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The Journal of the Texel Sheep Society #addtexeladdvalue Quality

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Performance

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Since we started in 1974‌ OUR

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members create one of the largest sheep Societies in the world.

20,000 females 55,000 lambs

55% 11,000+ 800,000+ Each year Texel Society Register

Texel rams are catalogued by the Society annually

we offer

10% discount for members using our Online service

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2014 1974

of all lamb notifications are received online

Texel web pages are viewed each year

18% increase in website visits was achieved in 2013


WE are

14.5+ 29 %+ estimated

FUELING INNOVATION IN BRITISH SHEEP growth INDUSTRY

million breeding ewes in the UK source… Eblex survey 2013

Genetic gain in the Texel Breed has doubled in last five years …Signet Breeding Services

1,250+ £1million+ is estimated to be invested annually in Texel breeding by our members using AI and ET

of all 50%+ 14,000+ rams registered each year are bred by fully Performance Recorded flocks

technology

of all rams used in UK are Texel

Between 2003 and 2008 the average scan weight EBV for the breed rose from 3.81 to 4.66, a rise of 0.85, but from 2008-2013 this EBV jumped by 1.9 to 6.56

influentialTexel rams have DNA collected, with 400 genotyped using the 50K SNP Chip

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lambs are fully performance recorded each year

Average overall index has rose from 155 in 2003 to 175 in 2008, a rise of 20 points, but the rate of gain doubled again from 2008-2013, with the index rising by 47 points to 222*

*”Notably these gains have been achieved in a population of nearly 58,000 recorded lambs. Delivering this level of gain in small populations is relatively easy, to do so in such a large population is quite unique.” …Signet Breeding Services.

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Contents Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

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Introduction & Society Matters 13 Youth Development Programme 41 Features 55 Shows 83 Sales 121 Performance Recorded Texel 183 Regional Clubs 207

Breed Statistics In touch with Texel Contents Acknowledgments Index of Advertisers Chairman’s Foreward Chief Executives Foreward Board Structure & Regional Map Committees The Breed Embracing DNA Technology Sire of the Year AGM & Social Weekend 2013 Society Fees New Member Application Form Direct Debit Form Texel Shop YDP Committee YDP in 2013 YDP Programme 2014 NIYTB 5 Nations Stock Judging Event Andrew Neilson - Brackenridge Texels Robert Evans - Hope Valley Texels John Foster - Springhill Texels David & Tom Bradley-Farmer - Meon Down & Meonside Texels Robert watts - Rowden Texels Bill & Liz Reed - Scolton Texels Royal Ulster Show 2013 Royal Three Counties Show 2013 Royal Highland Show 2013 Great Yorkshire Show 2013 Royal Welsh Show 2013 Show Dates 2014 Texel Primestock Show Sponsorship 2014 Winter Fairs & Primestock Shows 2013 Show Judges 2014 Northern Ireland National Show & Sale 2013 Scottish National Show & Sale 2013 Welsh National Show & Sale 2013 English National Show & Sale 2013 National Texel Show Judges 2014 National Show & Sale Dates 2014 Texel Female Sales at the Society Nationals 2013 Regional Texel Club In-Lamb Sales 2013 Invitational Texel Female Sales 2013 PRT Shield 2013 - Kelso - A & R Gray - Langside PRT Shield 2013 - Builh Wells - Cefin Pryce - Caereinion William Boyd - Dechmont Texels Measuring Muscle Marketing Texel Sheep using EBV’s Regional Club Reports 2013 National Flock Judging Competition 2014 Regional Club Flock Competition results 2013 Regional Club Contact Details Regional Club Sale Dates 2014

British Texel Sheep Society, 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 Whilst every effort is made to ensure accuracy of information contained with the Texel Society Journal 2014, no responsibility can be accepted for any errors or omissions for any reliance on use of the information to readers. All prices and information correct at time of going to press

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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 helping to keep the Texel breed successful. Thanks also go the following people for their contributions toward the publication of the 2014 Texel Sheep Society Journal with articles and/or photographs

Acknowledgments

Articles

Photography

Sam Boon Libby Clark Lynsey Clark Patsy Hunter Jonathan Long Bruce Mair Scottish Farmer Gordon Gray

MacGregor Photography Harrison & Hetherington Scottish Farmer Alfie Shaw Robert Smith Special thanks to all Members that provided images Design Ghost Design

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MEMBERS

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MEMBER

FLOCK CODE FLOCK PREFIX

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A MacGregor

XMM

ALLANFAULD

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T & D Nesbitt

NTA & XDN

AlLWENT & DENESIDE

36

J & G Y Davies

DYA

AMAN

180 113

David Unwin

UDA

AMERSHAM

Mr A Blackwood

BYZ

AULDHOUSEBURN

75

T & A Laird

LTC

CAMBWELL

50

S & J McCollam

MSY

CARMAVY

117

Paul Johnson

JTC

CORRIECRAVIE

49

K, A & R Campbell

CKC

COWAL

259

Matthew Ellis

EMK

CRESSAGE

48

J A & R J L Park

PJP

DRINKSTONE

247

Paul O Connor

OCP

DRUMGOOLAND

204-205

Matt Hobbs, Mr & Mrs N Durnford & Mr & Mrs P C Houldey

HME/DVV/ HOU

ELKSTONE/VASHTIE/ HARTPURY

32

Gordon Gray

GGH

ETTRICK

76-77

R Wright

WFR

FOXHILL & WAYSIDE

118

Messrs J & H Clark & Messrs Clark Farms

CJN/CFT/ DCX

GARNGOUR, TEIGLUM 34 & CLARKS

Bruce T Goldie

GJG

GOLDIES

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Mrs J S Lodge & Mr Luke Lodge

LSH/LKL

HEYWORTH LODGE / MOSELEY

179

David, Matthew & Sylvia Prince

PSH/YDP

HIGHTECS & STONEDGE

81

John Mellin

MJH

HULL HOUSE

203

Iolo Prys Jones & H G & I E Williams

JLI/WHA

LLANGWM & LLYFNI

198

F E Moffat & Bradley-Farmer & David Bradley-Farmer

FDM/FTD

MEON DOWN/ MEONSIDE

201

R Wilson

LYM

MILNBANK

37

WI & BG Hanthorn

HBN

MULLAN

253

R E J Pierce

PRE

OLDFORD

46

Mr & Mrs P Kermode

KAO

ORRISDALE

113

S J & H Smith

SJP

PENPARC

35

Robert Bennett

BFE

PLASUCHA

112

Procter’s Farm Ltd

PFD

PROCTERS

80

Messrs Barbour

BVG

SOLWAY BANK TEXELS 117

G L Riby

RKS

STONEHILLS

Deri John Morgan

MDY

TYNEWYDD

119

Mr J B Joseph

JJW

WAEN

74

A J Chisholm

CHI

WESTER MOY

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S H C & J B Rawlings

RHW

WISTON

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TELEPHONE NUMBER

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Argyll Holidays

0845 459 9772

285

Celtic Sheep Breeding

01970 612 526

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D & C Fawcett Ltd

01768 890 935

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Glencoyne Genetics

028 6632 2196

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Harbro

01888 545 200

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Irish Texels

00353 87 355 2992

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JG Animal Health

01886 880 482

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Lawrie & Symington

01555 662 281

175

MacGregor Photography

07703 533 605

250

McCartneys

01905 769 770

256

MSD Animal Health (Chronogest PMSG)

01908 685 685

249

MSD Animal Health (Enzo - Toxovax)

01908 685 685

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Roxan

01750 22940

248

SAC

01463 226 995

200

Signet

0247 647 8829

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United Auctions

01786 473 055

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Index to Advertisers

COMMERCIAL TEXEL JOURNAL ADVERTISERS

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Eastern

51

Gloucester & Borders

252

Midland

246

North West

251

Northern Area

176-177

Northern Ireland

181

Ruthin

38-39

Shropshire & Borders

114-115

Solway & Tyne

254-255

South Wales

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In this section: Forewords Board Structure Committees The Breed Embracing DNA Technology Sire of the Year AGM & Social Weekend 2013 Society Fees New Member Application Form Direct Debit form Texel Shop

society matters

In touch with Texel


Chairman’s Foreword

Chairman’s Foreword

Aside from wondering where the past decades have gone I cannot but admire the progress made by our breed and our sheep industry. This is the 40th anniversary year of the British Texel Sheep Society and as the pictorial records on our Society website picture gallery show the breed has evolved to match farmers’ needs. Our challenge now is to maintain and maximise our market share within a sustainable sheep industry.

ausing to ponder this unexpected honour in becoming Chairman of the nation’s premier sheep society has given me time for reflection! Including recalling first hearing the word ‘Texel’ over 40 years ago when my late father, Robert, pointed out a newspaper report about a new sheep breed arriving in the Irish Republic. Shortly afterwards he founded the very first Texel flock in Northern Ireland, a wise decision for our farm business, but with the unexpected consequence of my becoming your chairman!

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As an agricultural student at Greenmount way back in 1978 I remember having to explain to our highly respected sheep lecturer the unique selling points of Texels! Little knowing that in 2013 I would be back at the college awards day presenting the British Texel Sheep Society bursary.

Certainly the Society continues to embrace new technologies such as DNA profiling to help protect pedigree Texel and to enhance the Texel’s ability to produce more profit for commercial flock owners. All by the Society utilising DNA profiles, our breed pedigrees and the vast amount of measurements collected on our breed. This is the bottom line for any pedigree organisation seeking long term success in a competitive and constantly changing market place, And whilst a long term commitment, the sooner we start capturing more information, the sooner our members can exploit it to the breeds benefit. Looking back I must pay tribute to all who have served on the Society board of directors over this past 40 years. Including of course one Barbara Gamble, my Mum, who was a director for three terms! A very special mention must also be made of my predecessor in the chair, Nick Tavernor, for his huge commitment to the job of taking this Society forward. All of them, including those currently on the board, share a common bond of a marvelous willingness to put time and energy into building an ever better breed society. Looking ahead, 2014 will see further growth of our Youth Development Programme. This initiative aims to educate, support


To one and all, thank you for so willingly going those extra miles for the breed that adds value to every crossbred lamb. Now let us continue to strive to ensure even more producers take the Texel route to recording extra income.

Henry Gamble Society Chairman

Chairman’s Foreword

I am always amazed and impressed by the ability of our membership, young and old alike, and at the diversity of our breed, which has proved so successful in widely varied production systems from lowland to highland.

We have a very exciting year ahead celebrating our society’s 40th Anniversary so I look forward to meeting members at events across the UK. These events have been made possible by the voluntary input of office holders at club and society level backed by the professional expertise of our staff at Stoneleigh.

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and encourage youth in our Society. An excellent idea as their seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm at Society events and back on their family farms is a massive encouragement to all in the Texel ‘family.’ Indeed on my Texel travels from Kirkwall to Cork, from Ballymena to Builth Wells our Society has become akin to a huge and warmly welcoming extended family of breeders!

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Chief Executive’s Foreword initiatives, such as our Youth Development Programme and the recent expansion of our Gene-Tex DNA database, all explained further in this Journal.

Chief Executive’s Foreword

I also thank Nick Tavernor our outgoing Chairman for his dedication and attention to detail and the support he provided to me in managing a successful large organisation over the past 2 years. This is never an easy task with a membership that has always set high expectations for service from the Society. I very much welcome Henry Gamble in his new position as Chairman and President and wish him every success during his term.

am always delighted to be given the privilege of writing in the Society Journal and continue to be proud of the performance and influence of Texel across our important industry. And I’m really looking forward to this special year as we celebrate our Society’s’ 40th Anniversary.

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As a major player in the Industry, I’m pleased that the Society is making a large commitment as mainline sponsor to support the NSA at their two largest flagship commercial trade events, the Sheep Event Malvern and NSA Scotlands Scotsheep Event in Berwickshire. Both events continue to go from strength to strength and we very much hope our additional support assists NSA with the important role they carry out for our industry. With strong leadership and a cohesive Board of Trustees, the Society continues to exceed expectations, delivering new

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With visibility and spend on promotions at an all time high for the Society, there can be little concern that we are complacent. The breeds recognition is evident across the UK, at every level, be it on lowland, or the marginal hill land, where producers and breeders alike carve out a livelihood in tough climates and environments. With the added pressures of increasing inputs and uncertainty on the dreaded effect of modulation, that will impact heavily on sheep production. It is ironic that it is these pressures that encourage producers to turn to Texel for respite, where Texel versatility offers performance and confidence, assisting commercial sheep producers to increase their margins. Albeit marginally, as they adapt and evolve as the industry has done in the past and I’m sure will continue to do so in the future. And the Texel effect has never been more clearly demonstrated than in a recent industry led survey produced by Eblex. Where the preliminary report explained how the last 40 years of sheep breeding has shaped up into an “era of Texel”. One headline was the continued decline of pure-bred ewe numbers “In the 1970s the survey showed about 70%of ewes were


The breed survey states Texel continues to dominate as a terminal sire and as part of a cross-bred ewe at the expenses of the Suffolk. Back in 1971, the Suffolk was the dominant terminal sire, but since 1987, the Texel breed has continued to expand and influence most areas of the UK sheep industry.

Rates of genetic gain in the Texel breed have doubled in the last five years. Between 2003 and 2008 the average scan weight EBV for the breed rose by 0.85, but from 20082013 this EBV jumped by 1.9 to 6.56.

Eblex and Meat Promotions Wales (HCC) sent out the survey at the end of 2012, it’s the 5th survey since 1971, and since then there have been surveys in 1987,1996 and 2003. The impetus continues, as Texel has had a major impact in a relatively short period, and with young breeders buying into the breed in abundance, many of which have an appetite and receptiveness for use of new technologies, the breed is without doubt in good hands. With more positive signs appearing in the English National flock this year with a rise reported of 6.35%, uplift in the breeding flock to 6.9 million. Although devolved Country variances are sure to show a fairly moderate growth over the entire UK National flock base along with a variety regional declines . With confidence rising along with sheep numbers, producing quality pedigree stock that provide performance and quick growth of lambs from grass will remain essential. Recent evaluations of the Texel breed performance have shown a major increase in recent years.

When it comes to average overall index this has rose to 175 in 2008, a rise of 20 points, and the rate of gain doubled again from 2008-2013, with the index rising by 47 points to 222. These are major improvements in relatively short periods of time in valuable commercial traits, which assist in developing much needed benefits to commercial flocks. When these increases are multiplied across the tens of thousands of Texel rams produced per year. That in turn influences tens of millions of slaughter lambs produced across the UK. The positive effects in genetic improvement will provide significant benefits and an improved productivity for the UK sheep industry. We have both a Society and a Breed with strength in depth and I’m sure we will continue to adapt as our Breed has to ensure that both are as successful in 40 years time as they are today.

John Yates Chief Executive

Chief Executive’s Foreword

A key factor in the continued rise in Texel popularity has been the improvements in growth rate and muscling achieved in the breed in the last 40 years, with significant jumps in both these key performance traits.

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pure-bred, whereas now that figure stands at 44%”. Much of that decline was due to the change in the hill breed numbers, having accounted for 57% of sheep population in 1971, but are now just 31%.

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Graeme Knox

Aubrey Andrews

North of Scotland Haddo – KWJ Elected 2011 Term expires 2015 Honorary Treasurer Finance & Remuneration Committee

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Central South Miserden – AAS Elected 2009 – Term expires 2014 Sales & Show Committee Chairman PRT Committee (Term expires 2014)

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West of Scotland Parkhouse - BAH Elected 2013 – Term expires 2017 Breed Development Committee

South West of England Salocin – TNS Elected 2010 – Term expires 2014 Breed Development Committee

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David McKerrow

South East of Scotland Nochnary – DMN Elected 2012 – Term expires 2016 Vice Chairman & Vice President Finance & Remuneration Committee Compliance & Governance Committee Directors Complaints & Registration Audit Committee Staff Grievance /Disciplinary Committee Director to BASCO Data Ltd

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Roy Campbell

South West of Scotland & Cumbria Royel - CXR & Cowal - CKC Elected 2013 - Term expires 2016 Sales & Shows Committee

Tel: 01900 828914

Tel: 01490 420 087

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John Davies

South Wales Aman - DYA Elected 2009 – Term expires 2014 Finance & Remuneration Committee Compliance & Governance Committee

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Northern Ireland Springwell - GRS Elected 2009 – Term expires 2014 Society Chairman & President Finance & Remuneration Committee Chairman Compliance & Governance Committee Chairman Staff Grievance/Disciplinary Appeals Committee Chairman

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Mid Wales & Borders Trefonnen – HRT Elected 2011 Term expires 2015 Breed Development Committee

Northern England & Central North Procter’s - PFD Elected 2013 – Term expires 2017 Sales & Shows Committee

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East and South East of England Colwood & High Weald - TDV & TFW Elected 2012 – Term expires 2016 Breed Development Committee Chairman PRT Committee Chairman (Term expires 2015)

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North Wales & Borders Llangwm – JLI Elected 2013 – Term expires 2017 Sales & Shows Committee

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Iolo Prys Jones

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NE England Stonebridge - RSS Elected 2012 - Term expires 2016 Sales & Shows Committee Compliance & Governance Committee

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Committees

Finance & Remuneration Committee

Breed Development Committee

Sales and Shows Committee

Henry Gamble Chairman

Peter Sutton Chairman

Aubrey Andrews Chairman

David McKerrow Vice Chairman Graeme Knox Honorary Treasurer John Davies

Nick Tavernor Roy Hughes Andy Barr

Steve Richardson Roy Campbell Iolo Prys Jones Jeffrey Aiken

PRT Committee (elected full recorders/non Directors) Peter Sutton Chairman

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The Breed he Texel sheep originates from the island of Texel, one of the northwestern islands off Holland where the ancient native sheep was known as Pielsteert (Pin-tail, because of its thin short tail). In an attempt to improve prolificacy, growth rate and size several English breeds such as Lincoln, Leicester and Wensleydale were introduced at the end of the nineteenth century. Rigorous selection resulted in the development of a large, prolific and well muscled sheep. 1909 saw the formation of the first Texel breed society in North Holland which in 1911 issued the first description of type.

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About 1933, the Texel was introduced to France and has since become established, particularly in the Northern provinces. In 1970, they were introduced to the United Kingdom with an importation organised by the Animal Breeding Research Organisation, who brought in four rams for experimental purposes. Another four followed in 1971 and ABRO initiated 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.

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In 1973, thirteen Lanarkshire sheep breeders joined forces with ABRO to import twenty-seven Texel females and thirteen rams from France. Further importations were made throughout the 1970s, with the first direct import from the Netherlands at the end of that decade. In Great Britain, the 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 in Europe and in the continents of Australia, Africa and South America as a provider of a high quality carcass that has a high killing out percentage. It is also well known in many countries as a breed that transmits its qualities to its progeny when used for crossing purposes.


Embracing DNA technology

Our Society initiative, Gene-Tex, is a UK first in this volume for a sheep breed society and will involve many of the 2000 Texel breeders who have been among some of the first in the world to use this novel SNP panel. While initially the aim is to protect the breed and brand identity by parentage verification, the future aims are to ensure the Society is well positioned to exploit and develop genomic selection criteria and enable Texel breeders to use all the tools at their disposal to breed sheep suited to the modern commercial market. Combined with the Societies targeted use of the high density DNA testing chips, that contains 6-50,000 parts of the sheep genome (known as SNPs). Our approach will assist in building an important DNA picture of the breed. Whilst in isolation this DNA database is very useful, combined with the extensive breed database, that stores millions of measurements and pedigree information, the benefits to the Society and its membership will be far-reaching. During the breeds short 40 year history it has grown to become one of the largest pedigree sheep breed memberships in the world. Its impact on the UK industry is easily recognisable with the distinctive Texel white face in abundance across the weekly livestock markets held throughout the UK. As well as at the major commercial mutibreed breeding sales held each Autumn. Our breeders and the Society have driven the uptake of new technologies across the industry over this time, having a characteristic of collaboration, progression and innovation. Breeders continue to embrace new technology widely, utilising

With in excess of 14,000 lambs fully recorded using a two tier approach of Ultrasound scanning, and CT scanning. Together with the benefits of whole breed BLUP that evaluates across the breeds 55,000 lambs per annum. And the estimated value of the use of Artificial Insemination (AI) and Embryo Transfer (ET) by the membership exceeding £1M per annum are very much proof enough that the Society membership are not shy in exploiting technologies that can clearly add value to their flocks and businesses. The development of the Basco database has assisted in collecting and storing our breeds valuable data and with the recent enhancements for online data collection this is sure to increase at a higher rate with Texel data already a “Big data” phenomenon for global livestock researchers. The supplement of DNA collection to our breed development armoury is quite an obvious evolution. And through the continued expansion of data collection from the entire membership and from our highly valued performance recorded flocks, the combined benefit will be evident, as near market new technologies develop to feed off our well managed measurement and DNA data banks. So, newly emerging DNA technologies and the information provided through the collection and storage of thousands of DNA profiles is sure to complement at both the flock and the breed level, albeit progress is always tempered based on affordability, the Society and its membership are very well positioned to continue the lead. Gene-Tex, therefore, sees the adoption of unique pieces of technology to further advance the Texel breed and ensure it can maintain its place as the UK’s number one terminal sire breed and the breed of choice for forward thinking sheep farmers.

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advanced breeding tools with an insatiable appetite to advance the value of their flocks.

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holeheartedly embracing the use of DNA technology to both protect the brand identity of the breed and shape our future breed improvement strategies comes naturally to the Texel Society.

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Sire of the Year ongratulations go to Messrs James Innes & Sons (Strathbogie flock), who have won the 1st season Sire of the Year 2013 award via the Texel Sheep Society National Sales with the three top sons of their home bred sire Strathbogie Terminator - IJS1200069.

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Terminator is jointly owned with Graham Morrison (Deveronvale flock), who endorsed Jim Innes’s very high opinion of the ram by paying £30,000 privately for a share of Terminator in June 2012. Jim Innes confirmed that he has since developed into a well balanced outstanding mature ram, and his semen has been widely used. He will therefore have a widespread beneficial impact within the Texel breed this year. The three sons which contributed to the 64,800gn winning aggregate included the 48,000gn Strathbogie Untouchable (IJS1300280), who won 1st prize ram lamb and overall male Champion at the 2013 Royal Highland Show. Following his sale at Lanark, Jim Innes decided to retain a ¼ share, so he has since been used heavily across the four flocks of his co-owners via ET work, namely.... Auldhouseburn Castlecairn - Milnbank and Strathbogie flocks respectively. Jim Innes stated that he purchased the dam of Untouchable at Carlisle three years ago from Keith Jamieson, (Annan flock), for 3,500gns. The remaining two ram lambs in the winning trio included Strathbogie Unforgettable -IJS1300310, a full ET brother to Untouchable, which topped the Worcester sale, selling at 6,800gns to Messrs BradleyFarmer, Hampshire. The final member of the winning trio was Strathbogie Uno - IJS13300258, sold for 10,000gns to John Greene & Co, Donegal, EIRE.

The Scholars flock of William McCaffrey claimed the honour of second place with Scholars Twenty Twelve,YWM1200040. Scholars Twenty Twelve was also instrumental in ensuring that Messrs Innes’s consignments were the star attractions at the three main sales which they attended, namely Lanark, Worcester and Carlisle. His top bred son was the 32,000gn Strathbogie Upgrade which joined the Parkhill flock of Robin Kellet, Northants. Teiglum Tornado, CFT12010701, came in third. Tornado’s three Milnbank bred sons included the 40,000gn Ur the Boy, (Lanark Reserve Champion), purchased jointly by the Cowal & Sportsmans flocks. Keith Campbell (Cowal flock), confirmed that he followed up Ur-the Boy’s progress since spotting him at the Royal Highland Show and has since used him across his entire flock, including ET work. Scholars Twenty Twelve and Teiglum Tornado have also been used widely this season across many flocks. The Irish bred stud ram in the Sportsmans flock, Tullylagan Tonka also did well, being the only sire whose three leading sons all surpassed the 10,000gn barrier, confirming Charlie Boden’s confidence in the ram when he purchased him last year at Lanark for 42,000gns.

Chairman Henry Gamble presenting James Innes with the First Season Sire of the Year trophy


Sire of the Year

2013 1st Season Sire of the Year

First Season Sire of the year 2013 1st - Strathbogie Terminator

2nd - Scholars Twenty Twelve

3rd - Teiglum Tornado

Breeder & Sheep ID

Qualifying Sons

Price (Gns)

Aggregate Price (Gns)

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Strathbogie Terminator IJS1200069 James Innes & Son

Strathbogie Untouchable IJS1300280 Strathbogie Uno IJS1300258 Strathbogie Unforgettable IJS1300310

48,000 10,000 6,800

64,800

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Scholars Twenty Twelve YWM1200040 William McCaffrey

Strathbogie Upgrade IJS1300200 Strathbogie U2 IJS1300233 Strathbogie Ultra Boy IJS1300326

32,000 16,000 5,200

53,200

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Teiglum Tornado CFT1201701 Clark Farms

Milnbank Ur The Boy LYM1301019 Milnbank Uranium LYM1301079 Milnbank Underbelly LYM1301046

40,000 6,200 5,200

51,400

4th

Tullylagan Tonka HPY1200404 P J & S Hammond

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The Vale Resort, Vale of Glamorgan 1st & 2nd November 2013 he 2013 AGM and social weekend began with a bang - literally! After being serenaded by a Welsh harpist during the drinks reception we were privileged to view the Vale Resorts spectacular annual firework display from our own private balcony prior to Friday’s welcome dinner.

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Chairman of the South Wales Texel Breeders Club, Deri Morgan, welcomed all to the Vale before a delicious dinner was served followed by a demonstration of Twmpath dancing, a Welsh version of barn dancing, before long the Members were up on their feet joining in - not all voluntarily! On Saturday morning there was a choice of how to fill the day, a trip to St Fagans living history museum, a shopping trip into Cardiff, flock visits to Aman/Teilo and Cwmcerrig, which included the highly impressive Cwmcerrig farm shop. Alternatively you could spend a day in the hotel relaxing with a round of golf, Spa treatment, rugby player spotting or simply doing nothing. By all accounts Cardiff impressed, the Flock visits were excellent and St Fagans well worth visiting. Those remaining at the hotel enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and glimpses of famous players. The AGM was very well attended and once business was concluded our Chief Executive wished all a very enjoyable dinner dance.

Later that evening to the accompaniment of the Bargoed Male Welsh Voice Choir, the guests enjoyed pre-dinner drinks before being served another delicious meal. Following dinner, Deri Morgan (South Wales Club Chairman), presented various awards including the South Wales Club Flock Competition awards and the South Wales Club Person of the Year - this award was presented to Rhodri Jones (grandson of the late Powell Jones, Llanthomas). Deri said “Rhodri has worked exceptionally hard as a club member doing an excellent job as a publicity officer, showing extensively and having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the breed - all the more impressive as he is only 17”. Our Chairman & President, Nick Tavernor, presented the Society awards and thanked retiring Directors, Alan Clark, Alwyn Phillips and Robert Cartledge. Nick announced his Presidents awards for dedication and support to the Texel Society and the breed, presenting to Robert Watts (Rowden) and a posthumous award to the late Tommy MacTaggart. He then thanked all for their support during his term as Chairman and handed the reins over to Henry Gamble (Springwell), to begin his two year term as Chairman. Henry proudly awarded Nick a crystal rose bowl to mark his two year chairmanship, acknowledging the progression made by the Society over the past two years. Henry introduced his Vice Chairman, David McKerrow (Nochnary


The South Wales Air Ambulance representative gave a short speech prior to the Charity auction organised by the South Wales Club. The event proved very popular, aided no doubt by the excellent auctioneering skills of guests Jimmy Warnock (Watchknowe flock), and Ashley Simmonds (Clee, Tompkinson & Francis). One pot of pansies even got auctioned twice! The total amount raised, including the match funding from Barclays and Gift Aid, was £2,537.60.

The Band ‘Perfect Day’ began playing and many took to the floor. The ‘usual suspects’ sat in the piano bar till the wee small hours being entertained by the James Innes Liberace tribute act before heading off to bed near dawn. It was a tremendous weekend with new friends made and old friendships re-established. It was good to see so many familiar faces. On behalf of the South Wales Club Deri Morgan said, “the Club is extremely grateful for the support received from Allflex, Mary Griese, Agri-Lloyd, Clee, Tompkinson & Francis, Welshpool Livestock sales and McCartneys for their various support and sponsorship”.

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flock). The Sire of the Year 2013 trophy was presented to James Innes for Strathbogie Terminator.

AGM 2013

Lunch at Cwmcerrig Farm Shop

Helga Foster taking to the dance floor

Aman/Teilo Flock Visit

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NEW FEES

This Notice supersedes all previous notices of costs and overrides any printed material which you may have in your possession. Birth Notification Fees take effect for all 2014 born lambs and all other fees take effect from January 1st 2014

10% disco online unt

2014 Male and Female Birth Notifications

Society Fees

1st Jan 15th April in Year of Birth

16th April 15th June in Year of Birth

16th June 31st Dec in Year of Birth

1st January following Year of Birth Onwards

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£1.76 (£2.11 inc VAT)

£1.80 (£2.16 inc VAT)

£1.98 (£2.38 inc VAT)

£10.00 (£12.00 inc VAT)

£11.00 (£13.20 inc VAT)

£100.00 (£120.00 inc VAT)

£110.00 (132.00 inc VAT)

Female Registrations and Import Registrations (having previously been birth notified) By 15th June in Year of Birth (YOB) Method Online/ Tel/Paper

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Cheque

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Male Registrations and Import Registrations (having previously been birth notified)* Method

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Tel/Paper £28.88 (£34.66 inc VAT)

Terms of Membership (Please note Adult fees will now only be accepted by Direct Debit payment) Adult Joining Fee - £60.00 (Inc VAT) Payable now Annual Subscription fee - £54.21 (Inc VAT) Payable now Junior (up to age 21) Joining Fee - Free Annual Subscription fee - £27.11 (inc VAT) Payable now

1st November year following YOB onwards D/D

Cheque

£8.50 (£10.20 inc VAT)

£ 9.35 (£11.22 inc VAT)

Transfers (only fully registered sheep can be transferred) Method Online/ Tel/Paper

Online** £10.00 (£12.00 inc VAT)

Tel/Paper £11.00 (£13.20 inc VAT)

Submit your flock data online and save 10% (applies only to notifications/registrations) when compared to Tel/Paper fees. (Not including Membership & Subscription fees) The VAT Inclusive prices include VAT at 20% and may be adjusted at any time. * For purchased rams that require male registration, the Society requires “proof of purchase” in the form of a “ram docket” or a copy of the” invoice of sale”. ** Available late 2014.


* ADULT / JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION TEXEL SHEEP SOCIETY LIMITED NAME

POST CODE

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FLOCK PREFIX:

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2nd Choice

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The flock prefix is the name your flock will be known by. UK Flock Number ..............................CPH Number.................................

Membership cannot be completed without the UK flock number MEMBERSHIP I wish to become an Annual Member of the Texel Sheep Society Limited and hereby agree to abide by the Articles, Bye-Laws, Rules and Regulations of the Society until the termination of the year in which I withdraw my membership by notice in writing.

New Member Application Form

ADDRESS

I confirm that I wish to treat all subscription payments to The Texel Sheep Society Limited, from date of joining as Gift Aid Donations. Signature ……………………………………………. Date

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Terms of Membership: * ADULTS will be accepted as a Society member on the condition that they agree to make all payments to the Society by Direct Debit only. * ADULT Joining Fee: £60 (VAT inclusive) – Payable now Annual Subscription: £54.21 (VAT inclusive) – Payable now * JUNIOR Joining Fee: FREE Annual Subscription: £27.11 (VAT inclusive) – Payable now This form should be completed and sent to: Texel Sheep Society National Agricultural Centre Stoneleigh Park Kenilworth Warwickshire CV8 2LG Tel: 024 7669 6629 Fax: 024 7669 6472 Email: office@texel.co.uk

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I wish to pay by Direct Debit and return the form on the next page completed. GIFT AID DECLARATION The Society has been registered with the Inland Revenue to participate in the Gift Aid Scheme. The Scheme allows the Society as a registered charity, to claim gift aid from the Inland Revenue on the members’ annual subscription (donation), subject to the member having paid an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax equal to the tax we reclaim on your donations (currently 28p for each £1 you give) in the tax year. You can cancel this declaration at any time in the future by notifying us in writing.

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2 Tone Fleece (Black/Grey)

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Result Extreme Fleece

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Body Warmer/soft shell

£33.60

Body Warmer/padded

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Polo Shirt

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Tie (Acrylic)

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Baseball Cap

£5.00

Beanie Hat

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New Texel Beanies

£5.00

Texel Mug

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Show Coat

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Back Pack Bag Texel Pin Badge Golf Umbrella

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A2 Trailer Sticker

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Prefix per garment

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In this section: Your YDP Committee Review of 2013 YDP Programme 2014 NIYTB 5 Nations 2013

Youth Development Programme

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Introducing your YDP committee‌ YDP Committee

Kerr Jarvie Scotland

Duncan Mellin Chairman North England

David Bradley-Farmer South England

Anna Minnice-Hughes Secretary Wales

Adrian Ligget Northern Ireland

The Youth Development Committee, having been formed in 2013 will assist with the Society’s future promotions and progress and develop youth initiatives for the benefit of the Society.

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The committee is hands on and ideally suited to develop and manage the programme to best effect. Supported by the Society Board, there are high hopes that this new committee will be able to deliver major benefits to the increasing number of young breeders in our Society. They represent 5 areas of Great Britain (as shown on the map).


• Beth Lawrence, Robert Pierce and Sam Palmer attended the Sheep Breeders Round Table. • Sponsorship of French exchange student, Octavie Berelle, to visit Texel Flocks & Texel attended events in Great Britain with the potential for a British Texel Member to travel to France in the future. • Support of the Northern Ireland Young Breeders inaugural 5 Nations Stock Judging event and social. We also supplied variety of Clubs with Rosettes and prizes for their youth show classes.

• Four Education awards of £250 to the top student dissertation as judged by their University/College at four major Academic establishments. • Introduction of a YDP Welsh Handlers class at the Royal Welsh Show as part of the 40th Anniversary programme. • A national stock judging event taking place at the NSA Sheep Event 2014 July 30th. • Development of YDP Classes at all four National Shows & Sales with additional prize fund sponsorship to the value of £600 and issue of perpetual trophies. The programme is in constant development with further exciting initiatives due to be announced as the year progresses. We welcome ideas and support from all Texel Members. If you wish to offer support at any of the Shows and events taking place this year or you have suggestions for new initiatives or general recommendations then email office@texel.co.uk and mark for the attention of the YDP Committee.

YDP in 2013 & YDP Programme 2014

• We supported Youth in Agriculture with Education awards of £500 offered to four Universities/ Colleges across Great Britain. These were awarded to the dissertation judged by their lecturers to be the best at each establishment - the awards were accepted by CAFRE/Greenmount College - SRUC & Harper-Adams to a total of £1500 in award money.

The current 2014 programme for the YDP includes...

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Northern Ireland Young Texel Breeders

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In the spirit of youth the Northern Ireland Young Texel breeders arranged and hosted a 5 Nation Stock Judging Competition in July 2013. for the young breeders to see exactly what butchers look for in a sheep. The coach then headed north to the home of Victor and David Chestnutt to see the Clougher and Bushmills Texel flocks. The visit started well with the sun shining down, however by the time the group reached the last field the thunder began, so the group made a quick exit before the rain arrived. Young Handlers at Antrim Agricultural Show

he eight teams taking part were accommodated at Greenmount Campus. The trip began with a flock visit to Ballynahone Texel flock of Richard Henderson. The next day began with a tour of the Greenmount Campus, where a number of past students were astounded by the vast changes to the farmyard in recent years.

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The highlight of the tour was the new dairy unit which has been carefully designed to benefit the students at the college. Competitors from the other nations were amazed by the hands on experience the students at Greenmount get compared to similar institutes in their home regions. After a short stop for lunch the first stage of the competition began. Each team worked together to grade the eight pairs of carcases, which was not an easy task. This was an excellent opportunity

The NI Texel Club open night was hosted by Samuel and June Simpson and Robert and Christine Calvin. The Ballyhivistock Texels had some fantastic sheep on display and everyone took their time to study the flock. The 5 Nations competition then really began to heat up as each team member took to the ring to conquer the large plastic rodeo sheep. This proved a great source of entertainment for the crowds and a few bruises and sore muscles for the competitors. The NITYB put on a feast of burgers and sausages from Millar’s Meats and then auctioned off various items to raise an impressive total of £705. During the event the teams also visited Antrim Agricultural Show where the weather could not have been better. The show had an excellent display of Texels and after the main judging the young handlers had a go. The ram lamb class results were, 1st Baillie O’Conner 2nd Jack Gault and 3rd Jonathan Smith. The ewe lamb class concluded 1st Robbie


Young Handler Robbie Foster with sponsor Dennis Hamill

NI Texel Club Open Night

When all the scores were totalled together the winners of the 5 Nations event were Northern Ireland Team1 (Adrian Liggett, Andrew Kennedy, David Chestnutt and James Wilkinson). In 2nd place was Northern Ireland Team2 (Andrew Hamill, Christina McCollam, Claire Beacom and James Herdman) and in 3rd place was Scotland Team2 (Alan Blackwood, James McKerrow, Jenna Ballantyne and Thomas Muirhead). Everyone was then able to congratulate the winning teams before dancing the night away. Overall the event was a great

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To finish the event off the NI Texel Young Breeders held a BBQ and dance within the show grounds where everyone came together to hear the results of the first ever 5 Nations event. The Stock Judging Competition results were announced first with Northern Ireland Team1 winning 1st place, 2nd Scotland Team2 and 3rd Northern Ireland Team2. Joint 1st in the Live/Dead Weight Competition were Northern Ireland Team2, Republic of Ireland Team2 and Wales. Northern Ireland Team3’s hard efforts paid off as they came 1st in the Rodeo Sheep Competition with Northern Ireland Team2 2nd and Scotland Team2 3rd.

success; the Young Breeders had an experience they will never forget, making many new friends along the way and look forward to the next 5nations event. The Northern Ireland Texel Young Breeders thank all of those who got involved or helped with the event, especially the event sponsors; British Texel Sheep Society, EDA Media, Graeme Thompson Farm Supplies, Grassmen, Hydes Feeds, Irwin Feeds, Island Salads, John Thompson and Sons Ltd., McCollam Heating and Plumbing, Millars Meats and Norbrook.

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Foster 2nd Baillie O’Connor and 3rd Graham Foster. The 5 Nations teams were then put to the test as the team members were divided across four different stock-judging competitions. The four areas were commercial fat lambs, Ayrshire cattle, Belgium Blue cattle and a pen of pigs. None of the sections were by any means easy but everyone was determined to get the final stage correct to win the prize. When all the Stockjudging cards were handed in the teams were able to go enjoy the rest of the packed show.

Adrain Liggett, David Chestnutt, Andrew Kennedy and James Wilkinson the winning team pictured with Paul O’Connor

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Combine business and pleasure with a visit BRYNDERI FLOCK (BQC) C & S Ball, Upper Cwm Farm, Llantilio Crossenny, Abergavenny Tel: 01873 821775 Mob: 07807 366640 Email: uppercwm@tiscali.co.uk

MARLSBROUGH FLOCK (HMJ) Marlsbrough Farm Ltd, Marlsbrough, Portfield Gate, Haverfordwest, SA62 3NP Tel: 01437 710395 Mob: 07974 967010 Email: marlsbrough@btconnect.com

TREFERE FLOCK (DBT) Davies Bros, Trefere Uchaf, Penparc, Cardigan, SA43 1RN Tel: 01239 810381 Mob: 07773 144709 Email: gwyn.davies3@btopenworld.com

RIPPERSTON FLOCK (JMR) M James, Sunnyhill Castle Pill Road, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 1HE Tel: 01646 692777 Email: mfjames@hotmail.co.uk

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 Email: ann@catherton.plus.com TRUJIM FLOCK (DDT) T & J Davies, Cwmcynon, Llwyndafydd, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 6LE Mob: 07989 423776 Email: Trujim@hotmail.co.uk

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SCURLAGE CASTLE (EKS) E Evans & Son, Scurlage Castle Farm, Reynoldston, Swansea, SA3 1BA Tel: 01792 390714 Mob:07790 565746 Email: evansroll@aol.com SAWEL FLOCK (GLG) G L Griffiths, Maesteg, Llansawel, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 7JP Tel: 01558 685111 Mob: 07890 000810 Email: geraint.griffiths@wynnstay.co.uk ABERCRYCHAN FLOCK (HXA) J W & J A Hardwick, Abercrychan, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0YL Tel: 01550 720363 Mob: John Hardwick 07977 060225 Email: jwhardwick@btinternet.com

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STEDDFA (JFG) D R & S L Jones, Eisteddfa Nantgaredig, Carmarthen, SA32 7PL Tel: 01558 669065 LLANTHOMAS FLOCK (JML) G P & M Jones, Llanthomas Farm, Llanigon, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5PU Tel: 01497 820096 Email: paulandlynnejones@btinternet.com 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 EINON FLOCK (LSI) D & I Lewis, Cwmnanteinon Rhos, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5AE Tel: 01559 370147 Email: einonhomes@gmail.com TYNEWYDD FLOCK (MDY) Deri J Morgan, Tynewydd, Llangors, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7UA Tel: 01874 658413 Mob: 07976 975363 Email: derimorgan@googlemail.com SCOLTON FLOCK (RWS) W O J Reed & Co.LTD, Upper Scolton, Spittal, Haverfordwest, SA62 5QL Tel: 01437 731332 Mob: Andrew 07811 186377


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BRYNMEINI FLOCK (TYG) A Thomas, Gwarllwyn, Glandwr, Whitland, Pembrokeshire, SA34 0UA. Tel: 01994 419289 Mob: 07969 482455 Email: brynmeinitexels@hotmail.co.uk

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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

17th May A.G.M. at Tynewydd Farm, Llangorse

MILLEND FLOCK (WCM) R & G Watkins, Upper Cwm Farm Craswall, Herefordshire, HR2 0PH Tel: 01981 510249 Email: watkins249499@btinternet.com

20th - 22nd June Flock Visit to East of England Details from the Secretary

PADEST FLOCK (WGP) G J & J E Williams, Cwmpadest, Crai, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8YS Tel: 01874 636285 FERN FLOCK (WAF) W L & A J Windsor & Son, Fforest Farm, Whitland, Carmarthenshire, SA34 0LS Tel: 01994 241078 Mob:07976 408966 Email: adrian.fforest@outlook.com BANC OLIVE (YJB) J & B Booker, Cae Cadno, Taliaris, Llandeilo, CArmarthenshire, SA19 7DP Tel: 07887 648710 Email: bancolivetexels@btinternet.com PORTWAY FLOCK (JDP) G Deri Jones, Portway, Rhosgoch, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3JU Tel: 01497 851231

26th April Progeny Show at 5 p.m. at Llandovery

June Flock Competition

Mid August Annual Ram Safari Friday 14th November Club Dinner

New Members Welcome

For Further Information Contact: Club Secretary - Gareth Griffiths 07971 111094

SALES 2014 Monday 4th August Early NSA Ram Sale at the Royal Welsh Showground Friday 5th September Evening Club Sale at Llandovery Monday 22nd September Main NSA Ram Sale at Royal Welsh Showground Friday 19th December In-Lamb Ewes at Llandovery

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STELFOX FLOCK (WES) Stelfox Farms Ltd., Lower Solbury Farm, Walwyns Castle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3SD Tel: 01437 781246 Email: jillwilliams664@gmail.com

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Andrew Neilson - Brackenridge Texels Strathaven - Lanarkshire Brackenridge Texels Andrew Nielson & Brackenridge lamb

udicious choice of foundation females and close attention to female lines have helped Strathaven, Lanarkshire-based Andrew Neilson make a mark with his Brackenridge flock in a relatively short space of time.

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Clark family, CFT085756. She’s from one of the best families the Clarks have and has bred exceptionally well for me.” Help and encouragement from the Clark family, notably the late Jim Clark, was very important in the early days of the flock, adds Andrew. “They’ve helped me enormously and given me some great advice along the way.” When it comes to breeding, Andrew says he’s looking to produce lambs with good carcasses and tight skins. “When it comes down to it those are the sort of lambs there is always a customer for. It’s all very well aiming for a lamb with a great head, but that really is the bonus point. The commercial customers which are the bread and butter of the trade want carcasses and skins.”


Brackenridge Texels Highlights to date for Andrew include selling Brackenridge Underdog for 4,500gns at the Scottish National Sale in 2013 and Brackenridge Rambo for 3,500gns in 2010. “a lot of people will have heard of Brackenridge Strongbow which sold for £14,000 at Kelso in 2012, I’d sold him at the Lanark Club sale as a lamb for 800gns, the Grays used him as a lamb and sold him as a shearling. “It was pleasing to see how he’d grown on and its certainly not done me any harm to have a shearling sell for £14,000 from my prefix!”

When it comes to tup choices Andrew is acutely aware of the need to invest in the best whenever possible. “You only get what you pay for and scrimping on tups is a false economy. My best purchase to date would be a share in the 17,000gns Teiglum Thunder at Lanark in 2012. “He’s left a great crop of lambs in his first season, including Underdog and a group of ewe lambs which were reserve champion ewe lambs in the Scottish Club flock competition in 2013. I’ve AI’d everything to him this year again, with a couple of ewes flushed to Strathbogie Terminator too,” says Andrew who is currently working as an apprentice agricultural engineer.

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Robert Evans - Texel Hope Valley Texels Minsterley - Shropshire and Welsh Borders Hope Valley Texels Robert Evans - Hope Valley Texels, 1st place Novice Class, Scottish National Show 2013

n only his fourth year of pedigree Texel breeding Shropshire-based Robert Evans of the Hope Valley flock has already made his mark in the breed, winning the novice class at the Scottish National Sale, Lanark, in 2013 and selling Hope Valley Utopia for 5000gns to Robert Forsyth’s Baltier flock.

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But, while it’s clear this young breeder knows his way round a sheep, it is, says Robert, the help and assistance he’s received from fellow Texel breeders which has enabled him to reach such dizzy heights so quickly. “Without a doubt the

encouragement and help of both Roger Davies of the Sundorne flock and the Draper family of the Claybury flock has been instrumental in helping me develop the flock.” Founded in 2010 the Hope Valley flock is a hobby for Robert who works full time in the construction industry. “My first ewes came from a local flock, with a Sundorne tup used across them in the first year. After that I helped Roger Davies at a few sales and then bought Utopia’s dam, DHL09080, from the Claybury sale in partnership with Roger.


Having tasted success already, the flock has used semen from Strathbogie Terminator, Tullylagan Tonka and Mellor Vale Tomahawk. “I think they should click well with my ewes, but we’ll just have to wait and see,” he adds.

1st place Novice class - Hope Valley Utopia - ERH1300078 - Robert Evans - sold for 5000gns

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Robert says with a small flock of just 15 ewes the key to his success has been buying from proven breeding family lines. “I’ve sought out females from lines which breed well for their flocks and have always tried to buy in to those families. Even if I’ve not been able to afford the best ewe in a family I’ve gone down through the line to find a well bred ewe from the family in my budget.

“Whenever I go to look at potential purchases I’m aware that I need to be buying something which will breed well for me. I always start from the bottom up and from the back. Good legs and feet are essential, along with a good top and a decent backend. The extra breed points, such as a good head can be developed in time, but the fundamentals must be right first.”

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“We’ve flushed her twice now, with Utopia coming from the first flush. I never expected to get such a good lamb so early in my breeding career and it could be a few years before I breed another as good, but so long as I’m breeding good solid commercial tups that’s what counts.”

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John Foster - Springhill Texels Castlederg - Co. Tyrone Springhill Texels

ohn Foster is a familiar face at Texel shows and sales throughout the UK, with his noted Springhill flock now celebrating 30 years since it was founded. He farms in partnership with his wife Helga in Castlederg, County Tyrone where the family holding extends to 370 acres with an additional 120 acres rented each year.

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The main enterprise on the farm is the dairy herd of 220 cows which are a blend of Holstein and British Friesian. A rolling herd average of 8200 kilos is recorded on twice daily milking with the top performing cows served to black and white bulls to breed replacements. Aberdeen Angus bulls are also used extensively with this progeny either being sold as stores or finished through the Aberdeen Angus scheme through Linden Foods. There are 300 ewes within the sheep enterprise which consist of 80 pedigree Texels, 200 commercials and a recently formed flock of 20 Charollais.

The Fosters’ commitment to Texel has remained unfaltering since 1983, with the breed’s performance in both the pedigree and commercial flocks surpassing all expectations. “We sold our first pedigree ram in 1985 as a lamb, and the following year it was Texel Champion at the Royal Dublin Show for purchaser Michael Bird” states John. “Since then we have been fortunate to have built up a steady demand for our stock, with ram lambs selling to a top price of 8800 guineas paid for Springhill Silverstone. Females from the flock are also highly sought after reaching 4000 guineas realised for the ewe lamb Springhill Sueellen.” While it is satisfying to achieve market leading prices, the Foster family are very much focused on producing sheep with a good quality carcase. This consistency right across the flock has resulted in the

www.texel.co.uk John and Helga Foster farm almost 500 acres in Castlederg, Co Tyrone. Their three children Alice, Graham and Robbie (pictured) all play an important part in helping on this dairy and sheep unit.

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The Foster family maintain a commercial sheep flock of 200 ewes

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The Springhill flock of pedigree Texels was founded in 1983 by John Foster

There is a certain amount of showing done each year, with sons Graham (21) and Robbie (13) taking charge of the team at local events. Daughter Alice (20) also has a keen interest, and helps with lambing when home from college. 2012 saw the flock win the Volac Show Team of the Year award, and Graham also notched up the Cydectin Young Handler title last season at Clogher Show. He has also fared well in 2013 leading the way in young handler sections at Balmoral, Antrim, Limavady and Enniskillen. Enniskillen was one of the most successful outings of the flock this year when the ewe lamb “Springhill Uptowngirl” won the breed championship and was later tapped out as

Interbreed Champion amidst a strong show of sheep from all breeds. She is sired by the homebred ram “Twentytwelve” who was Male Champion at Balmoral in 2012. The commercial flock is dominated with the positive influence of Texel. Ewes are Texel x Suffolk, with this cross suiting the Foster farm well. The ewes are milky, and the progeny are of tremendous quality. Lambing takes place in April with ewe lambs served with Charollais whilst the majority of the flock are mated with Texel rams. All commercial lambs are sold directly off farm at half weights of around 22-23 kilos. The recently formed Charollais flock is owned by eldest son Graham who farms full time on the family farm. Pedigree stock is marketed through National and Texel Club sales. In addition the Foster family have built up repeat customers that attend their own ram sale which takes place in Omagh mart each year. December sees a selection of Texel females marketed through the same venue. “We can achieve volume with both rams and females as customers see how our stock performs for them.” adds John.

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Springhill prefix winning the NI Texel Flock Competition in 2011 and 2012. In addition to this they have been placed first in the Large Flock Section in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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Meon Down & Meonside Texels Petersfield, Hampshire Meon Down & Meonside Texels

lifetime surrounded by Texels has left Petersfield, Hampshirebased young breeders David and Thomas Bradley-Farmer with a keen sense of purpose when it comes to developing their Meon Down flock which is managed alongside the Meonside flock (formerly the Meon Valley flock), of their grandfather Frank Moffat.

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And while the Meon Down flock, established in 2004, has enjoyed notable show success in the last few years, culminating in winning the breed championship at the Royal Welsh in 2013 with Meon Down Spartacus, these ambitious young breeders are clear where the flock’s focus needs to be.

“It’s the commercial customers who are central to the business and with the combined flocks selling 75 shearling tups a year we have to breed a type of sheep they want,” explains David. “We’re focused on shearling production, although we have brought out a few lambs in the last couple of years to keep the flocks’ profile high among the breed off the back of some show success.” This determination to produce what the commercial customer wants is paying

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“He was retained, while his paternal half brother Meon Valley Blenheim sold to Barbara Smith of the Slapton flock for 2700gns at the English National Sale in the same year.” Early adopters of performance recording, the family are keen to maximise its use and believe it is becoming increasingly important as commercial customers look to buy rams with figures which back up their visual assessment. “By no means are we solely driven by recording, but it is clear that the science adds up and improving growth rate and muscling in the breed is what our commercial customers expect of us as it means they can rely on Texel sires to leave more productive and profitable lambs.” “CT scanning has been a significant revelation in recent years and has helped improve the accuracy of the figures significantly and helped back up our own view that Spartacus was a real contender as a ram lamb. He came back with exceptional

The Meon Down flock’s relatively short history traces back to a Raglan ewe purchased at Worcester as an in-lamb ewe in 2004, with a Penstones ewe gifted to the brothers by Colin Ponting in the same year. “That Raglan ewe, a Claybury Iain daughter, was a great foundation and bred the first prize ewe lamb at the Royal Welsh in the following year.” The flock was then developed with a range of sires from noted flocks, with the next significant female purchase being the acquisition of Spartacus’ mother, a Meinspride ewe at Carlisle in 2010. “She was bought as a gimmer and we put her in-lamb to Livery Predator, wanting to breed progeny with scale and power for the shearling ram trade.” “A massive slice of luck saw her progeny turn out to be such a significant star in the shape of Spartacus.” David Bradley-Farmer’s return from his college studies was another major turning point in the direction of the flocks, with a realisation that they lacked any significant tup power. “Having not been in day to day contact with the flocks for a while it was useful to come back with a fresh pair of eyes.” “It was clear we were going to need a new generation of tups if we were going to move the flocks forward again. We’d used some good solid genetics in the preceding years, but needed to make another move forward,” says David who is assisted with the day to day flock management by his girlfriend Isobel Hector.

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But while the Meon Down flock may have only been founded in 2004, its sister flock, the Meonside flock, can trace its roots back to the 1980s and was founded on Pipers Mead and Holt Down breeding. “Those early ewes laid a strong foundation for the flock, with Meon Valley Balmoral winning the breed championship at the Royal Show in 1995 and going on to be reserve interbreed champion.

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“We saw a lamb at the Great Yorkshire, Heys Strathbogie Supersized, that really stood out for us and bought him that day for £3000. After that we went to the Chelford sale looking for a new female line, but were massively impressed by Freshfields Red Light, the champion on the day, and bought him for 1500gns.” Thinking they had sufficient ram power to fulfil their needs that year, including the homebred Spartacus, the plan was to collect Heys Strathbogie Supersized ahead of AI’ing the flock. “But when we went to collect him we couldn’t help but be impressed by his grandfather, Knock Orango. He was a full brother to the noted Knock Orion and Oregano and we acquired him too.” Both Spartacus and Orango have figures in the top 5% of the breed and have the breed character and correctness to match, explains David. “With shearling production correctness is essential as our commercial customers want rams which last and continue to improve. Power and length are key to good shearlings too.”

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The focus on shearling production also influences every part of the flocks’ management, with the lambing and feeding regimes set to ensure rams are fit to work and maintain condition once with ewes. “The bulk of the flock is lambed in April, with just ET recipients and 15 ewes lambed at the end of February. The second round of ET recipients lamb in mid March and the main flock lambs in April alongside the commercial ewes.” “Ewes are only fed for four weeks prelambing, spending the winter out grazing being supplemented with silage. Early lambing ewes then stay inside for three weeks after lambing, while the later lambing ewes are turned out as soon as weather allows.” Lambs are then creep fed up until the 21 week scanning has been done when they move on to chicory leys. “All lambs then spend the winter on stubble turnips, receiving about 1lb a day of concentrate to keep them growing. In April the rams go back to the chicory leys, while the


Looking ahead both David and Thomas believe the Texel breed has a bright future provided breeders remain focused on producing rams to suit the commercial market. “Reducing ewe numbers, both locally and nationally, are going to put pressure on ram sellers meaning only the best will sell,” believes David. “We’re looking to expand the flocks to reach about 200 ewes, but that can only be done if we know we can sell the progeny and that means keeping to a type our customers want.” To that end the brothers are on a continual quest to improve their bloodlines and have secured new female and male lines for this year’s lambing.

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“Meanwhile, we’ve also bought a number of new females, including gimmers from Rascarrel, Tima and Crosskirk. We also bought from the Drum flock production sale and Colin Ponting’s dispersal sale. Good female families are at the heart of our future plans and these new additions will help drive the flocks forward.” The hope is that these new additions will prove as successful for the flocks as both recent and historic purchases, including noted tups East Middle Marque of Esteem and homebred sires Meon Valley Balmoral, Elite and Esteem. “All of these tups have left an excellent female base to build on and that bodes well for the future,” adds David.

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“Sale sheep do receive a small amount of supplementation later in the year, but we find the chicory leys do an excellent job of growing the rams in to powerful shearlings.”

“On the ram front we have secured four new sires for this lambing, with these being Oldfield Upperclass, bought at Lanark in a four way partnership for 6500gns, then at Worcester we bought Strathbogie Unforgettable at 6800gns and at the Solway and Tyne sale at Carlisle we bought Stonebridge Utopia in partnership with Angus MacLean of the Fairoak flock. We also bought Teilo Usain Bollt, a Crewburn Silver Spur son out of a Knock Nugget daughter, at Builth and are looking forward to seeing all their lambs develop.”

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Rowden Texels Taunton, Somerset Rowden Texels

of ewe he has produced has stayed true to type for over 30 years. He realised early on what the commercial sheep farmer needed from our breed and set about providing it. His contribution to the success of the Texel in commercial flocks over the years has been understated but significant and he is a worthy recipient of the presidents award. Up until the late 1970s, Robert Watts ran 150 commercial Dorset Downs at Rowden Farm, Williton, near Taunton in Somerset. This productive 113ha (280-acre) farm, set at 600ft on medium loam red sandstone fattened top quality lambs.

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Nick commented that “I was keen to give this award to Robert as I have closely followed his flock and witnessed his personal influence on the breed and breeders in the South West and across GB. There are many breeders who are successful at producing Texel sheep as some of the larger well known flocks - but do not receive the publicity. However, more importantly, Robert (and his wife Joyce before she died), has excelled at breeding Texel sheep for years. His rams have always been in demand and the type

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However, when he went to source a fresh ram at Taunton market he overheard two vendors muttering he wouldn’t buy a ram out of their pens because he was too fussy. They were right: Robert had come to the conclusion the breed had lost its muscling. “That summer I went to Bath and West Show to look at the lamb carcasses,” remembered Robert. “Purposefully, I didn’t walk down the front of the fridge – but studied them from behind. I picked out what I thought was best: They were all Texels. At that time the breed was consistently producing lambs with good gigot that were also well covered with meat throughout the top line. As a result, he travelled to Banbury market and bid 1500gns for a Freeford (C Ball) tup at the National Texel sale. “So, as I had paid too much for a ram! I went to Lanark and bought three ewe lambs which were the foundation of Rowden Texels.” For three decades – the late 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s - Robert Watts’ Texels were never far from the top of the line up at any


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A typical Rowden shearling ram sold at NSA Builth Wells 2000

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His showing highlight was at The Royal Show in 1988 with a Stonefieldhill-sired (A Brown) ram lamb which stood top in the MLC ram lamb class and went on to secure the Interbreed title.

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show and his shearling rams consistently sold well at both Exeter and Builth Wells NSA sales. And his success in the fat stock classes was equally impressive: for three consecutive years in the late 1970s he won with a single carcass at Devon County, a group of three at Bath and West and with a single lamb at The Royal.

And his ability to produce a Texel that was faithful to breed characteristics whilst still appealing to the commercial farmer stood the test of time when he achieved 3200gns three years ago for a shearling at Builth Wells. Nearly every pedigree breeder in the South West will have bought into Rowden genetics at some point. At his zenith, Robert produced 50 shearlings each year for the NSA sales. “I always took my smaller rams to the Exeter sale (mid-August) where most of my customers came from Exmoor and don’t want big sheep,” explained Robert. “But anything big always sells well at Builth Wells. In fact, the sheep were the biggest I have ever seen this September – in terms of size and condition.”

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Cennum Magnum - TCA06089 – a ram shared with Loosebeare (Quick) and Peacehay (Chave) – has had the greatest influence on his flock recently. A Dutch ram, Lyons Monarch (P Dixon-Smith), helped shape the Rowden flock when Robert was grading up to PI status.

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“I originally bought an Annan (K Jamieson) ram but it was more of a female than a ram breeder,” said Robert. “However Keith Jamieson taught me a valuable lesson: When you go to change a breed characteristic, do it slowly if you want it to work. “And I often think of that when I see some of these longer Texels that have lost their backend and head. Those breeders have too quickly lengthened the sheep to the detriment of other breed characteristics. Now there are too many sheep at sales which have no meat behind the shoulder and very straight back legs. We breeders are sinners to fashion and money is now dictating the breed’s future. Bare sheep have come and gone we need to get back to basics, have another look and see where we are going. Is there any advantage in producing bigger lambs when producers are still asked to finish lambs at the same weight as years ago?”

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Six knee operations and a broken hip eventually forced Robert to sell his ewes. Respect for Rowden genetics was obvious two years ago when breeders from all over the country travelled to Worcester for his flock’s dispersal sale. Texels and their breeders have given Robert a lot of fun over the years. Most of these memories focus on The Royal Show and the parties there with breeders from all over the British Isles. “Practical jokes, rowdy parties and strong competition were something we all looked forward to each year at The Royal,” said Robert. “It was funny how that show brought us all together. And any sheep that did well there always went on and did well elsewhere. But the Scots know something about feeding the rest of us don’t, they have been doing it for generations and still don’t like the best sheep leaving Scotland!” That said, Robert is still keen to take them on, he travelled to Lanark in 2013 and bought a Strathbogie (J Innes) lamb which is out in the front paddock with a Twelve Oaks (D & J Chambers) gimmer secured at Worcester and another kept back from his best breeding line. By the glint in his eye, there’s plenty of fun yet to be had, and although he has left Rowden prefix behind, taking the Texel out of the breeder is proving too great a challenge!

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Bill & Liz Reed - Scolton Texels Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire Scolton Texels

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small flock founded in 1991 with the aim of breeding Texel sires for their own 600 ewe commercial flock has mushroomed into one of the leading shearling ram producing flocks in Wales for the Haverfordwest-based Reed family.

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Bill and Liz Reed, along with son Andrew, founded their flock with the sole intention of breeding rams for their own use. “We liked the Texel, but felt we could do with rams with more length than those we could buy locally, so we set about breeding some for ourselves. We then started selling a few surplus rams and the current flock has developed from there,” explains Bill Reed. Initial ewe purchases came from Gwynn Davies’ Treffgarne flock, with these sent back to Treffgarne to be served in their first season. Further additions then came from the Lindridge flock and others, with a Lindridge ewe being breed champion and reserve interbreed at the Royal Welsh for the flock in 1996 and female champion in 1997.

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“But with changes to the farm set up we’ve done very little showing since then as it takes up plenty of time which isn’t always readily available,” he adds. A major change of direction saw the Reeds change from a beef and sheep unit to a largely dairy enterprise with 80 Texel ewes run alongside 250 milking cows with the herd developed as a result of Andrew Reed’s desire to milk cows. “We had milked here before, but only on a limited scale,” says Liz Reed. “But Andrew wanted to milk, so we invested in the farm infrastructure, sold off the beef herd and the commercial sheep and re-entered milk production after a break of 20 or so years.” Not that the Texels have taken a back seat to the cows, adds Andrew Reed. “We’re still as focussed as ever on producing the type of Texel the commercial market wants, selling up to 40 shearlings a year, with 30 of these sold at the main NSA sale at Builth Wells in September.


“Our commercial customers are adamant about the rams they want though and have been clear in the message over the last few years that rams with big heads are problematic for them,” says Andrew Reed. “The drive to produce rams which are right for their commercial customer base has also been key in the developing the flock’s management. “No creep feed is offered to the lambs and we only start feeding the shearling tups in the middle of June of their second year. Lambs are shorn in the first week of September then go to graze some of our

Flock ewes graze for as much of the year as possible, only being housed in the last 10 days before lambing and being turned out to grass again as soon after as possible. Likewise the single bearing ewes receive no concentrate, only silage, with twins and triplets having some concentrate to ensure they have good supplies of milk for their lambs, says Bill Reed. “The shearling tups will never have more than 2.5lb of food a day in the small time they are fed, but it just helps put a finish on them for sale day.” Looking around the pens at Builth Bill Reed says the breed has probably got as big today as it needs to and striving to breed a bigger Texel could do more harm than good. “When we started with the breed a 110kg shearling was a decent size, now they’re up around the 150kg mark and that is plenty big enough for most people to cope with. But with the competition for customers at big sales like Builth everyone is trying to have a pen which catch the buyers’ eye.”

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But a pedigree tup sale is very much the icing on the cake for the Reeds and they happily acknowledge that their type of sheep, with more emphasis on length and flesh than a pretty head and colour, may not suit every pedigree breeder.

silage ground through the winter until the middle of February when they move back closer to the farmstead.”

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“We don’t tend to bother with the Premier sales as we know our customers will be at Builth and most of the pedigree breeders are there too, so if they want a shearling we’ve every chance of selling one to them too.”

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A number of sires have helped influence the flock’s development, with recent years seeing several from Cefyn Pryce’s Caereinion flock used to good effect, including Caereinion Master Class, Monarch and most recently Rocket, says Andrew Reed.

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“Rocket was bought for £3200 at Builth in 2011 and has left some tremendous shearlings, with a good number of the 2012 Builth pen being by him, including £2650 Scolton Top Spec. “He stood fourth in the aged ram class at the Royal Welsh this year and has left some great females too, which hold a lot of promise for the future.” Ewes lamb from the first week of March onwards and, unlike many in the breed, the flock is served entirely by natural service, with no AI or ET used at all. “It’s simply not something we’ve ever felt the need to do and we prefer to run a simple system.”

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However, this itself can present its own challenges and the family feel it is becoming harder to buy stock tups of the type they need. “Finding tups with length, muscle and good skins is without a doubt harder than it’s been for some time. Too many breeders are worrying about the front end of the sheep rather than the money making end and that isn’t helping the commercial buyers.” This year’s acquisition, Whitehart Ultra from Nicola Hartwright, was bought at the English National Sale Worcester and has done what Andrew Reed finds many ram lambs fail to do. “He kept growing once we’d got him home. Too many lambs look

great on sale day, but very quickly shrink once we get them home and never develop in to the shearlings we think they should. “Ultra is exactly the type of tup we want, a great skin, plenty of flesh and a natural ability to flesh from grass. That said we do generally prefer to buy shearlings as that’s what we sell and it helps see what they’ll be capable of producing themselves.” And with the ewe lambs managed in exactly the same way as the tup lambs, but without feed in their second summer demand for Scolton shearling ewes at both Builth and the South Wales Club sale at Llandovery this year has been strong. “The Builth pen averaged £680, which was pleasing,” adds Liz Reed. The Reeds believe commercial sales like Builth are fundamental to the future of the breed, but with competition tough and some buyers preferring to source tups from smaller sales they may look to go elsewhere in future. “Builth is still our main sale, but some buyers feel it is getting too busy and are looking elsewhere for their tups. We have to listen to our customers, so have to consider the options. Taking a good pen of shearling tups and shearling ewes to the Welsh National at Welshpool may provide an alternative outlet for some buyers,” says Bill Reed.

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First prize aged ram

John Foster - WWB1000056 BLACKSTOWN ROCKY

2nd James Cleland - CJZ1000024 ROSE HALL REAL MCCOY 3rd

Stewart Ferris - CJZ1100097 ROSE HALL SIR PERCY

Shearling Ram 1st

First prize shearling ram

John Foster - FTS1201126 SPRINGHILL TWENTY TWELVE

2nd Henry Gamble - BVE1200085 SLIEVEROE TITANIC 3rd

John Foster - GBA1200303 BALLYDESLAND THUNDERKING

Aged Ewe 1st

First prize aged ewe

Henry Gamble - GRS1100445

2nd James Cleland - CJZ08134 3rd

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Shearling Ewe 1st

Richard Henderson - HBR1200385

2nd Richard Henderson - HBR1200388 3rd

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Mark Breen - BXO1100185

Alastair Gault - GAF1200526

First prize shearling ewe


Ram Lamb 1st

First prize ram lamb

Paul O’Connor - OCP1300229 DRUMGOOLAND URBAN WARRIOR

3rd

Paul O’Connor - OCP1300240 DRUMGOOLAND UNIVERSAL SOLDIER

Ewe Lamb 1st

First prize ewe lamb

Richard Henderson - HBR1300530

2nd Martin and Cyril Millar - VMG1300829 Martin and Cyril Millar - VMG1300818

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3rd

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2nd Jack Gault - GCN1300908 CHERRYVALE

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Championship Results Supreme Champion - Henry Gamble - Springhill - GRS1100445 Reserve Champion - Richard Henderson - Ballynahone - HBR1200385

2013 Royal Ulster Show

Male Champion - John Foster - Springwell - FTS12001126 - Springwell Twenty Twelve Reserve Male Champion - Paul O’ Connor - Drumgooland - OCP1300229 - Drumgooland Urban Warrior Female Champion - Henry Gamble - Springhill - GRS1100445 Reserve Female Champion - Richard Henderson - Ballynahone - HBR1200385

Supreme Champion Pedigree S: DERRYVORE RANGER XOD1000002 SPRINGWELL GRS1100445 D: SPRINGWELL GRS09125

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GS: BALTIER NAILER FEB07712 GD: DERRYVORE XOD07048 GS: LLANGWM OLLIE MAGURNE JLI08008 GD: CROFT HRC07105


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2013 Royal Three Counties Show Judge: Charlie Boden - Mellor Vale/Sportsmans J

Class Results

2013 Royal Three Counties Show

Aged Ram 1st

First prize aged ram

Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer RFF1000019 - FRESH FIELDS RED LIGHT

2nd D I Corfield and Partners - WGA1100669 ARKLE SAUCERER 3rd

Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer IMH1100681 HEYS STRATHBOGIE SUPERSIZED

Shearling Ram 1st

First prize shearling ram

Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer LYM1200677 - MILNBANK TONTO

2nd D A Martyn - WGA1201135 ARKLE TYSON 3rd

Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer FTD1200894 - MEON DOWN TITAN

Ram Lamb 1st

First prize ram lamb

M J and A L Blakeney - BZZ1300973 CRANLEIGH UTHER

2nd R Kellet - RPK1300880 PARKHILL 3rd

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Aged Ewe 1st

D I Corfield and Partners CJF09480

2nd Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer FDM081506 3rd

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D I Corfield and Partners - CJF1300366 FORDWELL UNION JACK

Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer FDM081506

First prize aged ewe


Shearling Ewe 1st

First prize shearling ewe

I Andrews - VPK1200963

3rd

Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer FTD1200909

Ewe Lamb 1st

First prize ewe lamb

Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer FTD1301156

2nd R Kellet - RPK1300826 M J and A L Blakeney - BZZ1300972

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3rd

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2nd C S Ponting and Co - PCP1200236

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Championship Results Supreme Champion - D I Corfield and Partners - Fordwell - CJF09480 Reserve Champion - Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer - Meon Valley - Fresh Fields Red Light - RFF1000019

2013 Royal Three Counties Show

Male Champion - Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer - Meon Valley - Fresh Fields Red Light - RFF1000019 Reserve Male Champion - Messrs Moffat & Bradley-Farmer - Meon Valley - Milnbank Tonto - LYM1200677 Female Champion - D I Corfield and Partners - Fordwell - CJF09480 Reserve Female Champion - Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer - Meon Valley - FDM081506

Supreme Champion Pedigree S: ETTRICK MOSCOW FLYER GGH06002 FORDWELL CJF09480 D: ETTRICK GGH06065

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GS: BALTIER KING FEB04050 GD: ETTRICK GGH04216 GS: DOUGANHILL LIONHEART GCK05070 GD: ETTRICK GGH01038


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2013 Royal Three Counties Show

RTCS 2013

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2013 Royal Highland Show Judge: Gordon Gray - Ettrick J

Class Results

2013 Royal Highland Show

Aged Ram 1st

First prize aged ram

Alasdair Beaton - FPG1100301 GLENSIDE SILVER STAR

2nd Malcolm Coubrough - WKM1105364 MIDLOCK STRIKER 3rd

Procters Farm - WKM1105382 MIDLOCK STARSKY

Shearling Ram 1st

First prize shearling ram

John McKerrow - MGV1200275 DEVERONVALE TITAN

2nd Ian Murray - MFZ1200250 GLENWAY 3rd

Ian Murray - MFZ1200288 GLENWAY

Ram Lamb 1st

First prize ram lamb

Messrs Innes - IJS1300280 STRATHBOGIE UNTOUCHABLE

2nd John Forsyth - FPG1300630 GLENSIDE UPTOWN BOY 3rd

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Aged Ewe 1st

John Forsyth - FPG1000017

2nd John Forsyth - FPG1000038 3rd

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Procters Farm - PFD1302521 PROCTERS UPPERCLASS

Robert Bennett - BFE1000030

First prize aged ewe


Shearling Ewe 1st

First prize shearling ewe

Robbie Wilson - LYM1200638

John McKerrow - MDG1200550

Ewe Lamb 1st

First prize ewe lamb

Procters Farm - PFD1302557

2nd Messrs Innes - IJS1300276 3rd

Messrs Innes - IJS1300255

Performance Recorded Ram Lamb 1st

First prize performance recorded ram lamb

Procters Farm - PFD1302592 PROCTERS U.S. PRESIDENT

2nd Robbie Wilson - LYM1301126 MILNBANK URAGUAY 3rd

David McKerrow - DMN1300641 NOCHNARY UTAKA

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3rd

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2nd Steven Renwick - XSR1204842

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Championship Results Supreme Champion - John Forsyth - Glenside - FPG1000017 Reserve Champion - John Forsyth - Glenside - FPG1000038

2013 Royal Highland Show

Male Champion - James Innes & Sons - Strathbogie - IJS1300280 - Strathbogie Untouchable Reserve Male Champion - John Forsyth - Glenside - FPG1300630 - Glenside Uptown Boy Female Champion - John Forsyth - Glenside - FPG1000017 Reserve Female Champion - John Forsyth - Glenside - FPG1000038

Supreme Champion Pedigree S: MUIRESK BLONDIN MSK95017 GLENSIDE FPG1000017 D: GLENSIDE FPG05188

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GS: ANNAN WON O WON JKA92101 GD: MUIRESK MSK93018 GS: CASTLECAIRN CELTIC STAR R NA04375 GD: GLENSIDE FPG02010


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2013 Great Yorkshire Show Judge: John McKerrow - Grougfoot J

Class Results

2013 Great Yorkshire Show

Aged Ram 1st

First prize aged ram

Messrs Moffat and Bradley Farmer FTD1100722 - MEON DOWN SPARTACUS

2nd Messrs Moffat and Bradley Farmer IMH1100681 HEYS STRATHBOGIE SUPERSIZED 3rd

Alasdair Beaton - FPG1100301 GLENSIDE SILVER STAR

Shearling Ram (Exhibitor Bred) 1st

Gordon Gray - GGH1202028 ETTRICK TARTAN SPECIAL

First prize shearling ram exhibitor bred

2nd Messrs Moffat and Bradley Farmer FTD1200894 - MEON DOWN TITAN 3rd

A Beaton & K A & R Campbell BWG1200305 WESTER CROSSHILL TRUM TUP

Shearling Ram (Open to all Exhibitors) 1st

First prize shearling ram open

Procters Farm Ltd- YWM1200040 SCHOLARS TWENTY TWELVE

2nd Gordon Gray - HAK1200409 KNOCK TOPAZ 3rd

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Ram Lamb 1st

Gordon Gray - GGH1303105 ETTRICK URA WINNER

2nd W and E McCaffrey - YWM1300193 SCHOLARS USHER 3rd

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G M Taylor - TGP1200546 PARKHOLME TANTRIC

John Forsyth - FPG1300621

First prize ram lamb


Aged Ewe 1st

First prize aged ewe

John Forsyth - FPG1000038

3rd

Alasdair Beaton - MJH1000087

Shearling Ewe 1st

First prize shearling ewe

D and J Chambers - CTO1200201

2nd John Forsyth - FPG1200452 3rd

K, A and R Campbell - CKC1201937

Ewe Lamb 1st

2013 Great Yorkshire Show

2nd K, A and R Campbell - WJW092002

First prize ewe lamb

Alasdair Beaton - BWG1300361

3rd

W and E McCaffrey - YWM1300194

Performance Recorded Ram Lamb 1st

John Forsyth - FPG1300612 GLENSIDE

First prize performance recorded ram lamb

2nd Procters Farm - PFD1302547 PROCTERS UNCANNY 3rd

D & T Bradley-Farmer - FTD1301178 MEON DOWN U R THE ONE

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2nd Procters Farm - PFD1302594

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Championship Results Supreme Champion - John Forsyth - Glenside - FPG1000038 Reserve Champion - D and J Chambers - Twelve Oaks - CTO1200201

2013 Great Yorkshire Show

Male Champion - D & T Bradley-Farmer - Meon Down Spartacus - FTD1100722 Reserve Male Champion - John Forsyth - Glenside - FPG1300621 Female Champion - John Forsyth - Glenside - FPG1000038 Reserve Female Champion - D and J Chambers - Twelve Oaks - CTO1200201

Supreme Champion Pedigree S: MUIRESK BLONDIN MSK95017 GLENSIDE FPG1000038 D: GLENSIDE FPG05188

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GS: ANNAN WON O WON JKA92101 GD: MUIRESK MSK93018 GS: CASTLECAIRN KELTIC STAR RNA04375 GD: GLENSIDE FPG02010


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2013 Great Yorkshire Show

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2013 Royal Welsh Show Judge: Steve Smith - Penparc J

Class Results

2013 Royal Welsh Show

Aged Ram 1st

First prize aged ram

D and T Bradley Farmer - FTD1100722 MEON DOWN SPARTACUS

2nd D and T Bradley Farmer - HEYS IMH1100681 STRATHBOGIE SUPERSIZED 3rd

D I Corfield and Partners WG1100669 - ARKLE SAUCERER

Shearling Ram 1st

First prize shearling ram

D G and N Williams - HAK1200422 KNOCK TALISMAN

2nd D and T Bradley Farmer - FTD1200894 MEON DOWN 3rd

Boden and Davies - LYM1200674 MILNBANK TIMES SQUARE

Ram Lamb 1st

First prize ram lamb

Boden and Davies - BGS1300814 SPORTSMANS UNBEATABLE

2nd Robin Clwyd Ellis - ECE1300031 EGLUR UNIQUE 3rd

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Aged Ewe 1st

Des and Irena Lewis - HAK1100238

2nd Robert Bennett - BFE1000030 3rd

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J and H Thomas - THB1300756 BRYN GARTH U-BANK

D J Davies - DDT1100135

First prize aged ewe


Shearling Ewe 1st

First prize shearling ewe

R E J Pierce - PRE1200194

3rd

Robert Bennett - BFE1200019

Ewe Lamb 1st

First prize ewe lamb

William and Liz McCaffrey YWM1300194

2nd Procters Farm - PFD1302557 Boden and Davies - BGS1300788

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3rd

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2nd Des and Irena Lewis - LSI1200082

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Championship Results Supreme Champion - D and T Bradley Farmer - Meon Down Spartacus - FTD1100722 Reserve Champion - Boden and Davies - Sportsmans Unbeatable - BGS1300814

2013 Royal Welsh Show

Male Champion - D and T Bradley Farmer - Meon Down Spartacus - FTD1100722 Reserve Male Champion - Boden and Davies - Sportsmans Unbeatable - BGS1300814 Female Champion - Des and Irena Lewis - EINON - HAK1100238 Reserve Female Champion - Robert Bennett - Plasucha - BFE1000030

Supreme Champion Pedigree S: LIVERY PREDATOR VTL09922 MEON DOWN SPARTACUS FTD1100722 D: MEINSPRIDE LNM099027

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GS: TAMNAMONEY NED SRY07010 GD: LIVERY VTL05014 GS: MEINSPRIDE OMBASSI LNM088086 GD: MEINSPRIDGE LNM05373


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2014 Show Dates Feature Shows Show Dates

Royal Ulster Show 14 - 16 May Balmoral Park, Lisburn

Devon County Show

22 - 24 May Devon County Showground, Exeter

Royal Highland Show

19 - 22 June The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston

Great Yorkshire Show

8 - 10 July Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

Royal Welsh Show

21 - 24 July The Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells

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Texel Sponsorship 2014 The Society continues to support promotion of our Breed by sponsoring Primestock Show prize funds as listed below. As a continued commitment to our Membership we will again be offering reimbursement of entry fees to Texel Sheep Society Members in 2014. Members are eligible for reimbursement of their entry fees after attending and promoting the British Texel in the Texel classes at the following Prime Stock events. Members need to write to the Society detailing entries after each eligible event and by 31st March 2015 to be considered for the reimbursement. The Society has the final discretion on any reimbursement.

Sponsorship

Support

Sponsored Shows English Winter Fair

Royal Welsh Winter Fair

Countryside Live

East of England Smithfield Festival

Harrogate 18-19 October

Borderway Agri-Expo Carlisle 31 October

Scottish Royal Highland Winter Fair & National Fatstock Show

Builth Wells 1-2 December

Peterborough 4-5 December

N.I Xmas Fatstock Show & Sale – Ballymena TBC December

Venue TBC 29 November

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

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Winter Fairs & Primestock Shows 2013 ambs by Texel sires enjoyed an array of show success at the major winter primestock shows at the latter end of 2013, including picking up several live and carcass championships.

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Winter Fairs

Quite possibly the highlight came when Herefordshire-based Dutch Texel breeder Robin Slade completed a memorable double at the East of England Smithfield Festival, Peterborough, scooping the lamb carcass championship and reserve championship. His champion, a homebred Dutch Texel, killed out at 22kg achieving an E3L classification. Sired by a homebred tup from Robin’s Dutch Texel Weekfield flock, this lamb weighed 38kg alive. A very similar pure-bred Dutch Texel gained his reserve card which again graded at E3L and weighed 22.5kg. Texel lambs also won the event’s Continental purebred championship, with this award won by a pair of Texels from David and Linda Wadland, with a pair of Dutch Texels from Robin Slade standing reserve.

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And Mr Slade also enjoyed success at the English Winter Fair, Stafford, with a pair of purebred Texels picking up the reserve supreme championship under judge Paul Slater, Macclesfield. Mr Slater said the lambs, both by homebred sires, were exactly what the modern retail and export trade was looking for, being 41kg apiece and evenly fleshed throughout. Mr Slade was also on form in the event’s live/dead competition, picking up his 14th live/dead championship at the show. Reserve in the live/dead went to fellow Texel exhibitors, the Windsor family, Carmarthenshire.

And not to be outdone were the Derbyshire-based Ritter family who collected the supreme championship in the carcass competition with a Texel cross lamb which graded E3 and weighed 24.3kg on the hook. David and Linda Wadland, also flew the flag for the breed, picking up the purebred championship with a pair of Texel lambs sired by a Slapton tup bred by Barbara Smith, Northants. North of the border at the Scottish National Winter Fair, Ingliston, the Whiteford family made a successful return to the showring, taking the supreme sheep championship with their Texel sired pair. The Whitefords’ winners were a pair of lambs which tipped the scales at 46.5kg apiece and came through as winners of the butchers weight section before being tapped out as overall champions by judge John Campbell, Alnwick. This pair are sired by the 5000gns tup Procters Rambo bought from the Solway and Tyne sale in 2011. This was the Whiteford family’s first trip to the event since their last win there in 2005. Taking the lightweight Texel class in the butchers weight lambs were a pair from John Hall and family, with the Halls also taking second in the heavyweight class behind the overall champions. And across Offah’s Dyke at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair Texel lambs took the reserve overall championship in the form of a pair of Dutch Texel sired lambs from John Hall and family, Cumbria. The Hall family, took the reserve overall live lamb championship with a 95.5kg pair


And Mr Slade backed this success up by taking the overall championship in the pairs carcass competition. Again purebred Dutch Texels, these carcasses both graded E3L. They weighed 20kg and 22kg dead and 37kg each live. In the Texel class in the purebred Continental section John Hall’s reserve overall champions won the class, while second went to Robin Slade’s pair at 93.5kg. Messrs Windsor’s 79.5kg pair stood third.

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At Agri-Expo, Carlisle, honours were evenly split between Robin Slade and David and Linda Wadland, with Robin winning the lightweight class and the Wadlands the heavy weight class. Taking top honours in the lightweight class for lambs under 40kg were a pair of 38.5kg lambs from Herefordshire-based Robin Slade and by a homebred sire. Second in this class were a pair from local exhibitors John Hall and family weighing 35.5kg and in third was Antony Thompson, Lancashire, with his pair tipping the scales at 36.75kg apiece. Then in the heavier lamb class for those over 40.1kg the winners were a pair weighing 45.6kg each from the David and Linda Wadland, Northamptonshire, with this pair sneaking ahead of another pair from Robin Slade which weighed 43.25kg each. Third in this class went to J and W Kennedy, with their pair weighing 53.75kg each.

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Prominent primestock showman Robin Slade also enjoyed success in the live lamb classes, taking the reserve spot in the Butchers’ weight second with a 78kg pair of pure Dutch Texels from his flock of 400 ewes.

Texel genetics were also to the fore in the championship for crossbred lambs bred from hill ewes. Winning this championship were a pair of 50kg Texel x South Country Cheviot lambs from Langholm-based Neil and Elliot Cavers, with another pair of 47.25kg Texel crosses reserve for Messrs Owen Brothers, Glan Conwy.Owen Brothers, Glan Conwy.

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Scottish Winter Fair Champions from James Whiteford and family. English Winter Fair Reserve Supreme Champion Robin Slade

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of lambs which came through as winners of the purebred Continental section before being tapped out as reserve overall winners.

English Winter Fair Supreme Champion Carcass the Ritter family

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Show Judges 2014 Royal Highland Show 2014 YVES LACROIX - LE MELCENEY TEXEL (FTS)

Show Judges

Le Melceney Texel (French Texel Society) registered flock was established in 1955 by Guy Lacroix who was Yves’ father.Yves came back to the family farm in 1989. At the beginning of his career he acted as a technician at the Verdilly’s sheep centre (individual trial and AI centre - Texel and Ile de France meat breeds). He has also worked for the Billard family at the Fontaine Olive Texel flock for five years. During his time there he had to get the 500 registered Texels clear of Maedi Visna. This herculean task was carried out by the adoption of the future stock, females that were Maedi Visna free dams supplied from a purchased flock to save the original genetics. Nowadays Yves breeds 6 stock mares, 3 Ardennes and 3 French Saddle Horse, 35 Aubrac Beef cows and 140 top Texel ewes. He has begun to supply local consumers with his farm produced beef and mutton meat.Yves has been a member of the Texel Society Board for many years and his animals are often rewarded at the national shows. He likes animals that meet the breed standard. His daughter Berangère spent a training period at a Northern Ireland Texel farm when she was graduating a Masters degree in agronomy. His wife, Marie-Chantal, is a nurse at the local Hospital, but as a daughter of a former Texel breeder she is happy to provide help and advice on the farm as is Yves eldest son Cyril.Yves is sure their youngest son Benjamin will follow. Yves is pleased and honored to be invited judge the highly renowned Texel classes at the Royal Highland Show 2014, especially in this celebratory 40th Anniversary year.

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Great Yorkshire Show 2014 JOHN MELLIN - HULL HOUSE at Lanark and since then Texels have become a major part of his life. Farming in the Yorkshire Dales, John is assisted by his wife Linda and their son Duncan with additional help form photographer son, Tim when needed. Together they run a flock of 350 pedigree Texel ewes maintaining an emphasis on carcase and confirmation. Along side the Texels Hull House Farm carries a herd of 50 pedigree Longhorn Cattle and 120 pure bred Poll Dorest ewes.

Show Judges

John was first bitten by the Texel bug in 1979 after seeing them

Over the years John has been fortunate to have had many successes in the show and sale ring, taking Supreme Championships at the Royal Show twice, Royal Welsh Show three times with two Interbreed Chapionships and The Great Yorkshire Show six times with Interbreed and Terminal Sire Championships. His greatest achievment in the sale ring was at Lanark in 2011 when he sold Hull House Space Cowboy for 32,000gns.

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John has judged at numerous shows and sales including the Royal Show, Royal Highland Show and the Royal Welsh Show, he has enjoyed judging in Northern and Southern Ireland also, most recently judging the Northern Ireland Flock competition.

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Show Judges 2014 continued… Royal Welsh Show 2014 CHARLIE BODEN - SPORTSMANS/MELLOR VALE

Show Judges

Texels have been a big part of Charlie’s life since he started the Sportsmans Flock with his Father back in 1974. They have had several successes on the show circuit, winning the Royal show, the Royal Welsh show and the Great Yorkshire show. One of his best achievements was taking the championship at Lanark in 1991 with Sportsmans Victor which went on to sell for 12,000gns. The following year he won it again with Sportsmans Warlord which sold for 26,000gns. Charlie established a second flock in 1998, Mellor Vale Texels. The Mellor Vale Flock has had equally as much success on the show circuit and at the sales. The most famous being Mellor Vale Masterpiece and Mellor Vale Officer which have gone on to sire numerous champions and continue to influence the breed today. In 2011 Sportmans averaged 6,990gns for a pen of eight rams at Lanark, the top price ram, Sportsmans Supreme, selling for 20,000gns. Sportsmans Scania won reserve Champion at Carlisle sale and went on to sell for 12,000gns. Charlie has judged at many shows, these included the Texel classes at the Royal Highland Show in 2012 and the Royal Three Counties Show in 2013, its inaugural year as a ‘Royal Show’.

Royal Ulster Show 2014 JOHN MCKERROW - GROUGFOOT

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John’s involvement with the Texel breed began thirty seven years ago when the Grougfoot flock was established, he took the flock over in 1995. Since then he has had great success in both the show and sale rings. Overall champion at the Royal Highland Show, reserve male and reserve female at the Great Yorkshire Show, Scottish Club flock Competition Champion 1997, 1998, 1999 (only time shown) selling females to 11,000gns (MDG03196) and males to 10,000gns (Grougfoot High Flyer - MDG01153). John has been involved in the Scottish Club for many years and is a past chairman. He has judged at numerous shows and sales throughout Britain and Northern Ireland, in 2012 he was the official Texel Judge at the Texel Welsh National Show & Sale and Judged the Texel classes at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2013. The Grougfoot flock is currently running at 80 ewes and followers. He also supplies 5 butchers in central Scotland on a weekly basis with Texel X lambs. John is assisted by his wife, Laurie and his three children Bruce, Kate, and Alistair.

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John was first introduced to Texel sheep in 1984 through his parents flock and 1987 saw them purchase their first stock ram from the Northern Area Texel Breeders Club club sale. His own Loxley flock began in 1990 with his first ram lamb (Loxley Will Scarlet) being sold at Lanark in 1992 for 1600 guineas to the Sportsman’s Flock. 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 Great 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 Great Yorkshire show. John is a longstanding member of the Northern Area Club being a committee member as Treasurer.

Show Judges

Devon County Show 2014 JOHN NORTH - LOXLEY

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 four and John, two.

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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.

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AMERSHAM TEXELS Bullscroft Farm, Chorleywood WD3 6HA

01494 725228 Dan Locke, Manager

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Adverts

David Unwin M.R.C.V.S.

Of about 400 Texels, we have 16 with an Index in the top 1% numerous prizes at County Shows, and a 5th at Lanark. A.I. from top rams, including Allanfauld Rockafella (Index 314, 18,000gns), helps us offer fairly good rams costing £1 - £3k, with a guarantee, to breeders in the South of England who have not time to visit Lanark.

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ORRISDALE TEXELS

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Shropshire & Adverts

Sales 2014 Shrewsbury Sale 6th September

LOWER LACON FLOCK (MKL) K & M Macdonald Tel: 01939 220483 CRICKHEATH FLOCK (PMI) M & T Pritchard Tel: 01691 831157

Catalogues from Halls at Shrewsbury Auction Centre Tel: 01743 462620

HAYTON FLOCK (WTZ) T Wright Tel: 01584 874805

Welshpool Sales

BETTONFIELD FLOCK (GEB) N & J Gibbs Tel: 01743 351152

Main Ram 2nd October Second Ram 20th October

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LONGTON FLOCK (BJY) J Barton Tel: 01772 612778

In-Lamb Ewe 18th December Catalogues from Welshpool Livestock Sales Tel: 01938 553438

OAK FARM FLOCK (HVO) G & A Hardman Tel: 01743 850965

PENPARC FLOCK (SJP) S J & H Smith Tel: 01938 850265 PREEBANK FLOCK (RFP) F & B Robinson Tel: 01694 771357 WAEN FLOCK (JJW) B & G Joseph Tel: 01694 724939 HARDY FLOCK (HMH) M Harding Tel: 01686 630687


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

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

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

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

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

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

PENASH FLOCK (AWP) P Ashton Tel: 07887 897016

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12th & 13th August 2013 Commercial customers drive Ballymena Texel trade robust commercial demand for well fleshed, well grown Texel rams was the driving force behind the trade at the Northern Irish National Texel Sale, Ballymena, on Tuesday 13 August 2013.

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Leading the trade was a bid of 6000gns for Murray Annett’s pen leader from his Milestonehill flock. This was Milestonehill Utah Jazz a son of Ballygroogan Ronaldo out of a dam by Tullagh Legend which sold to Ian and Alistair Smith for their Feddal Road flock, Greenloaning, Perthshire, with Mr Annett retaining a third share. Following that the day’s second best call was a bid of 3400gns for Gareth Fyffe’s Botera Unstoppable. This lamb is by Knock Papoose and out of a dam by Millcomb Monarch and was knocked down to Leona & John Young, Redford flock - Castlederg, Co Tyrone. Alastair Gault then continued his run of form from the previous evening’s gimmer sale, taking 2800gns for his pen leader, Forkins U Beauty, a son of 21,000gns sire Knock Travis out of a Douganhill McFly dam which is also dam of Alastair’s 11,000gns gimmer from 2011. Taking him home was John Gilmour for the Humeston flock, Ayrshire. Making the same money was Mary Clarke’s best lamb of the day Ballyrussell Ukka. This one is sired by homebred tup Ballyrussell Storm and is out of a Maineview Pledgesired dam. He sold to The Beacom family, Ballywalter, Co Down.

Society Chairman, Henry Gamble, sold his best at 2600gns, taking this money for Springwell Ustinoff. He is by Springwell Triathlon and out of a Teiglum Outlaw daughter. Buying the lamb was a four way syndicate of Adrian Liggett, James Wilson, John Foster and Brian Williamson. A brace also sold at 2100gns, with both of these coming from John Trimble’s Curley pen. Mr Trimble’s first at this money was Curley Uproar, a son of Mossknowe Pudsey out of dam by Mellor Vale Masterpiece. This one sold to W J Cubitt, Ballymena. Second at 2100gns was male champion from the pre-sale show, Curley United, a Strathbogie Smokey Blue son out of a dam by Kelso Oxygen. He found a new home with B Kirkham, Navan, Co Meath. Two lambs sold at 1900gns, with the first to make this price being John Foster’s Springhill Upwell. Sired by Langlands Samson he is out of a Blackstown Milo-sired dam and sold to Brian Dooher, Strabane, Co Tyrone. The other at this price was Andrew Fyffe’s first lamb of the day from the Fairywater flock, Fairywater Ultra. Sired by Kelso Pavarotti he is out of a dam by Monalto Lucky Boy and is from the same family as the reserve champion from THE 2012 Ballymena sale. This one sold to Josephine Burns, Rathfriland, Co Down. A total of four ram lambs then shared a price tag of 1800gns, with the first of these coming from the Warnock family’s


Supreme Champion Highest selling female, Sold for 4,200gns

Sale Topper, Sold for 6,000gns Kiltariff Thunderbird - BBK1200450 Barclay Bell

Curley United - TYC1300329 John Trimble

Reserve Champion, Sold for 2,100gns

Highest selling Shearling Ram, Sold for 1,800gns

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Milestonehill Utah Jazz - ALL1300826 Messrs Annett

Forkins - GAF1200584 Alastair Gault

Sold for 3,400gns

Sold for 3,300gns

Straidarran flock. This was Straidarran Ulysses, a son of Knock Travis out of a dam by Duncryne Ringmaster. He was knocked down to Pauric Farragher, Donegal, Co Donegal.

Another from the same vendor also sold at this money, Springhill Utopia, a twin born son of Samson out of a dam by Crawfordlands Outlook. He went to McKinney Bros, Maghera, Co Londonderry.

Second to make this price was the first from the Springhill pen of John Foster, Springhill Unstoppable. He is sired by Langlands Samson and is out of a dam by Ballynadrenta Nicefella. This one was bought by J Kerr, Comber, Co Down.

The final lamb at 1800gns was Owen Donohoe’s Derryvore Unbelievable. This son of Crailloch Trigger is out of a dam by Cherryvale Nijinksy and sold to Mary Clarke, Massey Avenue, Belfast.

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Mullan - HBN1200475 Brian Hanthorn

Botera Unstoppable - FGY1300162 Gareth Fyffe

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Another of Gareth Fyffe’s lambs then made 1700gns with this being Botera Universal, a full ET brother to the 3400gns Botera Unstoppable. He was bought by John Foster, Castlederg, Co Tyrone and James Wilson, Crumlin, Co Antrim.

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At 1650gns was David and James Boyd’s lamb from the Crawfordsland flock. He is sired by Beechvale Superior and out of a dam by Kerryhill Revelry. Taking him home was Ian Millar, Ballyclare, Co Antrim. Paul O’Connor then sold his reserve male champion at 1600gns, with this being Drumgooland Unleased. He is sired by 5000gns sire Braehead the Real McCoy and is out of a dam by Clougher Physical. Buying him was P Niland, Kinvara, Co Galway. At 1550gns was Ballyhivistock Unique from Messrs Simpson and Calvin, with this son of Hull House Schnapps being out of a dam by Redford Ollie and selling to G MacFarland, Trillick, Co Tyrone. Trading away at 1500gns was Nathan Armstrong’s lamb, the first of day, Derryhoney Unbeatable. Sired by Glenside Razzle Dazzle he is out of a dam by Ballynahone Rissoto and was bought by John Foster.

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Making the same price was Tamnamoney Upton from Roger Strawbridge. He’s by Knock Travis and out of a dam by Ballynahone Oscar. This one headed home with Michael Tumelty, Downpatrick, Co Down.

Shearling rams Leading the shearling tup trade was a purchase by the Kermode family, Isle of Man, for their Orrisdale flock. This was Barclay Bell’s shearling from the Kiltariff flock. This was a Derryvore Ranger son out of a dam by Hillhead Orbit 1.

Second best in the shearlings was one from John Foster, Springhill Topnotch. He’s by Seneirl Samson and out of a dam by Kilrail House Independent. He sold to C McCloskey, Garvagh, Co Londonderry. And the final shearling bid above 1000gns came at 1250gns for Adrian Liggett’s shearling, Corbo Tycoon. He is sired by Cornerstone Royal Male and is out of a Teiglum Magnum daughter. Buying this one was James Fegan, Hilltown, Co Down.

Shearling Ewes Leading the trade was the day’s female and overall champion from the pre-sale show, a gimmer from Alastair Gault’s Forkins flock at 4200gns. This was GAF 1200584, is embryo bred by Ettrick Rainbow Warrior and out of a dam by Douganhill McFly which is maternal sister to 65,000gns Forkins Rocksolid. She sold to Mark Priestley, with a half share retained by the Forkins flock. Following that at 3300gns was Brian Hanthorn’s reserve female champion and second prize gimmer from the Mullan flock, HBN1200475. She is by Fairywater Superstar and out of a dam by Loosebeare Imp. She was knocked down to Frank McNally, Draperstown, Co Londonderry. And then at 2500gns was one from Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater offering, FAO1200259. Sired by Strathbogie Stud she is out of a dam by Ettrick My Jinks. This one heads to A Brannigan, Kilcoo, Co Down. Selling for 1100gns was Brian Hanthorn’s second best of the night from the Mullan pen, HBN1200483. She’s by Ettrick Sir Alan and out of a dam by Brague Nixon. She was bought by L Dillon, Newross, Co Wexford. Then making 1050gns was one from Barclay Bell and Sons. This one, BBK1200440, is by by Derryvore Ranger and out of a dam by Hillhead Orbit 1 and sold to C Cunningham, Kilkeel, Co Down.


Then came a bid of 1500gns for the first prize winner, WWB1300474 from the

Next best here was a brace of 800gns bids, with the first being paid for Adrian Liggett’s lamb by Knock Travis, LIG1300402. She is out of a dam by Ballynahone Oscar and sold to James Alexander, Randalstown. Second at this money was from Nathan Armstrong, Derryhoney. This lamb, ANH1300021, is by Millcomb Starbuck and out of a dam by Baltier Nailer. She sold to John Foster for the Springhill flock, Castlederg, Co. Tyrone. Auctioneer J A McClelland & Son

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Best of the night in the ewe lambs offered by members of the Northern Irish Young Texel Breeders Club was a bid of 1800gns for a lamb from the Templepark flock of the Herdman family. This was a Haddo Ringleader daughter out of a dam by Clougher Physical. She sold to Brian Hanthorn, Tynan, Co Armagh.

Wilson family’s Blackstown flock. She is by Springhill Twenty Twelve and out of a dam by Millcomb Powerhouse and sold to Messrs Breen, Tempo, Co Fermanagh.

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Taking a 1000gns call was another from the Fairywater pen, FAO1200293. A daughter of Glenside Razzle Dazzle, she is out of a dam by Knock Impulse and was bought by Messrs Kermode, Isle of Man.

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Averages - Leading Ram Lamb Pen where two or more sold Northern Ireland National Show & Sale

Gareth Fyffe

two sold to average

£2677.50

Mary Clarke

two sold to average

£2152.50

Murray Annett

four sold to average

£2121.00

Roger Strawbridge

three sold to average

£1190.00

John Trimble

four sold to average

£1522.50

Martin Warnock

two sold to average

£1365.00

John Foster

seven sold to average

£1177.50

Sale Statistics Forward

Sold

Average £

Top - Gns

Gimmers

80

46

£686

4,200

Ram Lambs

252

176

£723

6,000

Shearling Rams

123

105

£579

1,800

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Supreme Champion

Alastair Gault - Forkins

GAF1200584

Reserve Champion

John Trimble - Curley

Curley United - TYC1300329

Male champion

John Trimble - Curley

Curley United - TYC1300329

Reserve Male Champion

Paul O’ Connor - Drumgooland

Drumgooland Unleased - OCP1300230

Female Champion

Alastair Gault - Forkins

GAF1200584

Reserve Female Champion

Brian Hanthorn - Mullan

HBN1200475


Shearling Ram

Young Handlers Ram lamb

Ram Lamb (open)

Performance Recorded Ram Lamb

Northern Ireland Young Breeders Ram Lamb

Group of Three

1st

Alastair Gault - Forkins

Forkins GAF1200584

2nd

Brian Hanthorn, - Mullan

Mullan HBN1200475

3rd

Peter Stubbs - Snowhill

Snowhill SPU1200038

1st

Mary Clarke - Ballyrussell

Ballyrussell Thor CLZ1200218

2nd

Adrian Liggett - Corbo

Corbo Tycoon LIG1200204

3rd

John Foster - Springhill

Springhill Topnotch FTS1201271

1st

John Trimble - Curley

Curley United TYC1300329

2nd

Messrs Annett, - Milestonehill

Milestonehill Uro Star ALL1300821

3rd

W and J Herdman - Templepark

Templepark Usher HKP1300430

1st

Paul O’ Connor - Drumgooland

Drumgooland Unleased OCP1300230

2nd

Messrs Annett - Milestonhill

Milestonehill Utah Jazz ALL1300826

3rd

Martin and Cyril Millar - Millar’s

Millar’s Uptake VMG1300824

1st

Messrs Price - Loanends

Loanends Upper Class PLL1300219

2nd

Simpson & Calvin - Ballyhivistock

Ballyhivistock Unique SCY1300567

3rd

Brian Hanthorn - Mullan

Mullan Ultimatum HBN1300691

1st

Wilson & J Wilson Moses Blackstown

Blackstown WWB1300474

2nd

Adrian Liggett - Corbo

Corbo LIG1300240

3rd

Nathan Armstrong - Derryhoney

Derryhoney ANH1300021

1st

John Trimble - Curley

Curley United TYC1300329 Curley Usher TYC1300324 Curley Uproar TYC1300335

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Flock

Ram Lamb (with Sire)

Price (Gns)

1

Milestone Hill (ALL)

Milestone Hill Utah Jazz ALL1300826(E) Sire: Ballygroogan Ronaldo WVB1000022(E)

6,000

2

Botera (FGY)

Botera Unstoppable FGY1300162(E) Sire: Knock Papoose HAK091075(E)

3,400

J & L Young Co Tyrone

3=

Forkins (GAF)

Forkins U Beauty GAF1300846(E) Sire: Knock Travis HAK1200402(E)

2,800

John Gilmour Humeston

3=

Ballyrussel (UTV)

Ballyrussel Ulysses CLZ1300315(2) Sire: Ballyrussel Storm CLZ1100116(2)

2,800

K & L Beacom Co Down

5

Springwell (GRS)

Springwell Ustinoff GRS1300273(E) Sire: Springwell Triathlon GRS1200860(E)

2,600

J & J Wilson Co Antrim

6=

Curley (TYC)

Curley Uproar TYC1300335(E) Sire: Mossknowe Pudsey FWM09627(1)

2,100

W J Cubitt Co Antrim

6=

Curley (TYC)

Curley United TYC1300329(E) Sire: Strathbogie Smokey Blue IJS1100074(E)

2,100

B Kirkham Co Meath, Eire

8=

Springhill (FTS)

Springhill Upwell FTS1301532(E) Sire: Langlands Samson YWJ1100113(E)

1,900

Brian Dooher Co Tyrone

8=

Fairywater (FAO)

Fairywater Ultra FAO1300419(E) Sire: Kelso Pavarotti MBZ09002(E)

1,900

Josephine Burns Co Down

10=

Straidarran (WXS)

Straidarran Ulysses WXS1300169(1) Sire: Knock Travis HAK1200402(E)

1,800

P Farragher Co Donegal, Eire

Purchaser/s

I & A Smith Perthshire


Ram Lamb (with Sire)

Price (Gns)

Purchaser/s

10=

Springwell (FTS)

Springwell Unstoppable FTS1301535(E) Sire: Langlands Samson YWJ1100113(E)

1,800

J Kerr Co Down

10=

Springwell (FTS)

Springwell Utopia FTS1301554(2) Sire: Langlands Samson YWJ1100113(E)

1,800

McKinney Bros Co London Derry

10=

Derryvore (XOD)

Derryvore Unbelievable XOD1300325(3) Sire: Crailloch Trigger MAE1200849(1)

1,800

M E Clarke Belfast

14

Botera (FGY)

Botera Universal FGY1300175(E) Sire: Knock Papoose HAK091075(E)

1,700

J T Foster, Springhill Co Tyrone

15

Crawfordsland (BOY)

Crawfordsland BOY1300715(1) Sire: Beechvale Superior RNB1100093(2)

1,650

Ian Millar Co Antrim

16

Drumgooland (OCP)

Drumgooland Unleashed OCP1300230(E) Sire: Braehead The Real McCoy QDA1200214(E)

1,600

P Niland Co. Galway, Eire

17

Ballyhivistock (SCY)

Ballyhivistock Unique SCY1300567(1) Sire: Hull House Schnapps MJS1101511(E)

1,550

G McFarlane Co Tyrone

18

Derry Honey (ANH)

Derry Honey Unbeatable ANH1300020(E) Sire: Glenside Razzle Dazzle FPG1000055(E)

1,500

J T Foster, Springhill Co Tyrone

18=

Tamnamoney (SRY)

Tamnamoney Upton SRY1300740(E) Sire: Knock Travis HAk1200402(E)

1,500

Michael Tumelty Co Down

20

Lamb Bros (LEM)

Lamb Bros Unbeatable LEM1300290(E) Sire: Sportsmans Superstar BGS1100223(E)

1,400

Peter Gray Galston, Ayrshire

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Owners

Top Price (Gns)

Flock Average

(to nearest £)

1

Milestone Hill (ALL)

Messrs Annet

6,000

£2,121 (4)

2

Curley (TYC)

John W Trimble

2,100 (2)

£1,420 (4) £1,189 (3)

3

Tamnamoney (SRY)

R Strawbridge

1,500

4

Forkins (GAF)

A Gault

2,800

£1,104 (4)

5

Springhill (FTS)

John Foster

1,900

£1,058 (7)

6

Crawfordsland (BOY)

D & J Boyd

1,650

£906 (3)

7

Derry Yore (XOD)

Owen Donohue

1,800

£899 (3)

8

Springwell (GRS)

Henry Gamble

2,600

£886 (5)

9

Fairywater (FAO)

A Fyffe

1,900

£876 ( 6)

10

Drumgooland (OCP)

Paul O’Connor

1,600

£847 (3)


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exel ram lambs met a ready demand at Lanark on Thursday 22 August 2013 at the Scottish National Sale when the best of the lambs on offer were subject to fierce competition and commercial demand saw a clearance rate of 72%, with 370 lambs finding new homes.

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It was the pedigree end of the trade where the sparks flew with no fewer than 13 ram lambs selling for five figure prices and a top call of 48,000gns backed up by sales at 40,000gns, 38,000gns, 34,000gns and 32,000gns twice. Heading up the prices was Strathbogie Untouchable from Jim Innes, Huntly, Aberdeen. This Strathbogie Terminator son is out of an Annan Limmy sired dam, JKA080009. He stood overall male champion at the Royal Highland Show and sold in a three way split to Bruce Renwick, Castlecairn, Robbie Wilson, Milnbank, and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn. He was the lead lamb from an exceptional pen of lambs from the Innes family which grossed in excess of £128,000 and averaged more than £16,000. Second best of the day’s trade was a call of 40,000gns for the reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show and the winner of the recorded ram lamb class, Robbie Wilson’s lamb Milnbank Ur-The-Boy. He is by Teiglum Tornado and out of a Millar’s Outstanding sired ewe, with his great granddam being an 8500gns Ettrick ewe. He sold to Charlie Boden, Sportsman’s and Keith, Allan and Roy Campbell’s Cowal flock, with an index of 383.

Then making 38,000gns was Henry Gamble’s sole lamb Springwell Ulsterboy. He is a son of Cornerstone Tin Tin and out of a dam by Derryvore Ranger which won champion at Antrim and Armagh and was Northern Ireland Show Gimmer of the Year 2012. He sold to Jimmy Warnock, Watchknowe, Robert Forsyth, Baltier, and Alan, Andrew and David Clark, Garngour and Teiglum. Taking a call of 34,000gns was Knock Ursus from Alan and George Howie, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. This one is a Sportsman’s Trojan II son out of a Cambwell Rob Roy sired dam that is maternal sister to the 6500gns Knock Turbo. He heads to Southern Ireland in a three way split between Messrs Walsh, Niland and O’Shea.

A pair then sold at 32,000gns, with the first of these being Jim Innes second lamb in the ring Strathbogie Upgrade which had stood third in the open lamb class. He is by £40,000 private buy Scholars Twenty Twelve and out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle dam that is full sister to the 24,000gns Strathbogie Smokey Blue. he was purchased in a two way split between Robin Kellet for the Parkhill flock and Melanie Kellet for the Booley flock, both of Northamptonshire. The second to make this price was later in the day when the Clark family sold the first from their Garngour pen, Garngour Upperclass. Sired by their 2012 purchase Auchencairn Tello, he is out of a Strathbogie Smokey Blue sired dam that is sister to the 11,000gns Rob Roy. He was purchased by


Sale Topper - Sold for 48,000gns Twelve Oaks Taras Bulba - CTO1200230 D & J Chambers

Ettrick - GGH1202029 Gordon Gray

Highest selling Female - Sold for 14000gns

Highest selling Shearling Ram - Sold for 1,000gns Springwell Ulsterboy - GRS1301242 Henry Gamble

Milnbank Ur the Boy - LYM1301019 Robert Wilson

Sold for 40,000gns

William McCaffrey for the Scholars flock, Robert Bennett for the Plasucha flock and Matt Ellis for the Cressage flock. Following him was a bid of 20,000gns when the Boden and Davies partnership sold their second lamb of the day, Sportsman’s Umpire to Suffolk-based Stephen Cobbald. He is by the 42,000gns Tullyagan Tonka and out of a dam by Cowal Rob Roy II, BGS100234.

Sold for 38,000gns

Another from the same pen and similarly bred, Sportsman’s Unbeatable, the interbreed ram lamb champion from the Royal Welsh show then sold at 18,000gns. He had stood second in the open ram lamb class and is again by the 42,000gns tup Tullylagan Tonka and is out of another Rob Roy II sired dam. He was bought by Steven Renwick, Craig Douglas, The Wight family, Midlock and Hartside Farms, Hartside.

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Supreme Champion - Sold for 11,000gns

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Strathbogie Untouchable - IJS1300280 James Innes & Sons

Tophill Union Jack - APH1300527 David Houghton

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The Boden and Davies team then re-invested some of their takings when paying 16,000gns for Strathbogie U.2 from Jim Innes. He is another by the Scholars Twenty Twelve sire and out of a dam by Baltier Nijinsky, IJS08217, which was dam of the reserve overall champion at the Highland last year. Taking a bid of 13,000gns was Brian Buchan’s best lamb of the day, Clinterty USA, a Knock Tarquin son out of a dam by Clinterty Par One, BBY1100190. He was knocked down to Malcolm Sym, Callerton, and Doug Nesbit and family, Alwent. Just shy of that at 11,000gns was the champion from the pre-sale show, Tophill Union Jack from David Houghton. This is a son of Knock Trident and out of a dam by Tamnamoney Rob Roy , HPH1100277. Buying this one was Jeff Aiken for the Procters Farm enterprise, Clitheroe, Lancashire. And rounding up the five figure prices was a pair of 10,000gns bids. First at this price was another of the Strathbogie pen, Strathbogie Uno. He is by Strathbogie Terminator and out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle sired dam and sold to John Greene, Culdaff, Co Donegal.

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The other at this price was Sportsman’s United II. This one is another by Tullylagan Tonka and is out of a 6000gns Cambwell Rob Roy sired dam. Taking this one home was Idris Morris, Fachell.

Ram Lambs Summary The star attraction was the Strathbogie pens of Messr’s Innes which grossed just short of £130,000 for the 8 ram lambs forward. They included the 48,000gn Strathbogie Untouchable which was the top

individual amongst the 13 ram lambs which broke the 10,000gn barrier. No fewer than 8 of those lambs were purchased by syndicates comprising 2-4 flocks. On analysing the overall sales results, the vast majority of the most successful flocks are now placing a high degree of reliance on ET work. As one breeder stated, it only requires one really outstanding individual to pay for the fairly costly procedure, but of course there are no guarantees. Although the long term results of ET work may have a positive effect on the breed, as has been the case with Holstein cattle worldwide, inevitably it can lead to a narrowing of bloodlines. This may in future provide a window of opportunity for some of the smaller flocks who still rely on natural service, to provide ‘outcross’ bloodlines. Amongst the many positive factors to emerge from the Lanark sale was that it again provided a breed focal point for buyers from throughout the UK and also Southern Ireland. One of the top priced rams at 34,000gn from the Knock flock, being destined for a syndicate of Southern Irish breeders. Also commercial buyers were very much in evidence, with several, including flocks based in Fife, Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire buying 6-10 rams apiece in the 300-600gn price range. Although early in the season these provided good value for money, with prices ascending to much higher levels later in the year at such venues as Kelso, Builth and Thainstone. From a consignor’s viewpoint, although most of the leading flock averages featured Scottish based flocks, Sportsmans, Hull House, Stainton and Mellor Vale kept the English based flocks to the fore, while Llyfni and Llangwm were the most successful Welsh flocks. As usual there was numerically a very strong Irish contingent


Other leading prices 8500gns Sportsman’s Ulysses from Boden and Davies to Messrs, Lewis, Einon 8500gns Anglezarke Uno from Steven Symes to Peter Woof, Stainton

The 2013 August evening gimmer sale, saw breeders, new and established, competing hard to secure the best of the genetics on offer in a quality selection from the breed’s leading flocks. Taking the best of the prices was Gordon Gray’s Ettrick flock, Selkirk, with Mr Gray’s pen leader being a daughter of the 2011 Lanark tup lamb sale leader, the 46,000gns Foyle View Superstar. This gimmer, GGH 1202029, is out of a dam by homebred sire Ettrick My Jinks and sold to the late Gordon Brookes, Earlston. The evening’s second top call of 7200gns came for the female champion from the pre-sale show from the Northamptonshirebased Twelve Oaks flock of the Chambers family. Their gimmer, a sole entry from their flock, was a Carran Sutherland’s Star daughter, CTO1200201, out of a dam by Hexel Overnight Celebrity. She was knocked down to Jim Innes for the Strathbogie flock, Huntly. Then making 7000gns was another from the same home as the top priced lot, Gordon Gray’s Ettrick flock. This gimmer also sold to the late Gordon Brookes and is by homebred sire Ettrick Sir Alan. This was GGH1202084 a shearling ewe out of a Clynnog Joe Tex daughter. A little earlier in the sale came a call of 5800gns for John Mellin’s first in from the Hull House pen. This was MJH1202713, a Castlecairn Red Arrow daughter out of a dam by Castleknowe Matchmaker and sold to Alasdair Beaton, Wester Crosshill, Slamannan, Falkirk.

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What are the 2014 prospects for breeders at sales such as Lanark? With the very good autumn trade, especially for Texel shearlings in comparison to rival terminal breeds, it is expected to be very good, provided breeders deliver what the market demands: animals with length, good gigots and a very tight skin. Certain buyers now also require desirable performance figures to complete the package. However, as several leading breeders confirmed, in spite of using the best available genetics, it is still very hard to breed a truly outstanding all-round individual.

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at Lanark, with Springwell having the highest priced individual ram – Ulsterboy at 38,000gn, while Tamnamoney and Forkins were amongst the higher flock averages. Knock Travis (20,000gn) was the most successful first season Irish based sire, while with the ever increasing popularity of AI in Ireland, many prominent proven AI sires also were successfully represented both at Lanark and Ballymena including Kelso Pavarotti, Strathbogie Python and Glenside Razzle Dazzle.

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The afternoon’s reserve female champion, a Glenside gimmer from John Forsyth then sold at 5500gns. This was FPG1200432, a Strathbogie Python daughter out of a dam by Knock Prestige (lot 46). She sold to Allan Chisholm, Wester Moy, Muir of Ord. And at 3200gns was Gordon Gray’s last of the day GGH12020123, with this Foyle View Superstar daughter out of a Kiltariff Osprey daughter, selling to Archie Hamilton, Lanark. A little later came a 3000gns bid for one from the Deveronvale flock of Alan Morrison, MGV1200284, an ET bred daughter of Glenside Razzle Dazzle out of a dam by Clinterty Par One. This one was knocked down to Perry McNickle, Crieff. Trading for 2800gns was Lee Sutherland’s first from the Crosskirk flock, SLF1200030. This is by Kelso Pavarotti and out of a dam by Claybury Nevada and sold to David Bradley-Farmer, Hampshire. Selling for 2500gns was Samuel Gordon’s gimmer GSI1200132 from the Lindstair flock. She is a Ballygroogan Ronaldo daughter out of a dam by Ballygroogan Jockey and sold to Messrs Teward, New View Farm, Staindrop, Darlington.

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Also making 2500gns was Robert Cockburn’s gimmer, CKP1203242, from his Knap flock. She is by Baltier Rascal and out of a dam by Ettrick No Limits and sold to Robert Pierce, for the Oldford flock, Chester. Robin Kellet, Northamptonshire, then paid 2500gns for Peter Woof’s first in the ring, WPS1200336, an ET bred daughter of Carran Sutherland Star out of a Fachell On Approval daughter. And trading at 2200gns was Jock McKerrow’s first in, MDG1200566. Sired by Sportsman’s Showman and out of a dam by Hexel Lexus. She sold to Gordon Brooke, Earlston.

Alasdair Beaton, Wester Crosshill, then bought from Steve and Sherry Richardson, Barnsley, at 2100gns. With this one being an Allanfauld Rockafella daughter out of a dam by Rascarrel Nightlife. And making 2000gns was another by Razzle Dazzle from the Deveronvale flock, MG1200329. She is out of an Annan Jewel dam and was bought by Messrs Scott for the Drumpark flock. Also taking this price was Michael Smyth’s gimmer, SMV1201147 from the Foyleview flock. She is a Kirkview Special daughter out of a Brague Nixon dam and and sold to the late Gordon Brooke, Mershott Texels. At the same money was David, Isla and Lisa Gray’s gimmer, GCT1202318. She is by Ettrick Sir Alan and out of a dam by Thinacres Grenade and again went to Mr Brooke.

Tophill Shearling Lamb Leads Show Classes at Scottish National Sale Lancashire-based breeder David Houghton of the Tophill flock, Affetside, Bury, took the top spot in the pre-sale show at the Scottish National Texel Sale, Lanark, with his ram lamb Tophill Union Jack. This lamb, a Knock Trident son is out of a dam by Tamnamoney Rob Roy and had won the open ram lamb class before being tapped out as male and overall champion by Judge Alastair Gault of the Forkins flock, Northern Ireland. Taking the reserve overall slot was the day’s female champion, a gimmer from the Chambers family’s Twelve Oaks flock, Northamptonshire. This shearling ewe, CTO1200201, is a Carran Sutherland’s Star daughter out of a dam by Hexel Overnight Celebrity.


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In the females the reserve championship went to John Forsyth’s Glenside flock, with the second prize shearling ewe, FPG1200432, a triplet born daughter of Strathbogie Python out of a dam by Knock Prestige.

Winning the shearling rams was another Twelve Oaks entry, Twelve Oaks Taras Bulba, a Carran Sutherland’s Star son out of a Garngour Nijinsky daughter, while picking up top honours in the novice ram lamb class was a lamb from the Hope Valley flock of Robert Evans. This lamb, Hope Valley Utopia, is a son of Gyhros Rambo out of a dam by Douganhill McFly.

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Reserve male championship honours went to the winner of the recorded ram lamb class, Robbie Wilson’s tup lamb Milnbank Ur The Boy, a son of 60,000gns Teiglum Tornado out of a dam by Millar’s Outstanding which goes back to an 8500gns Ettrick ewe and has an index of 383.

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Sale Statistics

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Sold

Average £

Top - Gns

Gimmers

82

61

£1,648

48,000

Ram Lambs

491

369

£2,315

14,000

Shearling Rams

11

4

£722

1,000

Show Results Judge: Alastair Gault - FORKINS Supreme Champion

J D Houghton - Tophill

Tophill Union Jack - HPH1300527

Reserve Champion

D & J Chambers - Twelve Oaks

CTO1200201

Male champion

J D Houghton - Tophill

Tophill Union Jack - HPH1300527

Reserve Male Champion

R Wilson - Milnbank

Milnbank Ur-the Boy - LYM1301019

Female Champion

D & J Chambers - Twelve Oaks

CTO1200201

Reserve Female Champion

J Forsyth - Glenside

FPG1200432

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Shearling Ram

Novice Ram Lamb

Ram Lamb (open)

Performance Recorded Ram Lamb

Best Group of Three Ram Lambs Bred by Exhibitor

1st

D & J Chambers - Twelve Oaks

CTO1200201

2nd

J Forsyth - Glenside

FPG1200432

3rd

R Bennet - Plasucha

BFE1202002

1st

D & J Chambers - Twelve Oaks

Twelve Oaks Taras Bulba CTO1200230

2nd

B Vernon - Charben

Charben Trojan VBC1200483

3rd

J Lodge- Heyworth Lodge

Heyworth Lodge Teflon LSH1200188

1st

R Evans - Hope Valley

Hope Valley Utopia ERH1300078

2nd

J Thomas - Bryn Garth

Bryn Garth U-Bank THB1300756

3rd

A Holden - Young Venture

Young Venture Unstoppable HFQ1301070

1st

J D Houghton - Tophill

Tophill Union Jack HPH1300527

2nd

Boden & Davies - Sportsman’s

Sportsman’s Unbeatable BGS1300814

3rd

J Innes & Sons - Strathbogie

Strathbogie Upgrade IJS1300200

1st

R Wilson - Milnbank

Milnbank Ur-the Boy LYM1301019

2nd

Henry Gamble - Springwell

Springwell Ulsterboy GRS1301242

3rd

T & A Laird - Cambwell

Cambwell Union LTC1301542

1st

James Innes & Sons - Strathbogie

Strathbogie U. 2 IJS1300233 Strathbogie Upgrade IJS1300200 Strathbogie Uno IJS1300258

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Scottish National Sale Lanark 2013 Top 24 Individual Ram Lambs Scottish National Show & Sale

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Ram Lamb (with Sire)

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Price (Gns)

Purchaser/s

Strathbogie (IJS)

Strathbogie Untouchable IJS1300280(E) Sire: Strathbogie Terminator IJS1200069(E)

48,000

J Innes & Sons, Strathbogie (1/4) H & A Blackwood, Auldhouse Burn (1/4) B Renwick, Castlecairn (1/4) R Wilson, Milnbank (1/4)

1

2

Milnbank (LYM)

Milnbank Ur-The-Boy LYM1301019(E) Sire: Teiglum Tornado CFT1201701(E)

40,000

C Boden, Sportsmans (1/2) K, A & R Campbell (Cowal) (1/2)

3

Springwell (GRS)

Springwell Ulsterboy GRS1301242(E) Sire: Cornerstone Tin Tin SID1200264(E)

38,000

J & H Clark, Garngour (1/3) R & E Forsyth, Baltier (1/3) J Warnock, Watchknowe (1/3)

4

Knock (HAK)

Knock Ursus HAK1300523(I) Sire: Sportsmans Trojan II BGS1200587(E)

34,000

L Walsh, Co Mayo (1/3) P Niland, Co Galway (1/3) F O’Shea, Co Kerry (1/3)

5=

Strathbogie (IJS)

Strathbogie Upgrade IJS1300200(E) Sire: Scholars Twenty Twelve YWM1200040 (E)

32,000

M Kellet, Parkhill

5=

Garngour (CJN)

Garngour Upperclass CJN1302220(E) Sire: Auchencairn Teilo MFU1200318(2)

32,000

W McCaffrey, Scholars (1/3) M Ellis, Cressage (1/3) R Bennet, Plasucha (1/3)

7

Sportsmans (BGS)

Sportsmans Umpire BGS1300783(E) Sire: Tullylagan Tonka HPY1200404(E)

20,000

S Cobbald, Lavenham

8

Sportsmans (BGS)

Sportsmans Unbeatable BGS1300814(E) Sire: Tullylagan Tonka HPY12 00404 (E)

18,000

J Wight & Sons, Midlock (1/3) M Coubrough, Hartside (1/3) S Renwick, Craig Douglas (1/3)

Strathbogie (IJS)

Strathbogie U2 IJS1300233(2) Sire: Scholars Twenty Twelve YWM1200040(E)

16,000

C Boden, Sportsmans/Mellor Vale

9

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Price (Gns)

Purchaser/s

Clinterty (BBY)

Clinterty USA BBY1300546(E) Sire: Knock Tarquin HAK1200379(E)

13,000

M D Sym, Callerton (1/2) T Nesbitt, Alwent (1/2)

11

Tophill (HPH)

Tophill Union Jack HPH1300527(1) Sire: Tamnamoney Rob Roy SRY1000050(2) Supreme Champion 2013 & 1st Open Class

11,000

Procters Farms Ltd, Procters

12=

Strathbogie (IJS)

Strathbogie Uno IJS1300258(E) Sire: Strathbogie Terminator IJS1200019(E)

10,000

J Greene, Donegal

12=

Sportsmans (BGS)

Sportsmans United II BGS1300852(E) Sire: Tullylagan Tonka HPY1200404(E)

10,000

I Morris, Fachel (1/2) E Pugh, Glanllyn (1/2)

14=

Anglezarke (SSQ)

Anglezarke Uno SSQ1300204(E) Sire: Knock Trident HAK1200387(E)

8,500

14=

Ballyhivistock (SCY)

Ballyhivistock Unique SCY1300567(1) Sire: Hull House Schnapps MJS1101511(E)

8,500

S & I Lewis, Einon

16

Tamnamoney (SRY)

Tamnamoney Ultimate SRY1300734(E) Sire: Knock Travis HAK1200402(E)

8,000

W Dunlop, Elmscleugh

17=

Cairness (DJV)

Cairness United DJV1301572(2) Sire: Broomknowes Titanic GWB1200764(E)

7,000

R Scott, Drumpark (1/2) J Douglas, Cairness (1/2)

17=

Livery (VTL)

Livery Ultimatum VTL1300307(E) Sire: Humeston Talent GIH1300496(2)

7,000

W & C Ingram, Logie Durno

Oldfield (AOO)

Oldfield Upperclass AOO1302423(E) Sire: Hen Gapel Thunder OJH1200175(1)

6,500

S Richardson, Stonebridge (1/4) P Longdin, Wellingley (1/4) J S Lodge, Heyworth Lodge (1/4) D & J Bradley-Farmer, Meon Down (1/4)

19

R Wilson, Eden Valley (1/2) P Woof, Stainton (1/2)

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Ram Lamb (with Sire)

Price (Gns)

Purchaser/s

20

Sportsmans (BGS)

Sportsmans Universe BGS1300766(E) Sire: Tullylagan Tonka HPY1200404(E)

6,400

J Peterkin, Croftdhu

21

Milnbank (LYM)

Milnbank Uranium LYM1301079(2) Sire: Teiglum Tornado CFT1201701(E)

6,200

S Williams, Wollascot

22=

Teiglum (CFT)

Teiglum Utah CFT1302380(E) Sire: Scholars Tiny Tempo YWM1200049(E)

6,000

G Gray, Ettrick (2/3) A Hamilton, Smyllum (1/3)

22=

Ettrick (GGH)

Ettrick Ura Winner GGH1303105(E) Sire: Knock Topaz HAK1200409(E)

6,000

I J Blackhall & Sons, Sheeoch (1/2) D J McKerrow, Nochnary (1/2)

22=

Garngour (CJN)

Garngour Ultimatum CJN1302218(E) Sire: Auchencairn Tello MFU1200318(2)

6,000

G Morrison, Deveronvale (1/4) A MacGregor, Allanfauld (1/4) S Barclay, Harestone (1/4) James Innes & Sons, Strathbogie (1/4)


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Flock Average

(Gns)

(to nearest £)

1

Strathbogie (IJS)

James Innes & Sons

48,000

£16,078 (8)

2

Garngour (CJN)

J & H Clark

32,000

£14,770 (3)

3

Sportsmans (BGS)

Boden & Davies Ltd

20,000

£9,870 (7)

4

Milnbank (LYM)

Robert Wilson

40,000

£9,645 (7)

5

Knock (HAK)

A & G Howie

34,000

£9,135 (5)

6

Clinterty (BBY)

Brian Buchan

13,000

£5,425 (3)

7

Tophill (HPH)

J D Houghton

11,000

£5,250 (5)

8

Duncryne (JRV)

D Kerr Jarvie

4,200

£3,955 (3)

9

Mellor Vale (BCM)

Charles Boden

4,200

£3,045 (3)

10

Tamnamoney (SRY)

R Strawbridge

8,000

£2,562 (5) £2,520 (5)

11

Ettrick (GGH)

Gordon Gray

6,000

12

Arkle (WGA)

G H & G G Wilkinson

5,500

£2,321 (5)

13

Cambwell (LTC)

T & A Laird

3,800

£2,184 (5)

14

Hull House (MJH)

John Mellin

3,000

£2,163 (5)

15

Brackenridge (NAB)

Andrew Neilson

4,500

£1,995 (3)

16

Haddo (KWJ)

William J Knox

3,800

£1,785 (7)

17

Annan (JKA)

Keith Jamieson

3,600

£1,715 (3)

18

Glenside (FPG)

John Forsyth

3,500

£1,713 (8)

19

Deveronvale (MGV)

Graham Morrison

2,000

£1,439 (5)

20

Lyfni (WHA)

H G & IE Williams

4,500

£1,309 (6)

21

Hilltop (PKH)

Kenny Pratt

2,400

£1,302 (3)

22

Forkins (GAF)

Alastair Gault

2,600

£1,247 (4)

23

Stainton (WPS)

P K Woof

2,200

£1,239 (5)

24

Llangwym (JLJ)

Iolo Prys Jones

1,600

£1,229 (5)

25

Cowal (CKC)

K, A & R Campbell

1,400

£1,085 (3)

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Welsh National Show & Sale - Welshpool 23rd - 24th August 2013 Welshpool Texel Trade Proves Quality Sells Welsh National Show & Sale

top call of 3800gns and a healthy clearance and strong averages bore out the message that quality always sells when the Texel Sheep Society staged its Welsh National Show & Sale at Welshpool on 23rd and 24th August 2013.

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A sale full of confidence and of appeal to commercial flock masters. “We saw a ready demand for commercial rams, both lambs and shearlings, while females were also in demand from established and new breeders.” Heading up the sale roll call at 3800gns was a ram lamb from the Sportsman’s flock of Messrs Boden and Davies, Sportsman’s Urban.

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Sired by the 42,000gns tup Tullylagan Tonka he is out of a Cambwell Rob Roy sired Knock ewe bought in Carlisle last autumn for 6000gns and is a full ET brother to Sportsman’s United II which sold in Lanark two days previously for 10,000gns. Buying this lamb was the breeder of the Lanark champion, David Houghton for his Tophill flock, Lancashire. Next best of the sale was a bid of 2800gns which saw David Houghton recoup some of his earlier outlay. His pen leader was a son of 16,000gns Milnbank Times Square out of a dam by Knock Orion. He sold to Gareth Jones of the Meifod flock, Denbigh. Selling for 2200gns was Seiont Ultimate from Osian Rhys, Caernarfon. Ultimate is a son of Knock Stetson which sold to

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the Howells family for their Tycam flock, Llandysul. He is out of a dam by Douganhill Northern Light. Three sold at 2000gns, with the first of these being the Llyfni Utgorn II from the Williams family, Pontlyfni. He is sired by Carran Turtle and out of a Kelso Picasso daughter and was knocked down to D K and D G Goodwin, Felhampton, Shropshire. The next to make this money was the pre-sale show champion, Wayside U Bet from Charlotte Alford, Collumpton, Devon. This one is a Douganhill McFly son out of an 11,000gns Fairywater gimmer bought at Ballymena last year. He sold to Michael James, Builth Wells. Finally at this money was the 2nd placed Novice entry of Geraint Jones’ from his Cae Coed flock, Cae Coed Unique. He is a Llangwm Santa son and is out of a dam by Tophill Pharaoh. He sold to Selkirk-based breeder Gordon Gray for his Ettrick flock. The final bid above 1500gns came for Sportsman’s Union from the Boden and Davies pen. Union, a Milnbank Times Square son out of a dam by Mellor Vale Missile, sold to G Scott, Maeshafn, Denbighshire.

Shearling rams Leading the shearling rams was a brace of 2000gns bids, with the first coming for Loosebeare Tricolour from the Quick family, Devon. Sired by homebred ram Loosebeare Romeo he is out of a Gaitsgill


Supreme Champion, Sold for 2,000gns

Sale Topper, Sold for 3,800gns Loosebeare Tricolour - QEL1201565 E W Quick

Hull House MJH1202763 J Mellin

Highest selling Female, Sold for 1,400gns

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Sportsman’s Urban - BGS1300912 Boden & Davies

Wayside U Bet - AFC1300006 C Alford

Highest selling Shearling Ram, Sold for 2,000gns

Sold for 2,200gns

Sold for 2,800gns

Officer dam and sold to Messrs Price and Griffiths, Trelech Carmarthen. Second at this money was Caereinion Thor from the Pryce family. He is a Caereinion Number One son out of a dam by Summerwood Grand Union, and sold John Elliot jnr, Kelso, for the Roxburgh flock. Following that at 1300gns was Caereinion Thunder Bolt II from the same home. This son of noted sire Cambwell Laird is out of a dam by Caereinion Number One and sold to M E Thomas, Rhydypandy, Swansea.

Gimmers Female prices at Welshpool peaked at 1400gns for the pre-sale female champion from John and Linda Mellin’s Hull House flock, MJH1202763. This one is a Castlecairn Red Arrow daughter out of a dam by Moor Top Nero and was bought by Messrs Graham, Plumpton, Penrith, for the Hallrigg flock.

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Seiont Ultimate - ROS1300124 Osian Rhys

Tophill Ulrich - HPH1300356 J D Houghton

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relatively central location of Welshpool attracted buyers from the North West of Wales, including Anglesey and also from the South West Counties of Carmarthen and Pembroke.

Taking a bid of 1050gns was a gimmer from the Davies family’s Aman flock, DYA1200163, a Glenside Ring A Ding daughter out of a dam by Tophill Kiwi. Taking this one home to join his Teilo flock was the judge from the pre-sale show John Eirian Davies, Capel Issac, Carmarthenshire.

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As regards the consignors, Charlie Boden again scooped the major honours by achieving the top price of 3,800gn with Sportsmans Urban, and the highest flock average of £1,387 for 7 ram lambs from his noted Sportsmans flock. In close competition was David Houghton, who followed up his Lanark supreme champion triumph by averaging £1,368 with his 3 Tophill lambs. Young novice breeder Charlotte Alford certainly justified the long trip from Devon by winning the supreme championship with her ram lamb, Wayside U-Bet, which later sold for 2,000gn. The small consignment of shearling rams sold very well to a top of 2,000gn on 2 occasions for Loosebeare Tricolour from Messrs Quick and Caereinion Thor from C E Pryce respectively, to average £856.

Following her at 720gns was one from the Quick family, QEL1201658, a Caereinion President daughter out of a dam by Winkleigh Falcon. She was bought by G R Davies, Bala, Gwynedd. Another from the same home, QEL 1201827, then took a bid of 700gns. She is by Peacehay Masterpiece and out of a dam by Bettonfield Janitor and was taken home by A Gruffudd, Lon Pant, Caernarfon. At the same money was one from Gordon Gray’s Ettrick entry, GGH1202052. She is sired by 46,000gns tup Foyle View Superstar and is out of a dam by Knock Papoose. This one sold to the Howells family for the Tycam flock.

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In future, there is obviously great scope for further improvements of this sale, given its relatively central location amidst one of the most highly populated sheep areas within the UK.

An overall clearance of 67% was achieved at the Welsh National Sale. Welsh sheep breeders certainly gave the sale their whole-hearted support by purchasing 72% of the sheep sold, with the bulk of the remainder being destined for the Welsh Border Counties, notably Shropshire. The

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Sale Statistics Forward

Sold

Average £

Top - Gns

Gimmers

81

60

£440

1,400

Ram Lambs

140

93

£651

3,800

Shearling Rams

35

19

£856

2,000


Show Results C Alford - Wayside

Wayside U Bet - AFC1300006

Reserve Champion

Boden & Davies - Sportsman’s

Sportsman’s Urban - BGS1300912

Male champion

C Alford - Wayside

Wayside U Bet - AFC1300006

Reserve Male Champion

Boden & Davies - Sportsman’s

Sportsman’s Urban - BGS1300912

Female Champion

J Mellin - Hull House

MJH1202763

Reserve Female Champion

G Jones - Meifod

JXF1200014

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Supreme Champion

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Class Results Shearling Ewe

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Novice Ram Lamb

Ram Lamb (open)

Performance Recorded Ram Lamb

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J Mellin - Hull House

MJH1202763

2nd

G Jones - Meifod

JXF1200014

3rd

H G & I E Williams - Llyfni

WHA1200306

1st

E W Quick Loosebeare Tricolour

QEL1201565

2nd

A Nairey - Meinspride Trigger

LNM1201172

3rd

F H Chave & Son - Peacehay

Peacehay Twenty Twelve CFP1200148

1st

C Alford - Wayside

Wayside U Bet AFC1300006

2nd

G Jones - Cae Coed

Cae Coed Unique JGY1301443

3rd

G Jones - Meifod

Meifod Ultimate JXF1301615

1st

Boden & Davies - Sportsman’s

Sportsman’s Urban BGS1300912

2nd

T Ryder - Ryders

Ryders Unit RYT1300405

3rd

M & S Jones - Racecourse

Racecourse Underrated JAF1302629

1st

J & H Clark - Garngour

Garngour Upgrade CJN1302181

2nd

G Gray - Ettrick

Ettrick Underwriter GGH1303108

3rd

I Prys Jones, Llangwm

Llangwm Usher JLI1300733

1st

Gordon Gray - Ettrick

Ettrick UFO GGH1303221 Ettrick Undertaker GGH1303110 Ettrick Underwriter GGH1302108


1

2

3

4=

4=

4=

7

8=

8=

10

Ram Lamb (with Sire)

Sportsmans Urban BGS1300912(E) Sire: Tullylagan Tonka HPY1200404(E) Tophill Ulrich HPH1300536(E) Tophill (HPH) Sire: Milnbank Times Square LYM1200674(E) Seoint Ultimate ROS1300214 (2) Seiont (ROS) Sire: Knock Stetson HAK1100211(E) Llyfni Utgorn II WHA1300423(2) Llyfni (WHA) Sire: Carran Turtle SCK1200206(E) Cae Coed Unique JGY1301443(1) Cae Coed Sire: Llangwym Santa (JGY) JLI1100228(E) Wayside U-Bet 1st Novice & Supreme Champion Wayside AFO1300004 (AFO) Sire: Douganhill McFly GCK06073(1) Sportsmans Union BGS1300773(E) Sportsmans (BGS) Sire: Milnbank Times Square LYM1200674(E) Sundorne Empire DWR1300137(E) Sundorne Sire: Gyrhos Rambo (DWR) RUJ1000019(E) Garngour Upgrade CJN1302181(E) Garngour Sire: Scholars Tiny Tempo (CJN) YWM1200049(E) Hull House Ultimus II MJH1303492(E) Hull House Sire: Knock Turbo (MJH) HAK1200389(E) Sportsmans (BGS)

Price (Gns)

Purchaser/s

3,800

J D Houghton, Tophill

2,800

G Jones Denbigh, Cae Coed

2,200

C L J Howells, Carmarthen

2,000

D K Goodwin, Craven Arms

2,000

Gordon Gray, Ettrick (1/2)

2,000

JE & JL James, Builth Wells

1,800

G Scott, Denbigh

1,600

M Hambleton, Ashbourne Derby

1,600

1,500

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Owners

Top Price

Flock Average

(Gns)

(to nearest £)

1

Sportsmans (BGS)

Boden & Davies Ltd

3,800

£1,387 (7)

2

Tophill (HPH)

J D Houghton

2,800

£1,368 (3)

3

Llyfni (WHA)

H G & I E Williams

2,000

£803 (4)

4

Ettrick (GGH)

Gordon Gray

750

£735 (3)

5

Hightecs (PSH)

D M & S Prince

1,100

£643 (4)


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English National Show & Sale - Worcester 26th - 27th August 2013 Averages Up and Strong Clearances for Texel Rams English National Show & Sale

he English National Show & Sale saw a top price of 6800gns paid for the lead lamb from the in-form Strathbogie flock of Jim Innes, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

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Overall 149 ram lambs sold to find new homes with the average rising more than £40 on the year to settle at a healthy £863.82. Mr Innes leader came from a pen of four which averaged more than £5000. Strathbogie Unforgettable, a son of homebred sire Strathbogie Terminator out of an Annan Limmy sired dam. He is a full brother to the 48,000gns Strathbogie lamb from Lanark just five days earlier. He sold to David and Thomas Bradley-Farmer, Petersfield, Hampshire. Second best of the sale was the last lamb from Mr Innes, Strathbogie Usher, another Terminator sired, out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle. This one was bought by the pre-sale judge Robert Laird for the Cambwell flock.

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The second lamb from the Strathbogie pen, Strathbogie Umpire, a Scholars Twenty Twelve son out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle the sold at 4800gns. This one, which had stood second in the open ram lamb class, was knocked down to a consortium consisting of Steve and Helen Smith, Pen Parc, John Mellin, Hull House, and Stuart Currie, Beautry.

Following that at 4100gns was the Champion from the pre-sale show, Sportsman’s Unimog from Messrs Boden and Davies. This son of 42,000gns Tullylagan Tonka is out of a dam by Cambwell Rob Roy and was sold to Gordon Gray, Ettrick. At 3700gns was Robbie Wilson’s best of the day, Milnbank USA, a son of the 60,000gns Teiglum Tornado out of a dam by Ettrick No Limits. He sold with an index of 343 and was bought by Bicton College, Devon. A 3400gns bid followed that for Nicola Hartwright’s lamb Whitehart Ultra. Sired by Humeston River Dance he is out of an Ellen Valley Nemesis dam. He was knocked down to A J Reed, Upper Scolton, Spittal, Pembrokeshire. Two then sold at 3200gns, with both coming from the Boden and Davies pen. First at this money was Sportsman’s UFO, a son of Milnbank Times Square out of a dam by Hen Gapel Royal Gold. This one sold in a two way split to Henry and Tina Ashley for the Lincs flock and Messrs Baker for the Meadowbrook flock. The second at this price was Sportsman’s Uncommon, a full ET brother to UFO. He was the choice of David Corfield and family for their Fordwell flock, Oxfordshire. Making 3000gns was Peter Woof’s third prize lamb from the pre-sale show, Stainton Uncle Sam. This Sportsman’s Tremendous son is out of a dam by Stainton Ricochet and sold to the MacTaggart family for the Rascarrel flock.


Supreme Champion, Sold for 4,100gns

Sale Topper, Sold for 6,800gns Clun Titan - WSF1201461 A E Williams

Knap CKP1203250 R Cockburn

Highest selling Female, Sold for 2,850gns

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Strathbogie Unforgettable - IJS1300310 James Innes & Son

Sportsmans Unimog - BGS1300860 Boden & Davies

Reserve Champion & highest selling Shearling Ram, Sold for 2,850gns

Sold for 5,000gns

Jim Innes was back in the money again after that, selling Strathbogie UFO at 2700gns. Another full brother to last week’s 48,000gns lamb he is a Terminator son of the Annan Limmy daughter. Buyers here were G A and K E Morgan, Bearwood, Herefordshire. Shortly before that the Gibbs family sold their best of the day at 2400gns. This was Bettonfield Uzi, a Colwood Rock son out of a dam by Millar’s Olympian. He sold with an

Sold for 4,800gns

index of 337 and found a new home with G V Hardwick and Son, Gwystre, Powys. A pair then sold at 2000gns, with the first of these being another from Boden and Davies, Sportsman’s Upright. He is a Tullylagan Tonka son out of a dam by Baltier Panther. Taking him home was A Thomas, Whitland, Carmarthenshire.

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Strathbogie Umpire - IJS1300284 James Innes & Son

Strathbogie Usher - IJS1300288 James Innes & Son

The other at this level was from the Whitehart pen of Nicola Hartwright. He

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was Whitehart Upstanding, a Humeston River Dance son out of a dam by Ellen Valley Nemesis and sold to the Kirton family, Bewdley, Worcestershire.

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Shearling rams - strongest demand of the four Buyers Keen for Texel Nationals Shearling Ewes at Demand for shearling tups was the Worcester strongest seen at any of the three mainland Texel sales in the 2013 season, with a top call of 2850gns and an 80% clearance rate. Topping the prices was the first prize winning shearling and reserve male champion from the pre-sale show, Clun Titan from A E Williams and Son. This son of Cambwell Powerhouse is out of a Wolfclyde Nitor sired dam and sold to D Morley, Clipston, Leicestershire. Following him were a pair of shearlings at 1200gns, with the first of these being from the Chave family’s Peacehay pen. Their pen topper was Peacehay Tremendous, a Douganhill Lonestar son out of a dam by Cennen Magnum. He was snapped up by Messrs Harrison Bros, Calverton, Milton Keynes.

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The final bid of 1100gns or more came at 1120gns when R and S Watson, Kington, Herefordshire, bought Claybury Thomas from Claybury Texels. He’s a son of Tamnamoney Ned son out of a dam by Castlecairn Keltic Star.

Texel shearling ewes met a ready demand with 66 selling to a healthy average of £634.45 and a top call of 3900gns. Leading the day’s trade at 3900gns was the pre-sale champion from Roberth Cockburn’s Knap flock, Crieff. This was CKP1203250, a Baltier rascal daughter out of a dam by Hull House Nijinsky. She sold to Messrs Boden and Davies for their Sportsman’s flock, Cheshire. Second best of the night was a call of 2900gns from Procters Farm, Clitheroe, when buying the third prize gimmer from Stuart Currie’s Beautry flock. Sired by Arkle South Pacific, this gimmer, CUB1200688, is out of a dam by Millar’s Omen.

And the second at this price came from another West Country breeder, being Loosebeare Thiago from the Quick family. He’s a son of Whitehart Spot On and is out of a dam by Summerwood Grand Union. Taking him home were G E Haynes and Son, Winslow, Buckinghamshire.

Then making 2500gns was the sixth prize gimmer from the pre-sale show from Peter Woof’s Stainton flock. This one, WPS1200300, is a Carran Sutherland’s Star daughter out of a dam by Fachell On Approval. She was bought by R Wilson, Appleby, Cumbria.

Selling for 1180gns was another from the Chaves, Peacehay True Blue, an Allanfauld Rockafella son out of a dam by Lyonshall King Of Clubs. This one found a new home with J D R Corbett, Newent, Gloucestershire.

The reserve female champion from David, Isla and Lisa Gray then followed that when selling for 1550gns. This shearling, GCT1202327, is a Milnbank Sgt Pepper daughter out of a dam by Teilo Mathonwy and sold to David and Thomas BradleyFarmer, Petersfield, Hampshire.


Then at 1020gns was another from the Tima pen of the Gray family, GCT1202317. This daughter of Ettrick Sir Alan is out of a dam by Thinacres Grenade and sold to C A Smale, South Molton, Devon.

Geographically the Worcester buyers, the majority of which had a budget of £400 £1,000, came from the English South West Counties of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall with South Wales and English/Welsh Border buyers also being prominent. Very few Scottish or Northern Counties buyers purchased sheep, indicating that Lanark and Carlisle had been their preferred venues.

English National Sale Summary The Strathbogie flock (Messrs Innes) further endorsed their major triumph at the previous week’s Scottish National, by again achieving the top average at Worcester of £4,053 for 4 lambs. Their top priced individual ram lamb sold for

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6,800gn to Messrs Bradley Farmer, being a full ET brother to the 48,000gn top priced Lanark lamb. Nine of the 10 top average flocks also featured prominently amongst the high Lanark averages, with the notable exception being the Whitehart flock of Nicola Hartwright, whose 4 lambs sold to 3,400gns averaging £1,974. Also worthy of mention was Charlie Boden’s Sportsmans consignment of 6 lambs which sold to 4,100gn to average £2,581.

Following her at 1250gns was David and Jo Chambers’ gimmer from their Twelve Oaks flock, CTO1200198. This Carran Sutherland’s Star daughter is out of a dam by Kerryhill Oliver and was knocked down to R C L Watts, Williton, Taunton.

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Sold

Average £

Top - Gns

Gimmers

87

69

£622

3,900

Ram Lambs

221

149

£863.82

6,800

Shearling Rams

75

56

£731.63

2,850

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Show Results Judge: Robert Laird - Cambwell

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Supreme Champion

Boden & Davies - Sportsman’s

Sportsman’s Unimog - BGS1300860

Reserve Champion

R Cockburn - Knap

CKP1203250

Male champion

Boden & Davies - Sportsman’s

Sportsman’s Unimog - BGS1300860

Reserve Male Champion

A E Williams - Clun

Clun Titan - WSF1201461

Female Champion

R Cockburn - Knap

CKP1203250

Reserve Female Champion

D, I & L Gray - Tima

GCT1202327

Auctioneer: McCartneys


Shearling Ram

Novice Ram Lamb

Ram Lamb (open)

Performance Recorded Ram Lamb

Best Group of Three Ram Lambs Bred by Exhibitor

1st

R Cockburn - Knap

CKP1203250

2nd

D, I & L Gray - Tima

GCT1202327

3rd

S C Currie - Beautry

CUB1200688

1st

A E Williams - Clun

Clun Titan WSF1201461

2nd

E W Quick

Loosebeare the One QEL1201631

3rd

N Hartwright - Whitehart

Whitehart Temptation HWN1200915

1st

G Pyman - Thacka

Thacka Uptop PXT1300785

2nd

D J Morgan - Tynewydd

Tynewydd Ulysses MDY1300548

3rd

C Gauld - Cairnam

Cairnam Utter Nutter GCF1301652

1st

Boden & Davies - Sportsman’s

Sportsman’s Unimog BGS1300860

2nd

James Innes & Son - Strathbogie

Strathbogie Umpire IJS1300284

3rd

P K Woof - Stainton

Stainton Uncle Sam WPS1300454

1st

W J Knox - Haddo

Haddo Unionist KWJ1300551

2nd

R H Wilson - Milnbank

Milnbank U2 LYM1301119

3rd

G Pyman - Thacka

Thacka Unique PXT1300818

1st

James Innes & Sons - Strathbogie

Strathbogie Unforgetable IJS1300301 Strathbogie Umpire IJS1300284 Strathbogie Usher IJS1300288

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Ram Lamb (with Sire)

Price (Gns)

Purchaser/s

Strathbogie (IJS)

Strathbogie Unforgettable IJS1300310(E) Sire: Strathbogie Terminator IJS1200069(E)

6,800

D & T Bradley-Farmer Meon Down

2

Strathbogie (IJS)

Strathbogie Usher IJS1300288(E) Sire: Strathbogie Terminator IJS1200069(E)

5,000

T & A Laird, Cambwell Mr M MacTaggaart, Rascarrel Mr A Campbell, Strawfrank Messrs H & R Wyn-Jones Fferwd

3

Strathbogie (IJS)

4,800

John Mellin, Hull House S & H Smith, Pen Parc Stuart Currie, Beautry

4

Sportsmans (BGS)

4,100

Gordon Gray, Ettrick Procter’s Farm, Procter’s Messrs Green, Greenall

5

Milnbank (LYM)

3,700

Bicton College Exeter

6

Whitehart (HWN)

3,400

A J Reed Haverford West

7=

Sportsmans (BGS)

3,200

H S Ashley Lincs

7=

Sportsmans (BGS)

3,200

D I Corfield & Partners Fordwell

9

Stainton (WPS)

3,000

Matthew MacTaggart Rascarrel

10

Strathbogie (IJS)

2,700

G A Morgan Leominster

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Strathbogie Umpire IJS1300284 (E) Sire: Strathbogie Terminator IJS1200069(E) Sportsmans Unimog BGS1300860(E) Sire: Tullylagan Tonka HPY1200404(E) Milnbank USA LYM131032(E) Sire: Teiglum Tornado CFT1201701(E) Whitehart Ultra HWN1301485(1) Sire: Humeston Riverdance GIH1000033(1) Sportsmans UFO BGS1300819 Sire: Milnbank Times Square LYM1200674(E) Sportsmans Uncommon BGS1300820(E) Sire: Milnbank Times Square LYM1200674(E) Stainton Uncle Sam (E) Substitute Entry WPS1300454 Sire: Sportsmans Tremendous BGS1200471 (E) Strathbogie UFO IJS1300309(E) Sire: Strathbogie Terminator IJS1200069(E)


English National Sale Worcester 2013 Top 10 Flock Averages (Ram Lambs) Top Price (Gns)

Flock Average

(to nearest £)

1

Strathbogie (IJS)

James Innes & Sons

6,800

£4,053 (4)

2

Sportsmans (BGS)

Boden & Davies Ltd

4,100

£2,581 (6)

3

Whitehart (HWN)

Nicola Hartwright

3,400

£1,974 (4)

4

Milnbank (LYM)

Robert H Wilson

3,700

£1,555 (5)

5

Stainton (WPS)

Peter K Woof

3,000

£1,157 (4)

6

Cambwell (LTC)

T & A Laird

1,100

£861 (5)

7

Hull House (MJH)

John Mellin

1,150

£736 (6)

8

Arkle (WGA)

G H & G G Wilkinson

850 (2)

£720 (5)

9

Thacka (PXT)

G Pyman

700

£582 (5)

10

Haddo (KWJ)

William J Knox

1,150

£562 (5)

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National Show & Sale Judges 2014 English National Show & Sale 2014 NIGEL HAMILL - BALLYNADRENTA - HNB

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Nigel has been a member of the society since 1983, when he established the Ballynadrenta flock with his brother Dennis. Nigel says the reason they started using Texel sires was because of the great carcasses, and that remains the same today. The Ballynadrenta flock has had its share of success over the years in shows and sales. Nigel has also had the honour of being Chairman of N.I. Texel Club and more recently was made President of NIYTB. Nigel says he is looking forward to judging at the English National Sale in August on this special 40th anniversary year.

Scottish National Show & Sale 2014 STEVE SMITH - PENPARC - SJP Steve became a member of the British Texel Sheep Society in 1981. His commitment to the breed’s characteristics, conformation, skins and gigots has stood him in good stead throughout his farming career. During this time he has served as Chairman of the Shropshire & Borders Club, is a current member of the Welsh Northern Regional British Wool Board committee and a former winner of Welsh Sheep Farmer of the Year, not bad for an Englishman! The Penparc prefix has had consistent success at the Royal Welsh show and also secured many County championships, culminating with the Supreme Champion Pairs at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair 2010. In 2011 Penparc were Champion Shropshire & Borders Texel club flock, 2nd in the all Wales and Champion in the Progeny show. Steve is well known in the judging circles and has been invited to judge many of the major shows and sales throughout the UK and Southern Ireland. Steve has judged Texel classes at the Royal Highland, Royal Welsh Show and the English National Show of Texel Sheep at Worcester.

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His own sale successes include Penparc Lexus sold at Lanark (10,000gns) and Penparc Olive sold at Carlisle (4,500gns). Steve farms 1,200 ewes and 100 suckler cows and operates Mid Wales Falconry Centre at Pen-y-Bryn, near Welshpool, none of which would have been achieved without his wife Helen and daughter Anna. Steve is looking forward to judging at the Society’s prestigious Scottish National Show.


Success in the show ring at a young age with the homebred females Watchknowe Lady Madonna and Watchknowe Ginger spice encouraged Carol-Anne to become more involved in the flock and the wider Texel community. Sale ring success further encouraged that involvement with the sales of the 44,000Gn. Watchknowe Lanark Cracker, 22,000Gn. Watchnowe Jimmy’s Pride and 20,000Gn. Watchknowe Lord James II being most memorable. Carol-Anne has judged at several local shows in Scotland and thoroughly enjoys taking the opportunity to cast her eye over the offerings at the Scottish National show and sale every year where she helps out on the pre-sale inspection. Carol-Anne is really looking forward to judging at the Northern Ireland National Show and Sale, as the Watchknowe flock has benefitted from some exciting Northern Irish Texel Genetics over the years.

Welsh Natioanl Show & Sale 2014 ALAN CLARK - GARNGOUR/TEIGLUM/CLARKS CJN/CFT/DCX Alan has been brought up with Texels; with his late father Jim, wisely investing in 2 gimmers from the first importation in 1974. The Garngour flock was later established in 1989. Since then, the flock has again split (although still run as one flock) into ‘Teiglum’ and more recently ‘Clarks’, in 2008. The flock, collectively, now numbers 120 ewes. The 3 flocks have enjoyed many highlights but in 2012 the Teiglum flock sold 5 lambs averaging over £19,000, with a top of 60,000gns for Teiglum Tornado. This is the third time the Clark family have topped the Scottish National sale. Alan also runs the Nethanvale herd of Holstein cattle at Garngour and was presented with the coveted ‘Master Breeder Award’ in 2012. He is a past winner of the prestigious ‘Stockman of the Year’ Award at the Royal Highland Show in 2002. Since then, he has judged numerous shows across the country, including the Royal Ulster.

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Carol-Anne has been immersed in the Texel breed from a very young age encouraged by her parents James and Elizabeth. Together they operate the Watchknowe Texel flock which celebrated 40 happy years of involvement with the breed in 2013. In her spare time, Carol-Anne also works full time for the Scottish Government as an Agricultural Officer.

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Northern Ireland National Show & Sale 2014 CAROL-ANNE WARNOCK - WATCHKNOWE - WJW

Alan is a past Regional Director and Board Member, having been Honorary Treasurer of the Society. Alan is married to Marla and they have 3 children – Finley, Murray & Charlie.

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Show & Sale - Ballymena Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th August

Show & Sale - Lanark Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st August

Show & Sale - Welshpool Saturday 23rd August

Show & Sale - Worcester Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th August

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rade at all four sales was very satisfactory with top quality gimmers initiating fierce competition amongst potential buyers. The overall combined clearance rate based on gimmers forward was 72%. At Lanark, Gordon Gray’s Ettrick flock hit the headlines with a magnificent top price of 14,000gn, whilst the Twelve Oaks flock of D & J Chambers sold to 7,200gn

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Top 12 Individual Gimmers/Female Sales At 4 National Sales 2013 Consignor Flock

Gimmer Sire

Price (Gns)

Purchaser

1

Ettrick (GGH) GGH1202029

Foyle View Superstar SMV1100552(E)

14,000

G Brookes, Earlston

2

Twelve Oaks (CTO) (Female Champion) CTO1200201

Carran Sutherland’s Star SCK1100086(E)

7,200

J Innes & Sons, Strathbogie

3

Ettrick (GGH) GGH1202084

Ettrick Sir Alan GGH1101120(E)

7,000

G Brookes, Earlston

4

Hull House (MJH) MJH1202713

Castlecairn Red Arrow RNA1000080(E)

5,800

Alastair Beaton, Cross Hill

5

Glenside (FPG) FPG1200432

Strathbogie Python IJS09289(E)

5,500

D Rankin, Isle of Skye

6

Forkins (GAF) (NI National) GAF 1200584

Ettrick Rainbow Warrior GGH1000041(E)

4,200

Mark Priestly A Gault retained ½ share

7=

Ettrick (GGH) GGH12020123

Foyle View Superstar SMV1100552(E)

3,400

A Hamilton & W Tinning

7=

Knap (CKP) (English National) CKP1203250

Baltier Rascal FEB1000027(E)

3,400

Boden & Davies Ltd, Sportsmans

9

Mullan (HBN) (NI National) HBN1200475

Fairywater Superstar FAO1000161(E)

3,300

T McNally, Co London Derry

10

Deveronvale (MGV) MGV1200284

Glenside Razzle Dazzle FPG1000055(E)

3,000

Gray Flocks, Tima/Ettrick

11

Beautry (CUB) (English National) CUB1200688

Arkle South Pacific WGA1100660(E)

2,900

Procters Farms, Clitheroe Lancs

12

Crosskirk (SLF) SLF1200030

Kelso Pavarotti MBZ09002(E)

2,800

D & T Bradley-Farmer, Meon Down


Sold for 14,000gns to the late Gordon Brooke, Mershott. Ettrick GGH1202029

7,200gns

7,000gns

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14,000gns

Sold for 7,000gns to the late Gordon Brook, Mershott - Ettrick GGH1202084

Sold for 7,200gns to James Innes & Sons, Strathbogie - Twleve Oaks CTO1200201

Texel Gimmer Averages Sale Average (to nearest £)

Forward

Sold

Scottish

82

61

£1,648

English

87

69

£634

Irish

80

46

£686

Welsh

81

60

£382

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he later sales in January 2014 arguably enjoyed the pick of the trade with the Scottish Club sale at Lanark featuring a brace of flock dispersals to swell the numbers. It was one of these dispersals, the sale of Ian Farquhar’s Insch flock which was the pick of the prices, peaking at 5200gns for a 2011-born ET bred ewe, IIF1100237.

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The sale leader, a Glenside Razzle Dazzle daughter, is out of a Garngour Nobleman daughter, with her granddam being a Knock ewe by Glenside Loneranger. Bought by Steven Renwick for the Craig Douglas flock this one was in-lamb to 2013 Sire of the Year, Strathbogie Terminator. Another one-crop ewe from the same home then sold at 4000gns, with this being another by Razzle Dazzle, IIF1100228. She is out of a Knock dam by Glenside Mylord and was again in-lamb to Strathbogie Terminator. Buying this one was Eire-based breed J Greene, Donegal.

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Another selling at 4000gns was a gimmer from the Insch dispersal, IIF1200298. An ET-bred shearling, again by Razzle Dazzle and a full sister to the sale leader. Sold in-lamb to Terminator too she headed back to Aberdeenshire with Albert and George Howie for their Knock flock. Taking a 3000gns bid was a full ET sister to the sale leader, IIF1100178. Again selling in-lamb to Terminator she was knocked down to Graham Morrison for the Deveronvale flock. Following her with a bid of 2300gns was the best of the day from the dispersal of Perry McNickle’s Perry flock, a ewe lamb

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by Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold. This was MQN1304993, a lamb out of an Ettrick Rainbow Warrior dam and going back to Haddo Knoxie. She was snapped up by Alastair Beaton, Wester Crosshill. A pair from the Insch offering then sold at 2000gns, with the first being a Garngour Nobleman daughter. She was again in-lamb to Terminator. Taking this one home was Gordon Gray for the Ettrick flock, Selkirk. The other at this money was a full ET bred sister to the 4000gns gimmer, IIF1200294. And at 1700gns was the champion from the Club sale’s pre-sale show, a Deveronvale gimmer from Graham Morrison, MGV1200282. This ET bred gimmer is by Procters Samurai and out of an Ettrick Mighty Mouse dam. She sold in-lamb to Garngour Ultimatum, with this one selling to an undisclosed buyer. Second best from the Club sale was a bid of 1100gns for a Craig Douglas gimmer from Steven Renwick, XSR1204831. She is by Walston Rambo and out of a dam by Allanfauld Pharoah and sold having run with homebred sire Craig Douglas Uther. This one found a new home with Gordon Gray’s Ettrick flock. The North West Texel Club’s sale of in-lamb females at Chelford saw prices peak at 2450gns for an in-lamb gimmer. Taking the sale’s top price was from the Sportsmans flock of Messrs Boden and Davies. This Hen Gapel Royal Gold daughter, BGS1200541, is out of a Baltier Panther daughter. She sold in-lamb to 42,000gns sire Tullylagan Tonka.


Regional Club In-Lamb Sales Following came a bid of 2100gns for a gimmer from the Fachell flock of Idris Morris. The Fachell pen leader, IF1200349, had been champion in the pre-sale show and is by Sportsmans Superstar out of a Fachell Nutter sired dam. She sold with an index of 227 and in-lamb to Knock Tarana. Buying this one was Jennifer Lodge, Heyworth Lodge. Selling at 1600gns to Peter Longdin, Tickhill, was another from the Fachell pen, MIF1200372. This Sportsmans Superstar daughter is out of a Pennan Miracle dam and sold in-lamb to Knock Tarana. The Gloucester and Border Counties Club sale at Worcester saw a 96% clearance and a top call of 920gns. Leading the trade at 920gns was an in-lamb gimmer from the

Chave family’s Peacehay flock, Somerset. This one, CFP1200127, is a Cennen Magnum daughter out of a dam by Lyonshall King of Clubs and sold in-lamb to Sheeoch Tardis. She was bought by D and S Lovatt, Chipping Norton. Second best of the sale came from the same home, CFP1200212, sold at 750gns to T S Hyslop, Crewkerne. This one is a Fachell Outlook daughter out of a dam by Douganhill Lonestar and sold in-lamb to Caebetran Trojan. Making 700gns was another Peacehay gimmer similarly bred to the last. Again by Outlook, this one, CFP1200206, is out of a Lonestar daughter and was also in-lamb to Trojan. She found a new home with A P James, Bridgnorth.

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Skipton in-lamb gimmers sold to a top of 1600gns twice at the Northern Area Club’s show and sale at Skipton, with both the top priced lots coming from Procters Farm. Leading the trade was the pre-sale champion, PFD1201888, a gimmer by the 50,000gns sire Haddo Ringleader and out of a Callerton Nomad daughter. She sold inlamb to Scholars Twenty Twelve and joined young breeder William Watson, Hellifield. The other at this money was from Procters, PFD1201997. Sired by the 12,000gns Sportsman’s Scania, this one is out of a Clynnog Joe Tex daughter and was in-lamb to this year’s Lanark champion Tophill Union Jack. She was also bought by William Watson. Selling at 1350gns to William Watson also was the reserve champion from Mark and William Keighley. This was KAM1201325 from their Manderlea flock and is by Corrie Rocker. Bred from a Tophill Protatype ewe, she goes back to Strathbogie Knock Out and sold carrying twins to Manderlea Turn On. In the North West of the country the Solway and Tyne Club sale peaked at 1200gns when Frank Rushton bought a gimmer from the Sportsman’s pen of Charlie Boden, BGS1200592. This was a Milnbank Special One daughter out of a dam by Castlecairn Nile God and in-lamb to 16,000gns Milnbank Times Square. Two then sold at 1100gns, with the first being from the Cairnam flock of Cammie Gauld, Auchterarder. This was a Glenside Razzle Dazzle daughter, GCF1201112, out of a dam by Garngour Lightning. In-lamb to 14,000gns sire Baltier Thunderbird she was knocked down to Melanie Kellet, Northamptonshire.

The other at this price was from the Cowal pen of the Campbell family, Drimsynie. This ET bred Cambwell Socrates daughter, CKC1201978, is out of a Millar’s Only One daughter and sold in-lamb to Tullylagan Tonka. Buying her was R Stevenson, Brampton. In Wales the Shropshire and Borders Club sale at Welshpool enjoyed a solid trade, peaking at 1550gns for a gimmer from the Bennett family’s Plasucha flock. The sale leader, BFE1200056, is a Glenside Ring a Ding daughter out of a dam by Pen Parc Nobleman and going back to Haltcliffe Jackpot. She sold in-lamb to Garngour Upperclass. Following her at 1300gns was another from the same consignment, BFE1200085, an ET bred Kingledores Scaramouche daughter. This one was again in-lamb to Upperclass and goes back to Garngour Juror. At 1100gns was a Cressage gimmer from Matthew Ellis. This was EMK1200942, an ET bred daughter of Allanfauld Rockafella out of a dam by Watchknowe Nakamura. She sold in-lamb to Upperclass too. South Wales Club’s sale was a little more reserved with a top call of 620gns paid twice. First at this money was a Peacehay gimmer from the Chave family. Sired by Scolton Panther, this gimmer, CFP1200164, is out of a dam by Cennen Magnum and sold in-lamb to Caebetran Trojan. At the same money was a substitute entry from the Quick family, Loosebeare. This one was a Whitehart Spot on daughter. And making 500gns was a Trefere gimmer from the Davies family. This one, DBT1201300, is by Muiresk Phil and sold in-lamb to Llyfni Twm Twm.


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The Select Seven sale at Lanark was once again the highlight of the 2013 sales season, with prices peaking at 19,000gns. Taking this big money bid was Gordon Gray of the Ettrick flock. Mr Gray’s sale leader, GGH1202072, is a daughter of Foyle View Superstar out of a dam by the noted female breeder Knock Papoose. She sold in-lamb to Llyfni Usain Bolt. Another from the Ettrick pen secured the day’s second highest price of 11,000gns, an Ettrick Sir Alan daughter out of a dam by Teiglum Nevada, GGH1201206, also in lamb to Usain Bolt.

occasions, with the first at this money coming from the Knock pen of Albert and George Howie, also Aberdeenshire. The Howie’s pen leader, HAK 1200376, is a daughter of stock sire Sportsman’s Supreme and out of a dam by Anglezarke Krug. She sold in-lamb to Sportsman’s Trojan II and was knocked down with an index of 331 to Esmor Evans, Mold, for the Maerdy flock. Also a shearling ewe from John Forsyth’s Glenside pen, FPG1200538, a daughter of Hull House Space Cowboy and out of a dam by Muiresk Nearco. She sold to Iain Barbour, Annan, for the newly established Solwaybank flock. She traded with an index of 261 and in-lamb to 10,000gns ram lamb Castlecairn Union Lido.

Twilight Texels Mr C Boden had the final bid on the sale’s third highest priced lot, when he paid 9000gns for the Garngour gimmer CJN1201561 from the Clark family. This gimmer was a daughter of Strathbogie Smokey Blue out of a dam by Rascarrel Panther, she was sold in lamb to 38,000gns Springwell Ulsterboy with an index of 289. The Clark family took the day’s next best price of 8500gns. This time bred in the family’s Clarks flock, this gimmer, DCX1201666, sired by 4000gns Strathbogie Stifler and out of a Hexel Lexus dam.

Christmas Crackers The Christmas Crackers sale at Carlisle prices hit a high of 9000gns. Taking the day’s top call was Aberdeenshire-based breeder Graham Morrison - Deveronvale flock, sale leader, MGV1200302, sold to Melanie Kellet, Northamptonshire. The sale’s second best call of 5000gns was achieved on two

The Twilight Sale saw a top price of 6200gns paid by Robin Orr, Halbeath, Dumfermline. Mr Orr’s choice was a gimmer from the Loosebeare flock of the Quick family, Devon. This gimmer, QEL 1201597, is a Hull House Special Brew daughter out of a dam by the noted Summerwood Grand Union, sire of 120,000gns Loosebeare Imp. She goes back to Kingsland Lion on her dam’s side and sold in-lamb to Mossknowe United. She stood second at Devon County Show this year. Second best price of the evening sale came at 3000gns, with this price paid twice for gimmers from the Procters flock. First at this money was PFD 1201836, a Sportsmans Scania daughter out of an Annan-bred dam by Ettrick McCoist. She was knocked down to David Gray, Selkirk.


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The other at this price for the Procters flock was another by Scania, PFD 1202026. She is out of another Annan dam, a Clynnog Joe Tex daughter. Again in-lamb to Union Jack she was bought by Keith Jamieson, breeder of her dam, for the Annan flock.

48,000gns sire Strathbogie Untouchable, was bought by E Pugh, Gwynedd.

The Christmas Stars Sale, resulted in a best call of 7000gns paid for a gimmer from the Innes family’s Strathbogie flock.

Robert Cockburn’s Knap flock took second top of the day, selling at 6500gns. This one, CKP 1203221 is sired by Baltier Rascal. She is a full sister to the 4000gns Connachan Sharky and 4000gns Connachan Spicebabe, she sold in-lamb to Knap Utopia. Buying this one were Keith, Allan and Roy Campbell, Drimsynie.

Taking the sale’s best price was IJS 1200089 a Procters Samurai daughter out of a dam by Mossknowe Pudsey and going back to Baltier Imp. This gimmer, in-lamb to

Following that at 5000gns was the best of the day from Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank. This was LYM 1200701, a Glenside Razzle Dazzle daughter out of a dam by Douganhill

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Navahoe and in-lamb to the 48,000gns Strathbogie Untouchable. She was bought by Stephen Cobbold, Sudbury, Suffolk. The Strathbogie flock then sold the next best at 4500gns. This was IJS 1200089, another Procters Samurai daughter ET bred out of a Strathbogie Nixon daughter and going back to Craighead Hercules. This gimmer again sold in-lamb to Untouchable and was knocked down to Messrs Boden and Davies for the Sportsmans flock,

Northern Stars Across the water in Northern Ireland the Northern Stars Sale topped at 5000gns, with this paid for a Tamnamoney gimmer from Roger Strawbridge. SRY12000654 is an ET bred daughter of Clynnog Joe Tex out of a Castlecairn Kennedy dam and in lamb to Oldfield United Star. She sold to Richard Henderson, Ballynahone.

Second best at 3300gns was from Alastair Gault, Forkins, GAF1200525. Sired by Sportsmans Scania, she is out of a Douganhill McFly dam and sold in-lamb to Duncryne Uber Cool. Buying this one was R Reynolds.

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A pair sold at 3200gns, both coming from the well travelled Ettrick pen of Gordon Gray. First at this level was GGH1202189, an Ettrick Rainbow Warrior daughter out of a dam by Castlecairn 007. She was in-lamb to Knock Topaz and was bought by Michael Smyth, Foyleview. The other at this money was GGH1202187. Again by Rainbow Warrior she is out of a dam by Hewer Hill Mr Big and sold in-lamb to Teiglum Utah. Buying this one was Charlie Boden, Sportsman’s.

Northern Lights The Northern Lights Sale also held in the province drew a top price of 2000gns for a gimmer from Henry Gamble’s Springwell

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flock. Sale leader, GRS1200289, is a daughter of the noted sire Derryvore Ranger, out of a dam by Easterseat Minstrel she goes back to Teiglum Iceman. This one, in-lamb to Oberstown Usain Bolt sold to the Cornerstone flock of the Simpson family. The same buyer and vendor combination was behind the day’s second best price of 1900gns when the Simpsons bought another Springwell gimmer. This one was also by Ranger. At the same money was a Blackstown gimmer from the Wilson family. Sired by Carmavy Stirker this gimmer sold to Alastair Breen, Fermanagh.

Christmas Surprise A catalogued entry of 80 Texel in lamb ewes were offered for sale at the annual sale held at Ruthin Livestock Centre on Saturday 14th December last, when a quality show of sheep was offered. A large crowd attended from a wide area and the top price gimmer of the day went to I P Jones of the ‘Llangwm’ Texel flock realising 1,500gns for a daughter of Kelso Picasso, and selling to J Phillips of Corwen. Three daughters of Sportsman’s Superstar, from Wyn Morris of the Fachell Texels made 920gns, 880gns and 850gns with two selling to local breeders and the other to Carlisle breeder. Llangwm Texels also sold two crossbred ewes carrying embryos sired by ‘Sportsman’s Trojan’ and ‘Knock the One’ which sold for 420gns and 500gns respectively.

January Gems The final invitational sale of the season, again in Northern Ireland, the January Gems sale, rounded off the season with a top price of 2100gns achieved for a gimmer from the Ballyhivistock flock of Messrs Simpson and Calvin.


was in-lamb to Strathbogie Smokey Blue and sold to Paul O’Connor, Drumgooland. And making 1150gns was another Ballyhivistock gimmer, SCY1200502. This Fairmount Seven O Seven daughter is out of another Redford Ollie daughter which is full sister to dam of the top priced gimmer. In-lamb to Hull House Schnapps she sold to Neil Watson for the Findrum flock, Dungannon.

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Sale topper was SCY1200466, a Hull House Schnapps daughter out of a dam by Redford Ollie and in-lamb to Fairmount Seven O Seven. She sold to the Glengalliagh flock of Moore Hamilton, Londonderry, and is a full sister to Ballyhivistock Unique, a 1300gns tup lamb from this year’s Northern Irish Premier sale. Second best at 2000gns was the best from John Trimble’s Curley flock, TYC1200249, a daughter of Kelso Oxygen out of a dam by Milestonehill O’Gara. She

Strathbogie - IJS1200089, Sold for 7,000gns at the Christmas Stars sale

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t takes a strong pen of tups to stand out at the main NSA Ram Sale at Builth Wells in September, but Cefin Pryce’s Caereinion pen of shearling tups is regularly one of the pens prospective buyers head to first.

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And it’s no coincidence that the flock has recorded impressive averages at the sale for a number of years , culminating in it achieving the highest shearling average for a recorded flock at the 2013 fixture. The flock’s average of £1049 at the 2013 fixture was just a shade lower than Cefin and wife Nia achieved in 2012, with buyers clearly drawn to the couple’s strong shearling pen.

No stranger to the high priced shearling market, having sold notable tups such as, Caereinion Jewel, Caereinion Landlord and Caereinion Number One, Cefin and Nia are resolute in their breeding aims. “We know the commercial market is the bread and butter and everything we do is aimed at bringing out strong shearlings every year to ensure our tups go away and thrive for our customers and leave them lambs, either pedigree or commercial, which suit the market.” And with that in mind the breeding policy at the couple’s base is targeted at growth and muscle, with tups selected to leave lambs with the ability to thrive in what can be a harsh environment. “Spring 2013 was


The flock was founded in 1993 with a total of £3000 spent on females, largely from the Edwards family’s Dyfri flock, with a small number of additions in 1994 too.

“For the last couple of years we’ve flushed a 2007-born ewe, PEC07217, a Summerwood Grand Union daughter, which goes back to one of the original Dyfri ewes. She continues to breed well, being the natural dam of 2000gns Caereinion Thor which we sold to John Elliot at the Welsh National Sale 2013 for the Roxburgh flock.”

“Since then I’ve tried to maintain a closed flock and breed from the best of the females we have here as they clearly suit our system and our ground. The Dyfri females in particular have had a huge influence on the flock, leaving powerful females with easy fleshing and strong tops to them.”

On the sire front the Pryces have worked hard over the years to maximise the use of proven sires from within the breed which have the ability to improve the flock and produce tups of the type their customers demand. “We’ve used plenty of our own breeding over the years too, including 12,000gns Caereinion Number One which

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With the flock maintained at about 40 breeding females Cefin says breeding and retaining females from the right lines is crucial to the flock’s future success. “We do undertake some flushing each year, but only ever from proven females which have bred well for us consistently. I don’t want to go to the expense of flushing ewes which we don’t have much experience of.

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particularly cold and we had a lot of snow, but the tup hoggs which were outside in the worst of the weather didn’t suffer for it at all. It was a real test of the genetics we’re using, but was reassuring as we knew if the tup hoggs had stood up to it well then our rams should thrive wherever they end up.” And while thriftiness and survival aren’t necessarily traits that are easily selected for when looking for new stock tups Cefyn says a priority is ensuring the rams he uses are good female breeders as well as leaving saleable rams.

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has been used by a number of leading breeders and was the grandsire of the first prize shearling tup at Worcester this year. A number of homebred ram lambs are often used too to judge the quality of their offspring.

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“Cambwell Laird has been an influential sire for the flock too, leaving sons and daughters with power and size and great skins too. His figures have been equally impressive too and with more and more commercial buyers paying attention to performance recording it is an increasingly important factor when selling at major sales such as Builth.” And while selling tups at high prices has helped push the flock’s development the Pryces find it equally as rewarding to see their stock doing well for buyers, in particular other breeders who have bought stock rams from them. “The likes of Number One, Rocket, Master Class, Monarch and Jewel have all gone on and done well for their respective buyers and that gives us a real boost to see progeny

from our tups getting in among the top prices at major sales. “The £8000 Builth 2010 sale topper Scolton Panther from the Reed family is a son of Monarch and was sold to the Chave family’s Peacehay flock and Robert Laird sold a Number One at £5000 to Roger Williams’ Clun flock. The ability of our tups to breed for other flocks is important and gives other breeders the confidence to buy from us too.” Indeed it was the performance of Caereinion Regis for Jonathan Watson in the Brijon flock that led to John Elliot buying Thor, says Cefin. “He’d seen Regis sons being prepared for Kelso tup sales and thought a lot of them that led him to come to Welshpool on the lookout for a Caereinion tup to be a shearling breeder for himself.” Females are also sold from the flock when surplus are available, with shearling ewes selling to 2100gns at the Welsh Premier sale in 2012 for a Cambwell Laird daughter

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which was bought by Geoff Morgan. “She was a maternal sister to Cambwell Rocky which sold to Davies Brothers in 2011,” adds Cefin. And a daughter of Caereinion Regis sold at the recent Brijon/Tweed Texel Flocks In-Lamb sale held in Carlisle in January with a sale topping price of 5,800gns Looking ahead Cefin and Nia say the future of the flock is being shaped by careful tup selection and an emphasis on maximising the potential in the best bloodlines already in the flock. “About 30% of the flock now comes from one line and that is proving very beneficial in allowing us to produce even, level pens of tups for sale. “We’ve concentrated on an easy lambing line and that makes a big difference to the lambs and makes life much easier from a

management point of view. Our females are milky and prolific and that makes a massive difference to the performance of the lambs in their early weeks.” Ewe feeding is based around good quality haylage, with the aim being to house ewes after New Year and have them back out at grass within a week of lambing. “Tup hoggs are housed in December and are then back out at grass in the middle of February to free up space for the ewes and lambs. They also winter largely on haylage, with a little coarse mix fed to grow frame and fill out their tops. “We can grow good crops of grass and Texels thrive off good grass, so that’s the aim with the flock, to minimise the concentrate input and maximise the output from grass,” adds Cefin.

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William Boyd - Dechmont Flock he Boyd family first dabbled in pedigree Texels back in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until 2005, when Jim and Anne’s youngest son William was keen to invest once again in some pure females, that the Dechmont flock was re-established. It’s gone from strength to strength in that short time, with William’s pen averaging an impressive £1540 at Kelso in 2013.

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“I had always wanted to get back in to Texels. We were influenced as children by Grandpa Gray at Langside, who was one of the first breeders in the country, and we used Texels on our commercial sheep flock – so there was never any question of which breed to focus on,” explained William. His 35-ewe flock is kept alongside 350 Mule cross ewes at the family farm, Dechmont, in Blantyre, near Glasgow, and William says that when choosing pedigree females

in 2005, he kept in mind the flock’s main income at that point, which was the fat lamb market.“I was conscious that I wanted to buy sound commercial stock, in order to breed functional, correct, commercial tups, that would in turn produce quality fat lambs,” he said. He initially bought gimmers and ewe lambs from Alan Frame’s North Quarter flock and Jock McGregor’s Gregor’s flock, and after building up a solid foundation, William set about selecting stock tups that would improve the particular aspects he felt needed attention. The first of those was Humeston King of Spades, bought at Lanark, which William says helped put strength, bone and body into the sheep, while the next purchase, Langlands Nero, was an upstanding type, which put a longer front leg on to its offspring.

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“Saturn’s sire is Knock Orion, which is out of the breedy Knock ewe, HAK0534. The tups I’ve bought have all come from strong female lines, and that is really important to me, as there’s more chance of them breeding good females themselves.”

“I like supporting the local markets too, and sold a further four shearlings at Caledonian Marts, Stirling, to average £500, so the 10 shearlings sold in 2013 averaged out at £1100.

Despite selling all his tups as shearlings, William says he prefers to buy stock tups at the Lanark premier sale if he can.

“In my opinion, that’s where the best lambs come out of, and if I’m breeding tups that are going to be producing fat lambs, then they need to look good themselves as lambs, not just as shearlings. I do find it quite difficult to get a lamb with the length that I’m looking for though, a lot of them are too short.” William started selling shearlings in 2007, at Caledonian Marts, Stirling, but after being told by several people that he should be selling at Kelso too, he finally headed there in 2010, where he sold five to average £830, topping at £1100. That average remained steady for the next two years, and for

“I was anxious about moving to another ring, as we’d managed a decent average for three years running, but it turned out we had our best sale yet, topping at £4500 for the Tophill Saturn son, Dechmont Triple Chance (out of a ewe by Pioneer), and averaging £1540 for the pen.

“We got a lot of comments about their exceptional length, width and good skins, and I think that bit of breed character helped make them stand out to the buyers too. However, I still have a way to go before I catch up with Uncle Alex at Langside’s average of more than £2000 – so there’s definitely room for improvement!” added William, who has worked as shepherd for Malcolm Coubrough at Hartside, Biggar, for the past couple of years, and has relied on his parents’ help with the Texel flock back at home. However, it’s been all change again this year, as William has taken up the opportunity to go out on his own, with a contract farming agreement on Overburns, a 500-acre farm near Biggar, owned by Mike Scott. There, he runs 670 North of England Mules, which are all put to the Texel, for fat lamb production. “We’d normally lamb the cross ewes in March, but I’ll be lambing slightly later at Overburns, in April, which means I can get the fairly intensive Texel lambing at Dechmont past in March, before the outdoor lambing begins at Overburns.

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the 2013 sale, he was given the chance by Lawrie and Symington to move from ring 7 to ring 9.

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“From there, we bought Garngour Pioneer, at Lanark for 3600gns, a Craighead Masterpiece son, out of the well known Garngour ewe, CJN04049. That combination ensured that he put a lot of breed character and flash into the flock, as well as passing on his fantastic conformation,” added William, who says his current stock tup, Tophill Saturn, has continued where Pioneer left off – breeding plenty character, along with a good carcase.

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I’m also hoping to breed replacement ewes at Overburns, for the cross flock at Dechmont.

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“I’m planning to start performance recording once I’m settled at Overburns, but we do have our own selective breeding system when deciding which ewe lambs to keep as replacements. We only keep those reared naturally, as twins, in the hope of maintaining good mothering ability and milkiness in the flock.” At home, between Dechmont and neighbouring Lettrickhills, the family milk 200 Holstein cows, managed by William’s

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brother Jim, while his brother Stuart takes charge of the 200 acres of grain. There is, therefore, a limit to the space and time that can be devoted to the pedigree sheep flock, so they are as ‘self sufficient’ as they can be. “There’s definitely not a lot of time for pampering, so we keep the system as simple as possible. The ewes are out all winter, scanned at end December at 165+%, and brought in at the end of February, then back out as quick as possible after lambing,” said William.

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Tophill Saturn Sire of Dechmont Triple Chance

“Commercial buyers will spend £1000+ on tups at Kelso, but they have to be good quality, and they’re often looking for something with a bit of flash that will breed a good female too. “I do think though, that the breed as a whole needs to be careful not to lose the traits it has always been renowned for – having that extra bit of length over other continental breeds, whilst still retaining the carcase qualities,” he added.

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Dam of Dechmont Triple Chance

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“I always think it’s after they’re clipped and get a good bit of grass, that you notice a big difference in them. I keep them out at grass until a week before the sale, and they get a bit of feeding in the last month only – I try not to push them too hard.

“I only ever take the best of the shearlings to Kelso, I’d rather have a strong pen of six than an average pen of 10,” explained William.

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The pure lambs that won’t be kept on for shearlings, are used on the commercial flock, with the bottom end sold as tup hoggs in December. Normally 12 are kept through the winter for the shearling job – they are outwintered on good, dairy ground, and clipped mid-May.

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Measuring muscle – What influences the measurements taken using ultrasound? Measuring Muscle

n recent years an increasing number of Texel breeders have had their lambs measured using Signet’s ultrasound scanning technology to assess the muscle depth and fat depth of their lambs. It is recognised that the best way to identify animals with superior genes for muscling is to use the EBV that is produced from this data. The EBV takes into account the measurements collected on all known relatives and is by far the best predictor of genetic merit for this important trait – but this doesn’t mean the raw data that is left on farm isn’t interesting.

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What factors influence muscle and fat depth measurements?

For a flock where lambs are reared on a lower plane of nutrition and average 28mm muscle depths at 40kg, this achievement may be no less impressive than a flock where they average 60kg at scanning with muscle depths of 32mm. EBVs are required to separate the effects of feeding and genetics if you wish to compare lambs reared in each flock.

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Sex Texel ram lambs tend to have deeper muscle depths (about 1.5mm last year) than ewe lambs and under the same nutritional conditions would tend to be leaner.

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Single born and reared lambs will tend to be heavier, with deeper muscles and fatter than lambs reared as multiples.

Feeding Regime There are massive differences in the way that Texel lambs are reared. Figure 1 shows that Signet staff are scanning some flocks where Texel ram lambs average less than 40kg at scanning and others where lambs average over 60kg. As lambs develop they lay down more muscle and fat; heavier lambs tend to have deeper muscle depths.


Summary

For similar reasons to the influence of feeding – the age of the lamb has a big impact on raw data measurements, although this influence will vary from flock to flock. At a breed level the picture is less clear, as many of the lambs scanned early in life that appear in breeding summaries have been fed intensively ready to be sold as ram lambs (and hence have deep eye muscle measurements), whilst the shearling producing flocks tend to scan older lambs – which can be expressing lower daily liveweight gains and hence smaller muscle depths. Scan age isn’t a particularly useful guide when comparing Texel lambs reared in different flocks.

There are massive differences in the muscling characteristics of Texel sheep – some of this can be explained by environmental factors such as their sex, age and rearing environment – whist some can be directly attributed to genetic differences between sheep. Ultrasound scanning measurements provide an important first step in understanding the variation within your flock, but when it comes to comparing sheep that have been reared in different flocks breeders are advised to look closely at the animals EBV as an indicator of the animal’s true genetic potential for these highly important carcase characteristics.

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Marketing Texel Sheep using EBV’s

It is acknowledged that the promotion of EBVs to the commercial producer has to be a joint effort. Signet, the devolved bodies (EBLEX, QMS and HCC), auctioneers and the Texel Breed Society all have a role to play, but ultimately the success or failure of any ram sale lies with the breeder. Here are a few ways that breeders can help themselves: 1. Produce relevant display materials for the rams on sale, this might include: EBV Breeding Charts printed from the BASCO Website Pedigree trees printed from the BASCO Website Handwritten sale cards (blank cards available from Signet) Order of Merit cards produced by EBLEX (English breeders) CT Images from the CT Scanning Unit

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2. At big sales like Kelso and Builth Wells consider producing a simple handout listing the EBVs for your stock. 3. Keep in contact with your clients. Consider mailing or emailing them prior to a big sale with the EBVs for your sale rams. 4. Talk to your customers about the EBVs on display and explain what they represent. Trial data has consistently shown a £3/lamb benefit attributable

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to the use of rams with high EBVs. Explain this important financial benefit to your customers. 5. Obtain promotional leaflets from Signet or EBLEX/HCC/QMS that may be of interest to your clients. 6. Keep a “Breed Benchmark” to hand to show how your rams compare to the rest of the breed. 7. Publish “Genetic Trends” for your flock. This data is found in the back of your reports. This shows how much genetic progress the flock has made over time. 8. Ask about EBVs when purchasing semen or rams from other breeders. This shows that it matters to you that your future lamb crop has good EBVs. For most flocks the marketing of rams is as important as their feeding and breeding, but it tends to receive the least amount of attention. For more information on this important subject contact: the Texel Society office for a free copy of “Marketing Breeding Sheep for Better Returns”.


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In this section: Club Reports 2013 Flock Judging competition 2014 Flock Competition Results 2013 Club Contact Details Club Sale Dates 2014

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Derbyshire Club Our annual general meeting was held on the 14th November 2013 at the Duke of York, Pomeroy near Buxton, with a good attendance and Robert Cartledge began his second year in office.

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ur New Year party was held in January and instead of a disco and dancing we had a comedian to entertain us, which proved to be very successful and enjoyed by all.

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The beginning of June, a weekend away organised by Frank and Ben, saw us visiting Cumberland Show, with a scorching hot day and very enjoyable. On Sunday we were up early to travel to Stephen Illingworth’s good flock of Texels, and a tour around the fields by tractor and trailer, to see a wonderful herd of Limousin cattle, after which, we were all treated to some very enjoyable refreshments. Later we all climbed aboard the coach to head for home calling at Appleby Fair, an experience not to be missed! A very good weekend, thanks Frank and Ben. Our annual open day was held also in June at Highfields House Farm, near Chesterfield, the home of the Prince family, with a good show of sheep, judged by Mr Joe Barlow. The champion being Charlie Boden, and reserve Mr Paul Kirkham and Amy Brunt. The best young handler was Kane Clamp. The flock competition was held as usual in August, six flocks entering our open classes and four flocks in our newcomers. These were judged by Mr Neil Pamplin, Ashfield flock. Our thanks to Ms Katie Martin and Mrs Margaret Ritter who each stewarded the competition, after which a meal with prize giving was held in the evening of the second day.

My, how the year flies by, September here and the show and sale at Bakewell Market, being judged by Mr Robin Kellet. Everyone was happy with the prices. The champion was a shearling ram from Ms Katie Martin and reserve was a ram lamb belonging to Haydn Fletcher. Congratulations must go to Eugen and Margaret Ritter gaining champion and reserve places with their lamb carcasses at the English Winter Fair, Bingley Hall, Staffordshire. The lady members had been busy again as usual making cakes etc for our refreshment stand and our charity was presented with a ÂŁ300 cheque for Staffordshire Air Ambulance. The points shield was won by Frank Rushton with Dean Clamp in second place and Charlie Boden in third place. The Club has had a good year and I must thank the committee and everyone for all your support, and wish you all the best for 2014.

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First prize honours in the ewes was this year awarded to D & M Prince, Stonedge.

The best pen average for shearling ewes was for an entry of seven from S H C Rawlings, Wiston. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the many shows throughout the year, promoting the Dutch Texel, both live and on the hook, with much success.

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1st S H C Rawlings WISTON

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4th J & P Barlow MOSSGIEL

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4th S H C Rawlings WISTON

Once again, commercial and pedigree buyers travelled from all over the UK, confirming the demand for the Dutch Texel in the marketplace. The two carcass competitions that we sponsor earlier in the year saw the winners, both commercial and producers, redeem their voucher on purchase at the sale. This year’s highest pen average for 5 shearling rams or more was achieved by Jane Davies, Rathbone, followed by G R & A Foy, Parkside, and with his second consignment, David Hughes, Bryn Llewelyn.

As always I would like to thank everybody for their support, with particular thanks to our committee, our chairman, Mr Gerwyn Davies and to our auctioneers, Ruthin Farmers. Wishing you all a happy and successful year.

Paula Barlow Secretary

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he Show Champion was awarded to a ram lamb from S & C Egryn, which later sold to the judge for 700 gns. The Reserve Champion honours went to a shearling ram from Jane Davies, Rathbone, selling for 1500 gns to M Thwaite, Skipton.

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Our 16th annual sale at Ruthin saw impressive animals forward, judged this year by Mr Steve Gibbons, Hay on Wye.

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Eastern Club The Eastern Texel Breeders Club held its AGM on Saturday 19 October following the annual flock competition, judged this year by Jim Cresswell.

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im visited seven flocks, all spread out over a substantial area reaching from Lincolnshire to the western area of Northamptonshire. Twelve people attended the Dinner afterwards which was held in a more central location just north of Cambridge.

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The competition was won by the Melton Constable flock of young breeders Tom, Joe and Alex Lockhart who only a few years ago began breeding Texels (under the guidance of their father Bruce). Judging by the enthusiasm and competitiveness of the boys this flock has definitely a great future. Their win also means that the flock will go forward to next year’s national competition to mark the Society’s 40th Anniversary and we wish them Good Luck.

The great agricultural shows in East Anglia are always the highlight of our summer and classes were again well attended by Texel breeders. Like last year it was Tina Ashley who lifted the club’s trophy for most points won at our regional shows. After three years of giving his time to the club Stephen Cobbald resigned as Chairman. Members thanked him for his enthusiasm and dedication and wished him well. The small numbers of members in the Eastern region makes it difficult to find officers for the club but it also means that it can be run quite easily.

Sylvia Rawlings Secretary

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The early part of the spring, (if that was what it was called) was taken up with lambing, and in many cases it was survival of the fittest, due in no small part to the weather and the schmallenberg virus, neither of which we want to see again this year. Summer slowly crept in as far as the weather was concerned but it did get much better and the feel good factor began to appear. This wasn’t something our chairman was feeling when we went for our annual pilgrimage to the dogs at Swindon, a good evening’s entertainment but the pin never seemed to land in the right place on the paper and most went home “in the red”. The summer show season was then upon us, and this year our local Three Counties had Royal status. Congratulations to all the members who have up-held the club’s name with their many successes over the summer, keep up the good work, the rest of us are trying to catch you! Socially during the summer we held two very enjoyable days out. On what seemed to be the only wet day of the summer we were invited to the Presidents bash at Barnage. No amount of rain could

dampen our spirits and many thanks to the Martyn family for a super tour of the farm, impressive sheep (if you could see them through the rain) and a fantastic lunch. Secondly, our flock visit took us to the Welsh borders and the Millend flock of Russell and Gill Watkins, a pre-visit lunch, where the Watkins family met us, was followed by a fabulous tour of the farm and the groups of sheep we saw were a sight to behold, as well as the fantastic views. A superb day ended with a quiz and an epic tea. Two of our club flocks were dispersed during the summer and we wish Mary Mitchell (Perrymill) and Colin and Kate Ponting (Penstones) happy retirements, hopefully they will still support us. The autumn skittles match is best forgotten by the men’s team, this year they were whitewashed by the ladies, it’s been a long time coming but we made the most of it, and there was plenty of banter and good humour. Our in-lamb sale at Worcs was again well supported with a 96% clearance and an average of 383 gns, topping at 920 gns for the champion from Peacehay. In ending this report, we thank all members and friends who have supported us over the year and look forward to 2014.

Clive Roads Chairman

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he year began with the annual lunch when Mr and Mrs Graham Jones (Mabon) announced the results and presented awards for the 2012 flock competition. Sadly the club’s 2013 competition was cancelled but we will be back!

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2013 proved to be another eventful year in the calendar of club activities with a combination of business, competitive and social events with, hopefully, something for everyone.

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Highland Club We started another busy year with the Highland Sheep Event, where Jonnie Campbell, Vice Chairman and myself manned the stand. It was a very well organised, successful event with a huge attendance.

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hen came our flock visit, when we headed south to visit the Allanfauld, Beautry, Hullhouse and Garngour Flocks. An enjoyable weekend was had by all and the hospitality and warm welcome we received everywhere we went was very much enjoyed, as was the tremendous displays of stock at all four farms. Our next event was the Stockjudging and BBQ kindly hosted this year by Jockie and Jackie Waters at Tri deug, West Watten, where members and friends enjoyed great hospitality well into the night.Yet again all shows in the club area saw well supported classes of top quality sheep, reflecting the popularity of the breed now, in this area.

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Then came the flock competition which this year was very kindly judged by Gordon Gray of the Ettrick Flock. We were very indebted to Gordon for giving up four days of his time to tour all the flocks in the area. It was two of our new members from Orkney which reigned supreme, with the Keith Hourston’s Didcot Flock winning overall champion and Robbie Rendall’s Westray Flock taking Reserve. The 2013 AGM and presentations of Flock competition prizes was held in Orkney on November 1st 2013. It was great to see all the Members there, old and new.

Stephen Sutherland Chairman

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n July we tried a new venture and our Chairman, Barbara Smith, invited all the members to lunch at her home; unfortunately, due to other commitments, not many members were able to attend but those who did spent a lovely afternoon in the shade of the cherry trees on her lawn on one of the hottest days of the summer. Later on we wandered round the nearby paddocks and looked at Barbara’s sheep but it was too hot to go far.

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Later the same month we went to see John and Sarah William’s Honeyhill flock. We spent a long time picking our favourites out of their bunch of extremely good theaves and then were challenged to judge Sarah’s miniature donkeys. John had also arranged a welly-wanging contest and wellies flew in all directions (definitely safer in front than behind); the winners were John’s grandchildren - I think they’d been practising. We held our Club Show at Melton Mowbray market in conjunction with Leicestershire County Show. This was well supported by our members with top honours going to the Ashley family (Lincs flock).Our judge was Frank Rushton who did a good job for us. We were very pleased when the largest class was the Young Handlers – it’s great to see so many young people interested in Texels.

Ram sales in our area went well in the autumn of 2013 which meant that only four members were able to support the sale of commercial rams which was held in conjunction with Thame Market’s breeding sheep fair in September. It is yet to be decided whether to continue with this venture. Later in the autumn we invited John Davies( Aman), assisted by his wife Gloria, to judge our flock competition. John and Gloria spent two hectic days touring our area looking at members’ flocks; Gloria remarked that she had never visited so many counties in such a short time. The competition culminated with a very good dinner at Whittlebury Hall at which the prize winners were announced. At our AGM in early November the current team of officers agreed to carry on for a further year during which we hope that the club will continue to thrive. We would like to thank all those members who have supported us in 2013 and hope that 2014 will be an even better year.

Barbara Leadbeater Secretary

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Our year did not start until all our members had finished lambing and were in need of some relaxation. About twenty of us met at a pub near Market Harborough for a meal and a chat about all the problems which we had encountered during the previous few weeks – it did us all good and we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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Our club events for 2013 started with the prime lamb competition judged by Katrina Farquhar, with father and son George & Melvin Stuart winning the overall champion with a pair of 49kg pure Texels, selling for £190.

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eserve champion was awarded to W & J Brown with a pair of 41kg Texel cross lambs selling for £130.

was awarded to Graham Morrison, Deveronvale for a shearling ram sired by Glenside Razzle Dazzle realising 1,400gns.

Once again to help local shows promote the Texel breed we provided sponsorship of the young handlers classes at Echt, Banchory & Turriff and also presented four £100 vouchers, to be redeemed against a Texel ram at the September sale, for the highest priced (pence per kilo) lambs per month sold through ANM Ltd. The winners for this year were, May - R Downie, June - H Emslie, July - G L Stuart & August - I Johnston. We also continued the North East Show Competition, with Banchory as the compulsory show. Champion show flock was awarded to Wendy Willox – Strathinver with Reserve Champion awarded to W Cruden & C Cruden –Upper Kirkton.

The flock competition was held in early November and was judged by Stephen Sutherland. We saw a total of 17 flocks forward covering Orkney & the North East. The prizes were awarded at the annual meal and AGM held in the Morris Hotel, Oldmeldrum. We had a good turnout with great hospitality provided.

Our annual club visit this year was to the Milnbank flock, courtesy of Robbie Wilson & family. We were treated to a great display of sheep and fantastic hospitality. On behalf of the club, we wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the Wilson family.

Congratulations to all members who have done well at local & national sales and shows throughout the year. 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.

For the second year in a row the centre record was broken at the September ram sale held at Thainstone with the Reserve Champion ram lamb entered by Stuart Barclay, Harestone and sired by Scholars Tiny Tempo releasing 4,000gns. Champion

Our Christmas Classic was held on the 2nd December with top price of the day going to James Innes & Sons’ reserve champion gimmer, sired by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and selling at 2,400gns. Champion was awarded to Graham Morrison for another in lamb gimmer, also sired by Glenside Razzle Dazzle, releasing 2,000gns.

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The Club membership continues to grow steadily and currently stands at 57 members.

This year we travelled to Yorkshire to the Hull House and Beautry flocks.

The quality of the stock forward at this year’s sale was excellent yet again. A good crowd competed against each other and I can safely say that all those selling were pleased with the outcome. There was a strong demand for shearling rams and ewes and a steady but consistent trade for ram and ewe lambs. Will McCaffrey, Scholars, kindly judged the show and awarded the champion to a very smart ram lamb from Iwan Parry Jones, Llawes flock. The reserve champion was a shearling ewe from Wyn Morris, Fachell. Dewi Evans was awarded first prize in the Shearling Ram class with an impressive tup from his Ffrwdd flock.

The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended. We were treated to an excellent display of sheep and memorable hospitality at both farms. We also had an opportunity to see Stuart Currie’s equine treatment facility which we all found very interesting.

John Raff le Chairman

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Flock Competition I would like to thank John Davies from the Aman flock for judging our flock competition this year. I spent a very enjoyable day travelling around with John and his wife Gloria looking at the flocks that had taken part. John awarded the first prize in the large flock and overall winner to Huw and Iwan Williams, Llyfni.

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The full results of the competition are listed in the results section of the Journal.

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Club Sale at Gaerwen Saturday 17th August 2013

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Northern Area Club Steve Richardson moved into his second year term as chairman. Steve organised the club flock visit to head over to near Bury for morning coffee before viewing David & Jane Houghton’s, Tophill flock.

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hen a short journey to Steven and Janet Symes for a BBQ lunch and viewing of their Anglezarke flock. Later that afternoon we were entertained by a butcher’s demonstration and enjoyed music from their local band.

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Procters Farms claimed seven out of the eight classes for the highest placed Northern Area member at The Great Yorkshire Show. Texel Sheep Society set up the stand this year giving the stand a more professional look with the Society’s display board and TV screen. The Society held a hog roast on the Tuesday evening and as in previous years the marquee was full and well supported. Northern area members made a presentation to RABI at the show, handing over a cheque from the commission that Lawrie & Symington Auctioneers donated for the gimmer lamb sold the previous year. CCM Auctions conducted the annual club sale on the 19th & 20th September where a solid commercial base underpinned the trade throughout the sale with a clearance

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rate of 90% achieved. The champion was a gimmer shearling from West Yorkshire breeder Spiros Spyrou. It was judged by Tina Ashley from Boston. Doug Nesbitt judged the flock competition. John & Linda Mellin, Hull House took the overall Champion and the Kissthorn Trophy and will also represent the club at the national competition. (Full results on page 233) R Newby held onto the Show Points Trophy again for the 3rd year. Full presentation of all these awards was given out at our annual dinner which was held in October, at a new venue, The Bridge Hotel, Walshford. December In-lamb sale was judged by Phllip Makin, (Williambeck flock). The Championship honours fell to a shearling ewe, PFD1201888 from Procters Farm, Slaidburn. Brought into the show ring by Jeff Aiken, this Haddo Ringleader daughter out of a Callerton Nomad bred ewe was sold in-lamb to Scholars Twenty Twelve.

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The year for the North West Texel Breeders Club commenced on January 5th with our annual in - lamb sale at Chelford. Trade was excellent across all classes in the sale, confirming this event as one of the highlights of the annual Club Sales.

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Thanks also to Jeff & Jennifer Aiken for organising the weekend. Summer flock visits were to Robert Pierce to see his “Oldfield Flock” and Will McCaffrey’s “Scholar’s Flock”; the visits took place in association with Shropshire & Borders Club. We all had a lovely day. Robert’s Gimmer went on to win the Royal Welsh Show, congratulations to him! Our gratitude goes to Robert, Will and their families for all their hospitality. Thank you. The year then progressed on to “sale time.” We had a disappointing entry and sale at the “Elite” Sale at Chelford. The Club has discussed reasons for the poor performance and will make changes to the programme for next year.

Our new sale at North West Auctions, Kendal saw a reasonable sale. It was evident that although this was our first event at the new location, it was an excellent new venue and clearly had much potential for our sales in the future. Our hope is to see trade here develop significantly. The Clitheroe evening sale in September saw a steady trade with good clearance. The sale was well attended, including a number of well known local flocks. Our flock competition this year was kindly judged by David Houghton of the Tophill Flock. The champion flock went to Procters Farm at Slaidburn. The results were announced by David at our annual dinner at Farrington Lodge Hotel. Thank you to David and congratulations to Procters - for the second year running! I would like to thank all members, new and old, for their support during 2013 and continued support in the New Year.

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ur annual May club trip departed the shores of England to visit our colleagues in Southern Ireland, we enjoyed a wonderful weekend. We saw a collection of flocks with strong females and lambs all showing bags of potential. A BIG thank you to all our friends who hosted the flock visits. We all ate too much and drank too much; the hospitality we received was tremendous. Thank you to all concerned.

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2013 saw Geoffrey Fleck elected as Chairman and Philip Hammond as vice Chair at our AGM in January, when we were delighted to present 3 charity cheques in excess of £4600, proceeds of which were raised at our Open night at Springhill Texels, and our Dinner Dance. UAS, Balmoral saw Springwell – one of our longest established flocks taking the Championship. The Springwell flock also achieved the top sale price from the region with Springwell Ulsterboy selling to 38,000gns while Henry was elected Society Chairman in November.

Champion Texel Flock, with Forkins as reserve.

The Volac Show Flock Championships ran at local shows throughout the year with the Forkins flock taking the Overall championship and Springhill the reserve.

This year we were also delighted to welcome Gil and Christine from the Society Office to accept the Chairman’s Trophy on behalf of the “Office Staff” for their tireless support to the club and its members.

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In July the Club attended a successful NSA event , and the next week a happy band of travellers journeyed to Aberdeen to visit a number of the top flocks in the area, where they experienced excellent hospitality, and were thrilled by the stock on view. Rounding off this busy month the Simpson and Calvin family welcomed us to their Ballyhivistock flock for our Annual Open night. This was an excellent night for both pedigree and commercial breeders. As always we are indebted to our hosts for their hard work in preparation for this event. August brought the sale season. At 6,000gns, Milestonehill Utah Jazz, topped the National sale while the Female and Overall Show Champion from the Forkins flock sold to 4,200gns. The season continued with trade, if not buoyant, at least steady through-out. We were delighted to welcome Mr Willie Knox to judge our Flock Competition. At the annual dinner and awards ceremony, Willie crowned Springhill the Danske Bank

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The Annual Photo Competition winners were also announced and the Overall Trophy was awarded to Adam McFarland, from the Under 18 age group.

Our Young breeders continued to thrive in 2013 with a presence at Balmoral, a Five Nations weekend, elite ewe lamb show and sale, and a trip to Scotland as highlights in their year

Karen Beacom Secretary

Robert Calvin, Open Night host welcomes the Sponsor’s from Ulster Bank

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Ruthin Club Our annual flock competition was held during the first weekend in July with very good quality sheep on show.

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good day was had by all with the whole day bathed in sunshine. I would like to thank everybody who supported it and gave us a good welcome and their time. Many thanks to our judge Mr John Raffle, ‘Penpadrig’ Texels who excellently judged the flocks. Results can be found on page 240.

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This year’s show was kindly judged by Mr Harry Wilkinson ‘Arkle’ Texels who awarded the Champion to the new member of the club, Osian Rhys of ‘Seiont’ Texels. A full report of pre sale show results and prices can be found on the Ruthin Club page on the Texel website at www.texel.co.uk The AGM and annual presentation and awards night was held at the Cross Keys in Ruthin in December and was well attended, we enjoyed an excellent meal and a good night was had by all.

Robin Ellis (Chairman of Ruthin Texel Club) presenting ram lamb trophy to Geraint Jones - Rossa Texels

The club this year also created their Facebook page, giving the club and their members the opportunity to showcase their flocks prior to the sale. On behalf of the committee, I would like to congratulate Iolo Prys Jones, ‘Llangwm’ Texels for being elected on the Society Board of Directors representing North Wales & Borders. I would like to thank all of the committee members who work hard to promote our club, the auctioneers, buyers and everybody else who supports us.

Robin Ellis Chairman

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Many congratulations to everyone who took part in the many shows throughout the year promoting the qualities of the Texel, both live and on the hook. Our annual sale at Ruthin in September saw an excellent show of both rams and ewes resulting in an excellent clearance of stock to the pedigree and commercial market together with an excellent trade especially in the ram lambs and shearling rams sections.

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Scottish Club The club’s in lamb show and sale was held at Lanark in January where a good trade prevailed throughout with a high clearance.

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he Championship was won by Bruce Goldie of the Goldies Flock which was later sold for 700gns with the reserve from the Craig Douglas Flock of Steven Renwick selling for 550gns, top price was 2,800gns from Brian Buchan’s Clinterty Flock

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The Annual Trip took the club to the Royal Welsh Show where 22 members enjoyed an excellent few days. On the way to the show we visited the Corriecravie Flock of Paul Johnson where everyone viewed some excellent stock and enjoyed first class hospitality. The club continues to promote the breed by sponsoring live Texel Lamb events throughout the area. The club still feel that this is 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.

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For the second year the club held an outing to Kingsfield Linlithgow for a Golf and Laser Shooting Day. This was a great success with Hugh Jackson winning the golf and Jim Kinnaird proving to be the best shoot. The Show and Sale at Lanark in September was again successful with the championship being awarded to a Ram Lamb from Jim Innes Strathbogie which was later sold for 2000gns. Top price was 3,000gns for a ram lamb from Graham Morrison, Deveronvale. 15 Shearlings average £362, 204 Ram Lambs average £501, 25 Gimmers average £252 and 2 Ewe Lambs averaged £136.

Once again the club decided to hold an Exhibitor of the Year award taking in 5 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 A Beaton Wester Crosshill, 3rd K.A.& R Campbell, Cowal, 4th J McKerrow, Grougfoot. This year’s flock competition attracted an entry of 21 flocks and resulted in a marathon three days for this year’s judge Jeff Aiken, Procters. Some 52 members and friends attended our annual dinner, an excellent evening was enjoyed by all . Our Annual Stockjudging took place in November once again where Malcolm Coubrough, Hartside, acted as Master Judge. The Open class was won by Jim Elliot, Juniors Alan Lindsay,Young Farmers Euan Orr with Biggar taking the Young Farmers team award. The Club’s Carcase Competition was once again held at Wishaw abattoir in conjunction with the Macduff Beef Event. Some 49 lambs were entered for the competition with Callum Wight, Culterallers, Biggar taking the Champion with Alex Leggate taking the reserve awards. The lambs were later sold for £8.50 and £7 per kilo. This rounded off a very busy year for the club and we all look forward to 2014 with optimism.

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he Progeny Show and Young Handlers Competition was held in June at Shrewsbury Livestock Market. This was very efficiently and expertly judged by David Houghton of the Tophill Flock. The champion was a single ram lamb sired by Conachan Sharky, shown by Robert Bennett of the Plasucha Flock and Reserve Champion was a group of three lambs sired by Mullan Supremacy from the Scholars flock of Will and Liz McCaffrey.

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In the Young Handlers competition the Primary school age award was won by Melissa Forsyth and the Secondary School age was won by Henry Gibbs. The Club held two Prime Lamb Competitions for pens sired by a Texel Ram at Shrewsbury and Bishop’s Castle Markets. There were a good number of entries with plenty of interest in the winning pens. The three day trip took us through Northampton where we stopped to view the Slapton flock of Barbara, Rob and Joanne Smith before continuing on to the South East. On Saturday we visited the Lavenham flock belonging to Stephen and Charlotte Cobbald. In the afternoon we visited the Dutch Texel flock of Sylvia Rawlings at her beautiful home, Wissington Grange. On Sunday we travelled home back through Northampton calling in to see the Blackbird flock of John and Barbara Leadbeater. The quality of the sheep viewed and the hospitality provided by our hosts was absolutely superb, many thanks to all of you.

The Flock Competition was held at the end of June and was judged over two days by Mr David Martyn of the Barnage Flock. Congratulations to Steve, Helen and Anna Smith from the Penparc Flock who won the Championship and the Champion gimmers. The short flock visits focused on three of our own very successful younger members, Robert Pierce’s Oldford Flock, Will and Liz McCaffrey’s Scholars flock and Robert Bennett’s Plasucha flock. We were treated to an excellent display of sheep and wonderful hospitality. A big thank you to all the families concerned. The Shrewsbury Sale was judged by Jim Hartwright of the Whitehart flock. Jim chose a yearling ram from D.K and D.G Goodwin’s Alcaston flock as his champion which sold for 1,420gns. The main Welshpool sale was held on Thursday 3rd October and was judged by Stuart Currie of the Beautry flock. Stuart chose a yearling ram from the Racecourse flock of Martin and Shirley Jones as his champion which made 1200gns. The first prize Ram Lamb and Reserve Champion Penparc Upside was sold for 1750gns, averages were again up on the previous year. The in-lamb ewe sale was held in December at Welshpool Market with the top price of 1,550gns being achieved by Robert Bennett of the Plasucha flock.

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The Shropshire County Show was held at the end of May and was well supported by Club members. Paul Johnson (Corriecravie) judged and awarded the championship to a senior ram exhibited by Steve & Carolyn Williams of the Wollascott flock with Will & Liz McCaffrey’s ewe-lamb in reserve.

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I would like to thank the committee for all their hard work and support given to me in my first year in office.

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The club lost a very valued member in Tommy MacTaggart in April 2013. Tommy had been involved in the club for many years, helping the committee when needed, taking on the Chairman role for a few years and then again as acting chairman with the sudden loss of David Dickinson in 2007. e was one of the main organisers of our very successful Society AGM at Slaley Hall in 2012. I am sure you will agree that he will be a big miss to the club, breed and Society.

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Trip to Highlands and Orkney This year our annual trip took us up to the Highlands and over to Orkney We saw some fantastic scenery and flocks, with the weather good to us yet again and hospitality fantastic. I would like to thank all who helped me arrange the trip as everyone had such a fantastic time, even the one person left on the coach for part of a visit!!

Flock visit to ‘Alwent’ and ‘Deneside’ The beginning of August saw us travel over to the North East to visit the Nesbitt family. Once again this was a great visit and thanks go to the family.

Sales The first sale saw the Championship go to a shearling gimmer from the ‘Cairness’ flock. Top price of 20,000gns went to the ‘Strathbogie’ flock for the Ram lamb ‘Strathbogie Upping the Ante’ which continued the tremendous sale season for Jim Innes. Our second sale and In-Lamb sale saw the Championships go to the ‘Mellor Vale’ and ‘Sportsmans’ flocks for Shearling gimmers. Thank you to all members who have helped out in 2013 and supported the clubs events. We look forward to seeing you all in 2014 at the arranged flock visits, club sales and events.

Emma Pigg

Club Secretary

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Our speaker for the evening was our very own judge Peter Longdin. Our congratulations go to the Graham family ‘Hallrigg’ flock on winning the Tinwald points trophy. The club’s chosen charity in 2013 was ‘Help for Heroes’, for which we raised £500.

Agri Expo 2013 This year we were back with our usual larger stand. The event was once again a huge success with thousands attending

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Recorded Rams

Non recorded Rams

Overall Champion

Best Pen

1st Skinner (Aragon)

1st Warnock (Tumbletye)

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Poppinghole Farms (Poppinghole)

2nd Trinidad Investments (High Weald/Colwood)

2nd Poppinghole Farms (Poppinghole)

3rd Skinner (Aragon)

3rd Baldock (Blackmores)

In September our Club Ram Show and Sale was held at Ashford Market. Many congratulations to Hugh Skinner (Aragon ) for winning the Recorded Rams Class and to Rob Warnock (Tumbletye) for winning the Non Recorded Class and taking the Overall Champion.

I look forward to meeting many of you at this year’s gatherings especially at our Ram Sale at Ashford on Friday 12th September - Please put this date in your diary!

Bill Baldock Chairman

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he weather was very kind to us and we saw not only some excellent sheep but also had a glimpse at Hugh’s production of cherries on a commercial scale.

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Our AGM in June was very kindly hosted by Hugh and Pauline Skinner at Aragon Farm, Sissinghurst, Kent followed by a Sausage Supper and Farm Walk.

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South Wales Club The Club’s year started with a well-attended progeny show.

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tephen Hardwicke, Talcoed, awarded the championship to a pair of outstanding Goldies Supreme lambs from Alan & Owen Hughes,Vale; Reserve was a pair of Kelso Pavarotti gimmers from DJJ Watkins, Cwmcerrig, who had a strong showing throughout including winning the group of lambs. Alfryn Davies, Ifan Ddu, won the group of gimmers.

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The annual trip went to North Wales starting with the Innovis breeding facility hosted by Dewi Jones. Hot discussion was generated by the hybrids being developed, often utilising Texel bloodlines, to produce a large number of rams. We then took in four very impressive flocks, some incredible hospitality and stunning scenery and I extend our gratitude to the: Jones family, Kitrob; Morris family, Fachell; Williams family, Llyfni; and Cefin & Nia Pryce, Caereinion.

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Our flock competition in July was judged by Jim and Nicki Hartwright, Whitehart. It was no meagre task with seventeen flocks scattered over 600 miles. Champions Geoff & Carol Morgan, Blaencar also won the Wales final against stiff competition from Llyfni, Llangwm and Penparc. Having caused a great deal of interest with their debut in the competition they kindly hosted an open day later in the year. A great year for the Club at the Royal Welsh, highlights being: Female Champion aged ewe - Des & Irena Lewis, Einon; 1st prize shearling ram - DG & N Williams, Caron; Reserve Champion Group - Trudy & James Davies, Trujim. Following the Royal Welsh Charlotte Watkins, Millend and Dafydd Roberts, Einon represented Wales at the Young

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Breeders Five Nations weekend in Northern Ireland. They had a fantastic time and were thankful to the Club and their hosts for the opportunity. A packed ring at the Early NSA in Builth Wells ensured a solid trade topping at 1,050 gns from Fordwell; champion from Slapton sold to new member, Glyn Thomas, Onnen for 1,000 gns. A tremendous clearance averaged £472. The Ram Safari started at Chris Ball, Brynderi, with some cracking lambs, followed by: large flock winners Russell & Gill Watkins, Millend; our flock; small flock winners John & Gloria Davies, Aman; finishing with strong lambs & gimmers at Cwmcerrig. Plenty of quality forward at the Club Sale saw Einon with champion and top price (1,000 gns) selling to new breeder Gene Taylor, Llangynidr; David Meek’s, Davicia, dispersal topped at 900 gns for the stock ram to Deri Jones, Portway; top priced ram lamb from Andrew Thomas, Brynmeini. We were grateful for the opportunity to host the society AGM at the Vale. I would like to thank: all those who travelled to South Wales; the Club for their fantastic effort in making it possible; and to those at Texel HQ for their drive and professionalism in organising such a memorable event. In my year as Chair I have been incredibly impressed with the strength and depth of the Club. There is strong competition between the flocks; sales and shows are well supported and growing, and it has been great to see such enthusiasm from new members.

Deri Morgan Chairman


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Our congratulations go to the Chave family for winning the Champion Flock in the South West, with an outstanding flock of ewes. This flock will now go on to compete in this year’s National Flock Competition. Our grateful thanks to our Judge Russell Watkins, accompanied by his wife Gill. 2013 saw another successful year for the South West Texel breeders. At the Devon County Show the championship was won by the Chave family, with a Livery shearling ram that is being retained as their stock ram. In 2014 the Devon County Show is to be one of the Texel Society ‘s featured shows, as part of their 40th Anniversary celebrations. It is hoped that as many Texel breeders as possible will show and/or attend the Show to meet as many of the Society officers and fellow members at the informal reception afterwards. The Royal Cornwall Show champion was a shearling ram bred by the Quick’s, that was also champion at Carlisle and made 3,800 gns. They also had another shearling ram which made 4,400 gns at the Carlisle sale. Third prize in the show classes was won by the Chave family.

At our Show and Sale at the Exeter NSA, the Champion Shearling Ram was shown by the Chave family and made 940 gns. The top price Texel shearling ram made 1100 gns and was bred by Rebecca and Robert Jordan. At the Builth NSA sale the pen averages were for the Chave’s just over 800 gns, the Quick’s was 645 gns and the Draper’s had a pen average of 1025 gns, with a top price of 2,000 gns. Our annual outing in May was to Robert Hyde at Wool, Dorset, where we were warmly welcomed followed by a very interesting farm walk around their large organic farm where his sheep flock played an important role in their system. At Exeter Fatstock Show Judith Lapthorne and Robert Darke had the champion live lambs, the Champion Carcase at the Devon County Show was won by R C Burroughs and Sons. Congratulations to them all. At the Texel National AGM in November at Cardiff, Robert Watts was presented with the President’s Lifetime Award for services to the Texel breed. This is a great honour for a Texel breeder from the South West and many congratulations to him from us all on this prestigious award.

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he Texel ewes have held their condition well and thrived even in these wet conditions.

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What a contrast between this year and last year. Last year we had inches of snow on the ground and this year it has been much milder and it has rained every day since the middle of November.

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Southern Central With sadness we report the death of our president, Jean Harford. Jean for many years was a great supporter of this group and was one of our earliest members.

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n later years she moved to Cornwall to be near her son but continued as our president. She was 92 and still coping on her own when she died. Our condolences go to her family.

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David Farmer, Snr. has been our Treasurer since the beginning of this club and he has now retired and is succeeded by Valerie Durnford. David has done sterling work for so many years and we are all very grateful to him and Maureen for their support. David and Maureen were two of our founder members.

For the first time we had a flock competition for a trophy given by the Dufosee family in memory of their father, Ben. John Studley drove many miles and declared Adrian Dufosee a very worthy winner. Our show and sale at Wilton in September was, yet again, a very successful day with a virtual clear out of rams on offer.

Results: Shearling Rams

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1st A. Dufosee

1st I. Andrews

2nd F.H. Chave and son

2nd T.W. Helyer

2nd A. Dufosee

3rd. A. Dufosee

3rd F.H.Chave Overall Champion Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Helyer Best Pen (Jean Harford Salver)

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2014 Society National Flock Competition The Society is holding a National Flock Competition as part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations.

2014 Society National Flock competition

All 19 Clubs are limited to submitting their chosen flock into the competition. Judging is on a whole flock basis with no sub groups - entries must be received in writing at the Society office by Thursday 9th October 2014.

The winner of the competition will be announced by Brian on the evening of the 8th November 2014 at the Society’s AGM & Social weekend taking place at the Carden Park Hotel near Chester.

Judging of the National Competition will be carried out by Mr. Brian MacTaggart Douganhill Texels, between 13th and 31st October 2014.

All entries will receive a competition limited edition 40th Anniversary medal.

Douganhill flock was reserve overall in the National flock competition which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the breed. Brian has also shown and won many prime lamb competitions with Texel sired lambs. His greatest achievement was winning both the Scottish National Winterfair and Smithfield in the same year.

Daughter in law Vicki, wife Janice, Brian and son David

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Brian is farm manager at Douganhill Farms near Castle Douglas. It is a mixed farm which runs 230 suckler cows, 500 North Country cheviot, 300 herdwicks, 150 Texel cross and 120 pedigree Texel ewes where he is ably assisted by his wife Janice. In 1982 the Kelton flock was established purchasing females from Cambwell, North Quarter, Lindridge and Rangulzeon. The flock was renamed Douganhill a few years later. Success has been achieved in the show and sale ring. A show ewe called Babysham won the Highland show consecutively in 1998 and 1999. 2000. 2008 also saw the Douganhill flock take reserve overall champion. The

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A flock highlight was selling Douganhill Jeronimo for 48,000gns and Douganhill Masterpiece for 20,000gns. Several other rams bred by Brian have been very influential in the Texel breed. Douganhill Ferarri, Navahoe and McFly just to name a few. Brian’s top priced shearling to date is Douganhill Monarch which sold for 10,000gns. The flock regularly achieves high prices for their shearlings at Carlisle and Kelso. Brian has been lucky enough to have been invited to judge numerous shows, the highlights of which have been Balmoral, Royal Highland, Royal Welsh and the Great Yorkshire. It is an honour for Brian to be asked to judge this prestigious 40th anniversary flock competition. It is a task he is very much looking forward to.


Derbyshire Best Small Flock 1st F Rushton - FRESH FIELDS

2nd P Johnson - CORRIECRAVIE

2nd R Cartledge - PLATTIN

3rd T Stone - EMLOU Best Homebred Ram

Best Stock Ram. Progeny in Flock

1st C Boden - MELLOR VALE SPORTSMANS UPPERCLASS BGS1300847

1st C Boden - MELLOR VALE MILNBANK TIMES SQUARE LYM1200674

2nd P Johnson - CORRIECRAVIE CORRIECRAVIE UNION PACIFIC JTC1300449

2nd P Johnson - CORRIECRAVIE MITCHELLHILL SUNDANCE KJM1100105

3rd M Furness - WESTGATE WESTGATE TOPCLASS VFM1200153

3rd T Stone - EMLOU COSYN TEXELS SHEEN BCY1100054

Best Three Shearling Ewes

Best Three Ewe Lambs

1st C Boden - MELLOR VALE

1st C Boden - MELLOR VALE

2nd P Johnson - CORRIECRAVIE

2nd T Stone - EMLOU

3rd T Stone - EMLOU

3rd R Cartledge - PLATTIN

Overall Champion

Reserve Champion

C Boden - MELLOR VALE

F Rushton - FRESH FIELDS

Derbyshire Club Newcomers Best Homebred Ram

Best Stock Ram. Progeny in Flock

1st P Kirkham - WATERS EDGE

1st S Talbot - JENAH

2nd D Clamp - BROADFIELDS

2nd D Clamp - BROADFIELDS

3rd S Talbot - JENAH Best Three Shearling Ewes

Best Three Ewe Lamb

1st B Vernon - CHARBEN

1st B Vernon - CHARBEN

2nd D Clamp - BROADFIELDS

2nd D Clamp - BROADFIELDS

3rd P Kirkham - WATERS EDGE

3rd P Kirkham - WATERS EDGE

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Best Large Flock 1st C Boden - MELLOR VALE

Flock Competition Results 2013

Judge: N. Pamplin - ASHFIELD

Best Flock B Vernon - CHARBEN

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Best Large Flock

Best Small Flock

1st T, J & A Lockhart - MELTON CONSTABLE

1st S Cobbald - LAVENHAM

2nd D & B Leadbeater - BLACKBIRD

2nd T & J Prentice - WOOLNEY

3rd J & S Williams - HONEYHILL

3rd S Bothwell - GLENLEARY

Mature Stock Ram

Stock Ram Lamb

1st T, J & A Lockhart MELTON CONSTABLE MITCHELLHILL TOBY - KJM1201963

1st J & S Williams - HONEYHILL KIRRIN ULTIMATE - FKK1300237

2nd T & J Prentice - WOOLNEY WOOLNEY TORMENT - PHW1200130

2nd S Cobbald - LAVENHAM SPORTSMANS UMPIRE - BGS1300783

3rd S Bothwell - GLENLEARY LOOSEBEARE TAUNTON TREAT QEL1201690

3rd H Ashley - LINCS LINCS U STAR - AHL1300566

Group of Ram Lambs

Group of Ewe Lambs

1st T, J & A Lockhart MELTON CONSTABLE

1st T, J & A Lockhart MELTON CONSTABLE

2nd D & B Leadbeater - BLACKBIRD

2nd T & J Prentice - WOOLNEY

3rd S Cobbald - LAVENHAM

3rd S Cobbald - LAVENHAM

Champion Flock

Reserve Champion

Tom, Joe & Alex Lockhart MELTON CONSTABLE

S Cobbald - LAVENHAM


Highlands Best Large Flock

Best Medium Flock

1st Keith Hourston - DIDCOT

1st S & K Sutherland -SIBMISTER

2nd Robert Rendall - WESTRAY

2nd Johnnie Campbell - BARDNACLAVAN

3rd Ian Campbell - TODHOLES

3rd Douglas Webster - LOWER REISS

Best Small Flock

Ewe Lambs Large Flock

1st John Forbes - BOULTACH

1st Charles & Isobel Angus - OLDFIELD

2nd James Barnetson - LYNEGAR

2nd Robert Rendall - WESTRAY

3rd A & E Simpson

3rd Ian Campbell - TODHOLES

Ewe Lambs Medium Flock

Ewe Lambs Small Flock

1st James Cowe - HOXA

1st James Barnetson - LYNEGAR

2nd S & K Sutherland - SIBMISTER

2nd A & E Simpson

3rd Douglas Webster - LOWER REISS

3rd John Forbes - BOULTACH

Best Stud Ram

Flock Competition Results 2013

Judge: Gordon Gray - ETTRICK

1st S & K Sutherland - SIBMISTER 3rd A & E Simpson Best Overall Flock

Reserve Overall Flock

Keith Hourston - DIDCOT

Robert Rendall - WESTRAY

Overall Pen of Ewe Lambs

Reserve Overall Pen of Ewe Lambs

Charles & Isobel Angus - OLDFIELD

Robert Rendall - WESTRAY

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2nd John Forbes - BOULTACH

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Best Large Flock

Best Small Flock

1st J & S Williams - HONEYHILL

1st W & S Bothwell - GLENLEARY

2nd D J & B J Leadbeater - BLACKBIRD

2nd M Kellett - BOOLEY

Senior Stock Ram

Junior Stock Ram

1st D J & B J Leadbeater LLYFNI SOCRATES - WHA1100191

1st D J & B J Leadbeater ANNAN UTLITY MODEL - JKA1300361

2nd M Kellett POSEYHILL TIGHT ONE - XPB1200432

2nd J & S Williams KIRRIN ULTIMATE - FKK1300237

3rd B Smith - PEACEHAY RAZZLE DAZZLE - CFP1000175

3rd B Smith - HALTCLIFFE UNDERWRITER - RHT1301733

Pen of Ewe Lambs

Pen of Ram Lambs

1st D J & B J Leadbeater - BLACKBIRD

1st D J & B J Leadbeater - BLACKBIRD

2nd W & S Bothwell - GLENLEARY

2nd B Smith - SLAPTON

3rd P Barlow - MOORCLOSE

3rd R & M Lawrence - COTON

Overall Champion Flock

Overall Reserve Champion Flock

J & S Williams - HONEYHILL

D J & B J Leadbeater - BLACKBIRD


Northern Best Large Flock (30 ewes & over)

Best Small Flock (under 30 ewes)

1st J & L Mellin - HULL HOUSE

1st P & H Makin - WILLIAMBECK

2nd Procters Farm Ltd - PROCTERS

2nd D Pickervance - BRINDLE

3rd William Watson - GILLIANS LAITHE

3rd S & S Beachell - SAMSAR

Ewe Lambs (10 large, 5 small)

Best Senior Stock Ram

1st Procters Farm Ltd - PROCTERS

1st J & L Mellin - HULL HOUSE Langside Thunderbird - GAL1200716

2nd J & L Mellin - HULL HOUSE

2nd Procters Farm Ltd - PROCTERS Burnhead Topper - FXB1200216

3rd Mark Ireland - HEYS

3rd S & S Richardson - STONEBRIDGE Clinterty Scapa - BBY1100160

Best Stock Lamb 1st Procters Farm Ltd - PROCTERS - Tophill Union Jack - HPH1300527 2nd J Howard - QUERCUS - Quercus U The Boy - QHJ1300187

Flock Competition Results 2013

Judge: Mr Doug Nesbitt - ALWENT

Overall Reserve Champion Flock

J & L Mellin - HULL HOUSE

Procters Farm Ltd - PROCTERS

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3rd J & L Mellin - HULL HOUSE - Hull House Undercover - MJH1303498 Overall Champion Flock

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Best Large Flock (10 Lambs)

Best Medium Flock (6 Lambs)

1st J Foster - SPRINGHILL

1st M & C Millar - MILLARS

2nd A Gault - FORKINS

2nd P O’Connor - DRUMGOOLAND

3rd J Wilson - BLACKSTOWN

3rd S Gordon - LINDSTAIR

Best Small Flock (4 Lambs)

Best Senior Stock Ram

1st Ryan Adams - KILKINNEY

1st V Chestnutt - CLOUGHER BRAEHEAD THE REAL MCCOY QDA1200214

2nd M Warnock - STRAIDARRAN

2nd M & C Millar - MILLARS MELLOR VALE SENATOR - BCM1100066

3rd P Whyte - INNISRUSH

3rd J Devine - DELOREAN MILESTONEHILL TRAVIS - ALL1200669

Best Junior Stock Ram

Large Flock

1st P O’Connor - DRUMGOOLAND OBERSTOWN USAINBOLT E.PFI1300026

1st J Foster - SPRINGHILL

2nd J Foster - SPRINGHILL DERRYHONEY UNBEATABLE ANH1300020

2nd A Gault - FORKINS

3rd A Liggett - CORBO CLARKS UNREAL - DCX1302317

3rd M & C Millar - MILLARS

Medium Flock

Small Flock

1st J Wilson - BLACKSTOWN

1st P O’Connor - DRUMGOOLAND

2nd M Smythe - FOYLEVIEW

2nd A Liggett - CORBO

3rd S Gordon - LINDSTAIR

3rd P Whyte - INNISRUSH

Overall Champion J Foster - SPRINGHILL Reserve Overall Champion A Gault - FORKINS


North Scotland Judge: Stephen Sutherland - SIBMISTER

1st K Pratt - HILLTOP

1st G Morrison - DEVERONVALE

2nd J Innes & Sons - STRATHBOGIE

2nd Mrs E Alexander - BREDDIE’S

3rd K W Hourston - DIDCOT

3rd R & L Rendall - WESTRAY

Small Flock

Ewe Lambs Large Flock

1st B Buchan - CLINTERTY

1st K Pratt - HILLTOP

2nd Mrs J Gunn - NEWMILL

2nd K W Hourston - DIDCOT

3rd Messrs W & C Cruden UPPER KIRKTON Ewe Lambs Medium Flock

Ewe Lambs Small Flock

1st G Morrison - DEVERONVALE

1st B Buchan - CLINTERTY

2nd Mrs E Alexander - BREDDIE’S

2nd Mrs J Gunn - NEWMILL

3rd R & L Rendall - WESTRAY

3rd Messrs W & C Cruden UPPER KIRKTON

Champion Stock Ram

Reserve Champion Stock Ram

J Innes & Sons - STRATHBOGIE TULLAGH SARACEN - CJT1100211

S & R Milton - TULLOCHALLUM MILNBANK STILL NO LIMITS LYM1100409

Champion Pen of Ewe Lambs

Champion Flock

G Morrison - DEVERONVALE

G Morrison - DEVERONVALE

Flock Competition Results 2013

Medium Flock

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Large Flock

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North West Judge: David Houghton - TOPHILL

Flock Competition Results 2013

Best Large Flock

Best Small Flock

1st Procters Farm Ltd - PROCTERS

1st F Rushton - FRESH FIELDS

2nd J & L Mellin - HULL HOUSE

2nd D Pickervance - BRINDLE

3rd W Watson - GILLIAN LAITHE

3rd R Pierce - OLDFORD

Pen of Ten Gimmers (Large Flock)

Pen of Five Gimmers (Small Flock)

1st J & L Mellin - HULL HOUSE

1st Jennifer Aiken - CONISTON

2nd Procters Farm Ltd - PROCTERS

2nd F Rushton - FRESH FIELDS

3rd M Ireland - HEYS

3rd J Robinson - KAKER HILL

Best Stock Ram

Novice Class

1st J & L Mellin - HULL HOUSE HULL HOUSE UNDERCOVER - MJH1303498

1st W Watson - GILLIAN LAITHE

2nd M Ireland - HEYS MILNBANK UBERTO - LYM1301034

2nd J Robinson - KAKER MILL

3rd A Steff - MICKLEHURST GLANLLYN USHER - PUG1300486

3rd C Ladds - BENSON HALL

Novice Gimmer Lambs

Champion Pen of Gimmer Lambs

1st J Robinson - KAKER MILL

J & L Mellin - HULL HOUSE

2nd C Ladds - BENSON HALL Overall Champion

Reserve Champion

Procters Farm Ltd - PROCTERS

J & L Mellin - HULL HOUSE

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Judge: John Davies - AMAN Best Large Flock

Best Small FLock

Huw & Iwan Williams - LLYFNI

Osian Rhys - SEIONT

Best Pen of Ram Lambs

Best Pen of Ewe Lambs

Huw & Iwan Williams - LLYFNI

Osian Rhys - SEIONT


Ruthin Best Small Flock W McCaffrey - SCHOLARS

Best Shearling Ewes (Large Flock)

Best Shearling Ewes (Small Flock)

I P Jones - LLANGWM

R E J Pierce - OLDFORD

Overall Champion Flock W McCaffrey - SCHOLARS

Scottish Judge: Jeff Aiken - Procters Small Flock

Ewe Lambs (Small Flock)

1st A Campbell - STRAWFRANK

1st A Neilson - BRACKENRIDGE

2nd A Neilson - BRACKENRIDGE

2nd J Dunlop - EASTFIELD

3rd J Dunlop - EASTFIELD

3rd I Struthers- CRAIGEND

4th R Struthers - COLLIELAW

4th R Struthers - COLLIELAW

Medium Flock

Ewe Lambs (Medium Flock)

1st J & H Clark - GARNGOUR

1st J & H Clark - GARNGOUR

2nd A Beaton - WESTER CROSSHILL

2nd A Beaton - WESTER CROSSHILL

3rd K A & R Campbell - COWAL

3rd R Hamilton - CREWBURN

4th R Hamilton - CREWBURN Large Flock

Ewe Lambs (Large Flock)

1st Mrs L Gray - SCROGTONHEAD

1st Messrs Currie - CARLINSIDE

2nd Messrs Currie - CARLINSIDE

2nd T & R Laird - CAMBWELL

3rd Clark Farms - TEIGLUM

3rd Mrs L Gray - SCROGTONHEAD

4th T & R Laird - CAMBWELL

4th McCosh Bros - CULTERALLERS Stock Ram

Mrs L Gray - SCROGTONHEAD - Mitchell Real McCoy - KJM1000063 Champion

Champion (Ewe Lambs)

J & H Clark - GARNGOUR

J & H Clark - GARNGOUR

Reserve Champion

Reserve Champion (Ewe Lambs)

Mrs L Gray - SCROGTONHEAD

Mrs L Gray - SCROGTONHEAD

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Best Large Flock I P Jones - LLANGWM

Flock Competition Results 2013

Judge: John Raffle - PENPADRIG

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Shropshire & Borders Judge: David Martyn - BARNAGE

Flock Competition Results 2013

Best Large Flock

Best Medium Flock

1st S J & H Smith - PENPARC

1st R Pierce - OLDFORD

2nd S P & C P Williams - WOLLASCOTT

2nd W & L McCaffrey - SCHOLARS

3rd J B Joseph - WAEN

3rd J & M Heather - SIX OAKS

Best Small Flock

Best Gimmers (Large Flock)

1st P Ashton - PENASH

S J & H Smith - PENPARC

2nd D Shields - CHAPELCOTT 3rd G Meadon - CASTLEHYDE Best Gimmers (Medium Flock)

Best Gimmers (Small Flock)

R Pierce - OLDFORD

D Shields - CHAPELCOTT Champion Flock

S J & H Smith - PENPARC Reserve Champion Flock S P & C P Williams - WOLLASCOTT Champion Gimmers S J & H Smith - PENPARC

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Solway & Tyne Best Large Flock

Best Medium Flock

1st M MacTaggart - RASCARREL

1st F MacTaggart - AUCHENCAIRN

2nd A McColm - CRAILLOCH

2nd E Dunlop - SEARIGG

3rd A Clark - FINEVALLEY

3rd H & I Woodmass - HARENE

Best Small Flock

Best Ewe Lambs (Large Flock)

1st W Tinning - MOSSBAND

1st A Clark - FINEVALLEY

2nd D Jarman - STOWBECK

2nd M MacTaggart - RASCARREL

3rd H Currie - BURNHOLM

3rd A McColm - CRAILLOCH

Best Ewe Lambs (Medium Flock)

Best Ewe Lambs (Small Flock)

1st F MacTaggart - AUCHENCAIRN

1st B Rayson - SALMONSWELL

2nd I Galloway - CLANTIBUIES

2nd D Jarman - STOWBECK

3rd Messrs Graham - HALLRIGG

3rd C Stoddart - PENRITH

Champion Ewe lambs

Flock Competition Results 2013

Judge: Peter Longdin - WELLINGLEY

A Clark - FINEVALLEY

Reserve Champion Ewe Lambs Best Stock Ram 1st M Watson - FOUR O BOOT - TEVIOT RAMBO - RBT1000008 2nd H & I Woodmass - HARENE - CRAILLOCH SMIRNOFF - MAE1100617 3rd F MacTaggart - AUCHENCAIRN - AUCHENCAIRN ULTRASONIC MFU1300467

Overall Champion Flock M MacTaggart - RASCARREL

Overall Reserve Champion Flock A McColm - CRAILLOCH

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

M MacTaggart - RASCARREL

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South Wales Judge: Nicki and Jim Hartwright - WHITEHART

Flock Competition Results 2013

Best Large Flock

Best Medium Flock

1st R M & G L Watkins - MILLEND

1st E G Morgan - BLAENCAR

2nd W O J Reed & Co - SCOLTON

2nd D J J Watkins & Co - CWMCERRIG

3rd G P & M Jones - LLANTHOMAS

3rd A & O Hughes & Partners - VALE

Best Small Flock

Best Stock Ram

1st J & G Y Davies - AMAN

1st W O J Reed & Co - SCOLTON CAEREINION ROCKET - PEC1000022

2nd Mrs S I Lewis - EINON

2nd R M & G L Watkins - MILLEND CLUN SHERIFF - WSF1100855

3rd Tomos & Selwyn Evans - WELSH

3rd Mrs S I Lewis - EINON GLENSIDE ROYAL WELSH - FPG1000045

Best Gimmers 1st E G Morgan - BLAENCAR 2nd W O J Reed & Co - SCOLTON 3rd R M & G L Watkins - MILLEND Champion Flock E G Morgan - BLAENCAR

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South West Best Large Flock

Best Small Flock

1st F Chave & Son - PEACEHAY

1st Neil & Julia Phillips - RESTRONGUET

2nd Alan & Barbara Draper - HOLLYFORD

2nd Matt Baker - VENTON

3rd Alan & Bernadette Bennett - PENBERLAN

3rd Nick Tavernor - SALOCIN

Best Group of Ram Lambs (Large Flock)

Best Group of Ram Lambs (Small Flock)

1st Alan & Barbara Draper - HOLLYFORD

1st Neil & Julia Phillips - RESTRONGUET

2nd F Chave & Son - PEACEHAY

2nd Robert & Rebecca Jordan - MOORTOWN

3rd Alan & Bernadette Bennett - PENBERLAN

3rd Bicton College - ARAUCARIA

Best Group of Ewe Lambs (Large Flock)

Best Group of Ewe Lambs (Small Flock)

1st Alan & Barbara Draper - HOLLYFORD

1st Neil & Julia Phillips - RESTRONGUET

2nd Edward Gwyn - WOLVERSHILL

2nd Nick Tavernor - SALOCIN

3rd F Chave & Son - PEACEHAY

3rd Robert & Rebecca Jordan MOORTOWN

Champion Flock

Reverse Champion Flock

F Chave & Son - PEACEHAY

Alan & Barbara Draper - HOLLYFORD

Southern Central Judge: Russell Watkins - MILLEND Champion Flock

Reserve Champion Flock

A Dufosee - DEVERILL

Messrs Chave - PEACEHAY

Best Group of Ewe Lambs

Best Group of Ram Lambs

Messrs Chave - PEACEHAY

Mark Blakeney - CRANLEIGH

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

Judge: Russell Watkins - MILLEND

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Secretary

Chairman

Janet Young Tel: 01332 519494 or 07976 568054

Ben Vernon Tel: 01889 591119 or 07966 016477 Email: ben.vern17@hotmail.co.uk

Dutch Texel Group

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

Email: daviesgerwyn1@googlemail.com

Eastern

Sylvia Rawlings Tel: 01206 263 142

Sylvia Rawlings Tel: 01206 263 142

Gloucester & Border Counties

Matt Hobbs Carol Houldey Tel: 01452 780 497 or 07527 076044 Tel: 01242 870477 or 07951 325026 Email: pandc@hartpurytexels.orangehome.co.uk

Email: hobnobs@freeuk.com

Highland

Winnie Macdonald Tel: 01463 870 508

Stephen Sutherland Tel: 01847 821 209 or 07703 173360

Email: winniehillside@btinternet.com

Email: sibmister@btinternet.com

Midlands

Barbara Leadbeater Tel: 01295 760229

Barbara Smith Tel: 01327 860344 or 07773 046620

Email: djbj-leadbeater@tiscali.co.uk

Email: info@slaptonmanor.co.uk

North of Scotland

Olivia Donald Tel: 01771 644417 or 07789 260371

Graeme Knox Tel: 01651 891264 or 07990 540526

Email: olivia.donald@btinternet.com

Email: southhaddo@btinternet.com

North Wales

Alwyn Phillips Tel: 01286 673519

John Raffle Tel: 01407 710959

Email: alwyn.phillips@btconnect.com

Email: jsraffle@yahoo.co.uk

North West

Jill Mortimer-Tarbatt Tel: 07725 806655

Peter Woof Tel: 01539 560674 or 07974 393083

Email: jill@northwesttexels.co.uk

Email: woofstorthend@btinternet.com

Sarah Beachell Tel: 01377 270 230

Steve Richardson Tel: 01226 752 359 or 07764 22331

Email: samsar39@hotmail.com

Email: enquiries@hatsbysherry.co.uk

Northern Area

Gerwyn Davies Tel: 01745 860 210 or 07967 587498


Northern Ireland

Karen Beacom Tel: 07791 679112

Chairman Geoffrey Fleck Tel: 02825 898220

Email: nitexelbreedersclub@live.co.uk

Ruthin

Robin C Ellis Sion Owens Tel : 01824 702025 or 07867 977706 Tel : 07836 587097 Email: rfa@ruthinfarmers.co.uk

Email: robinclwydellis@hotmail.com

Scottish

Brian Ross Tel: 01555 662281 or 07774 124361

Callum Wight Tel: 01899 22091

Email: auctioneer@lawrie-and-symington.com

Email: callumwight@btinternet.com

Shropshire & Borders

Shirley Jones Tel : 01691 652 836

Brian Joseph Tel: 01694 724 939 or 07885 290390

Email: lowerforest@hotmail.co.uk

Email: brian.joseph@virgin.net

Solway & Tyne

Miss E Pigg Tel: 078766 85932

Harry Woodmass Tel: 01228 529970 or 07749 159283

Email: solwayandtyne@hotmail.co.uk

Shane Petkovic Tel: 01580 830 622

Bill Baldock Tel : 01444 247 946

Email: shanepet@hotmail.com

Email: paws4thought9@hotmail.com

South Wales

Gareth Griffiths Tel: 01874 622488 or 07971 111094

Russell Watkins Tel: 01981 510249

Email: gareth@ctf-uk.com

Email: watkins249499@btinternet.com

South West

Michelle Moore Tel: 01398 341 608 or 07506629475

Alan Draper Tel: 01363 866 000

Email: michellem1961@hotmail.co.uk

Email: a-bdraper@btconnect.com

South Eastern

Southern Central

Mike Vesey John Studley Tel: 01722 321 215 or 07971 571610 Tel: 01460 76611 or 07831 489391 Email: sca@auctionmarts.com

Email: johnstudley12@talktalk.net

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

Regional Club Contact Details

Secretary

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

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7-8 September RUTHIN Ruthin Farmers Auction Tel: 01824 702 025

20 September WORCESTER McCartneys Tel: 01905 769 770

6 December WORCESTER McCartneys Tel: 01905 769 770

9 August CHELFORD Frank Marshall Tel: 01625 861122

11 September WILTON Southern Counties Tel: 01722 321215

22 September BUILTH WELLS MAIN NSA Clee Tompkinson & Francis Tel: 01874 622488

12 December CARLISLE Harrison & Hetherington Tel: 01228 40630

16 August GAERWEN Morgan & Evans Tel: 01248 723 303

12 September ASHFORD Hobbs Parker Tel: 01233 502 222

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

13 December LANARK Lawrie & Symington Tel: 01555 662281

20 August EXETER Kivells & Husseys Tel: 01392 251 261

12 September KELSO For more details call 01573 224 188

25 September CLITHEROE Lawrie & Symington Tel: 01555 662 281

13 December SKIPTON Craven Cattle Mart Tel: 01756 792 375

29 August KENDAL Kendal Auction Mart Lawrie & Symington Tel: 01555 662 281

12 September RUTHIN DUTCH TEXEL Ruthin Farmers Auction Tel: 01824 702 025

27 September CARLISLE Harrison & Hetherington Tel: 01228 406230

18 December WELSHPOOL Welshpool Livestock Sales Tel: 01938 553 438

4-5 September CARLISLE Harrison & Hetherington Tel: 01228 406230

18 September LANARK Lawrie & Symington Tel : 01555 662281

2 October WELSHPOOL Welshpool Livestock Sales Tel: 01938 553 438

19 December LLANDOVERY Clee Tompkinson & Francis Tel: 01874 622488

5 September LLANDOVERY Clee Tompkinson & Francis Tel: 01874 622488

18-19 September SKIPTON Craven Cattle Mart Tel: 01756 792 375

20 October WELSHPOOL Welshpool Livestock Sales Tel: 01938 553 438

6 September SHREWSBURY S.L.A Tel: 01743 462 620

20 September Bakewell Bagshaws Tel: 01629 812777

1 December THAINSTONE Aberdeen & Northern Mart Tel: 01467 623 710

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4 August BUILTH WELLS NSA EARLY RAM SALE Clee Tompkinson & Francis Tel: 01874 622 488


15 September HILLTOWN HILLTOWN MART TEL: 028 4063 0287

D.T.B.C ENNISKILLEN Ulster Farmers Mart Tel: 028 6632 2218

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

11 September ARMOY D McAllister Tel: 028 2177 1227

17 September BALLYMENA J A McClelland Tel: 028 2563 3470

25 September (Provisional date) CLOGHER Clogher Mart Tel: 028 8164 7105

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

12 September SWATRAGH Sperrin & Bann Valley Mart Tel: 028 7940 1335

18 September LISAHALLY Richard Beatties’s Livestock Sales Tel: 028 8164 7105

Week commencing 29 September (Provisional) MARKETHILL Markethill Livestock Tel: 028 3755 1265

5 December HILLTOWN (In lamb ewe) TBC Hilltown Mart Tel: 028 4063 0287

2014 National Sales Feature Shows Northern Ireland National

Welsh National

Scottish National

English National

Show & Sale - Ballymena Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th August

Show & Sale - Lanark Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st August

Show & Sale - Welshpool Saturday 23rd August

Show & Sale - Worcester Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th August

Tel: 02476 696629 office@texel.co.uk

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

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