t have been worthwhile.” So, the Kitrob flock which Dafydd admits started out as something of a hobby for his father Robin, is firmly focussed on producing tups for sale locally and breeding easily fleshed, easy kept, tight skinned females which thrive at Cefn Cae’r Ferch.

At that time the family were still milking pedigree Holsteins. With Dafydd focussed on this part of the enterprise rather than the sheep it was Robin who pushed forward with the Texels, attending a wide range of shows, both locally and further afield. “Its amazing how he found the time to do as much showing as he did, but he went far and wide, including the Royal, the Royal Welsh, Cheshire, Shropshire and West Midlands and many, many local shows.” Further additions to the flock came from the Beautry and Hull House sale along with ewes from Courthill, Annan and Llyfni and the flock soon grew to more than 100 ewes. “We had been hard on the lambs all the way through, killing anything that wasn’t going to make a breeding sheep, but even then it was surprising how quickly the numbers grew!” The purchase of Halbeath Beethoven in 1995 moved the flock on significantly, says Dafydd, with this ram lamb leaving exceptional females. “He was a great ram, full of power and scope. He carried a little bit of brown in his front legs and its probably fair to say that if he hadn’t we would never have afforded him. In his first year he served 80 ewes as we lost another


“Then in 2004 we reduced the flock to 40 ewes and started to use AI as a way to improve the flock and using semen from proven sires from other flocks. Indeed in 2005 the total value of the rams used for AI was more than £400,000, showing the calibre of the rams we were targeting at this time, with the likes of Loosebeare Imp and Craighead Hercules among the service sires that year. “Shortly after this we bought select females from Claybury, Stockton, Stonehouse, Loosebeare, Muiresk and Stainton to top up with and this combined with the use of AI really started us on the road to where we are now.

BGS1100284 - Sportsmans Spitfire

“Then in 2007 we bought a half share in Douganhill Northern Light at Carlisle where he had been reserve champion. He was a great tup with correctness, flesh and

Dafydd Jones - Kitrob

With the focus at this stage in the flock’s history clearly on producing commercial rams Dafydd says the following 10 years saw little money spent on rams, with Llyfni Bwmba a stand out sire from this period along with Penpaerdrig King which left a real mark on the flock.

skin and delivered exactly those attributes in his progeny. His first ram lamb sold at Ruthin for 1350gns and there’s every chance we’ll go back to him for AI in due course. His daughters had great carcasses and skins, something that will never go out of fashion.”

JOK1200398 - Kitrob Tomos

Following that the family picked up Hull House Northern Star second hand from John Lloyd, a ram which Dafydd says once again left his mark on the flock. “He had a great carcass and brought the extra bit of breed character that we’d perhaps been lacking a little of before. Sadly he was killed fighting with Northern Light.” With a focus on the flock paying the bills Dayfdd says the family have never been afraid to sell good females to other breeders. “We’ve always looked upon the females as another potential source of income. Its all very well having good females at home, but they don’t pay the bills stood in the field.You can have the best ewe in the world, but if she loses her lamb she’s earned you nothing that year!” As a result the Kitrob flock sold females to 1050gns in 2006 and 1120gns in 2007, with the family beginning to see the benefits from using top quality tups by AI.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

ram just before tupping, which probably did us a favour as his lambs were outstanding.

55


Dafydd Jones - Kitrob

The family then bought a pair of ewes from the Claybury flock reduction sale, with one purchased for 1000gns and the other for 1400gns. “The 1000gns ewe had a pair in her first year, one of which sold for 1000gns and the other made 800gns, but unfortunately the 1400gns aborted her lambs that year. “The following year we put her to Hull House Northern Star and she produced Kitrob Kitty a ewe lamb we thought a lot of and showed at the Royal Welsh. Unfortunately, she wasn’t highly placed, but she had been noticed by a few people and we decided to offer her for sale at Chelford that year. Will and Elizabeth McCaffrey of the Scholars flock bought her for 1500gns and she was then first at the Royal Welsh the following year.

JOK1000049 - Kitrob Kitty

www.texel.co.uk 56

“They then flushed her and produced the £40,000 Scholars Twenty Twelve. Some would perhaps say we shouldn’t have sold her, but she did us a lot of good in helping to get the flock noticed and she may have never bred as well for us anyway. We’ve since bought a couple of Twenty Twelve daughters from Jim Innes at Strathbogie, so have the breeding back anyway and we used the money from her to buy a Tophill ewe at Carlisle. With this one breeding a ram lamb to 1450gns and a 900gns ewe. She’s

probably one of the best ewes we’ve bought and we have four shearling ewes lambing this year by her,” he adds. Another sheep from the Kitrob flock which has done well elsewhere is Baltier Vampire a ram bought in partnership with the Llyfni flock at Carlisle in 2014. “We loaned him to Iolo Prys Jones for AI day and he was the sire of his first prize ram lamb from the Royal Welsh which he later sold for £30,000, with another son making 4500gns at Lanark. We seem to have a habit of other people doing well with our sheep, but that’s the way it goes some times.” Adding to the flock’s development was the purchase of the Accar flock from Myfyr Evans in 2011, with these being big, powerful ewes with plenty of stretch and character. Coming with the flock was the stock tup Sportsmans Spitfire which Dafydd says has done a lot of good at Kitrob. “He was a massive sheep with great fleshing and character to him. It is perhaps only now that we’re seeing the benefits of those ewes in the flock, but they’ve definitely done us a lot of good. Spitfire was the sire of the reserve champion at the Ruthin sale this year, Kitrob Very Stylish, which sold for 1450gns and his sons always sell well.” The following year, 2012, saw the family sell Kitrob Tomos for 2800gns in Lanark to James Herdman, Northern Ireland. This son of Knock Orion goes back to one of the Claybury’s ewes, explains Dafydd. “He was a lamb we thought a lot of from an early age and his female line is one which continues to breed well for us, with Tomos’ granddam, which was bought in the belly of the Claybury ewe still in the flock today at 11 years old.” In 2012 came the opportunity to buy Spitfire’s father, Baltier Panther after a


FEB09977- Baltier Panther

Another tup to leave a mark has been Carran Upper Class a lamb bought for 2600gnsin 2013 at Carlisle, with Dafydd believing he has left the best females to date at Kitrob and sons selling to 1400gns. The same year saw some significant changes for the family, with the loss of 50 acres of rented grazing and the ill health of Robin leading to a major reduction of the flock and the sale of 155 females. “It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but it was without a doubt the right one. It allowed us to concentrate the breeding once again and freed up finance for investment in other projects, notably the holiday cottage on the farm and off-farm investments. We also sold the suckler herd and due to my father’s ill health I gave up cattle foot trimming so we could care for him at home. “It wasn’t easy, but it did focus our minds on making sure what we did made money. The suckler herd weren’t going to do that so they had to go and the capital from them has been used to add other income streams

Looking ahead Dafydd sees the next few years as a period of consolidation for the family and the flock, with a desire to breed a flock which can care for itself as much as possible without any major faults. “We want ewes which are correct in their feet, mouths and udders and are easy fleshing. I’m pleased to see the Society working in the area of genomics, particularly in relation to mastitis which can be an issue for some flocks and on a commercial level is a worry. “We’ve been recording for a number of years now, but I feel perhaps genomics will provide some more certainty than standard performance recording which I feel can be open to manipulation by breeders, particularly in relation to birth and eight week weights,” he adds.

Dafydd & Dona’s holiday let cottage – Stabl, Pencaenewydd on the Lleyn Peninsula

Dafydd Jones - Kitrob

for us which will pay much better in the long-term. We could have bought more land, but with even poor ground making as much as £10,000 an acre locally that wouldn’t have made any sense and we’d have been putting a big tie round our neck if we had.”

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

chance call to Charlie Boden in 2012. “We were needing a ram and I called Charlie on the off chance that any of his stock rams might be available. As it turned out he offered us Panther and he was too good a tup to turn down.”

57


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

58


59

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

60


61

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

62


63

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Shows

www.texel.co.uk

64


In this section: Royal Highland Show 2015 Great Yorkshire Show 2015 Royal Welsh Show 2015 Royal Norfolk Show 2015 Show dates 2016 Prime-stock Show Sponsorship 2016 Show judges 2016

shows

Royal Ulster Show 2015


2015 Royal Ulster Show Judge: Robert Cockburn - Knap J

Class Results

2015 Royal Ulster Show

Aged Ram 1st

1st - Aged Ram

Paul and Baillie O’Connor - E.PFI1300026 Oberstown Usain Bolt

2nd Alastair Gault - JRV1300796 Duncryne Uber Cool 3rd

John Foster - GBA1200303 Ballydesland Thunder King

Shearling Ram 1st

1st - Shearling Ram

James Herdman - GAF1401170 Forkins Vespa

2nd Damien Tumelty - TNJ1400702 Castlecor Venus 3rd

Stewart Ferris - FLS1400187 Leapoges Victorious

Ram Lamb 1st

1st - Ram Lamb

Paul and Baillie O’Connor - OCP1500474 Drumgooland Western Cowboy

2nd Owen Donohoe - XOD1500564 Derryvore White Clover

www.texel.co.uk

3rd

Aged Ewe 1st

Louise Breen - WPS1300513

2nd Alastair Gault - GAF1300584 3rd

66

Alastair Gault’s GAF1501337 Forkins Warrior

Martin McConville - FPG1200491

1st - Aged Ewe


Shearling Ewe 1st

1st - Shearling Ewe and Supreme Champion

Jack Gault - GCN1401261

3rd

Paul and Baillie O’Connor - OCP1400333

Ewe Lamb 1st

1st - Ewe Lamb

Paul and Baillie O’Connor - OCP1500496

2nd Gareth Tumelty - TGA1500512 Paul O’Connor’s OCP1500479

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

3rd

2015 Royal Ulster Show

2nd Henry Gamble - GRS1401409

royal ulster show 67


Championship Results Supreme Champion - Jack Gault - GCN1401261 Reserve Champion - Henry Gamble - GRS1401409

2015 Royal Ulster Show

Male Champion - Paul and Baillie O’Connor - E.PFI1300026 - Oberstown Usain Bolt Reserve Male Champion - James Herdman - GAF1401170 - Forkins Vespa Female Champion - Jack Gault - GCN1401261 Reserve Female Champion - Henry Gamble - GRS1401409

Supreme Champion Pedigree

CHERRYVALE GCN1401261

S: BALTIER THUNDERBIRD FEB1200211

D: BRAEHEAD QDA1000008

www.texel.co.uk 68

GS: STONEBRIDGE ROEBUCK RSS1000043 GD: BALTIER FEB1000032 GS: MULLAN PHOTGENIC HNB09022 GD: BRAEHEAD QDA08011


Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

RUAS 2015

69

2015 Royal Ulster Show


2015 Royal Highland Show Judge: Alastair Gault - Forkins J

Class Results

2015 Royal Highland Show

Aged Ram 1st

1st Aged Ram

Procters Farm’s - Procters HOH1300527 - Tophill Union Jack

2nd Ian Murray - Glenside NAB1300303 - Brackenridge Underdog 3rd

Hugh Jackson - Boat BCM1200121 - Mellor Vale Top Drawer

Shearling Ram 1st

1st Shearling Ram & Reserve Champion

John McKerrow - Grougfoot EMK1401807 - Cressage Vagabond

2nd Ian Murray - Glenway MFZ1400479 - Glenway 3rd

Ian Murray - Glenway MFZ1400466 - Glenway Vantastic

Ram Lamb 1st

1st Ram Lamb

James Innes & Sons - Strathbogie IJS1501315 - Strathbogie Whopper

2nd Gordon Gray - Ettrick GGH1505156 - Ettrick Waikato Chief

www.texel.co.uk

3rd

Performance Recorded Ram Lamb 1st

David McKerrow - Nochnary DMN1501002Nochnary Whiskey Mac

2nd W J Knox - Haddo KWJ1501091 - Haddo Wait A Minty 3rd

70

W J Knox - Haddo KWJ1501045 - Haddo Whiskey Galore

Procters Farm’s - Procters PFD1500006 - Procters Westminster

1st PRT Ram Lamb


Aged Ewe 1st

1st Aged Ewe & Supreme Champion

Procters Farm’s - Procters - PFD1302614

W J Knox - Haddo - KWJ1200418

Shearling Ewe 1st

1st Shearling Ewe

K, R and A Campbell - Cowal CKC144692

2nd James Innes & Sons - Strathbogie IJS1400787 3rd

Robbie Wilson - Milnbank LYM1401390

Ewe Lamb 1st

1st Ewe Lamb

Clark Farms - Teiglum CFT1503895

2nd Brian Buchan - Clinterty BBY1500881 3rd

W J Knox - Haddo KWJ1501110

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

3rd

2015 Royal Highland Show

2nd Procters Farm’s - Procters - PFD1101159

royal highland show 71


Championship Results Supreme Champion - Procters Farm’s Ltd - Procters - PFD1302614 Reserve Champion - John McKerrow - Grougfoot - EMK1401807 - Cressage Vagabond

2015 Royal Highland Show

Male Champion - John McKerrow - Grougfoot - EMK1401807 - Cressage Vagabond Reserve Male Champion - Procters Farm’s Ltd - Procters - HOH1300527 - Tophill Union Jack Female Champion - Procters Farm’s Ltd - Procters - PFD1302614 Reserve Female Champion - K, R and A Campbell - Cowal - CKC144692

Supreme Champion Pedigree S: SCHOLARS TWENTY TWELVE YWM1200040 PROCTERS PFD1302614 D: PROCTERS PFD1101141

www.texel.co.uk 72

GS: MULLAN SUPREMACY HBN1100274 GD: KITROB Jok1000049 GS: HADDO RINGLEADER KWJ1000063

GD: CHESSY PNI08016


Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

RHAS 2015

73

2015 Royal Highland Show


2015 Great Yorkshire Show Judge: Philip Kermode - Orrisdale J

Class Results

2015 Great Yorkshire Show

Aged Ram 1st

1st Aged Ram & Supreme Champion

John Mellin - Hull House GAL1200716 - Langside Thunderbird

2nd G H & G G Wilkinson ArkleNAB1300303 - Brackenridge Underdog 3rd B W & D J Glaves and Sons Glaves - stonedge urni jk

Shearling Ram (Exhibitor Bred) 1st

1st Shearling Ram (Exhibitor bred)

Mark Ireland - Heys IMH1403991 - Heys Vanquish

2nd G M Taylor - Parkholme TGP1401032 - Parkholme Velocity 3rd

S & S Richardson and Son - Stonebridge RSS1400326 - Stonebridge Victor

Shearling Ram (Open class) 1st

1st Shearling Ram (Open class)

Peter Longdin - PKH1401062 Hilltop Viceroy

2nd S R Symes - GAF1401161 Forkins Va Va Voom

www.texel.co.uk

3rd

Ram Lambs 1st

Boden and Davies - Sportsmans BGS1501750 - Sportsmans Wild Thing

2nd William McCaffrey - Scholars YWM1500315 - Scholars Westwood 3rd

74

Clark Farms - Teiglum ECE1400180 - Eglur Vesuvius I

Peter Woof - Stainton - WPS1500797 Stainton Winchester

1st Ram Lamb & Reserve Champion


Performance Recorded Ram Lamb 1st

1st PRT Ram Lamb

Boden and Davies - Mellor Vale BCM1500319 - Mellor Vale Wonder Boy

G H & G G Wilkinson - Arkle WGA1502037 - Arkle War Lord

Aged Ewe 1st

1st Aged Ewe

K, A and R Campbell Cowal - CKC121943

2nd K, A and R Campbell Cowal - CKC1100279 3rd

K, A and R Campbell Cowal - CKC1100239

Shearling Ewes 1st

1st Shearling Ewe

Gordon Gray - Ettrick GGH1404073

2nd Boden and Davies - Sportsmans BCM1400276 3rd

Peter Woof - Stainton WPS1400627

Ewe Lambs 1st

1st Ewe Lamb

Clark Farms - Teiglum CFT1503895

2nd K, A and R Campbell - Cowal CKC1506108 3rd

William McCaffrey - Scholars YWM1500317

great yorkshire show

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

3rd

2015 Great Yorkshire Show

2nd Gordon Gray - Ettrick - GGH1505082 Ettrick White lightening

75


Championship Results Supreme Champion - John Mellin - Hull House - GAL1200716 - Langside Thunderbird Reserve Champion - Boden and Davies - Sportsmans - BGS1501750 - Sportsmans Wild Thing

2015 Great Yorkshire Show

Male Champion - John Mellin - Hull House - GAL1200716 - Langside Thunderbird Reserve Male Champion - Boden and Davies - Sportsmans - BGS1501750 - Sportsmans Wild Thing Female Champion - Gordon Gray - Ettrick - GGH1404073 Reserve Female Champion - Clark Farms - Teiglum - CFT1503895

Supreme Champion Pedigree S: BRACKENRIDGE STRONGBOW NAB1100063 LANGSIDE THUNDERBIRD GAL1200716 D: LANGSIDE GAL081643

www.texel.co.uk 76

GS: TEIGLUM REMBRANDT CFT1000185 GD: BRACKENRIDGE NAB1000003 GS: CLAYBURY MIDLANDER DHL06719 GD: LANGSIDE GAL06724


Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

GYAS 2015

77

2015 Great Yorkshire Show


2015 Royal Welsh Show Judge: Henry Gamble - Springwell J

Class Results

2015 Royal Welsh Show

Aged Rams 1st

1st Aged Ram & Reserve Champion

Michael James & Stephen Abberley -LNM1301533 - Meinspride Usain

2nd Frank Moffat HML1300206 - Langford Upper Path 3rd

S P and C P Williams CCD1200126 - Cooilingel Thor

Shearling Rams 1st

1st Shearling Ram

Boden and Davies CKP1400025 - Knap Vicious Sid

2nd Procters Farm PFD1403663 - Procters Vantastic 3rd

John R Williams WSF1403018 - Clun

Ram Lambs 1st

1st Ram Lamb

Iolo Prys Jones JLI1501164 - Llangwm Wario

2nd William McCaffrey YWM1500353 - Scholars Will.I.Am

www.texel.co.uk

3rd

Aged Ewes 1st

Procters Farm - PFD1302614

2nd Matthew McTaggart - MTR1300453 3rd

78

Boden and Davies BGS1501667 -Sportsmans Washington

R E J Pierce - PRE1200196

1st Aged Ewe & Supreme Champion


Shearling Ewes 1st

1st Shearling Ewe

Matthew McTaggart - MTR1400629

3rd

D J J Watkins - WJJ140357

Ewe Lambs 1st

1st Ewe Lamb

William McCaffrey - YWM1500319

2nd Procters Farm - PFD1500173 Matthew McTaggart - MTR1500748

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

3rd

2015 Royal Welsh Show

2nd Boden and Davies - BCM1400276

royal welsh show 79


Championship Results Supreme Champion - Female Champion - Aged Ewe - Procters Farm - PFD1302614 Reserve Champion - Michael James & Stephen Abberley - LNM1301533 - Meinspride Usain

2015 Royal Welsh Show

Male Champion - Michael James & Stephen Abberley - LNM1301533 - Meinspride Usain Reserve Male Champion - Iolo Prys Jones - JLI1501164 - Llangwm Wario Female Champion - Procters Farm - PFD1302614 Reserve Female Champion - William McCaffrey - YWM1500319

Supreme Champion Pedigree S: SCHOLARS TWENTY TWELVE YWM1200040 PROCTERS PFD1302614 D: PROCTERS PFD1101141

www.texel.co.uk 80

GS: MULLAN SUPREMACY HBN1100274 GD: KITROB Jok1000049 GS: HADDO RINGLEADER KWJ1000063 GD: CHESSY PNI08016


Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

RWAS 2015

81

2015 Royal Welsh Show


2015 Royal Norfolk Show Judge: Anna Minnice-Hughes - Penparc J

Class Results

2015 Royal Norfolk Show

Shearling Ram 1st

1st Shearling Ram

Tessa Bustance - Eubrink BDI1402618 - Eubrink Vimto

2nd Robin Kellet - Parkhill GAF1401102 - Forkins Vancover 3rd

Tessa Bustance - Eubrink BDI1402612 - TBC

Ram Lamb 1st

1st Ram Lamb & Reserve Champion

H Ashley - Lincs - AHL1500876 Lincs WWW. Superstar

2nd Tom, Joe & Alex Lockhart Melton Constable- LKH1500265 Melton Constable 3rd Robin Kellet - Parkhill RPK1501230 - Parkhill

Aged Ewe 1st

1st Aged Ewe

Tessa Bustance - Eubrink -BDI1201959

2nd Henry Ashley - Lincs - AHL1200481

www.texel.co.uk

3rd

Stephen Cobbald - Lavenham -

Shearling Ewe 1st

S Cobbald - Lavenham - CCN1400548

2nd Tessa Bustance - Eubrink - BDI1402678 3rd

82

Henry Ashley - Lincs - AHL1401124

1st Shearling Ewe


Ewe Lamb 1st

1st Ewe Lamb & Supreme Champion

Tessa Bustance - Eubrink - BDI1502765

Tessa Bustance - Eubrink - BDI152087

Aged Ram

Pair of Ewe Lambs

1st

1st

Stephen Cobbald - Lavenham BGS1300783 - Sportsmans Umpire

Tessa Bustance - Eubrink BDI1502809 & BDI1502760

2nd Tom, Joe & Alex Lockhart Melton Constable - LKH150275 & LKH150256

Pair of Ram Lambs 1st

B Lockhart - Melton Constable LKH1500285 & LKH1500303

2nd Tessa Bustance - Eubrink BDI1502768 & BDI1502769

royal norfolk show

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

3rd

2015 Royal Norfolk Show

2nd Henry Ashley - Lincs - AHL1500906

83


Championship Results Supreme Champion - Tessa Bustance - Eubrink - BDI1502765 Reserve Champion - H Ashley - Lincs - AHL1500876 - Lincs WWW. Superstar

2015 Royal Norfolk Show

Male Champion - H Ashley - Lincs - AHL1500876 - Lincs WWW. Superstar Reserve Male Champion - Tessa Bustance - Eubrink - BDI1402618 - Eubrink Vimto Female Champion - Tessa Bustance - Eubrink - BDI1502765 Reserve Female Champion - Tessa Bustance - Eubrink -BDI1201959

Supreme Champion Pedigree S: BARNYARDS UPSTART PYK1300098 BDI1502765 EUBRINK D: EAUBRINK BDI11201933

www.texel.co.uk 84

GS: SPORTSMANS TOP LOADER BGS1200523

GD: GARNGOUR CJN1000011 GS: PEACEHAY RAZZLE DAZZLE CFP1000175

GD: LINCS AHL1000135


Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

RNAS 2015

85

2015 Royal Norfolk Show


2016 Show Dates Feature Shows Show Dates

Royal Ulster Show 11th - 13th May Balmoral Park, Lisburn

Society Southern England Feature Show 2016

Royal Bath & West Show 1st - 4th June Bath and West Showground, Somerset

Royal Highland Show

23rd - 26th June The Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston

Great Yorkshire Show

12th - 14th July Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

Royal Welsh Show

18th - 21st July The Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells

Further Information www.texel.co.uk 86

02476 696629 www.texel.co.uk


Texel Sponsorship 2016 As a continued commitment to its membership the Society offers reimbursement of entry fees to Society members in 2016. Members are eligible after attending and promoting the British Texel Breed in the Texel classes at the Prime Stock events listed. Members need to write to the Society detailing entries after each eligible event by 31st March 2017 to be considered for the reimbursement.

Sponsorship

Support

Sponsored Shows 2016 Borderway Agri-Expo

LiveScot

Lanark 26 November

Royal Welsh Winter Fair

Carlisle 28 October

Builth Wells 28 - 29 November

Smithfield Festival

N.I Xmas Fatstock Show & Sale

Peterborough 15 - 16 November

English Winter Fair

Ballymena 5 December

Stafford 19 – 20 November The Society supports promotion of the breed by sponsoring primestock show prize funds as listed below. The Texel show class prize funds are awarded at the show by the organisers. Overall show champion & reserve champion prize awards (if sired by a Texel) are to be claimed from the Society office directly in writing with details of the pedigree registered Texel Sire. Claims to be received by the Society by 31st March 2017

Sponsorship Prize Fund £250 for Supreme Champion Carcase if sired by Texel £125 to Reserve Champion Carcase if sired by a Texel £250 for Supreme Champion Live if sired by Texel £125 to Reserve Champion Live if sired by a Texel £150 towards Texel show classes

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Countryside Live

Harrogate 22 – 23 October

The Society has the final discretion of any reimbursement and prize fund award.

87


Show Judges 2016 Royal Ulster Show 11th - 13th May JOHN MELLIN - HULL HOUSE

Show Judges

John is the 3rd generation of Mellins to farm at Hull House in the Yorkshire Dales with his son Duncan and wife Linda. John bought his first Texels in 1979, before this his father bred and showed Dalesbred and Swaledale Sheep, gradually the hill Sheep have all been replaced with white faces. Together they run a flock of 250 pedigree Texel ewes maintaining an emphasis on carcase and conformation. Alongside the Texels Hull House Farm carries a herd of pedigree Longhorn Cattle and flock of purebred Polled Dorset ewes. Over the years John has been fortunate to have had many successes in the show and sale ring. Supreme championships proudly won at the Royal Show twice, Royal Welsh Show three times with two interbreed championships and at the Great Yorkshire Show seven times – most recently with Langside Thunderbird in 2015. His greatest achievement in the sale ring was in 2011 at Lanark selling Space Cowboy for 32,000gns. John has judged at numerous shows and sales including the Royal Show, Royal Highland Show and the Royal Welsh Show, he has also enjoyed judging in Northern and Southern Ireland. He is greatly looking forward to judging at both Balmoral and the Devon County Show and meeting Texel friends old and new.

Royal Bath and West Show HENRY GAMBLE - SPRINGWELL TEXELS - GRS Texels have been a big part of Henry’s life since his father started the Springwell flock in 1977. The flock regularly exhibits at Balmoral Show claiming several championships and at every annual NI premier sale. One of the flock’s best achievements to date was the sale of Springwell Ulsterboy at Lanark 2013 for 38000 gns.

www.texel.co.uk

Henry has judged many shows across the British Isles from Orkney to Kilkenny including the Royal Highland Show, the Scottish Premier, the All Ireland Texel Championships and the Irish sale at Blessington. In 2012 Henry had also the honour of judging the Scottish Flock competition. More recently in July 2015, he judged at the Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells. Henry is currently the NI director on the Society board, a position previously held by his mother Barbara. He performs his role within the Society with the support and help from his wife Alice and children Sarah and Robert. Henry is looking forward to judging at the Royal Bath and West Show 2016, particularly as it will be an inaugural visit to this show. He is excited by this opportunity for judging Texels at this prestigious event.

88


Show Judges Royal Highland Show ROBERT LAIRD - CAMBWELL TEXELS

Breeding commercially sound sheep that appeal to a large number of buyers is the aim at Cambwell where Robert along with wife Joyce are assisted by their two daughters, Amy & Kim. The farm runs suckler cows and commercial ewes with the offspring finished or sold for breeding. Robert has judged at the Royal Ulster, Norfolk & Dublin shows as well as the Great Yorkshire, Premier sales in Worcester, Wales and Blessington as well as Club sales in Chelford, Lanark, Carlisle, Longtown and the Kelso Recorded section. Robert states that flock competitions have been the most enjoyable to judge, where he has viewed Texels, met proud owners on their own farms in a wide diversity of land types. They have always been extremely interesting and informative, from the Highland Club in the North to Derbyshire and the endurance test that is the Northern Ireland flock Comp. Judging the Highland will be a great honour; Cambwell has bred two reserve champions and a winner in every class at some point over the years including the recorded class seven times, three of which were out the same ewe.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

After leaving School 1985 Robert Laird has maintained his enthusiasm for the Texel breed that his Father had when he was a last minute participant in the first Importation in 1973.

The flock has enjoyed many selling highlights, but at Lanark 2003, seven ram lambs were sold to average 11000gns with a top of 50,000gns for Cambwell Jacobite and in 2007 a Cambwell Laird Daughter made 16,000gns. In 2015 26 sheep were exported to Switzerland, Holland and Italy.

89


Great Yorkshire Show NIGEL HAMILL - BALLYNADRENTA

Show Judges

Nigel has run the Ballynadrenta Flock with his brother Dennis since 1982, alongside the texels they run a commercial flock mostly mules crossed to the texel , with 200 head of cattle. Over the years Nigel has had the privilege to judge Royal Dublin, All Ireland Show , The Royal Show, The Royal Welsh , Royal Manx plus many other county shows , but it is indeed a great honour to be asked to judge The Great Yorkshire. Nigel is looking forward to meeting friends of old and hopes some new and can’t wait to see everyone in July.

Royal Welsh Show GORDON GRAY - ETTRICK - GGH After winning the prestigious RHAS Stockman of the Year in 1981, where the training sessions allowed privileged access to many UK top herds and flocks, Gordon’s appetite was whetted to producing his own pedigree stock. Having seen imported Texels at Heathery Hall, he decided that they were the breed for him and these early purchases that started off as a hobby in 1982, formed the mainstay of the pedigree side of the farming business today, running 100 ewes, plus recipients. During 2009-2011 he served as Society chairman and president having previously been the Scottish Club chairman. Gordon has judged the RHAS and the RUAS, he has also enjoyed judging the Scottish, Welsh and NI National Sales as well as Blessington and in 2013 was honoured to judge the French National Texel Show. At the The Royal Show Gordon was thrilled to take top honours in both 2002 and 2003, and is a regular exhibitor at The Royal Highland and the Great Yorkshire as well as supporting as many local shows as possible. And although never having shown at the The Royal Welsh Show, Gordon has been a regular visitor and has been a vendor at Builth Wells and the Welsh National sales since 1991 as well as a few sojourns to the old Arms Park!

www.texel.co.uk

Sales-wise, two of their top priced rams have themselves gone on to sell ‘sale toppers’ namely the 36,000gns Ettrick Jackpot, who sired the 110,000gns Newhill Major and 16,000gns Ettrick Glenmorangie who sired the then record priced Craighead Hercules at 50,000gns. Gimmers have been sold up to 26,000gns in 2011. At Sunnycroft they also run a small herd of pedigree AA cattle, winning the reserve supreme champion at the famous Perth Bull sales in 2009. Over the years Gordon says he has been given tremendous support from his wife Christine and twin daughters, Isla and Lisa. Nowadays the running of the farm is shared with son, David, who also operates his own pregnancy scanning business. Gordon states “I’ve never once regretted my decision in choosing Texels and to be invited to judge at the Royal Welsh Show fulfils a long held ambition and is a tremendous honour, where the sheep and exhibitors are always first class”.

90


91

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Show Judges


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

92


93

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

94


95

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

96


97

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Adverts All Ireland Champion Shearling Ram 2015, purchased at

www.texel.co.uk

Blessington 2015.

Mr & Mrs Kermode

Orrisdale farm, Isle Of Man IM9 3AE

T: 01624823534 M: 07624413885 98

ORRISDALE TEXELS

Kilcurley Viking Chief


99

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Sales

www.texel.co.uk

100


Northern Irish National 2015 Scottish National 2015 Welsh National 2015 English National 2015 National Show Judges 2016

sales

In this section:

National Show & Sale dates 2016


Northern Irish National Show & Sale 2015 Northern Irish National Show & Sale

Northern Irish National Sale ram lamb trade hits 3300gns high orthern Irish breeders saw a top of 3300gns at the Texel Sheep Society’s Northern Irish National sale at Ballymena. A bumper entry in both numbers and quality matched up to the usual exemplary service from the team at Ballymena Mart.

N

Ram Lambs Leading the ram lamb trade were James and Austin Morgan with their lamb, Drummillar World Class MIJ1500277. This Baltier Thunderbird son is out of a dam by Knock Papoose and sold in half shares to Welsh buyers Gareth Oliver, Tregarth, and G W Jones, Gwyddelwern.

Shearling Rams

www.texel.co.uk 102

In the shearling rams the best sale of the day came when John Foster sold Springhill Velvet Crush, a Derryhoney Unbeatable son at 1400gns. This one is out of a dam by Corbo Keane and sold to James Hepburn, Draperstown.

Shearling Ewes A solid demand underpinned the trade at the evening’s sale of shearling ewes that saw 28% more gimmers find new homes than the same fixture in 2014. Leading the prices was Gareth Fyffe’s gimmer from his Botera flock at 2100gns, with this price paid for FGY1400293, an ET bred daughter of Douganhill McFly out of a dam by Ettrick My Jinks. She sold to Mark Hudson.

NITYB Ewe Lambs Leading the trade in the ewe lambs was a 700gns sale for Adrian Liggett’s second prize lamb. This was LIG1500360, a Tophill Union Jack daughter out of a dam by Glenside Topgun. She sold to Jack Robinson.


Reserve Champion - Sold for 2,000gns

Supreme Champion - Sold for 1,700gns

LIG1500348 - Corbo Wagon Wheel

MIJ1500277 - Drummillar World Class

Highest seller at sale - Sold for 3,300gns

Highest selling YDP/NITYB Ram Lamb - Sold for 1,600gns

Northern Irish National Show & Sale

GAF1501332 - Forkins Wolf

FAO1400599 - Fairywater

Highest selling Shearling Ewe - Sold for 2,100gns FTS1502508 - Springhill Winning Glory

FTS1402041 - Springhill Velvet Crush Group of Three

Sold for 2,500gns

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

FTS1402041 - Springhill Velvet Crush

FGY1400293 - Botera

James H Wilkinson - Ballygroogan

103


Sale Statistics

Northern Irish National Show & Sale

Forward

Sold

Average £

Top - Gns

Gimmers

63

50

£669

2,100

Ram Lambs

274

158

£553

3,300

Shearling Rams

94

71

£606

1,400

Ewe Lambs

11

3

£551

700

Show Results Judge: Peter Longdin - Wellingly Supreme Champion

Fairywater FAO1400599

Andrew Fyffe

Reserve Champion

Forkins Wolf GAF1501332

Alistair Gault

Male champion

Forkins Wolf GAF1501332

Alistair Gault

Reserve Male Champion

Corbo Wagon Wheel LIG1500348

Adrian Liggett

Female Champion

Fairywater FAO1400599

Andrew Fyffe

Reserve Female Champion

Milestonehill ALL1400957

Messrs Annett

Auctioneer J A McClelland & Son

www.texel.co.uk 104


Shearling Ram

YDP Ram Lamb

Ram Lamb (open)

PRT Ram Lamb

NIYTB Ewe Lamb

Group of Three

1st

Fairywater FAO1400599

Andrew Fyffe - Fairywater

2nd

Milestonehill ALL1400957

Messrs Annett - Milestonehill

3rd

Crawfordsland XPB1400667

Messrs Boyd - Crawfordsland

1st

Drumgooland Vinny OCP1400346

James Cleland - Rose Hall

2nd

Milestonehill V-Tech ALL1400986

Messrs Annett - Milestonehill

3rd

Ballyrussell VG - CLZ1400448

Mary Clarke - Ballyrussell

1st

Corbo Wagon Wheel LIG1500348

Adrian Liggett - Corbo

2nd

Ballygroogan Wonderboy WVB1500179

James Wilkinson - Ballygroogan

3rd

Maineview Wispa KMR1500417

Andrew Kennedy - Maineview

1st

Forkins Wolf GAF1501332

Alistair Gault - Forkins

2nd

Ballygroogan Wilky WVB1500196

James Wilkinson - Ballygroogan

3rd

Kilcoan Winston TMK1500921

Alex Thompson - Kilcoan

1st

Millar’s Whirlwind VMG1501277

Cyril & Martin Millar - Millar’s

2nd

Ballyhivistock Winston SCY1500813

Calvin & Simpson - Ballyhivistock

3rd

Mullan Westminster HBN1501143

Brian Hanthorn - Mullan

1st

OCP1500496

Baillie O’Connor - Drumgooland

2nd

LIG1500360

Adrian Liggett - Corbo

3rd

BOY1501037

James Boyd - Crawfordsland

1st

Ballygroogan

James H Wilkinson

2nd

Ballynahone

Richard Henderson

3rd

Forkins

Alistair Gault

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Shearling Ewe

Northern Irish National Show & Sale

Class Results

105


Scottish National Show & Sale 2015 Lanark sale hits 70,000gns high exel ram lambs were in exceptional Shearling Ewes Scottish National Show & Sale

T

demand at the Scottish National Texel Sale 2015, Lanark, selling to a high of 70,000gns, with more than 78% of the entry finding new homes. Right from the start to the end of the sale there were ready bidders eager to buy quality ram lambs displaying the exceptional commercial traits of growth and carcass the breed is renowned for. Both the clearance rate and average of ÂŁ2313.64 for 384 ram lambs sold reflect the outstanding demand shown for the Texel breed.

Ram Lambs Heading the prices at 70,000gns was Knock Will I Am from Albert and George Howie, Mintlaw. This son of the 13,000gns sire Garngour Vintage is out of a dam by Tophill Nockout and carries an index of 280. After a spirited bidding war he was knocked down to Charlie Boden for the Sportsmans and Mellor Vale flocks, Cheshire.

www.texel.co.uk 106

Shearling ewe trade at Lanark peaked at 7500gns for gimmers from Henry Gamble and Robbie Wilson. First to make the money was Robbie Wilson’s reserve female champion from the pre-sale show LYM1401335, a Strathbogie Terminator daughter, out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle daughter. She sold to Michael Mennie, Turriff. Second at this was the Springwell gimmer from Henry Gamble, a daughter of Bradleys Underworld. This one was GRS1401520 and is out of a dam by Derryvore Ranger and sold to Archie Hamilton, Smyllum.


Reserve Champion sold for 5500gns

Female & Supreme Champion sold for 4000gns HAK1500870 - Knock-Will-I-Am

Highest seller at Sale - Sold for 70,000gns LYM1401335 - Milnbank

Joint highest selling Shearling Ewe - Sold for 7500gns RRY1500033 - Killyvolgan Whizz Kid

Highest selling YDP Novice Flock sold for 2,500gns

KWJ1501091 - Haddo-Wait-A-Minty

Scottish National Show & Sale

HBR1500729 - Ballynahone Winner

Highest selling PRT Ram Lamb sold for 24,000gns GRS1401520 - Springwell

Joint highest selling Shearling Ewe - sold for 7500gns Group of Three

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

WPS1400627 - Stainton

Ballynahone - Richard Henderson

107


Sale Statistics

Scottish National Show & Sale

Forward

Sold

Average ÂŁ

Top - Gns

Gimmers

92

63

1,377

70,000

Ram Lambs

499

384

2,368

7,500

Shearling Rams

4

3

648

950

Championship Results Judge: Paul Quick - Loosebeare Supreme Champion

Stainton - WPS1400627

Peter Woof - Stainton

Reserve Champion

Ballynahone Winner - HBR1500729

Richard Henderson

Male champion

Ballynahone Winner - HBR1500729

Richard Henderson

Reserve Male Champion

Milnbank Wisconsin - LYM1501844

Robbie Wilson - Milnbank

Female Champion

Stainton - WPS1400627

Peter Woof - Stainton

Reserve Female Champion

Milnbank - LYM1401335

Robbie Wilson - Milnbank

www.texel.co.uk Auctioneer Lawrie & Symington - Lanark

108


Shearling Ram

YDP Novice Ram Lamb

Ram Lamb

Performance Recorded

Group of Three

1st

Stainton - WPS1400627

Peter Woof - Stainton

2nd

Milnbank - LYM1401335

Robbie Wilson - Milnbank

3rd

Kitrob - JOK1400765

James Robinson - Kaker Mill

1st

Foreman Hill Vivaldi LMA1400106

Michael Leggat - Foreman Hill

2nd

Ettrick Vinnie Jones GGH1404035

Gordon Gray - Ettrick

3rd

Keillor Valon - KBR1400049

Bruce Keillor - Keillor

1st

Killyvolgan Whizz Kid RRY1500033

Richard Reynolds Killyvolgan

2nd

Drumgooland White Knight OCP1500472

Paul & Baillie O’Connor Drumgooland

3rd

Kaker Mill Warrior RBO1500066

James Robinson - Kaker Mill

1st

Ballynahone Winner HBR1500729

Richard Henderson

2nd

Milnbank Wisconsin LYM1501844

Robbie Wilson - Milnbank

3rd

Maineview Will. I. Am KMR1500435

Andrew Kennedy

1st

Cowal Willie Wonka CKC1506182

K, A & R Campbell - Cowal

2nd

Eden Valley Warrior King WEV1500416

Richard Wilson - Eden Valley

3rd

Haddo Wait-a-Minty KWJ1401091

W Knox - Haddo

1st

Ballynahone

Richard Henderson

2nd

Cowal

K, A & R Campbell

3rd

Teiglum

Clarks Farm

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Shearling Ewe

Scottish National Show & Sale

Class Results

109


Welsh National Show & Sale 2015 Welsh National Sale sees exceptional clearance rates Welsh National Show & Sale www.texel.co.uk 110

he 2015 Welsh National Texel Sale at Welshpool saw buyers in eager mood, with a flying demand for ram lambs reflected in the 82% clearance achieved and a top call of 6200gns, a new breed centre record.

T

Ram Lambs Leading the prices at 6200gns was the male champion and reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show, Richard Wilson’s Eden Valley Wiz Kid. This son of the 11,000gns sire Sportsmans Tremendous II is out of a dam by the breed record holding 220,000gns Deveronvale Perfection. Selling with an index of 289 he was shared by Will and Liz McCaffrey for the Scholars flock, Eldon Thomas for the Wydden flock, Robin Ellis for the Eglur flock, Wyn Jones for the Fferwd flock and Daniel Jones for the Alden flock

Shearling rams Leading shearling ram trade was the first prize entry from Cefyn Pryce at 3200gns. This was PEC1400318, a son of Caereinion U R The One and out of a Caereinion Number One sired dam. He was purchased by Richard Lewis, Karven, Haverfordwest.

Shearling ewes Trade for shearling ewes was again tremendous with the entry achieving an 87% clearance rate. Leading prices at 5500gns was Robert Pierce’s overall champion PRE1400362 from the Oldford flock, Chester. This Sportsmans Tremendous II daughter is out of a Mullan Supremacy sired dam. She was purchased by Richard Lewis for Codd and Lewis, Treffgarne, Haverfordwest.


PRE1400362

Highest seller at sale - Male & Reserve Champion, PRT Ram lamb - Sold for 6200gns

Female & Supreme Champion - Sold for 5500gns Knap Waverly Highest selling Ram Lamb

Caereinion-Vibrant- Highest selling Shearling Ram

Welsh National Show & Sale

WEV1500437 - Eden Valley Wiz-Kid

Sold for 3200gns

Sold for 3100gns

Sportsmans - Boden and Davies Ltd

Highest selling YDP Novice flock - Sold for 950gns

Sale Statistics Forward

Sold

Average ÂŁ

Top - Gns

Gimmers

99

84

638

5,500

Ram Lambs

134

108

624

6,200

Shearling Rams

40

27

1079

3,200

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Group of Three

UVP1501736 - Usk Vale Wondewall

111


Championship Results Judge: David Chestnutt - Bushmills

Welsh National Show & Sale www.texel.co.uk 112

Supreme Champion

Oldford - PRE1400362

R e j Pierce - Oldford

Reserve Champion

Eden Valley Wiz Kid - WEV1500437

Richard Wilson - Eden Valley

Male champion

Eden Valley Wiz Kid - WEV1500437

Richard Wilson - Eden Valley

Reserve Male Champion

Sportsmans Wilson - BGS1501638

Boden & Davies - Sportsmans

Female Champion

Oldford - PRE1400362

R E J Pierce - Oldford

Reserve Female Champion

Stainton - WPS1400581

Peter Woof - Stainton

Auctioneer: Welshpool Livestock Sales - Welshpool


Shearling Ram

YDP Novice Flock Ram Lamb

Ram Lamb

PRT Ram Lamb

Group of Three

1st

Oldford - PRE1400362

R E J Pierce - Oldford

2nd

Stainton - WPS1400581

Peter Woof - Stainton

3rd

Ettrick - GGH1404218

Gordon Gray - Ettrick

1st

Caereinion Vibrant - PEC1400318

C E Pryce - Caereinion

2nd

Loosebeare Vintage QEL1404672

E W Quick - Loosebeare

3rd

Wollascott Vermont WSW1402012

S P & C P Williams Wollascott

1st

Usk Vale Wondrwall UVP1501736

Usk Vale Poultry Ltd

2nd

Faerdref Weapon - PXJ1500278

J & L Phillips - Faerdref

1st

Sportsmans Wilson BGS1501638

Boden & Davies - Sportsmans

2nd

Knap Waverly - CKP1500206

Robert Cockburn - Knap

3rd

Bold Venture Wonder HBV1501588

W & A Holden - Bold Venture

1st

Eden Valley Wiz Kid WEV1500437

Richard Wilson - Eden Valley

2nd

Llyfni Waldiwr - WHA1500748

H G & I E Williams - Llyfni

3rd

Sportsmans Wonder Boy BGS1501650

Boden & Davies - Sportsmans

1st

Sportsmans

Boden & Davies - Sportsmans

2nd

Eden Valley

Richard Wilson - Eden Valley

3rd

Knap

Robert Cockburn - Knap

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Shearling Ewe

Welsh National Show & Sale

Class Results

113


English National Show & Sale 2015 English National Sale hits 10,000gns English National Show & Sale

he 2015 English National Sale, Worcester, saw trade hit a high of 10,000gns and commercial buyers in bidding mood as they sought out the best available genetics of the 2015 tupping season.

son of Wallington Special Brew is out of a dam by Drinkstone Oh Just So and sold with an index of 459. He was bought by Stephen Cobbald, Sudbury.

Ram Lambs

Shearling ewe trade followed the trend set at the three previous National sales, with strong demand from new and existing breeders resulting in an 88% clearance and the average lifting by £120 on the year. Heading up the trade at 4000gns was the pre-sale champion from Peter Woof’s Stainton flock. This one WPS1400594, which was both female and overall champion, is by Anglezarke Uno and out of a dam by Carran Sutherlands Star. She sold with an index of 352 and was bought by Paul Delves, Churchstoke, as a foundation female for a new flock.

T

Taking the sale’s top call of 10,000gns was the reserve male champion from the presale show, Ellen Valley Warlord from George Wilkinson. Sired by Milnbank Vantastic and out of a Teiglum Topper sired dam he sold with an index of 352 and was the choice of Gordon Gray, Ettrick, Messrs Knox, Haddo, and Stephen Cobbald, Acton.

Shearling rams Shearling rams sold to a high of 2100gns for Kimbolton Valiant from Paul Phillips. This

www.texel.co.uk 114

Shearling ewes


Supreme Champion - Highest selling Shearling Ewe Sold for 4000gns UVP1501751 - Usk Vale War Lord

Highest seller at sale & Reserve Male Champion Sold for 10,000gns WEV1500443 - Eden Valley Wild West

Highest selling YDP Novice Flock Class winner Sold for 5,000gns

FPG1501051 - Glenside Whistle Blower

Highest selling PRT Ram Lamb - Male & Reserve Champion - Sold for 4,900gn

GGH1505005 - Ettrick William Wallace

Sold for 3,500gns

Sold for 3,200gns

English National Show & Sale

YGW1502181 - Ellen Valley Warlord

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Stainton - WPS

115


Sale Statistics

English National Show & Sale www.texel.co.uk 116

Forward

Sold

Average £

Top - Gns

Gimmers

85

74

873

4,000

Ram Lambs

240

167

937

10,000

Shearling Rams

85

64

748

2,100

Championship Results Judge; Giles Pyman - Thacka Supreme Champion

Stainton - WPS1400594

Peter Woof - Stainton

Reserve Champion

Eden Valley Wild West WEV1500443

Richard Wilson - Eden Vale

Male champion

Eden Valley Wild West WEV1500443

Richard Wilson - Eden Vale

Reserve Male Champion

Ellen Valley Warlord YGW1502181

George Wilkinson - Ellen Valley

Female Champion

Stainton - WPS1400594

Peter Woof - Stainton

Reserve Female Champion

Drumgooland - OCP1400366

Paul & Baillie O’Connor Drumgooland

Auctioneer: McCartneys


Shearling Ram

YDP Ram Lamb

Ram Lamb

Performance Recorded

Group of Three

1st

WPS1400594

Peter Woof - Stainton

2nd

OCP1400366

Paul & Baillie O’Connor Drumgooland

3rd

GAF1401108

Alastair Gault - Forkins

1st

Slapton Vaderstad HBS1402447

R & B Smith Slapton

2nd

Peacehay Vanilla Ice CFP1401030

Messrs Frank Henry Chave Peacehay

3rd

Whitehart Valiant HWN1401919

N Hartwright - Whitehart

1st

Usk Vale War Lord UVP1501751

Usk Vale Ltd Usk Vale

2nd

Drumgooland Weapon OCP1500468

Paul & Baillie O’Connor Drumgooland

3rd

Foreman Hill Wizard LMA1500122

Michael Leggat Foreman Hill

1st

Ellen Valley Warlord YGW1502181

George Wilkinson Ellen Valley

2nd

Strathbogie Whopper IJS1501315

James Innes & Son Strathbogie

3rd

Whitehart Wanted HWN1502565

N Hartwright Whitehart

1st

Eden Valley Wild West WEV1500443

Richard Wilson - Eden Valley

2nd

Llangwm Winston - JLI1501159

Iolo P Jones - Llangwm

3rd

Clarks Warlord - DCX1504128

J & H Clark - Clarks

1st

Strathbogie

James Innes & Son

2nd

Sportsmans

Boden & Davies

3rd

Glenside

John Forsyth

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Shearling Ewe

English National Show & Sale

Class Results

117


National Show & Sale Judges 2016 Scottish National Show & Sale BRUCE RENWICK - CASTLECAIRN – RNA

National Show & Sale Judges 2015

Having been brain washed by the grandfather of the breed, Keith Jamieson, the Castlecairn flock was founded in 1993. The main aim at Castlecairn has always been producing top quality sheep aimed at the pedigree market which has the added bonus of the fun and frolics associated with the social side of the Society. With four little helpers to aid me with the sheep, Fabienne, Zara, Fletcher and Richie are all keen to get stuck in, with the “dad tasks”. The flock currently runs alongside 700 milking cows at Legars in the Scottish Borders. Notable highs in our 20 year involvement with Texels have included winning The Royal Highland Show, the Scottish National Show and Sale, the English National Show and Sale and the Solway and Tyne Club Sale at Carlisle, with a sale high of 52,000gns for Castlecairn Irn Bru. It is particularly pleasing to see our stock go on to breed for new owners. I’m greatly looking forward to judging at Lanark and will enjoy every moment of it.

Northern Ireland National Show & Sale TOMOS EVANS - WELSH FLOCK - ESW Tomos Evans runs the Welsh flock alongside his father Selwyn. Sheep have always been his passion and when nine years of age at the Royal Welsh Show he bought quite independently a ewe lamb from the Llyfni flock.

www.texel.co.uk 118

2014 was an especially good year for the flock when a shearling ewe was female and reserve overall champion at the English National Sale and sold for 7000gns. In addition the flock won the South Wales Progeny Show, the Dyfed Flock competition and the show at the early NSA Sale with a shearling ewe by Cairness Ranger. The flock also took championships at the South Wales Club Sale, the Dyfed Club in lamb sale and the South Wales Club in lamb sale. 2015 was also very successful for the Welsh flock winning champion Female and Male in the South Wales Club Sale and selling ewe lambs to 1200gns at Carlisle in the December Twilight Sale. Alongside the Texels, Tomos runs a commercial flock and a pedigree Limousin herd. He and his parents have also established a prize winning farm tourism business. Tomos has purchased excellent stock from Northern Ireland in the past and is looking forward to seeing what is on offer this year.


Much success has ensued in shows, sales and competitions; winning small flock competitions and the supreme champion twice and reserve champion five times at the Northern Area Sale. Showing has always been seen as an important ‘shop window’ for the Loxley flock and John has been a regular supporter of local shows along with the Great Yorkshire show. The ultimate goal of winning the championship at the Gt.Yorkshire being achieved in the Millennium year, with a Shearling Gimmer. He is a Council member of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and on the Sheep Committee for the Gt.Yorkshire show. John is a longstanding member of the Northern Area Club being a committee member as Treasurer. Whilst enjoying the pedigree side of the breed, John is always mindful of the commercial traits and qualities that the breed was first imported for. To this end he take great pleasure in producing prime lamb to a high standard for sale into local markets. John enjoys the challenge and responsibility of judging and has presided over many shows across the UK and Northern Ireland. He is always pleased and privileged to be asked to make judgement over other members’ sheep. Texel’s have been a big part of John’s life over a great many years, and he has enjoyed the opportunity to meet a great many people from all walks of life and all areas of the UK. He hopes to continue the success of the Loxley Texel Flock in future years, along with the assistance of his wife, Alison and children Isobel, aged six and John, four.

Welsh National Show & Sale ROLAND WATKINS - CWMCERRIG - WJJ Born and bred at Cwmcerrig, one of 13 children Roland’s family firmly established the flock in 2000. Highlights are Cwmcerrig Topper, 1st prize ram lamb at the Royal Welsh 2012, selling to an Irish consortium for 4200gns at Lanark. That flush resulted in four lambs sold to average 2000gns and five sisters, the backbone of the flock. Females have sold to 3000gns at Lanark in 2014. The flock concentrates on flushing a small core of the best ewes. Breeding priorities are skins, tops, heads, hind quarters and a leg at each corner. In 2008 the decision was made to adapt the fruit and veg business and build a farm shop which opened in 2009 with 20 staff. Roland’s son William is head butcher and daughters Maria and Rosie work in the shop, part of 20 family members employed in a staff of 50.”

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

John was first introduced to Texel sheep in 1984 through his parents flock and 1987 saw them purchase their first stock ram from the NATSB club sale. His own Loxley flock was begun in 1990 with his first ram lamb (Loxley Will Scarlet) being sold at Lanark in 1992 for 1600 guineas to the Sportsman’s Flock.

National Show & Sale Judges 2015

English National Show & Sale JOHN NORTH – LOXLEY - NJL

Roland is delighted to have been invited to judge the Texel Welsh National show and sale’ 2016 and looks forward to seeing old and new friends there.

119


2016 National Show & Sale Dates Northern Irish National www.texel.co.uk

Show & Sale - Ballymena 16 - 17 August

Show & Sale - Welshpool 27 August Judge: Roland Watkins - Cwmcerrig

Scottish National

English National

Show & Sale - Lanark 24 - 25 August

Show & Sale - Worcester 29 - 30 August

Further Information

02476 696629 120

Welsh National

www.texel.co.uk


121


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

122


MV ACC

SIGNET RECORDED

DMN

Nochnary Whisky Mac Sold at Lanark 2015 to Northern Ireland - 1st prize Signet Recorded Ram Lamb RHS 15- son of Vigilante

Adverts

NOCHNARY TEXELS

Stock Tups Used 15/16

Procters Westminster Purchased jointly for 2,600gns Lanark 15. Glenside Warhorse Purchased jointly with Broomknowes for 3,000gns Allanfauld Rockafella

Stainton Vigilante Ewe Lambs (Left) 2nd from the left is an ET sister to Whisky Mac 2nd from the right was 8th prize Ewe lamb RHS15

Semen and Stock for Sale Visitors Always Welcome

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Above -Stainton Vigilante – Purchased jointly for 11,000gns Lanark 14.

Nochnary Farm, Freuchie, Fife, KY15 7HX David J Mckerrow - 07850 174849 David jnr - 07843 288067 James - 07845 304022

123


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

124


125

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


NORTHERN AREA TEXEL SHEEP BREEDERS Adverts

2016

SALE DATES 15th & 16th SEPTEMBER Ram Sale Skipton 10th DECEMBER In lamb sale Skipton CHAIRMAN Sam Beachell Tel: 07989 402913 01377 270230

www.texel.co.uk 126

VICE-CHAIRMAN John Howard Tel 07774 268871

FIMBER FLOCK (LJF) J & RM Lucas & Son Driffiled Tel: 01377 236698 www.fimber-texels.co.uk

OSBALDESTON FLOCK (JPO) P Jewitt & Son Scarborough Tel: 01723 862172

BEECHTREE FLOCK (BSQ) D Burkill Driffield Tel: 01262 490276

OXO FLOCK (HKE) Emma Harrison Driffield Tel: 01262 420079

HANDBANK FLOCK (PRH) B & A Payne Stocksbridge Tel: 01142 883241 HEYWORTH-LODGE FLOCK (LSH) Jennifer S Lodge Doncaster Tel: 01405 785238 MANDERLEA FLOCK (KAM) Mark A Keighley Leeds Tel: 01132 843462

THORNCLIFFE FLOCK (WKT) R P & S Whiteley Holmfirth Tel: 01484 603564 PERGILL FLOCK (PMF) M Perrings Settle Tel: 01729 840129 BENDGATE FLOCK Allan F Harker Settle, Long Preston Tel: 01729850815 MOSELEY FLOCK (LKL) Luke Lodge Doncaster Tel: 07824 643259


PARKHOLME FLOCK (TGP) Graham Taylor Thirsk Tel: 01845 526380 SAINT-JOHNS FLOCK (CAX) A J Chapman Driffeld Tel: 07932 419062 SAMSAR FLOCK (BHY) SJ & SL Beachell Driffield Tel: 01377 270230 WINKSLEY HILL FLOCK (MHW) B & A Myers & Daughters Ripon Tel: 01765 658456

MICKLEHURST FLOCK (SXM) A Steff Burnley Tel: 01282 411154 STONEBECK FLOCK (BUT) A C & J Butcher Ulverston Tel: 01229 208825 www.stonebecktexels.com stonebecktexels@tiscali. co.uk STONEHILLS FLOCK (RKS) C Riby Bridlington Tel: 01262 673043 QUERCUS FLOCK (QHJ) J Howard Northallerton Tel: 07774 268871 NEW DUNSLEY FLOCK (SYN) P D Sykes & Son Holmfirth Tel: 07775 898647

LOXLEY FLOCK (NJL) J & A North Giggleswick Tel 07753 842044 WELLINGLEY FLOCK (LJW) H M & P C Longdin Doncaster Tel: 01302 742254 WIGGLESWORTH FLOCK (BEW) F & H J Booth Skipton Tel: 01729 840277 RAINDALE FLOCK (CKU) I & S Clough Pickering Tel: 01751 474604 LOGRAM FLOCK (CLV) MC & JV Collins Howsham, York 01653 618656

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

SIGSTON FLOCK (HBF) S J Harris Northallerton Tel: 01609 772892

Adverts

QUALITY TEXELS IN THE NORTH

127


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

128


129

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

130


131

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Estimated Breeding Values

PRT

Performance Recorded Texels estimated breeding values

PRT

EBV PRT EBV PRT EBV Performance RecordedTexels estimated breeding values

EBV

Performance Recorded Texels

www.texel.co.uk 132


Malcolm Coubrough - Hartside

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Builth - Kelso Sales Report 2015

Performance Recorded Texels

In this section:

G & B Ingram - Granite Driving Innovation 133


Kelso - Builth Wells his year’s winner of the PRT shield at Kelso for the flock with the best average for a pen of performance recorded shearling rams was the Gray family’s Langside flock which recorded an impressive average of £1527 for their pen of 28 shearlings. The Gray family also won the shield in 2013.

In second place was previous winner Cefyn Pryce, who sold 10 rams from the Caereinion flock to average £1200.15 and another former winner, Michael James of the Duhonw flock then came in third with his pen of 12 averaging £802.37.

Taking second spot was Malcolm Coubrough, Hartside, with an average of £1426 for 14 sold and in third were the Clark family, Garngour, with their pen of nine selling to level at £1423.

Kelso Messrs Gray (Langside) £1527 Messrs Couborough (Hartside) £1426 Clark Farms (Garngour) £1423

T

Builth - Kelso Sales Report 2015

At the Main NSA Sale, Builth Wells, the winners of the PRT shield were Gregor and Bruce Ingram, with their four rams from the Granite flock averaging £1614.37.

Builth Wells G & B Ingram (Granite) C E Pryce (Caereinion) M James (Duhonw)

www.texel.co.uk Andy Barr presenting PRT best pen average Shield to Russell Gray - Kelso winner

134

£1614.37 £1200.15 £802.37


S

But it was a twist of fate that resulted in them selling shearlings at Kelso in the first place, as Malcolm Coubrough explains: “We had been selling lambs every year, until 2001, when foot and mouth meant we couldn’t sell that year’s crop, so we kept them and took them to Kelso the following year as shearlings. They sold really well, and we’ve concentrated on the shearling market ever since.” The family runs an extensive, mainly hill farming business in South Lanarkshire, but the Texels are kept at Hartside, near Biggar, where Malcolm is based with his wife Audrey and their children, Emily and Charlie. There, along with shepherd, Gordon McDougall, they farm 1800 acres, with a flock of 680 Blackfaces bred pure and a further 400 which are put to the Bluefaced Leicester to produce Scotch Mules. There’s also an 80-cow suckler herd. Sportsmans Unbeatable Stock Gimmers

Primarily Blackface sheep breeders, the Coubroughs were first encouraged to buy into Texels by family friend and well known Texel enthusiast, Jimmy Warnock. The flock was established in 1993 with the purchase of some Watchknowe females from Jimmy – one in particular, a Craighead Thunder daughter, is responsible for the backbone of the flock today, says Malcolm. “We also bought a Cambwell ewe in the early days, by Cambwell Hero II, and she bred really well for us, producing several four-figure priced shearlings, up to £2500. We flushed her as an older ewe and she bred tremendous carcase and skins,” he adds. Those qualities, along with length and locomotion, have been the main breeding goals within the Texel flock at Hartside, and stock rams that have helped them along the way include Claybury Emperor, Cambwell Keystone and Sheoch Perfection – all particularly good female breeders. More recently, Midlock Striker produced shearlings to £3400 and Sportsmans Unbeatable bred lambs up to 7000gns and shearlings at £6000 and £4000.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

ince the Hartside flock’s beginnings in the early 1990s, the aim has been to produce commercially viable sheep with particular focus on skins and carcase – traits that have ensured the Coubrough family’s consignment regularly achieves one of the best Texel averages at the Kelso Ram Sales.

Malcolm Coubrough - Hartside

Malcolm Coubrough - Hartside

135


Malcolm Coubrough - Hartside

“There’s been a noticeable change towards many people buying their stock rams at Kelso in recent years, so although our main focus is on the commercial attributes, the tups also need to have great presence and the ability to catch the buyer’s eye, so breed character is important too,” says Malcolm. “We keep that in mind when selecting a stock tup, and the Sportsmans tup has been a particularly successful choice – his shearlings last year were some of the breediest we’ve sold and we’re really pleased with his daughters too.” In fact, last year’s batch of 14 shearlings (mostly Unbeatable sons) levelled out at £1426, with the pen leader, Hartside Vantastic, making £6000 to the Cowal flock. In a bid to open up the market further, for the past two years, Malcolm has also been performance recording the flock. “It was becoming obvious that many of the Kelso buyers were looking for more information about the tups, so I felt it was important to start recording. People definitely do look and study the figures in the pens, whereas before, those buyers would walk past without a glance,” he says.

www.texel.co.uk 136

CSI1400686 - Hartside Vagabond

Keeping that in mind, Malcolm’s stock tups bought last year boasted impressive figures to boot – Haddo Whisky Galore has an index of 448 and Strawfrank Wambo Rambo’s is 396. “I’d never buy a tup purely on figures, but I certainly do look at them now and if there’s one I like, with good

figures too, then that’s ideal.” The majority of the flock’s stock tups are bought as lambs at Lanark and, in recent years, Malcolm has returned there as a seller too. In 2014 he sold Hartside Volt and Hartside Viper at 7000gns and 1800gns respectively, both out of a gimmer that had been purchased privately from Garngour the previous year.

Sportsmans Unbeatable sired shearlings Left to right £900 - £1100 & £850

“The main aim with the Texels is to continue producing tups that are suitable for today’s commercial market and that will help maximise returns for their buyers. Kelso will always be the key focus and we hope to increase our consignment there to around 20 each year, but if we have lambs that we think are suitable for the Lanark sale, then that’s a bonus,” explains Malcolm. There are no plans to buy in any more females, but Malcolm does flush a few of the best ewes each year, to help accelerate the growth of the flock. Ewe numbers are now sitting at 40, with plans to increase that to 50, to hopefully allow for selling some females in the future. They are lambed from the end of February, having been AI’d, to ensure completion before the calving and the Blackface lambing get underway. “One of the best things about Texel sheep is their versatility – they fit really well into our hill farm system and they are easy sheep to keep. For us, they started off as a hobby, but they’ve grown into an integral part of the business,” adds Malcolm.


Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Malcolm Coubrough - Hartside

Malcolm, Audrey and their children, Emily and Charlie

137


G & B Ingram - Granite Texels suited to the needs of our commercial customers. If any of our rams happen to catch the eye of breeders we see that as very much an added bonus,” he adds.

G & B Ingram - Granite Texels www.texel.co.uk 138

Gregor Ingram receiving the PRT Shield from Graham Knox

2

015 highest pen average PRT Shield winners - Builth Wells

A strong female base from noted flocks, including Muiresk and Ettrick have been the cornerstone of the Logie Durno flock and hence the Granite flock, with the Ingrams. “These ewes have definitely left a mark on the flock and thanks to judicious use of embryo transfer we have been able to extend the influence of the best families quite rapidly.

Winning the PRT shield for the performance recorded flock with the highest pen average at the main NSA Sale, Builth Wells, in 2015 were Gregor and Bruce Ingram of the Granite flock, Aberdeenshire, when their pen averaged £1614.37 for four sold.

“ET gives us the chance to fast track the genetic progress of the flock, producing more females from the top performing ewes and also means we have top quality rams to sell to our commercial customers. It’s a win-win situation and definitely suits our philosophy of breeding from the best.”

The Ingram brothers’ flock was established four years ago with embryos from the family’s Logie Durno flock which was founded in 1999 to run alongside the family’s other pedigree and commercial sheep flocks.

And this mantra extends to the sires too, with a desire to buy the best rams the family can afford, again focussing on rams with the traits their customers are looking for whenever possible. “Length, good skins, easy fleshing and mobility are our four top criteria. It’s important to breed rams we can sell, but equally important to ensure we have good quality females coming through as replacements too”.

“We established the Granite flock with a view to selling shearling rams at sales, with the Logie Durno flock concentrating on selling rams off farm in our annual sale,” explains Gregor Ingram. “In the earlier days of the Logie Durno flock we did dabble with producing ram lambs for the pedigree market, selling to a top of 12,000gns at Lanark in 2008 and 11,000gns at Carlisle in the same year. Since then we have changed our breeding goals considerably, focussing on breeding rams

“One of the more influential sires to be used was Langside New Approach, a ram bought at Kelso in 2008 for £5000. He was really the first ram we bought with a focus on commercial attributes. He bred well balanced sheep with good width and fleshing, but we soon came to realise that we needed to try and increase the size in the flock to breed rams capable of leaving


As a large proportion of the ewes in the flock are now related to Titan we needed some new blood. So in 2015 we went to Lanark and purchased Deveronvale Warrior for 19,000gns with Humeston and Midlock. Now in 2016, we are convinced buying Warrior will be the best decision we have made. As a shearling ram he is by far the biggest, longest and tallest Texel we have seen with tremendous style. The first lambs born at the end of March are his doubles. With their commercially minded approach the Ingrams have always paid attention to EBVs when sourcing tups, but are careful in their approach. “We firmly believe performance figures have a lot to offer when used correctly, we pay particular attention to growth rate and muscle,

KWJ1200386 - Haddo Titan

On the management front no ewes are fed concentrates before or after lambing, with ewes lambing from the end of March onwards and lambs are not creep fed. “Ram lambs are then run on grass through to the turn of the year before being strip grazed on stubble turnips through the second half of the winter and fed a mix of silage and draff alongside this. “They are then put back to grass in spring with only those sheep destined for sales fed. Those being sold from home are run on grass alone and receive no special attention ahead of our on-farm sale.”

G & B Ingram - Granite Texels

Possibly the most influential ram to date is Haddo Titan, a massive lamb with a great index too and threw lambs with length and size. He really transformed the flock and a large proportion of both the Granite and Logie Durno flocks are now related to him and a son, Granite Untouchable retained for our own use.”

avoiding any overly lean animals. Our first selection criteria is still on visual assessment, with structural correctness essential,” adds Gregor.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

the quick growing, heavy carcass lambs many commercial farmers were aiming for.”

Above: Ready for the farm sale, Inset: Home bred shearling ewe

139


Driving innovation at both breed and industry level. Driving Innovation

enomic indices are becoming of significant commercial importance. At Texel Society we are pioneering the development of our “breed specific genomic reference population” which is expected to contain 15,000 informative genotypes by 2019. Also, by creating more accurate data collection methods for hard to measure commercial traits and combined with our pedigrees and genomic information (DNA data), breeders and producers will become more informed on an individual’s carcase and health traits.

G

Our Progressive History.

www.texel.co.uk

Investment is a new game changer for the UK livestock industry, which historically has been slow to change and embrace new technology. The Societies strength is its ability to galvanise individual flocks to cooperate with one another; to attract funding; exploit opportunities and manage emerging threats at both a breed and industry level. Individual flocks working alone, are often under resourced and in a technological age are likely to be less influential. The benefits and value that Society provides, to drive innovation and lead collaboration should not be under estimated or underutilised. A recent example of innovation is the Society focus on genomic technologies. In 2010, 390 influential sires were selected and tested using the novel 50K SNP High

140

Density Chip, in collaboration with Agresearch New Zealand and SRUC. This propelled the Society down the genomic pathway, with the creation of what is becoming a major asset for the Society. Supporting the delivery of new breeding information for its membership, the “British Texel Genomic Reference Population” is an essential resource of DNA profiles (genotypes) for the Society, to provide genomic estimated breeding values, across a number of important commercial carcase and heath traits. Creating a genomic reference population In 2015 a successful bid, in collaboration with SRUC, to InnovateUk, provided £450,000 of research funding from the Governments innovation agency. Additionally, a further £120,000 investment in High Density ram genotyping using the 700K High Density Chip, has provided a major enhancement to the Reference population. This has fast tracked the Society genomic programme, further developments will provide the 17K SNP Low Density Chip (containing 17,000 Snps – parts of the animals DNA) as a matter of routine. Providing a more affordable and informative solution. Using genomics to manage health traits. With the use of genomics the aim is to introduce genomic breeding values (gEBVs) to help Texel breeders and the wider sheep industry, by breeding sheep with inherent resistance to both mastitis and footrot. This is different to, for example scrapie


Figure 1 – gEBV reliability according to number of genotyped animals.

9000 8000

Driving Innovation

Number of individuals

10000

7000 6000 5000 4000 3000 2000 1000 0 0.0

0.1

0.2

0.3

0.4

0.5

0.6

0.7

0.8

0.9

Trait heritability The dotted line represents the number of new animals genotyped in the very latest carcase traits project. This will give reliabilities around 70% for new carcass traits with heritability (h2) of >0.2. For disease and other traits with h2 ~ 0.1, a Texel reference population of 6,000 genotyped animals will give a reliability of 60%. Allowing commercial delivery of genomic breeding values. For genomic selection to work effectively, large-scale phenotyping is needed so that sufficient number of animals yields robust (more accurate) genomic predictions of merit (GEBV estimation). Figure 1 shows the number of animals needed for genomic selection, according to different levels of reliability, (D. Berry, J Conington pers. comm, following Goddard and Hayes, 2009). Blue line = 70%, Red=60%, Green=50%, Black=40%.

resistance, which only requires a single marker to be identified on the genome. Meaning that, for footrot and mastitis, the use of genomic selection, where footrot and mastitis records are combined with wholegenome data and pedigree, to produce gEBV’s, is likely to be the most effective method to breed sheep that have more resistant to these diseases. More information can be found in the Society publication “Texel -Genomics of Disease Resistance”.

The need for increased volume and accuracy of data collection The Society’s’ nucleus of highly connected pedigree recorded flocks, operating as phenotyping farms for collection of hard to measure health trait data provide a useful addition to the highly successful PRT (Performance Recorded Texel) initiative, operating since the early nineties and currently providing an extensive data from around 9,000 ewes and from 14,000 lambs per year, primarily weight and ultrasound

141


measurements. The Society also provides support for CT Scanning for the production of a variety of conventional breeding values (EBVs).

Driving Innovation

Looking to the future, great stockmanship injected with science is key to farming’s future. It is now important more than ever to develop dialogue between farmers and researchers and the Society is well positioned to lead this. Utilising the latest technologies combined with our pedigrees, British Texel productivity traits can be improved, with accurate measurements (phenotypic data) pushed into genotype evaluations. With a focus on hard to measure traits for health-welfare and meat quality, the Society will create a number of key genomic indices of economic importance, complementing the current EBVS on offer.

Gene-Tex DNA profiles In parallel to the Society led research projects, routine DNA profiling of both ET donors and sires, is carried by members. This initiative will be developed to allow for routine genotyping across informative sires in the population.

www.texel.co.uk 142

Texel Society as lead partner. It will support genetic improvements systems using; Computer Tomography (CT Scanning);VIA – Video Imaging Analysis (now mainstream in many beef abattoirs); and the British Texel Genomic Reference population.

Harnessing carcase phenotyping traits and condemnation data At the time of going to press the Society received some exciting news, with the successful award for a new InnovateUk grant “Carcass trait phenotype feedback for genomic selection in Texel sheep”. This industrial award, in collaboration with SRUC and a leading processor, provides a 3 year and £1.6M project to support the

As a result of these developments; more accurate recording systems; utilising genomic technologies, this will help future proof Society services, adding value to pedigree Texel and help commercial farmers across the UK reduce costs, at the same time as sustainably improving output


Available in

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

May

143


RUTHIN TEXEL BREEDERS CLUB

Adverts

2015 Show Champion By I P Jones, ‘Llawes’ Llawes Well Well

2015 Reserve Champion By R E & D R Jones, ‘Kitrob’ Kitrob Very Stylish

2015 Sale 2015 First Prize Shearling Ewe J & H Thomas, ‘Bryn Garth’ THB1401130

www.texel.co.uk 144

‘Saron Warrior’ Acheived 2,100 gns at the sale

Find us on Facebook /RuthinTexelClub


Held at the new modern hall at Ruthin Auction Mart All enquiries welcome Club Secretary: Sion Owens

Tel: 01824 702025

Email: rfa@ruthinfarmers.co.uk 28 years of strict inspection has resulted in a very high standard of stock being presented

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Show: Sunday 11th September 2016 Sale: Monday 12th September 2016

Adverts

CLWB BRIDWYR TEXEL RHUTHUN

145


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

146


147

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Shropshire & Adverts

Sales 2016 Shrewsbury Sale 3rd September Catalogues from Halls at Shrewsbury Auction Centre Tel: 01743 462620

Welshpool Sales Main Ram 29th September Second Ram 17th October

www.texel.co.uk 148

In-Lamb Ewe 22nd December Catalogues from Welshpool Livestock Sales Tel: 01938 553438

LONGTON FLOCK (BJY) J Barton Tel: 01772 612778 LOWER LACON FLOCK (MKL) K & M Macdonald Tel: 01939 220483 CRICKHEATH FLOCK (PMI) M & T Pritchard Tel: 01691 831157 HAYTON FLOCK (WTZ) T Wright Tel: 01584 874805 OAK FARM FLOCK (HVO) G & A Hardman Tel: 01743 850965 BETTONFIELD FLOCK (GEB) N & J Gibbs Tel: 01743 351152 PENPARC FLOCK (SJP) S J & H Smith Tel: 01938 850265 PREENBANK (RFP ) F & B Robinson Tel: 01694 771357 WAEN FLOCK (JJW) B & G Joseph Tel: 01694 724939 HARDY FLOCK (HMH) M Harding Tel: 01686 630687


HARDWICKE FLOCK (MBH) A J Meredith Tel: 017460 718220

SIX OAKS FLOCK (HSJ) J & M Heather Tel: 01948 880850

CLAYBURY (DHL) H & J Draper Tel: 01743 850200

DOONGUILE FLOCK (FDC) W & J Forrester Tel: 01948 841168

J & DM MIFFLIN(JTZ) Birchenwood Tel: 01782 720572.

CHAPELCOTT FLOCK (SCZ) D & H Shields Tel: 01948 710254

CLUN FLOCK (WSF) A E Williams & Son Tel: 01588 640637

SUNDORNE FLOCK (DWR) R Davies Tel: 01743 709223

CRESSAGE FLOCK (EMK) M Ellis Tel: 07977932435

BOTTOMHOUSE FLOCK (MNS) P & L Melland Tel: 01538 304350

PLAS UCHA FLOCK (BFE) R. Bennett Tel: 07980232318

RACECOURSE FLOCK (JAF) M & S Jones Tel: 01691 652836

BENTLEY FORD FLOCK (HVB) D.N.Higgins Tel: 01694 731260

GYRHOS FLOCK (RUJ) J Ruggeri Tel: 01938 810241

TREFONNEN FLOCK (HRT) R.Hughes Tel: 01691 652370

KIMBOLTON FLOCK (PPK) P & L Phillips Tel: 07730 700390

VALESWOOD FLOCK (PVA) E.Pritchard & J Hughes Tel: 07792424797

BROMLEY FLOCK (PMO) R & J Plant Tel: 01782 630668

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

WOLLASCOTT FLOCK (WSW) S P & C P Williams Tel: 01939 290410

Adverts

Borders Texel Club

…because our breeding is better! 149


TEXELS IN

Adverts

Combine business and pleasure with a visit BRYNDERI FLOCK (BQC) C & S Ball, Upper Cwm Farm, Llantilio Crossenny, Abergavenny Mob: 07807 366640 Email: uppercwm@tiscali.co.uk

SAWEL FLOCK (GLG) G L Griffiths, Maesteg, Llansawel, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 7JP Tel: 01558 685111 Mob: 07803 548810 Email: gezgriff@live.co.uk

TOWY TEXELS FLOCK (YJB) J & B Booker, Cae Cadno, Taliaris, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 7DP Mob: 07887 648710 Email: towytexels@gmail.com

ABERCRYCHAN FLOCK (HXA) J W & J A Hardwick, Abercrychan Farm, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0YL Tel: 01550 720363 Mob: 07977 060225 Email: jwhardwick@btinternet.com

TREFERE FLOCK (DBT) Davies Bros, Trefere Uchaf, Penparc, Cardigan, SA43 1RN Tel: 01239 810381 Mob: 07773 144709 Email: gwyn.trefere@gmail.com

MARLSBROUGH FLOCK (HMJ) Marlsbrough Farm Ltd, (Andrew & Judith Hughes), Marlsbrough, Portfield Gate, Haverfordwest, SA62 3NP Mob: 07974 967010 Email: marlsbrough@btconnect.com

CAEBETRAN FLOCK (DFC) G & H Davies & Son, Caebetran Fawr Farm, Felinfach, Brecon, Powys, LD3 0UL Tel: 01874 754460 Mob:07811 943351/07891 118594 Email: hazelcaebetran@aol.com BRIVAN FLOCK (BVD) I T Davies & Son, Danyreglwys Farm Garthbrengy, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9TW Tel: 01874 622616 Mob: 07813 165064 Email: ann@catherton.plus.com

www.texel.co.uk 150

TRUJIM FLOCK (DDT) James and Trudy Davies, Cwmcynon, Llwyndafydd, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 6LE Tel:01545 560426 Mob: 07989 423776 Email: Trujim@hotmail.co.uk SCURLAGE CASTLE FLOCK (EKS) E Evans & Son, Scurlage Castle Farm, Reynoldston, Swansea, SA3 1BA Tel: 01792 390714 Mob:07790 565746 Email: evansroll@aol.com

RIPPERSTON FLOCK (JMR) M James, Sunnyhill Castle Pill Road, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 1HE Tel: 01646 692777 Email: mfjames@hotmail.co.uk LLANTHOMAS FLOCK (JML) G P & M Jones, Llanthomas Farm, Llanigon, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5PU Tel: 01497 820096 Email: paulandlynnejones@btinternet.com PORTWAY FLOCK (JDP) G Deri Jones, Portway, Rhosgoch, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3JU Tel: 01497 851231 MABON FLOCK (JGG) G W & F M Jones, Garth Hall Farm, Llanfabon, Pontypridd, CF37 4HP Tel: 01443 740292 Mob: 07768 936202 Email: garthhallfarm@aol.com


JOIN US AT OUR EVENTS & SALES

TYNEWYDD FLOCK (MDY) D J & M O Morgan, Tynewydd, Llangors, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7UA Tel: 01874 658413 Mob: 07976 975363 Email: derimorgan@gmail.com SCOLTON FLOCK (RWS) W O & P E Reed, Upper Scolton, Spittal, Haverfordwest, Pembs. SA62 5QL Tel: 01437 731332 Email: andrew@areed1.orangehome.co.uk BRYNMEINI FLOCK (TYG) A Thomas, Gwarllwyn, Glandwr, Whitland, Pembrokeshire, SA34 0UA. Tel: 01994 419289 Mob: 07969 482455 Email: brynmeinitexels@hotmail.co.uk CAENANTMELYN FLOCK (WCQ) O J Watkins, Caenantmelyn Bungalow, Hay-on-wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5RH Tel: 01497 820597 Mob: 07812 685415 Email: owenwatkins@live.co.uk MILLEND FLOCK (WCM) R M & G L Watkins, Upper Cwm Farm Craswall, Herefordshire, HR2 0PH Tel: 01981 510249 Email: watkins249499@btinternet.com STELFOX FLOCK (WES) Stelfox Farms Ltd., Lower Solbury Farm, Walwyns Castle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3SD Tel: 01437 781246 Mob: 07814 912694 Email: solbury@hotmail.co.uk

CLUB EVENTS Sunday 15th May Progeny Show at 2 p.m. at Llandovery Sunday 5th June A.G.M. at Cae Cadno, Taliaris, Llandeilo By Kind permission of Bridget & Jon Booker 10th- 12th June Club Trip to Leading Flocks in North Wales/Cheshire Area Early July Flock Competition - Details from the Secretary

New Members Welcome

For Further Information Contact: Club Secretary - Gareth Griffiths 07971 111094 Email: gareth@ctf-uk.com

SALES 2016

Monday 1st August Early NSA Ram Sale at the Royal Welsh Showground Sunday, 11th September Club Sale at Llandovery Monday 19th September Main NSA Ram Sale at Royal Welsh Showground Friday 16th December In-Lamb Ewes at Llandovery

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

PRESWYLFA FLOCK (JPJ) Jim Jones, Preswylfa, Nantgaredig, Carmarthen, SA32 7NH Tel:01267 290372 Mob: 07989 936202

Adverts

SOUTH WALES

FERN FLOCK (WAF) W L & A Windsor & Son, Fforest Farm, Whitland, Carmarthenshire, SA34 0LS Tel: 01994 241078 Mob:07976 408966 Email: adrian.fforest@outlook.com

151


Regional clubs

www.texel.co.uk

152


Club Reports 2015

regional clubs

In this section:

Regional Club Flock Competition Results 2015 Club Contact Details 2016 Club Sale Dates 2016


Derbyshire Club 2015 has seen the continuous growth of the Derbyshire Texel Club and it has been another enjoyable year for us all.

Derbyshire Club

he beginning of January marked the start to our year with the Christmas party with over 75 members in attendance, entertainment was in the form of a comedian and we even saw Robert Cartledge perform the YMCA.

T

May brought us to our annual club trip, this year over to Northern Ireland for three days. It was yet again an excellent turnout which furthermore indicates our club heading in the right direction. Whilst there we visited some fantastic flocks including; Forkins, Ballynahone, Drumgooland, Foyle View, Tamnamoney, Straidarran, Cornerstone and Braehead. We were all overwhelmed by the kindness and hospitality we received at each of these visits. Our trip also included a visit to Ballymena Show before a steady coach ride down to Southern Ireland, visiting the National Horse Stud before flying home from Dublin Airport. A special mention must go to Alastair Gault and Alison McDonald for your excellent work and organisation in arranging the trip. Along with Frank and Kerry who yet again have provided us all with another brilliant weekend.

www.texel.co.uk

The Open Day was hosted at our family farm this year with over 200 members, family and friends who joined us for what was a fantastic day. I took the Championship with a ewe lamb and the Boden family took reserve with a shearling ewe. Welly wanging proved the main attraction with a father son battle commencing between Charlie and Tom Boden. Tom finally winning with a 97 metre throw. Possibly one of the best wangers around

Our flock competition in August was kindly judged this year by Jeff Aiken, Procters. Yet again another great entry of flocks along with an excellent turnout for the presentation evening with myself; Charben Texels, taking champion flock, Andrew Weston, Limestone flock, in reserve and Stuart Talbot, Jenah, winning best novice flock. September saw our annual club sale at Bakewell; Ron Darlington and Emma Sparkes did a fantastic job in all aspects of organisation and sponsorship for the sale. Although trade was patchy, reflective of a difficult year in the sheep industry, quality was there for us all to see. A thank you must go to Anna Minnice-Hughes for judging and congratulations to Haydn Fletcher taking the championship with a ram lamb and to the Barnes family taking reserve with a ewe lamb later bought by the judge. A special mention must go this year to Janet Young who has retired from the position of Club Secretary; Janet has been the backbone of the club for over the last 20 years and without all her hard work and dedication I’m sure the club wouldn’t be here today, “Thankyou Janet”. The continuous growth and development of our club is all down to the dedication of our committee members and members alone. A lot of time and effort is spent in organising these events throughout the year to make it the success it has been over the past few years. Finally I would like to thank everyone for all their hard work for 2015 and wish all the best for a happy and prosperous 2016.

Ben Vernon 154

Chairman


Dutch Texel Group

S

The sale champion, a ram lamb Egryn Warrier by Whitehill Thunder sold to A Hughes, Caernarfon, for 1000gns.The reserve champion was awarded to a shearling ram, Egryn Van Gogh, which sold to H Williams, Llangernyw, for 850gns. The sale ring was full with both commercial and pedigree buyers from all over the country, resulting in an impressive clearance of stock and increased averages. Top price on the day went to a shearling ram from G R & A Foy, Parkside Villa, by Berwyn Saeros selling to T H Davies, Colwyn Bay, for 1200gns. Top price female was a shearling ewe from G R & A Foy, again by Berwyn Saeros selling to Mr G Amos, Anglesey, for 800gns. The highest pen average for five shearling rams or more went to G R & A Foy (Parkside) closely followed by our chairman Mr G Davies, (Cernyw).

Judged this year by Mr D Wadland, Northants.

Show Results Aged Rams 1st Davies & Wareing 2nd C H Bellis Shearling Rams 1st S & C Davies 2nd Gerwyn Davies 3rd J & P Barlow Ram Lambs 1st S & C Davies 2nd David Hughes 3rd Gerwyn Davies Shearling Ewes 1st S & C Davies 2nd G R & A Foy 3rd J Rodenburg I would like to congratulate everyone who has competed in the many events promoting the Dutch Texel . Particular congratulations to Steve & Sarah Gibbons, Talgarth, Powys, who had the supreme champions at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair with a pair of Dutch Texels which were direct decendants of the late Will Williams sheep (Pantcefn). As always I would like to say a big thankyou to our chairman Gerwyn Davies, our committee and our auctioneer Emyr Lloyd (Ruthin Farmers Auction). I wish you all a happy and successful 2016.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

& C Davies (Egryn) swept the board in the pre-sale show with the show champion, the reserve champion and the first prize shearling ewe. ‘The spoils’ were shared between the rest of us.

Dutch Texel Group

Our 18th annual sale at Ruthin once again saw an impressive display of quality sheep in all sections,

Paula Barlow. Secretary

155


Dyfed Texel Breeders Report 2015 he club kicked off the year with its first annual dinner an informal and enjoyable affair held at the Cottage Inn, Llandeilo.This was followed in May by another first, our first Progeny Show; this was held in Carmarthen Market and was judged by Nicola Hartwright of the Whitehart flock. Taking top honours from the 19 pens present were a pair of lambs from the Cwmcerrig flock of DJJ Watkins & Co which were sired by Knap Vinnie Jones.

T

Dyfed Club

for the show champion.This was a Knock Upshot gimmer put forward by the Davies’ of the Teilo Flock to cap off a memorable year, and she was knocked down to the judge for the evening, Gwilym Williams (Treweren).

In June we held our flock competition, John & Linda Mellin of the Hull House flock spent two glorious days travelling around the countryside of West Wales, before meeting up for a presentation evening where John Eirian and Lynwen Davies of the Teilo flock took the champion flock award. Prior to the sale season getting underway we held our Ram & Ewe Safari.This year we visited the Ifan Ddu, Cwmcerrig,Teilo, Steddfa, Stelfox and Solbury flocks to view their offerings for the forthcoming National and NSA sales. A pleasant afternoon of viewing members stock was concluded by an entertaining evening at the St Brides Inn in the beautiful coastal village of Little Haven.

www.texel.co.uk

The sale season came and went with the usual anticipation and excitement and a number of members sold stock for four figure sums, but top price for Dyfed Club members this year was 2200gns for Teilo Wrnach Gawr, sold by John Eirian & Lynwen Davies at the Main NSA Sale in Builth Wells. This Deveronvale Viscount son was an ET brother to a lamb that the Davies’ exported to France in a private deal earlier in the year.

Cai Davies holding the Champion from Teilo and top price at 1,080gns with club chairman Alfryn Davies (Ifan Ddu) and judge Gwilym Williams (Treweren)

2016 promises plenty, as a club we continue to develop our programme of events to promote the breed in the locality and this year in addition to our current events we have nominated the Cothi Bridge Show on the 28th May as our club show. Also on September the 8th we will be holding our first ram sale in Carmarthen Market. Before signing off we would like to wish good luck to one of our founder members, Roland Watkins of the Cwmcerrig flock who will be judging at the Welsh National Sale in Welshpool this year. All the best for 2016

Then in December we held our in lamb ewe sale, another successful sale was held in Ffairfach, and the sale topped at 1080gns

156

The Dyfed Texel Club


Gloucester & Border Counties Club As I write this it occurs to me that the Gloucester club seems to be settling into a program of similar events each year. AGM with skittles, even less business and no better at knocking pins down! Our longstanding secretary Carol Houldey retired, our thanks to Carol for her efficiency and determination, but for which I am sure some events would not have taken place. Paul King has been press ganged into the role; please give Paul a ring with any enquiries. James Kimber takes over as chair, so at least the meetings will be run properly now. A night out at the dog track saw a lot of long faces and empty pockets, except Trevor Prew who won’t tell us his secret.

We kindly invited ourselves to view Paul and Anna Johnsons’ Corriecravie Flock, which had won the 2015 EBLEX BRP most improved Texel flock award. Quality in depth, was the only way to describe the sheep we saw, it was a privilege to see what can be achieved when true stockmanship and a clear aim and direction come together. Thanks to the Johnsons for putting up with us and giving us a fantastic lunch, the weather wasn’t kind but the company was.

Sales and shows Members were out in force at the Royal Three Counties promoting the breed, not only with sheep, but also winning the best

breed stand with the help of Kathy Kings’ eye catching professional touch. Trade at our annual ram sale at Worcester was best described as steady, but solid, while the in lamb sale continues from strength to strength, more sheep sold with a higher average, our in lamb sale is open to all society members so bring and buy. Sadly Neal Dowler passed away after a long illness, Neal, with his father, started the Crimscote flock in the early 80s, the flock joined the sire reference scheme and recording remained an important aspect in the flock’s development. Neal was a quiet person, who liked to stand back and study form; he had a great depth of knowledge when it came to blood lines and was very definite in his view that sheep should live on grass. I had the pleasure of discussing the flock’s future and which tups should be used with him just before he died. For those of you who have never heard of the Crimscote flock; Loosebeare Imps dam was by Crimscote Bard. So the chances are that most flocks will have a touch of Neal’s breeding. And finally check out the club’s Facebook page to see what we get up to. All the best for 2016 and may all your lambs be champions.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Our flock competition was kindly judged by Adrian and Amanda Windsor, a very enjoyable tour round on a hot day thanks to everyone for their hospitality and the opportunity to see some great sheep, congratulations to all those who were placed. If you ever need to bribe Adrian try elderflower cordial, not sure if it would work in January though.

The Club visit Corriecravie

Gloucester & Border Counties Club

T

Matt Hobbs Chairman

157


Highland Club

Highland Club www.texel.co.uk 158

We started the year with our annual flock visit at the end of May when we visited the flocks of Procters Farm, Tophill, Sportsman and Brackenridge where we viewed four outstanding flocks, each putting on a wonderful show of sheep. An enjoyable weekend was had by all and the warm welcome and hospitality which we received at each farm was much enjoyed. he next event was our stockjudging competitions and barbecue which was well attended and held at East Kirk, Bower, Caithness (by kind permission of Charles and Irene Ryrie). We judged several classes of Texel shearlings and gimmers along with a class of heifers. Our master judge was Kenneth Sutherland, Sibmister, Thurso. All members and guests were treated to an excellent barbecue and a game of bowls. Results of the stockjudging competitions were as follows:-

T

Gents 1st 2nd (Equal)

Bill Law William Barnetson and Alan Simpson

Ladies 1st 2nd

Christine Hornby Hazel MacKenzie

Our members greatly supported our two main local shows, the Caithness Show and the Black Isle Show, with the Texel breed putting forward a good entry. Our flock competition took place in the middle of October with13 flocks participating, stretching between Rossshire, Caithness and Orkney Islands. Our judge this year was Iain Thomson, The Yetts,Viewfield Road, Tain. Our dinner and presentation of trophies was held in the Pentland Hotel, Thurso.

Highland Club Flock Competition Winners

The best overall flock and the Runachloie Trophy was won by Jim & Nina Leitch, Feolquay, Evie, Orkney. The reserve overall flock was won by Stephen Sutherland, Sibmister Farm, Thurso. The Hillside Trophy for the overall pen of ewe lambs was won by Charles and Isobel Angus, Oldfield Farm, Thurso. Further details of the winners of the flock competition can be found on page 177. Our annual general meeting was also held in the Pentland Hotel, Thurso, prior to the dinner and presentation of trophies. This was a well attended meeting. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Club, which runs several events throughout the year should get in contact with either the chairman Jonnie Campbell on 07809506624 or the secretary, Winnie MacDonald on 01463 870508.

Winnie MacDonald Secretary


Midland Club

T

The championship went to Parkhill Texels home bred shearling ewe. This year’s flock competition was a huge success and our thanks go to Matt Hobbs for judging this and to John and Barbra Leadbeater for clocking up over three hundred miles taking him from farm to farm. On the final evening the club held its annual club dinner at Whittlebury Hall with Matt presenting the prizes.

This year the club will have its show at Rutland County Show and also for the first time at Ashby de le Zouch and we hope to see all members there. Finally congratulations to all of our members who have done exceptionally well at local and further afield shows. Our thanks are extended to all committee and club members for their hard work and commitment over the past year.

Mandy Kellet Chairman

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

he Midland Club show was held at Rutland again this year, unfortunately, however, the weather was not kind to us as it rained nonstop all day. But this did not dampen the spirit of our members that attended.

Midland Club

Our social evening was held at the new inn at Abthorpe with a meal and skittles evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all that attended.

159


North Scotland Club 2015 started with a club visit to the NSA Highland Sheep at Fearn Farm courtesy of John Scott & Family on the 9th June. A great day was had by all in attendance.

North Scotland Club

ext in the calendar was the annual prime lamb competition held at ANM Ltd, Thainstone, on the 11th June. The judge was Blair Dufftown who placed a pair of 46kgs Texel crosses from Emslies Livestock as champion, releasing £130/hd. Reserve champion was awarded to W & J Brown, Hilton of Culsh, with a pair of 46.5kgs Texel crosses selling at £106/hd.

N

For continued local promotion of the Texel breed the Club provided young handler sponsorship to four local shows: Echt, Banchory, New Deer & Turriff. Alongside this sponsorship the Club runs a monthly competition at ANM Ltd where a £100 voucher is presented to the highest priced (pence per kilo) lambs sold per month through ANM Ltd, redeemable at the September Ram sale. On the 14th July the club made a visit to Graham Morrison’s, Deveronvale flock to see his stock alongside stock judging and great hospitality. The club extends their sincere gratitude to Graham and his family for the most enjoyable visit.

www.texel.co.uk 160

The fifth annual show flock competition saw Keith as the compulsory show for 2015. Champion show flock was awarded to Ms G Adam, Deevalley, & reserve champion show flock was awarded to Ms W Willox, Strathinver. The next event was the annual September ram sale which was judged by Mr J Leitch who awarded hampion to a shearling ram from Michael Mennie, selling for 800gns. Reserve champion was awarded to a ram lamb from M Stuart, selling for the joint top price on the day of 1300gns. A C Lee also

realised a joint top price of 1300gns with a ram lamb from his pen of six. Up next was the annual flock competition held on the 3rd & 4th November. The judge was Alistair Gault, Forkins, who was given a four seasons in two days tour of the north east. The prizes were awarded at the Porterhouse restaurant after the annual meal with the best turnout to date and great hospitality provided. The final event in 2015 was the Christmas Classic held on the on the 30th November and judged by Iain Green, Corksie. Champion was awarded to Messrs J Innes & Sons, Strathbogie, for an in lamb Scholars Twenty-Twelve ewe selling for 1600gns. Reserve champion was awarded to Mr R Wilson, Milnbank, for an in lamb Tullagh Saracen gimmer releasing 3200gns. Highest price of the evening went to a similar bred gimmer from Milnbank releasing 4000gns. On behalf of the Club we wish to extend our sincere thanks to all members for their continued support and work throughout the year and we take this opportunity to welcome new members to the Club and wish all every success for the coming year.

Olivia Donald

Club Secretary

Prize giving after the flock competition


North Wales Club

From an excellent selection of sheep he awarded the champion to an impressive ram Ffrwd Van Persie. He was bred by Dewi Evans ,Tyddyn y Ffrwd, Moelfre, and later went on to be sold for a club record price. He was purchased by Iwan Parry Jones, Llawes. This year we had a new cup for the female champion, the Tom Kellet Perpetual Cup. This was presented to the club by Eurwen Kellet in memory of her late husband. Tom was a keen supporter of the Club and a good friend to all of us. Brian awarded the cup to this year’s female champion, a shearling ewe from John and Heulwen Thomas, Bryn Garth. The first prize ram lamb was Llawes Wacky Backy from Iwan Parry Jones and the first prize ewe lamb was from John Ll.Owen, Hen Gapel.

The sale itself went very well. The demand for shearling rams was strong and the ram lambs sold well. The shearling ewes were down a bit, but there was an excellent clearance overall and everyone went home with a smile on their face.

Flock Competition Robin Ellis from the Ruthin Club judged the flock competition for us this year at the beginning of July. The weather was wet, but it didn’t dampen our spirits and we spent an enjoyable day travelling round between the flocks that had entered. Robin awarded the champion flock to Huw and Iwan Williams, Llyfni. They also won the prizes for the best pen of five ram lambs and the best pen of five ewe lambs. Runners up were Osian Rhys, Seiont, and Alwyn Phillips, Pengelli. I would like to welcome our new members and to thank all current members who took part in our activities and running of the Club over the last year.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

B

rian Joseph, Waen Farm, Church Stretton, kindly judged our show and sale for us this year.

North Wales Club

Club Sale at Gaerwen on Saturday 15th. August 2015

Left: Show Champion bred by Mr Dewi Evans - Ffrwd Texels - Ffrwd Van Persie Right: Osian Rhys Seiont Visitor ROS1400331- Seiont Texels - Caernarfon Reserve show Champion Both awards presented by judge Mr Brian Joseph

161


Northern Area Club

Northern Area Club

My second year of being chairman, Amelia Newby joined the committee to become our new secretary and John Howard as vice chairman. Later in the year Jack Lucas took over from Philip Hughes as our president. or the flock visit we joined together with the North West Limousin club to visit Jonathan Watsons farm, on the borders. Jonathan and his family put on a great day, fabulous hospitality, viewing all his pedigree stock from Texel sheep to various pedigree breeds of cattle.

F

Show Winners from September Sale at Skipton

John Mellin’s Langside Thunderbird a senior ram took supreme champion at The Great Yorkshire Show. Plenty of our members also clocking up wins and places in all classes. The Northern Area club members put on a great evening within the Texel tent on the Tuesday after showing.

www.texel.co.uk 162

The September ram sale saw George Wilkinson judge our 34th show. David Towell took supreme champion with a shearling ram and Steve Richardson took reserve also with a shearling ram, Stonebridge Victor. Female Champion was a Baltier Thunderbird gimmer from James Robinson’s Kaker Mill Flock of Carnforth. The ewe lamb winner came from Philip Makin’s Williambeck flock and ram lamb was won by John North. Two new classes were also created for recorded shearling ram and recorded ram lamb. These were won by Steve Richardson and David Nesbitt respectively.

The annual dinner was held on 31st October at Walshford with presentations of the flock competition which was judged by John and Linda Mellin. Chris Riby (Stonehills Flock) won large flock and took The Kissthorn Tropy for the overall winner. Points Trophy given to the highest points earned through the showing season was given to William Watson for the second year running. The sale champion of the Club’s in-lamb show was from Spiros Spyrou’s Gib Farm flock. The gimmer by Deveronvale Superb is from the most consistent female line in his flock, scanned in-lamb to Anglezarke Uno. The reserve champion from Procters Farm, Slaidburn, was a gimmer by Scholars Twenty Twelve and sold in-lamb carrying twins to Tophill Union Jack.

Sam Beachell Chairman


North West Club

E

The Isle of Man was our destination for the May social weekend. We visited Danny and Paula Creer’s Ballaglonney Flock and saw a tremendous show of ewes, with great tops and ends, just right for breeding shearling rams. The Kermode family also invited us to view their Orrisdale Flock, which were full of style and breed character. A huge thank you must go to both our hosts for the wonderful hospitality they provided and for allowing us to see stock of tremendous quality. On the Sunday morning we had a ‘steady’ tour around the Island .... A good time had been enjoyed by all.

placed champion and another from the Stainton flock, belonging to Peter Woof was awarded reserve. James Robinson, Kaker Mill, topped the sale at 1600gns with his ram lamb. We were delighted to have Westmorland Veterinary Group, our sale sponsor, in attendance to award the prizes. Thank you to them for their support. The championship at our final sale of the year at Clitheroe Auction Mart was awarded to a ram lamb from John North, Loxley Texels, and the reserve to Graham Taylor’s shearling ram from the Parkholme flock.Young handler Elizabeth Tarbatt showed a ram lamb from her newly established Winter Hill flock and we wish her and all young breeders throughout the Club every success in 2016.

The summer show circuit proved once again to be successful for our members, winning National and County championships. We continue to promote the breed and our Club at every opportunity and showcase the best we have to offer.

Our October flock competition was judged by David Gray and sponsored by C W Berry, Leyland. A large entry, covering six counties, was won by Andrew Weston’s Limestone Texels, with Procters Farm Ltd in the reserve spot. The presentations took place at our annual dinner at the Yew Tree Inn, Heath Charnock. The evening was well supported and members enjoyed excellent food at this fantastic venue.

Our August sale at Chelford saw David Chambers, Twelve Oaks, awarded champion with a gimmer and Martin Furness’ shearling ram from the Westgate flock, reserve. Leading the days prices at 2650gns, was a gimmer from the Gray family, Ettrick.

I would like to thank Jill our Club secretary, the committee and members for their support in my first year as chairman. Special thanks, however, must go to Gemma Brown for all her hard work and dedication towards the Club.

North West Auctions Junction 36 venue staged our second sale. A gimmer from Ryan Bradley, of the Bradleys flock, was

Jeff Aiken

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

vents began at our in lamb female sale at Chelford. Demand for quality stock was strong, resulting in a brisk trade and happy vendors. Long standing members, Angela Nairey, Meinspride, and Charlie Boden, Sportsmans, achieved champion and reserve respectively.

North West Club

I was delighted to take on the role as chairman from Peter Woof in January 2015.

Chairman

163


Northern Ireland Club

Northern Ireland Club

2015 saw Philip Hammond elected as chairman and Martin Cromie as vice chair at our AGM in January, when we were delighted to present charity cheques to Chest,Heart & Stroke and Cancer Focus NI , proceeds of which were raised at our open night at Ballynahone Texels and our annual Dinner Dance. UAS, Balmoral, saw Cherryvale Texels take this year’s championship with a home bred gimmer and Springwell in reserve .

R

The Volac Show Flock Championship ran at local shows throughout the year with the Drumgooland flock taking the overall championship and Forkins in reserve. In July the club attended the NSA Sheep NI event were the club successfully promoted the Texel breed to both pedigree and commercial breeders.This years club open night was held at the renowned Drumgooland flock of Paul and Ballie O’Connor were breeders young and old gathered to view the Drumgooland Texel flock, an excellent nights craic had by all. The 2015 sale season kicked off with the NI Premier sale which saw prices peak at 3300gns for a ram lamb from the Drummillar flock (Drummillar World Class) The evening before saw shearling ewes peak at 2100gns for the Botera flock

www.texel.co.uk

The Club’s annual flock competition took place in mid November, the Club were delighted to welcome Charlie Boden of the Sportsman and Mellervale flocks as this year’s judge. Our annual Dinner Dance was held at the renowned Slieve Donnard Hotel in Newcastle were Mr Boden crowned the Forkins overall champion and Foyleview in reserve.

Martin Warnock Secretary

164

Stephen Thompson, Motor Neurone Association and Catherine O’Hara and Mary Peacock NI Children’s Hospice accepting cheques for £2000 each raised by the NI Texel Club Ope

Martin Cromie vice chairman welcomes on board new committee members John Trimble - Jean McCollam and Philip Whyte.

Chairman Martin Cromie presents Henry Gamble with a cheques for £300 for the Texel Society’s chosen Charity The Youth Cancer Trust, which was raised at the Annual Dinner


Northern Ireland Young Texel Breeders

I

In June, eight members attended the five Nations weekend hosted by the Irish Texel Young Breeders Club which included a range of competitions and attending the All Ireland Championships in Dundalk on the Sunday, a great weekend was had by all and at the NSA event held in Ballymena at the start of July, the NITYB assisted the Youth Development Programme Committee by manning the stand to promote young breeders and the Northern Ireland Texel Young Breeders Club. At Antrim show on Saturday 25th July, Texel Young Breeders under the age of 18 had the opportunity to compete in two classes for the D. Hamill trophy. Judge Stephanie McCollam’s champion was Ben Robinson with Baillie O’Connor in reserve. The NITYB were asked once again to cater with a BBQ at the Texel open night at the home on Paul, Tina and Baillie O’Connor, Drumgooland flock. We must thank the O’Connor family for allowing us to be a part of this night as well as running our sports night in conjunction with this. Their help and support in the run up to the event and the publicity we received is greatly appreciated. A special thanks also to Tina for providing some delicious Pavlova’s for the

members to sell on the night. Thanks must also go to Ian Millar of Millar Meats for providing us with the meat for the BBQ. In August, at the National Sale in Ballymena Market, we held our Texel young breeders ram lamb class. We also had English Young Breeder Gareth Foxhall judge our Elite ewe lamb class at the National. At the NI Texel dinner dance and prizegiving in the Slieve Donard in November, NITYB Secretary Christina McCollam was awarded the NITYB President’s trophy for best member for her dedication and involvement with the NITYB and the Texel sheep breed. Adrian Liggett was also voted on as YDP chairman for the next five years, congratulations to you both. Special thanks must go to all those who have helped and supported us throughout the year and to the Society for their continued support in providing prizes and rosettes for the NITYB throughout the year and for their support in our ewe lamb class and sale at the NI National. For more information on NITYB clothing, the Club or becoming a member please contact Graham on 07921 164651 or Christina on 07813 318172. Alternatively you can check out our Facebook page at Texel Young Breeders NI. Full results from all shows and competitions are available at www.texel.co.uk/node/485 NITYB Committee

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

n May we held our annual Young Handlers Competition at Balmoral Show in the Maze showgrounds. Judge Robert Cockburn had the hard task of judging 18 juniors and 10 seniors.

Northern Ireland Texel Young Breeders

The Northern Ireland Texel Young Breeders held their annual go-karting and AGM in January 2015 at Raceview Karting, Ballymena. It was great to see a good crowd attending this year.

165


Ruthin Club

Ruthin Club

It has been another successful year for Ruthin Texel Club. The Club was well represented at National and Local shows. Several members of our Club had a successful Royal Welsh Show. I would like to congratulate Iolo Jones, Llangwm Texels who won reserve male champion with his ram lamb. ur flock competition this year was judged by James Ruggeri of Gyrhos Texels. The standard was high, and the overall champion was Iolo Jones of Llangwm Texels. Iolo then went on to win the All Wales Texel Flock Competition.

O

The Club show and sale was held in September and was judged by Mr Steve Smith of Penparc Texels. Champion was awarded to Iwan Jones of Llawes Texels for his ram lamb. Top price of ÂŁ2100 went to L T & F A Jones of Rhiwlas Texels for their ram lamb. A good sale average and clearance was achieved at the sale in a difficult year in the sheep industry. The AGM and annual presentation was held at Nant y Felin, Llanrhaeadr, in December. It was well attended and a great way to end a successful year.

Finally I would like to mention the tragic passing of Aled Jones, Peniel Texels. He was a valued committee member and will be sorely missed by us all at the Club. A new competition of best consignment of five or more ram lambs was held at the sale this year in memory of Aled. My reign as chairman has come to an end. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all committee member and staff at the Ruthin livestock market for all their hard work and support during the last three years.

Robin Ellis Chairman

www.texel.co.uk Robin Ellis awarding the Champion Flock Shield to Iolo P Jones

166

Robin Ellis presenting the Club Sale Champion trophy to Iwan Parry


The Club’s in lamb show and sale was held at Lanark in January where a good trade prevailed throughout with a high clearance The championship was won by Stephen Renwick’s Craig Douglas flock which was later sold for 1500gns with the reserve from the Teiglum flock of Clark Farms selling for 2900gns he club continues to promote the breed by sponsoring live Texel Lamb events throughout the area. The club still feel that this continues to be an outstanding method of demonstrating the extra value attained for Texel quality lambs. The events were held at St Boswells, Lanark, Ayr and both Stirling Markets. All markets reported a first class show of lambs with premiums being paid by all buyers.

T

Scottish Club

Scottish Club

The Show and Sale at Lanark in September met a steady trade with, as other sales, buyers being selective in their purchases. The championship was awarded to a ram lamb from Robbie Wilson, Milnbank, which was later sold for 900gns. Top price was 4000gns from Messrs Green, Greenall. 8 Shearlings average £560.44, 171 Ram Lambs average £441.86 and 11 Gimmers average £292.36 and 10 Ewe Lambs ave £124.95 Once again the club decided to hold an Exhibitor of the Year award taking in five local shows. Lawrie & Symington kindly sponsored this event which was once again a huge success. The overall winner of the competition was Gordon Gray’s Ettrick flock, 2nd was Robert Cockburn, Knapp, 3rd J & H Clark, Garngour 4th A Beaton, Wester Crosshill

Susan Campbell awarding Winner Robert Laird the Champions Trophy

This year’s flock competition attracted an entry of 21 flocks and resulted in a marathon three days for this year’s judge Jim Warnock, Watchknowe flock competition results can be found on page 185. Our annual stockjudging took place in November once again with over 100 taking part. Malcolm Coubrough, Hartside flock, acted as master judge. The Open class was won by Andrew Johnstone, juniors - Scot Gray and Young Farmers - David McKerrow This rounded of a busy year for the club and we all look forward to 2016 with optimism

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

For the fourth year the club held an outing to Kingsfield Linlithgow for a Golf and Laser Shooting Day. Once again this was a great day both for the sport and the socialising fast becoming a day to look forward to.

Brian Ross Secretary

167


Shropshire & Borders Club My year as chairman began in January with our annual pre-lambing bowling evening which this year was well attended.

Shropshire & Borders Club

n May the Club were asked to help organise and man the Society stand at the NSA Welsh Sheep Event. Many thanks to Nigel Gibbs for supplying the sheep, and to all members who helped out that day.

I

June was a busy month. We held the progeny competition which was judged by Tom Evans of the Welsh Flock. The overall champion was Will and Liz McCaffrey’s ewe lamb of the Scholar’s flock, which was also champion at Shropshire Show. Tony and Barbara Wright did an excellent job of judging the young handlers class. The prime lamb competition held at Shrewsbury market, again had a good entry of quality lambs which sold at a premium. The three day trip saw 12 of us board a ferry over to Ireland. On the Friday afternoon and Saturday we visited a total of four flocks, including the Oberstown flock of Pat and Barry Farrell. On the Sunday we were invited to the Irish National Texel Championships at Dundalk Show. It was a busy weekend which I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

www.texel.co.uk 168

On the last weekend of June, we held our annual flock competition, which this year was judged by David Nesbitt of the Alwent flock. The overall winner was Robert Pierce and the Oldford flock. Congratulations to you Robert! In August we held our one day trip which saw us visit Jim and Nicola Hartwright’s flock, the Whitehart flock. This trip was again well attended. We saw some good sheep and received excellent hospitality.

The Shrewsbury sale was judge by Cefin Pryce of the Caereinion flock. Cefin chose a yearling ram from the Clun flock of Messers AE Williams & Son as his champion, which sold for 1000gns. Reserve was a shearling ewe from M & S Jones (Racecourse flock) which sold for 2100gns. Our main Welshpool sale was held on 1st October and was judged by Phillip Evans of the Ffostyll flock. Phillip placed a yearling ram from the Canllefaes flock of WT Davies as overall champion, which made 850gns. The highest priced lamb was presented by AE Williams & Son of the Clun flock, selling for 1600gns. The in-lamb ewe sale was held at Welshpool Market in December. This was judged by Geoff Morgan of the Blaencar flock who later purchased the champion from Robert Pierce (Oldford flock) for 4300gns. I would like to thank the committee members, and especially Shirley for pointing me in the right direction and for helping me make my first year as chairman a success.

Mike Harding Chairman


Solway & Tyne Club

W

Our first outing of the year was to North Sheep, which was held in our area and with a tremendous show of commercial lambs from Brian Harrison, Becks Farm, which together with some tea and traybake attracted a good number of people to the stand. We didn’t manage to have a club trip this year, but it was ably made up for with a flock visit and stockjudging to Peter Woof’s Stainton Flock near Kendal. The Woof family could not have been more welcoming and there was a great turnout to see some outstanding stock and enjoy a hog roast and get together afterwards. Thanks you to everyone who helped. The local shows, despite being wet, were all well supported by members and before we knew where we were the rain stopped for a bit and the sales were upon us. Our first sale at Carlisle was judged by Henry Gamble with J & H Clarks’ Performance recorded lamb taking the championship and a top price of 14,000gns going to D & S MacPhersons’ ram lamb. The second sale saw judge Ryan Bradley’s champion from Andrew Hambleton also make top price of 2200gns. The in lamb sale in December also held its own with averages back a bit on

last year, like most breeding sales, but still a good turnout of sheep and buyers and Ryan Bradley this time took the championship and top price, judged by Giles Pyman. The dry weather was short lived and Agri Expo at Carlisle, while cold was well attended as usual and there was a great deal of interest from new members and “old” members alike. We currently have over 360 members and anyone wishing to join the club from outside of our club area has to go on a waiting list which currently stands at around 40. One of the most successful things the club has done this year, is to create its new website and linked Facebook page, where all of our sales, shows and news items appear regularly to keep members up to date. Anything going on in our club is on the website and Facebook simultaneously, so take a look and keep in touch.You can find all of our show reports, sale reports, pictures and news on there, together with catalogues and diary dates so you can keep up with us www.solwayandytynetexels.co.uk It’s been a tough year in our area weather wise and our thoughts are with our members and friends who have suffered in the floods. There has been an enormous number of sheep lost and an enormous number of incidences of neighbours helping one another which makes us all proud to be Northerners. Finally a big thank you to everyone who has helped throughout my first year in keeping me right. Keep it up!

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

e are all grateful to Emma for the time and effort she put into the club. I was appointed as the new secretary and complete with a wide running dog to round up my enthusiastic committee, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year of bumbling through with the help of chairman Craig Stoddart and treasurer Linda Bell. We are also grateful to our past president Sandy Grant for his years of service to the breed and our club and to Stevie Harrison for taking up the reins as our new president.

Solway & Tyne Club

The club started 2015 with a huge thank you to Emma Pigg who retired as secretary after many years of keeping everyone in order.

Fiona Sloan Secretary

169


South Eastern Club

South Eastern Club

Once again our AGM was kindly hosted by Hugh and Pauline Skinner at their home in Sissinghurst, Kent. Many thanks were recorded to Pauline who has decided to stand down as treasurer after many years of faithful service, during which time she has been instrumental in keeping the club together during some difficult times. he Club Show and Ram Sale was held at Ashford Market on Friday 11th September where some 50 rams met a useful trade. The show results were:-

T

Recorded Rams 1st P H & P E Skinner - Aragon 2nd Gaynes Park - Gaynes 3rd P H & P E Skinner - Aragon Non-Recorded Rams 1st C W Baldock - Blackmore 2nd Katie Potter - Wytherling 3rd R J Warnock - Tumbletye Best Pen Of Rams 1st R J Warnock - Tumbletye Champion C W Baldock - BLACKMORE Reserve Champion P H & P E Skinner - ARAGON

www.texel.co.uk

To support and encourage young breeders the South East Club, in conjunction with the Society, matched funding of a young breeder, Phil Loveland, to attend the Sheep Breeders Round Table conference which was held in Nottingham in November 2015, he says this of his experience. “Back in November I went to the Young Breeders Round Table Meeting. I would like to say thank you to the Society and to my South East Club for funding the

170

trip as it was a good experience. Over the three days that I was there we had some great guest speakers and some really good presentations. It was really good to listen to speakers from Ireland, Scotland and Norway and get a feel for how sheep genetics are helping flocks and seeing how different systems work for them. It was great to meet so many different people at the meeting and listen to advice and how other people use genetics was very interesting. Also meeting up with a number of other Texel breeders was great and useful to make more contacts, people were also inviting the South East Club to come for a farm visit which I really hope we are able to do. Overall I really enjoyed the experience of the Round Table Meeting which was a very well organised meeting and also very good social in the evenings.� The South Eastern Ram Show and Sale in 2016 will be again at Ashford Market on Friday 9th September. Please make a note in your diaries.

Bill Baldock Chairman


nce again members had a highly successful Royal Welsh Show. The judge for the Texel classes was the chairman Henry Gamble of Springwell. Michael James (Dunhonw) 1st with his aged ram, Meinspride Usain. This tremendous ram went on to become male champion and reserve overall champion Texel. Bridget Booker (Towy) came 4th with her homebred yearling ram, Banc Olive Vin Diesel. 5th in this class was G & K Williams (Dragon) with their homebred yearling ram 6th W.O.J Reed & Co (Scolton), Rounding off a successful day, Roland and Gina Watkins (Cwmcerrig) came 3rd in a very impressive gimmer ewe line-up.

O

Brecon County Show held two special classes for Texel breeders under the age of 30 which was judged by Tom Evans (Welsh). Winners were Megan Watkins (Millend) with a powerful ram lamb and Aled Groucott (Brynderi) a very smart ewe lamb.

Thomas (Cennen) with Cennen Vantastic. This powerful Ettrick Underwriter son sold for 860gns. Topping the female trade was a shearling ewe sired by Wester Moy Utopia from Diane Evans & family (Whitland) sold for 840gns. On a wet and windy Friday in December a good crowd descended on Llandovery Market. Our Club Annual In-lamb Ewe Sale with a larger entry than usual on offer. The Judge, Megan Watkins (Millend) gave the championship in the Pre-Sale Show to F H Chave & Family (Peacehay) she went on to make the top price of the day at 820gns. Lastly I would like to thank Gareth Griffiths, Derfel Harries and all the staff at CTF Auctioneers for their continued support. All the very best to everyone for 2016

Bridget Booker

Chairman South Wales Texel Club were fortunate to enjoy an interesting flock visit to see Robert Bennett and family’s Plasucha flock of sheep. Robert gave us a brief background to the flock which was established in 2007.

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Early July we had our flock competition with Judges Jennifer and Jeff Aiken, Procters. The competition was spread over three days and had 15 flocks to get round. We started with The Vale flock on Friday and finished with Brynderi on the Sunday. We were graced with good weather until our visit to Millend where the heavens opened...... The judges had picked their champions Carol and Geoff Morgan Blaencar who also had champion gimmers.

South Wales Club

South Wales Club

A successful Club Sale was held in Llandovery Market with a good crowd gathering for the new Sunday date, top price going to a shearling ram from Hywel

171


South West Club This past year has been one of highs and lows.

South West Club www.texel.co.uk 172

The undoubted high was the summer outing and the low was the sad passing of Robert Watts.

I

am pleased to say that Robert was awarded the President’s Prize for 30 years of promoting Texels in the South West.

The undoubted high was the summer outing to Martin and David Pipe’s racing yard, where the many members who attended had to be on the gallops by 8.30 a.m. This was followed by a tour of the yard, including the horse swimming pool. Many of the stables had trees painted on the walls to calm the horses. Next was a visit to the Pipe laboratory where the blood is tested weekly of every horse. This was followed by the mechanised horse, the walls of this room decorated by photos of the many celebrities practising their horse riding. Many thanks must go to Sue Summerhayes and family for organising the day. Laying on a superb lunch and raising £270 for the Injured Jockeys Fund. At the Devon Show the Chave family had the champion Texel with a two year old ram, which went on to be interbreed champion. They also had the interbreed pairs champion, so many congratulations to them. At the Cornwall Show the Quick family had champion with their shearling ewe. This year’s South West NSA event was held at Nicholls Nymet by kind permission of the Quick family. Our Club in conjunction with the Texel Society, had a very successful stand manned by members who were kept busy all day long by the many visitors. Sheep for the stand were kindly supplied by Phil Martyn, Uglow, to whom we are grateful.

At Exeter NSA Sale in August, the Chave family had the champion Texel, with a shearling ram. Top price also went to the Chave family, a shearling ram selling for £924. In total 101 Texel rams were sold (same as 2014) and the average was back £72 on the year. At the main NSA Builth sale, Drapers averaged 793gns, Quicks 760gns and Chaves a little less. At Carlisle Quicks sold at 2600gns, 2200gns and averaged 1720gns. They sold at Kelso for the first time this year, had a top price of 4000gns and averaged 1760gns for the pen. New rams that have come into members in this area are Canllefaes Vantastic at 6800gns to the Quick family, with a half share to the Hartwights, Clarkes Wizard to the Chave family at 2200gns and Kaker Mill Warrior at 5000gns to the Chave family. Following the unrivalled success of the summer outing the committee is deep in thought as to the venue of next year’s summer outing. I would like to thank our secretary, Michelle Moore for all her hard work in organising the various events and to Ruth Cooke for managing the finances and for the support and input of all the committee members during the past year.

Alan Draper Chairman


Southern Central Club

A

Our annual show and sale at Wilton in September was well supported with regular and new buyers present. It was good to have David Martyn as judge – his father did the task several years earlier. The females had a particularly good trade with the 1st prize shearling from Drayton Farm Partnership commanding top price of the day at 605 gns. Adrian Dufosee’s ram

David Martyn, judge, with Helyer’s Champion ram handled by David Farmer

lamb won the ram lamb class and Waid and Georgie Helyer’s shearling won its class. The Helyer’s also won the Jean Harford Plate for best pen. By the end of September there was hardly a Texel ram to be found in our area. They had all been sold. A frequent comment was – “we used to use Texels, tried lots of others, but please we want to go back to Texels.” Adrian, as flock winner last year, judged the Durnford’s Vashtie flock as the winners of the flock competition. South Sheep 2016 is in our area next year and we hope to see many of our customers and friends on our stand. Our Sale – 8th September 2016 at Wilton

Georgie Helyer Chairman

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

t shows there has been a cloud on the horizon. An increasing number of show societies in our area are “grumbling” about sheep that have been colour sprayed/dipped. At one show sheep had to be washed. The big complaint is that sheep are being presented to give a so called false impression. When challenged about trimming, which can alter the shape, we were frequently told that that was different. Have others in different areas had problems?

Southern Central Club

Another year.... Many of our members had great success at the shows this year and all Texel classes have been well supported.

Waid and Georgie Helyer grandson,Toby, finding showing hard work at The New Forest Show

173


Derbyshire Judge: Jeff Aiken - PROCTERS Best Large Flock (open) 1st B Baggott - Coley

Flock Competition Results 2015

2nd M Prince - Hightecs Small Flock (open)

Best Homebred Ram

1st B Vernon - Charben

1st F Rushton - Fresh Fields Wavebreaker

2nd A Weston - Limestone

2nd B Vernon - Charben Worthy

3rd F Rushton - Fresh Fields

3rd A Weston - Limestone Velocity

Best Stock Ram Progeny in Flock

Best 3 Shearling Ewes

1st M Prince - Hightecs Roxburgh Shot Gun Willie

1st A Weston - Limestone

2nd P Barlow - Moor Close Hilltop Viceroy

2nd B Vernon - Charben

3rd B Baggott - Coley - Hull House Voyager

3rd F Rushton - Fresh Fields

Best 3 Ewe Lambs 1st B Vernon - CHARBEN 2nd A Weston - LIMESTONE

www.texel.co.uk 174


Derbyshire Club Newcomers Best Flock 1st S W P & JA Talbot - Jenah

2nd S Percival - Icehouse - PVL1405014 - Icehouse Valentine 3rd Row & Gill - Heritage - RME 1500143 - Heritage William Wallace Best Stock Ram Progeny 1st S Talbot - Charben - VBC1300861 - Charben Urban Legend 2nd R Sowter - SRV1400125 - Hazlehood Vincent 3rd S J Percival - Icehouse - RNA1300516 - Castlecairn Uber Mr Cool Best 3 Shearling Ewes

Best 3 Ewe Lambs

1st S W P & J A Talbot - Jenah

1st R Sowter - Hazlehood

2nd Row & Gill

2nd S W P & JA Talbot - Jenah

3rd S J Percival - Icehouse

3rd M Row

Overall Champion Flock

Flock Competition Results 2015

Best Homebred Ram 1st R Sowter - Hazlehood - SRV1500179 - Hazlehood

B Vernon - CHARBEN A Weston - LIMESTONE

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Overall Reserve Champion Flock

175


Dyfed Club Judges: John & Linda Mellin - HULL HOUSE Best Gimmers

Flock Competition Results 2015

1st D J J Watkins - Cwmcerrig 2nd J E & L Davies - Teilo 3rd C Lewis - Hathren Best Stock Ram 1st D J J Watkins - Cwmcerrig & Tom & Selwyn Evans - Welsh - ORE1406619 - Eryri Van Dango 2nd C Lewis - Hathren & DR & SL Jones - Steddfa - CKC1303020 - Cowal Urban Spirit 3rd H & N Davies - Tyrcan & JE & L Davies - Teilo - MGV1400583 - Deveronvale Viscount

Best Group of Shearling Rams 1st Stelfox Farms Ltd - Stelfox 2nd D R & S L Jones - Steddfa Best Crop of Ram Lambs born in 2015 1st J E & L Davies - Teilo 2nd D J J Watkins - Cwmcerrig Judges : James & Trudy Davies - TRUJIM 3rd C Lewis - Hathren Best Large Flock

Best Small Flock

1st J E & L Davies - Teilo

1st C Lewis - Hathren

2nd D J J Watkins - Cwmcerrig

2nd D R & S L Jones - Steddfa

3rd Stelfox Farms Ltd - Stelfox

3rd Owen Williams - Solbury

Overall Champion Flock J E & L Davies - TEILO Reserve Champion Flock

www.texel.co.uk 176

D J J Watkins - CWMCERRIG


Gloucester and Border Counties Best Small Flock 1st Paul Phillips - Kimbolton

2nd David Martyn - Barnage

2nd Jack and Charlie Baldwyn - Cruise Hill

Best Gimmers Jack and Charlie Baldwyn - Cruise Hill Overall Champion Flock Paul Phillips - KIMBOLTON

Highlands Judge: Iain Thomson - THE YETTS,TAIN Large Flock

Medium Flock

1st S & K Sutherland - Sibmister

1st Jim & Nina Leitch - Feolquay

2nd Douglas Webster - Lower Reiss

2nd John Forbes - Boiltach

Joint 3rd Charles & Isobel Angus - Oldfield Jonnie Campbell - Bardnaclaven

3rd James Cowe - Hoxa

Ewe Lambs Large Flock

Medium Flock

1st Charles & Isobel Angus - Oldfield

1st John Forbes - Boultach

2nd Keith Hourston - Didcot

2nd Jim & Nina Leitch - Feolquay

3rd S& K Sutherland - Sibmister

3rd James Cowe - Hoxa

Small Flock

Best Stud Ram

1st Alan & Ewen Simpson

1st James Cowe - Hoxa

2nd Euan Campbell, New House

2nd Jack Anderson - Cloy

3rd Duncan MacKenzie - High Gables

3rd Douglas Webster - Lower Reiss

Champion Flock Jim & Nina Leitch - FEOLQUOY

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Best Large Flock 1st John and Barbara Leadbeater Blackbird

Flock Competition Results 2015

Judge: Adrian Windsor - FERN FLOCK

Reserve Champion Flock S & K Sutherland - SIBMISTER

177


Midlands Judge : Matt Hobbs - ELKSTONE Best Large Flock

Flock Competition Results 2015

1st Richard & Margaret Lawrence - Coton 2nd John & Barbara Leadbeater - Blackbird 3rd John & Sarah Williams & Dave & Toni Platts - Honeyhill Small Flock 1st D, M & S Prince - Hightecs 2nd Peter Barlow - Moorclose 3rd Melanie Kellett - Booley Pen of Ram Lambs 1st Dave Morley - Morston 2nd John & Sarah Williams & Dave & Toni Platts - Honeyhill 3rd D, M & S Prince - Hightecs Pen of Ewe Lambs 1st: Dave Morley - Morston 2nd: Henry & Sheila Ashley & Tina Blyth - Lincs 3rd: Melanie Kellett - Booley

Senior Stock Ram 1st R & B Smith - Slapton - OLL1100223 - Llegodig Sparkle

2nd D, M & S Prince - Hightecs - EJR1101108 - Roxburgh Shot Gun Willie 3rd Dave Morley - Morston - WSF1201461 - Clun Titan Junior Stock Ram 1st Paul & Kay Castle - Ulmus - LYM1501828 - Milnbank Winter

www.texel.co.uk 178

2nd Richard & Margaret Lawrence - Coton - FPG1501051 - Glenside Whistleblower 3rd John & Barbara Leadbeater - Blackbird - HBR1500707 - Ballynahone Warlord Overall Champion Flock Richard & Margaret Lawrence - COTON

Reserve Champion Flock D, M & S Prince - HIGHTECS


Northern Area Best Large Flock

Best Small Flock

1st Chris Riby - Stonehills

1st Steven Kirby - Kirby

2nd Mark Ireland - Heys

2nd Sam & Sarah Beachell - Samsar

3rd William Watson - Gillians Laithe

3rd Jennifer Aiken - Coniston

Ewe Lambs

Best Senior Stock Ram

1st John Howard - Quercus

1st John Howard - Quercus E.PFI1400008 - Oberstown Viking Warrior

2nd Sam & Sarah Beachell - Samsar

2nd Kirby - Steven Kirby - TOW1401430 Moor Top Vagas

3rd Mark Ireland - Heys

3rd Mark Ireland -Heys - IMH1403991 Heys Vanquishc

Best Stock Ram Lamb 1st Chris Riby - Stonehills - PUG1500755 - Glanllyn Wallace

Flock Competition Results 2015

Judges : John & Linda Mellin - HULL HOUSE

2nd Steven Kirby - Kirby - QHJ1500287 - Quercus Wayward Lad Reserve Champion Flock

Chris Riby - STONEHILLS

Mark Ireland - HEYS

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

William Watson - Gillians Laithe - RBO1500102 - Kaker Mill War Horse Overall Champion Flock

179


Northern Ireland Judge : Charlie Boden - SPORTSMANS & MELLOR VALE

Flock Competition Results 2015

Best Large Flock

Medium Flock

1st Alastair Gault - Forkins

1st Michael Smyth - Foyle View

2nd Victor Chestnutt - Clougher

2nd Barclay Bell & Sons - Kiltariff

3rd Martin Millar - Millar’s

3rd Richard Henderson - Ballynahone

Small Flock

Best Ewe Lambs (Large Flock)

1st Adrian Liggett - Corbo

1st Richard Henderson - Ballynahone

2nd Edna Corbett - Laganbann

2nd Paul O’Connor - Drumgooland

3rd Sam McAuley - Whitepark

3rd Alastair Gault - Forkins

Best Ewe Lambs

Best Ewe Lambs (Small Flock)

1st Sam McAuley - Whitepark Texels

1st Jack Gault - Cherryvale Texels

2nd Barclay Bell & Sons - Kiltariff Texels

2nd Alastair Breen - Drumderg Texels

3rd V Chestnutt - Clougher BBK1400643 - Kiltariff Vagabond

3rd Philip Whyte - Innishrush Texels

Best Stock Ram

Best Junior Stock Ram

1st Edna Corbett - Laganbann GRS1401416 Springwell Voltage

1st Victor Chestnutt - Clougher GNJ1500002 - Corskie Whopper

2nd Nigel Ross - Glenross - TYC1300324 Curley Usher

2nd Richard Henderson - Ballynahone HBR1500721 - Ballynahone Wild Child

3rd Richard Henderson - Ballynahone CFT1403036 - Teiglum Vigilante (jointly owned)

3rd Adrian Liggett - Corbo - BBK1500669 Kiltariff Wannenburg (Jointly owned)

Overall Champion Flock Alastair Gault - FORKINS

www.texel.co.uk 180

Overall Reserve Champion Flock Michael Smyth - FOYLE VIEW


North Scotland Medium Ewe Lambs

1st R K Davidson - Corsairtly

1st Graham A S Morrison - Deveronvale

2nd W & C Ingram - Logie Durno

2nd Brian Buchan - Clinterty

3rd Wendy Willox - Strathinver

3rd - Mrs E Alexander - Breddie’s

Small Ewe Lambs

Large Flock

1st Stuart G Barclay - Harestone

1st Rodney Blackhall - Scheeoch

2nd Keith Ingram - Aultmore

2nd R & K Davidson - Corsairtly

3rd Stuart Hunter - Hunters

3rd Wendy Willox - Strathinver

Medium Flock

Small Flock

1st - Graham A S Morrison - Deveronvale

1st Stuart G Barclay - Harestone

2nd Brian Buchan - Clinterty

2nd Keith Ingram - Aultmore

3rd Messrs Donald - Millbrex

3rd Gavin Buchan - Pennan

Champion Stock Ram

Reserve Champion Stock Ram

Rodney Blackhall - PKH1300881 Hilltop Untouchable

Messrs W & Messrs C Cruden SCK1300297 Carran Up & at em

Champion pen of Ewe Lambs Graham A S Morrison - DEVERONVALE Overall Champion Flock Graham A S Morrison - DEVERONVALE

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Large Ewe Lambs

Flock Competition Results 2015

Judge: Alastair Gault - FORKINS

181


North West Judge: David Gray - TIMA

Flock Competition Results 2015

Best Large Flock

Medium Flock

1st Procters Farm Ltd - Procters

1st R Pierce - Oldford

2nd J & L Mellin - Hull House

2nd M Ireland - Heys

3rd S Currie - Beautry

3rd Messrs Graham - Hallrigg Small Flock

1st A & B Weston - Limestone 2nd S & J Symes - Anglezarke 3rd B Vernon - Charben Best pen of Gimmer Lambs Large Flock (10)

Medium Flock (7)

1st J & L Mellin - Hull House

1st R Pierce - Oldford

2nd Procters Farm Ltd - Procters

2nd Messrs Graham - Hallrigg

3rd S Currie - Beautry

3rd C Ladds - Benson Hall Small Flock (5)

1st Ben Vernon - Charben 2nd S & J Symes - Anglezarke 3rd A Weston - Limestone Champion Ewe Lambs B Vernon - Charben Reserve Champion Ewe Lambs J & L Mellin - Hull House Best Senior Stock Ram 1st J & L Mellin - Hull House - GAL1200716 - Langside Thunderbird

www.texel.co.uk 182

2nd P Johnson - Corriecravie - HAK1400643 - Knock Vanquish ll 3rd Procters Farm Ltd - Procters - HPH1300527 - Tophill Union Jack Best Junior Stock Ram 1st Procters Farm Ltd - Procters - JLI1501164 - Llangwm Wario 2nd A & B Weston - Limestone - RRY1500033 - Killyvolgan Whizz Kidd 3rd S Currie - Beautry - HWN1502207 - Whitehart Wait For It


North West cont. Champion Stock Ram Procters Farm Ltd - Procters - JLI1501164 - Llangwm Wario

Best Novice Flock 1st C Ladds - Benson Hall 2nd W & S Peill - Peill’s 3rd A Jackson - Newstead Overall Champion Flock A & B Weston - LIMESTONE Reserve Champion Flock Procters Farm Ltd - PROCTERS

North Wales

Flock Competition Results 2015

Reserve Champion Stock Ram J & L Mellin - Hull House - GAL12007126 - Langside Thunderbird

Best Pen of Five Ram Lambs Huw and Iwan Williams - Llyfni Best Pen of Five Ewe Lambs Huw and Iwan Williams - Llyfni Champion Flock 1st Huw and Iwan Williams - LLYFNI 2nd Osian Rhys - SEIONT 3rd Alwyn Phillips - PENGELLI

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Judge: Robin Ellis -

183


Ruthin Judge : James Ruggeri - GYRHOS TEXELS Best Shearling Ewes I P Jones - Llangwm

Flock Competition Results 2015 www.texel.co.uk 184

Best Stock Ram G W Jones - Erw - CFT1100954 - Teiglum Shakespeare Best Large Flock

Best Small Flock

1st I P Jones - Llangwm

1st Nia Ellis - Kauri

2nd R C Ellis - Eglur

2nd Jonathan Phillips - Faerdref

3rd G W Jones - Erw Overall Champion Flock I P Jones - LLANGWM Overall Champion Flock I P Jones - LLANGWM


Scottish Judge: Allan Campbell - COWAL

Medium Flock

1st T & R Laird - Cambwell

1st Clark Farms - Teiglum

2nd Mrs L Gray - Scrogtonhead

2nd R Cockburn - Knap

3rd J Currie & Sons - Carlinside

3rd J & H Clark - Garngour

Small Flock 1st A Campbell - Strawfrank 2nd Clark Farms - Clarks 3rd R & M Struthers - Collielaw Ewes Lambs Large Flock

Medium Flock

1st J Currie & Sons - Carlinside

1st R Cockburn - Knap

2nd T & R Laird - Cambwell

2nd Clark Farms - Teiglum

3rd K Johnstone - Boghouse

3rd J & H Clark - Garngour

Flock Competition Results 2015

Ewes Large Flock

2nd I Struthers - Craigend Champion Pen of Ewe Lambs J Currie & Sons - Carlinside Reserve Pen of Ewe Lambs R Cockburn - Knap Best Stock Tup 1st J Green - Greenall - PSH1300657 - Hightecs Ultimatum 2nd P Gray, Scrogton 3rd J & H Clark - Garngour - MBZ1300841 - Kelso Ultra Champion Flock T & R Laird - CAMBWELL Reserve Champion Flock Mrs L Gray - SCROGTONHEAD

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Small Flock 1st R & M Struthers - Collielaw

185


Shropshire & Borders Judge : David Nesbitt - DENESIDE Best Flock

Flock Competition Results 2015

Large Flock

Medium Flock

1st R E J Pierce - Oldford

1st B Joseph - Waen

2nd Rob Bennet - Plasucha

2nd S H & H Smith - Penparc

3rd W & J Forrester - Doonguile

3rd M I & T E M Pritchard - Crickheath

Small Flock 1st D & C Higgins - Bentley Ford 2nd J & M Heather - Six Oaks 3rd M Foster - Grove Farm Best Gimmers Large Flock

Medium Flock

Rob Bennet - Plasucha

S J & H Smith - Penparc Small Flock D & C Higgins

Overall Best Gimmers Rob Bennet - Plasucha Best Welsh Flock Rob Bennet - Plasucha Champion Flock R E J Pierce - OLDFORD Reserve Champion Flock Rob Bennet - PLASUCHA

www.texel.co.uk 186


Solway & Tyne Best Large Flock

Medium Flock

1st G H & G G Wilkinson - Arkle

1st M MacTaggart - Rascarrel

2nd Allan C Clark - Finevalley

2nd Ruth Stevenson - Nunfield

3rd Messrs Graham - Hallrigg

3rd Archie Hamilton - Smyllum

Small Flock

Best Ewe Lambs (Large Flock)

1st W Fleming - Mossknowe

1st Allan C Clark - Finevalley

2nd A Mawson - Midcombe

2nd Messrs Graham - Hallrigg

3rd David Jarman - Stow Beck

3rd G H & G G Wilkinson - Arkle

Best Ewe Lambs (Medium Flock)

Best Ewe Lambs (Small Flock)

1st Ruth Stevenson - Nunfield

1st A Mawson - Midcombe

2nd Archie Hamilton - Smyllum

2nd W Fleming - Mossknowe

3rd Richard Wilson - Eden Valley

3rd David Jarman - Stow Beck

Best Senior Ram

Flock Competition Results 2015

Judge: Jeff Aiken - PROCTER’S

1st Archie Hamilton - Smyllum - XSR1410081 - Craig Douglas Vanilla Ice 2nd G H & G G Wilkinson - Arkle - TOW1401447 - Moor Top Vodka Best Ram Lamb

1st M MacTaggart - Rascarrel - GXF1500176 - Greenall Wreck It Ralph 2nd W Fleming Mossknowe - CFT1503900 - Teiglum Wiseguy 3rd Richard Wilson - WEV1500399 - Eden Valley Warrior Overall Champion Flock G H & G G Wilkinson - ARKLE Overall Reserve Champion Flock

Allan C CLARK - FINEVALLEY

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

3rd Allan C Clark - Finevalley - GLH146065 - Scrogtonhead Vagaboy

187


South Wales Judge: Jennifer & Jeff Aiken - CONISTON & PROCTERS

Flock Competition Results 2015

Best Large Flock

Medium Flock

1st W.O.J Reed and Co - Scolton

1st Geoff and Carol Morgan - Blaencar

2nd Russell and Gill Watkins - Millend

2nd Alan and Owen Hughes & Partners - Vale

3rd Deri and Marjorie Morgan - Tynewydd

3rd GP & M Jones - Llanthomas

Small Flock

Best Senior Ram

1st John and Gloria Davies - Aman

1st W.O.J Reid - Scolton - HWN1301485 Whitehart Ultra

Joint 2nd Des and Irena Lewis - Einon and Chris & Sue Ball - Brynderi

2nd Andrew Thomas - Brynmeini BGS1300813 - Sportsmans Upright

3rd Roland and Gina Watkins - Cwmcerrig

3rd Chris and Sue Ball - Brynderi WHA1100191 - Llyfni Socrates

Champion Group of Gimmers Geoff and Carol Morgan - Blaencar Reserve Group of Gimmers Roland and Gina Watkins - Cwmcerrig Overall Champion Flock Geoff and Carol Morgan - BLAENCAR Overall Reserve Champion Flock John and Gloria Davies - AMAN

Southern Central Judge: Adrian Dufosee - DEVERILL

www.texel.co.uk 188

Champion Flock 1st Nigel Durnford - Vashtie 2nd Mr & Mts T W Helyer - Langford 3rd Ian Andrews - Cattistock


South West Best Large Flock

Small Flock

1st R C Burroughs & Sons - Godworthy

1st Mr & Mrs R Jordan - Moortown

2nd A H & B Draper - Hollyford

2nd R Stevens - Russells

3rd N Phillips - Restronguet

3rd P Squires - Holywood

Large flock Ram Lambs

Small flock Ram Lambs

1st R C Burrough and Sons - Godworthy

1st Mr & Mrs R Jordan - Moortown

2nd A H & B Draper - Hollyford

2nd R Stevens - Russells

3rd M Lear - Sidborough

3rd Mrs A Watts - Willow Tree

Large flock Ewe Lambs

Small flock Ewe Lambs

1st N Phillips - Restronguet

1st P Squires - Holywood

2nd A H & B Draper - Hollyford

2nd Mr & Mrs R Jordan - Moortown

3rd R C Burroughs & Sons - Godworthy

3rd R Stevens - Russells

Best Senior Ram

Flock Competition Results 2015

Judge: Frank Moffat - MEON

1st M Lear - Sidborough - LMS1400502 - Sidborough Vincent 2ndM & Mrs R Jordan - Moortown - GAL1300919 - Langside United

Overall Reserve Champion Flock

Mr & Mrs R Jordan - MOORTOWN

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Overall Champion Flock

R C Burroughs & Sons - GODWORTHY

189


Regional Club Contact Details Club

Title GoesClub Regional HereContact Details www.texel.co.uk 190

Secretary

Chairman

Derbyshire

Kerry Allsopp Tel: 07792442318 Email: skritter@myfwi.co.uk Ms Emma Sparkes Tel:07792723281 Email: dickoem@aol.co.uk

Mrs Sarah Seals Tel: 07792442318 Email: skritter@myfwi.co.uk

Dutch Texel Group

Paula Barlow Tel: 01352 720 902 Email: paulababell@btinternet.com

Gerwyn Davies Tel: 01745 860 210 or 07967 587 498 Email: daviesgerwyn1@googlemail.com

Dyfed

Dylan Jones Tel: 01558 669 065 or 07971 688 521 Email: steddfatexels@hotmail.com

David A Davies Tel: 01269 831 640 or 07973 970 088

Eastern

Sylvia Rawlings Tel: 01206 263 142

Sylvia Rawlings Tel: 01206 263 142

Gloucester

Paul King Tel: 01452 750 663 Email: paul.ttg@hotmail.co.uk

James Kimber Tel: 01249720672 Email: jameskimber80@gmail.com

Highland

Winnie MacDonald Tel: 01463 870 508 or 07759 604 382 Email: winniehillside@btinternet.com

Johnnie Campbell Tel: 01847 871 257 or 07809 506 624

Midlands

Toni Platts Tel: 07849133952 Email: toni.c.platts@gmail.com

Mandy Kellet Tel: 07784310780 Email: mandykellet@gmail.com

North Scotland

Olivia Donald Tel: 01771 644 417 or 07789 260 371 Email: millbrexfarm@btinternet.com

Bertie Alexander Tel: 01464 820 424 or 07791 696 836

North Wales

Alwyn Phillips Tel: 01286 673 519 Email: alwyn.phillips@btconnect.com

John Raffle Tel: 01407 710 959 or 07818 088216. Email: jsraffle@yahoo.co.uk

North West

Jill Mortimer-Tarbatt Tel: 07725 806 655 Email: jill@northwesttexels.co.uk

Jeff Aiken Tel: 07805 937 834

Northern Area

Amelia Newby Tel: 07500 875 144 Email: amelianewby@gmail.com

Sam Beachell Tel: 01377 270 230 or 07989 402 913 Email: samsar39@hotmail.com


Secretary

Chairman

Northern Ireland

Martin Warnock Tel: 07791 679 112 Email: nitexelbreedersclub@live.co.uk

Phillip Hammond Tel: 02886 762 673

Ruthin

Sion Owens Tel: 01824 702 025 Email: rfa@ruthinfarmers.co.uk

Robin Ellis Tel 07836 587 097 Email@ robinclwydellis@hotmail.com

Scottish

Brian Ross Tel: 01555 662 281 or 0777 124 361 Email: brian@lawrieandsymington.com

Andy Barr Tel: 01899 308062 Email: andylynbarr@yahoo.com

Shropshire & Borders

Shirley Jones Tel: 01691 652 836 Email: lowerforest@hotmail.co.uk

Mike Harding Tel: 01686 630 687 or 07840 274 704 Email: mikeharding23@btinternet.com

Solway & Tyne

Fiona Sloan Tel: 01387 870 653 or 07803 171 007 Email: info@solwayandtynetexels.co.uk

Craig Stoddart Tel: 07789 978 044 Email: craigstoddart211@btinternet.com

South Eastern

Sarah Baldock Tel: 01444247946

Bill Baldock Tel: 01444247946

Regional Club Contact Title Goes Details Here

Club

South Wales

Gareth Griffiths Tel: 01874 622 488 Email: gareth@ctf-uk.com

Bridget Booker Tel: 07887 648710 Email: towytexels@gmail.com Chairman elect – Chris Ball Tel: 07807 366 640 Email: uppercwm@tiscali.co.uk

South West

Michelle Moore Tel: 07506 629 475 Email: michellem1961@hotmail.co.uk

Alan Draper Tel: 01363 866 000 Email: a-bdraper@btconnect.com

Southern Central

Mike Vesey Tel: 01722 321 215 or 07971 571 610 Email: sca@auctionmarts.com

Georgie Helyer Tel: 01722 790 396 or 07970 153 550 Email: helyerlottmead@aol.com

For further details please call the Society office or visit www.texel.co.uk

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Email: paws4thought9@hotmail.com

191


Society Club Sales & Ram Sales 2016

Title Goes Society Club Here Sales & Ram Sales 2016 www.texel.co.uk 192

1 August BUILTH WELLS NSA Early Ram Sale Clee, Tompkinson & Francis Tel: 01874 622 488

17 August EXETER NSA SW Ram Sale Sue Martin Tel: 01409 271 385

19 August KENDAL NWA Jct 36 Tel: 015395 662 00

20 August GAERWEN Morgan & Evans Tel: 01248 723 303

1 - 2 September CARLISLE Harrison & Hetherington Tel: 01228 406 230

3 September SHREWSBURY Shrewsbury Livestock Auctioneers Tel: 01743 462 620

8 September WILTON Southern Counties Tel: 01722 321 215

8 September CARMARTHEN Carmarthen Livestock Centre Tel: 01267 236268

9 September RUTHIN (DUTCH) Ruthin Farmers Auction Company Tel: 01824 702025

9 September ASHFORD Hobbs Parker Tel: 01233 502222

9 September KELSO For more details Tel: 01573 224 188

11 September LLANDOVERY Clee, Tompkinson & Francis Tel: 01874 622 488

11 - 12 September RUTHIN Ruthin Farmers Auction Tel: 01824 702 025

15 September LANARK Lawrie & Symington Tel: 01555 662 281

15 - 16 September SKIPTON Craven Cattle Mart Tel: 01756 792 375

17 September WORCESTER McCartneys Tel: 01905 769 770

17 September BAKEWELL Bagshaws Tel: 01629 812 777

19 September BUILTH WELLS Main NSA Ram Sale Clee, Tompkinson & Francis Tel: 01874 622 488

20 September THAINSTONE Aberdeen & Northern Mart Tel: 01467 623 710

22 September CLITHEROE Lawrie & Symington Tel: 01555 662 281

24 September NEWARK Newark Livestock Market Tel: 01636 676741

24 September CARLISLE Harrison & Hetherington Tel: 01228 06 230

29 September WELSHPOOL Welshpool Livestock Sales Tel: 01938 553438

17 October WELSHPOOL Welshpool Livestock Sales Tel: 01938 553 438

26 November NEWARK Newark Livestock Market Tel: 01636 676741

28 November THAINSTONE Aberdeen & Northern Mart Tel: 01467 623 710

1 December FFAIRFACH Ffairach Livestock Mart Tel: 01267 236 268

3 December WORCESTER McCartneys Tel: 01905 769770

9 December CARLISLE Harrison & Hetherington Tel: 01228 406 230

10 December SKIPTON Craven Cattle Mart Tel: 01756 792 375

22 December WELSHPOOL Welshpool Livestock Sales Tel: 01938 553 438

16 December LLANDOVERY Clee, Tompkinson & Francis Tel: 01874 622 488

7th January 2017 CHELFORD Frank Marshall Tel: 01625 861 122

7th January 2017 LANARK Lawrie & Symington Tel: 01555 662 281


29 August RATHFRILAND Rathfriland Farmers Co-Op Tel: 028 4063 8493

8 September ARMOY D McAllister Tel: 028 2177 1227

8 September ARMOY D McAllister Tel: 028 2177 1227

7 September SWATRAGH Sperrin & Bann Valley Mart Tel: 029 7940 1335

14 September BALLYMENA Co Antrim J A McClelland Tel: 028 2563 3470

15 September LISAHALLY Richard Beattie’s Livestock Sales Tel: 028 8164 7105

16 September HILLTOWN Hilltown Mart Tel: 028 4063 0287

21 September MARKETHILL Markethill Livestock Tel: 028 3755 1265

22 September CLOGHER Clogher Mart Tel: 028 8164 7105

7 October GORTIN Richard Beattie’s Livestock Sales Tel: 028 8164 7105

10 October BALLYMENA (Harvest Sale) J A McClelland Tel: 028 2563 3470

TBC December Ballymena In-Lamb J A McClelland Tel: 028 2563 3470

Visit www.texel.co.uk for latest sale dates

2016 National Show & Sale Dates Northern Irish National

Welsh National

Scottish National

English National

Show & Sale - Ballymena 16th - 17th August

Show & Sale - Lanark 24th - 25th August

Show & Sale - Welshpool 27th August

Show & Sale - Worcester 29th - 30th August

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

29 August RATHFRILAND Rathfriland Farmers Co-Op Tel: 028 4063 8493

Society Club Sales & Ram TitleSales Goes 2016 Here

Society Club Sales Northern Ireland

193


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

194


ON TEXELS T N I A ST HOME OF CHAMPIONS Adverts

Est 1989

T: 01539 560674 M: 07974 393083 E: woofstorthend@ btinternet.com Sire Angelzarke Uno

PK & R Woof Storth End Farm Stainton Kendal Cumbria LA8 0DZ

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Scottish National Overall Champion Lanark 2015

English National Overall Champion Worcester 2015

New for 2016 HEXEL WILDCARD, 32000gns

195


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

196


197

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


Adverts

www.texel.co.uk

198


199

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Adverts


The Texel Sheep Society Unit 74 – 4th Street Stoneleigh Park Kenilworth Warwickshire CV8 2LG Tel: 024 7669 6629 Fax: 024 7669 6472 office@texel.co.uk www.texel.co.uk #addtexeladdvalue Quality

I

Performance

I

Service

I

Success

Journal web  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you