It was ladies day in the Texel classes at this year’s Royal Highland Show,
with the overall championship going to the winner of the gimmer class and the
reserve overall title taken by the winner of the aged ewe class.
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 largest ever exportation in recent years of British Texels is heading to
Switzerland having been selected on farms in Scotland in June this year by an
inward mission of Swiss breeders.
Groundbreaking work being undertaken by the Texel Sheep Society on the genetics
behind mastitis and footrot in sheep will provide crucial support for the industry
as it drives to reduce its reliance on antibiotics in future.
The Corriecravie flock, owned by Paul and Anna Johnson based in Stoke on Trent,
Staffordshire, has been recognised by Eblex as the Most Improved Flock of Texel
sheep in England for 2015.