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English Winter Fair – 2012

Texels excel at English Winter Fair

Texel genetics were once again to the fore at the English Winter Fair, Stafford, with Herefordshire-based Robin Slade enjoying unprecedented success in the event’s Live/Dead competition, collecting the championship for a record 13th time.

Winning this year for Mr Slade were a trio of homebred lambs. Mr Slade said the success was down to new Texel genetics imported from Holland last year which had helped add extra gigot shape to this year’s crop of lambs.

Robin Slade and his champion carcass
Robin Slade and his champion carcass

Dutch-type Texels were also behind Somerset-based Stuart and Jen Clatworthy’s reserve championship winning carcass. Their winner was a 21.3kg, E3 graded Dutch Texel carcass.

Top spot in the purebred Texel pairs class was taken by David and Linda Wadland, Northamptonshire, with Steve and Sara Gibbons second and Robin Slade third. And Robin Slade enjoyed further success, picking up three red tickets in the butchers’ lamb section with Dutch-type Texels.

Texel class results

1st D S and L E Wadland

2nd S and S Gibbons

3rd R J Slade

4th S J and J B Clatworthy

5th W A and A J Windsor

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