Texel Sheep

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Young ram from Lanark

For hundreds of years this farmland has been used for sheep. Metal detectorists have found a numbellber of crotal bells, which used to be hung round sheeps' necks in medieval times. There is a record of a sheep farm at nearby Latimer in AD 70.

Wool is now worth little more than the cost of shearing, but mutton has become more popular. English breeds of sheep have been selected for wool quality, and do not necessarily have a heavy carcase. Many farmers are improving the amount and quality of meat produced by using rams from imported breeds.

The leading terminal sires are Texels, named after an island near Holland, where sheep have been bred for meat and milk production.

We took over the prize winning Little Knelle flock of Texel sheep from Rye. These animals were measured by ultrasound to find the thickness of muscle and fat, and their growth rate was recorded, since the Estimated Breeding Value scheme began . Factors such as fertility and breeding records are included, and an Index is calculated which gives an indication of the likely performance of their offspring.

Most of our sheep have an Index which puts them in the top 10% of the Texel breed, and several are in the top 1%.

We also have some sheep from Cumbria which have been bred by artificial insemination from some of the highest value sheep in Great Britain, including Craighill Yankee, Clougher Lincon, Glenside Drum Major, Watchnowe Lanark Cracker, Fourdafourie Kracker, Summerwood King Kong, Castlecairn Investment, and, further back in their pedigree, the legendary Tophill Joe, who was the first sheep to change hands for more than 100,000 guineas.

We  obtained semen from  Allanfauld  Rockafella, with an Index of  389.  He changed hands at 18,000 guineas and is possibly  one of the three best High Index rams in Britain.  (A.I. is a complex and expensive process in sheep.) One of our stock rams has an index of 462, which is one of the highest in England.

We offer terminal sires with a high chance of fecundity, easy lambing and high quality carcases. These are grass fed, lean animals with small heads. We have a few sturdy rams with broad faces, good eye markings, and deep gigots (back leg muscles). These are given extra food, and are suitable for showing and pedigree breeding.

Telephone Number: 07500945179

 

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