2015-08-24   facebooktwitterrss

British Texel Genetics behind NZ Progeny Test Success

A ram bred from British Texel genetics exported to Western Australia has delivered a stand out performance in New Zealand Beef and Lamb Genetics Central Progeny Test, ranking third overall of all the rams put through the testing.

The ram, Te Rakau 92724, is a son of an embryo transfer bred tup which was exported to Australia as an embryo in 2004. The ET bred tup is fully British bred, being a son of Kirtle Banker out of a Kirtle bred dam, HMK97095, herself a daughter of Netherkeir Blaze out of a dam by Milnbank Yesterday.

Te Rakau 92724

Te Rakau 92724 ranked third overall in the dual purpose index for meat and growth and performed consistently in almost every category, ranking seventh for growth, third for meat value, eighth for weaning weight, 19th for Worm FEC and 21st for Dag Score, explained his breeders Rob and Maria Wood of Te Rakau Grazing Company.

“As a Dual Purpose ram his female progeny will be evaluated as dams. The overall CPT result was similar to previous years with Texel and Texel cross rams in 12 of the top 20 places.

“We were delighted when our ram was selected by the New Zealand Texel Breeders as their entry in the Dual Purpose section of the CPT. The ram’s selection was based on his SIL-ACE (Sire Improvement Ltd – Advanced Central Evaluation) ranking of 40 after just two breeding seasons. SIL-ACE is New Zealand’s national across flock and across breed analysis with the CPT data providing critical genetic connections,” said Mr Wood.

“Without a doubt the British genetics have left an outstanding stamp on all the flocks using them, delivering great growth rates coupled with excellent confirmation and consistency in the progeny.”

Commenting on the success of the British genetics Texel Sheep Society chairman Henry Gamble said it was clear that British breeders were leading the world in performance. “What is really startling is that the genetics behind this success are now more than 10 years old and Texel breeders have made giant strides in improving performance since then, notably in growth rate and muscle depth.

“It will be interesting to see how this ram’s progeny continue to perform in the coming years and this performance puts British Texels in a strong position within the global sheep industry.

“We hope to see exports of genetics to the New Zealand and Australia opened up in the next few years and expect demand for top performing British Texels to be strong, just as it has been in Europe and South America in recent years.”

Mr Gamble added that it was clear from recent exports that British Texels can perform in a diverse range of environments at home in the UK and the continued success of British Texel genetics across the globe, including in Brazil, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in mainland Europe, was a great reflection on the skills of British Texel breeders.

"The Texel is a highly adaptable breed, so many sheep industries are now benefitting from the vision of our founder members added with the continued effort by breeders today to meet the requirements of modern processers and consumer tastes,” he explained.


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