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Gwynedd farmer wins first EID reader in joint Texel Society and Shearwell Data competition

North Wales farmer Dafydd Roberts of Dolgellau, Gwynedd, is the lucky recipient of the first EID reader to be won at an NSA event this simmer in a joint Texel Sheep Society and Shearwell Data competition held at Welsh Sheep, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon.

Commercial sheep producer Mr Roberts was the winner of a guess the weight competition at the event, being the only entrant from more than 200 on the day to match the combined weight of the animals on show at 515kg.

Mr Roberts who was competing in the event’s Young Shepherd’s competition was congratulated on his success by Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates and NSA chief executive Phil Stocker.

Texel Sheep Society chief executive said the event had been a huge success for the Society with its stand busy throughout the day with visitors keen to find out about the Society’s ongoing genomic research projects and understand how Texels can influence their businesses in the Brexit era.

“It was clear visitors to the event were looking to maximise income from their flocks in future and looking at ways to add value to their produce. Texels fit the bill perfectly for this, with Texel sired prime lambs in demand on a weekly basis, while Texel cross breeding sheep are equally well sought after, often fetching premium prices in all parts of the UK.” 

A further three EID readers will be up for grabs at North Sheep, South West Sheep and Northern Irish Sheep later this summer.

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