Formed in 1974 the British Texel Sheep Society has grown into the largest registry of pedigree Texel sheep anywhere in the world. Today more than 2000 Texel official breeders birth notify about 55,000 lambs with 20,000 females and 1500 males going onto full pedigree registration annually. The Society and its 19 regional clubs market some 12,000 breeding rams through 35 sales throughout the UK.
Having been a founder shareholder of Basco Data Ltd in 2004, the Texel Society became the sole owner of the company in 2018 following changes in the database requirements of the original founding societies.
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.
The UK boasts a diverse geography which creates different needs in the promotion and marketing of Texels, which are addressed by the 19 breeders’ clubs. The clubs have an in-depth knowledge of local traditions, market conditions and preferences and this experience means that they can deliver a more targeted service.
As part of its work representing Society members the Society responded the DEFRA’s Health and Harmony Command Paper on future agricultural policy. The Society’s response can be found here.
The Society is a registered charity (Number SC007271) and details on the Society’s charitable status are available at the Scottish Charity Regulator – OSCR.
Area directors, who are also the charity’s trustees, are elected for a four-year term from thirteen geographic regions. The policy of the Society is implemented by the chief executive and staff at the Society’s offices at Stoneleigh Park, central England.
While sales are either organised by the Society centrally or by the clubs regionally, all are conducted under a standard set of conditions, under the auspices of the Society and conducted by Society approved auctioneers.
The Society’s rules are and conditions of sale are available on the following links.
The British Texel Sheep Society offers a number of services to both the pedigree breeder and the commercial farmer. These include maintaining the Texel breed flock book, genetic improvement services, organising pedigree sales and sales catalogues, funding and organising breed research and development projects and producing a wide range of Society publications.
The Society and its regional Club’s also organise a range of social activities, including events at major agricultural shows across the UK. From 2018 onwards the Society will also be the coordinator for performance recording for the Texel breed and will begin to implement genomic breeding values for recording members.
The Society’s publications, including the annual Journal, Bulletins and annual Primestock magazine can be found on the Society’s Issuu channel. Details of advertising opportunities available in these publications are available here.
The Society’s terms and conditions for our Genetic Improvement Services are available here