This week’s NSA North Sheep event, Tow Law, proved a roaring success for the Texel Society, with a packed crowd on the Society stand throughout the day including both members and commercial producers.
Society chief executive John Yates said the event provided a great opportunity for members to meet and greet and get up to speed on Society matters, which included the Society’s large scale genomic projects in collaboration with SRUC and ABP. “Commercial producers took a lot of time in number to inspect the great exhibits on the stand provided by Stephen Kirby, North Yorkshire.
“Sheep on display included two Texel cross ewes with March born ¾ Texel lambs at foot as well as three Texel cross ewe hogs. Thisreflected the popularity of the Texel as both a maternal and terminal sire, with more than 12.5% of all ewes in the UK being Texel crosses and nearly one in three rams used being a Texel too.”
Speaking to commercial producers reaffirmed the breed’s popularity in the north of England, with many citing the Texel’s robustness and ability to thrive in all manner of environments as key to their use of the breed, explained Mr Yates.
Visitors to the stand were also able to take part in the second Texel and Shearwell Data competition of the summer to win a Shearwell EID reader. The North Sheep competition was a guess the weight competition to guess the combined weight of all animals on the stand.
“The competition received nearly 450 entries, with just two correct answers. These two correct entries were placed in a draw and the winner of the EID reader was Jim Cowan, Middleton St George. The correct answer was 524kg,” added Mr Yates.