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Having originally been founded in 2004 by three cooperating breed societies, Basco Ltd came under the sole ownership of the Texel Sheep Society in 2018 following changes in the database requirements of the original founding societies.

Under the Texel Sheep Society’s ownership Basco will continue to offer a database service to other breed societies and third parties, while also undertaking a number of developments to enhance the service offered to Texel Sheep Society members.

As performance recording and livestock data services move in to the genomic era having instantly accessible, accurate data will become increasingly important for breeders and their potential customers.

Taking sole ownership of Basco aligns closely with the Texel Sheep Society’s move towards in-house management of genetic improvement services and will further support the Society’s industry leading research and development programme.

BASCO Registration and Support

You can now access all BASCO public and member services from

Before you can register for member online services you must be set up for Direct Debit with the Society.

Registering for BASCO is easy. Go to and click “login”. Click the link “you can register here!” Use your email address that you have notified to the Society. If you have not informed us of your email address then call us and we will set this up for you. If you have changed email address then please also let us know so we can update your records to get you started.

You will be sent an activation email. Just click on the link in the email or cut and paste it into the address bar of your internet browser. Please ensure that you are using the latest version of the browser on your PC or MAC to get the optimum service. Or use your tablet or iPad for extra convenience. Then just click “activate” and select “login” again to enter your email address and your new password.

Texel members should ring the office on 02476 696629 for any advice or support on using the BASCO system.

Basco User Guide

How to Register for Basco

Inbreeding Prediction Tool User Guide

Managing Inbreeding within Sheep Breeding Programmes

BASCO Search

Search the BASCO database online

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