A standard for the Texel was gradually established through local shows held on the Island. Characteristics- The Texel sheep today is a white-faced breed with no wool on the legs or head. They have black hooves and the wool is of medium grade with no black fibers. The hooves are black. These sheep also have black hooves. They are heavily muscled, producing very lean meat with a high carcass yield and less overall fat. Shows. Ads must be for full-blood Texel or registered Texel crosses only. In the same trial, Texel-sired lambs excelled in feed conversion, requiring 15lbs less feed than other cross lambs to produce 60lbs of gain. The judge on the Friday was Aaron Myles of the renowned Silverhill flock. This brings an exceptional choice to the commercial sheep farmers of Ireland. To place an ad, you must be a current member of the Texel Sheep Breeders Society. Male champion on the day was won by TJ Duffy, 2019 was another successful year for the club, with numerous prizes and high prices achieved by our members West region championship report 2019 Young Roscommon breeders strike Texel gold It was a day to remember. Characteristics- The Texel sheep today is a white-faced breed with no wool on the legs or head. Should blend smoothly into the body. The breed is renowned for their hardiness, exceptional carcass fleshing ability and are extremely clean. By 1983 there were 11 flocks with a total of 213 blue texel sheep. Our Premier Sale is also the main society female sale each year. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and we look forward to meeting you at some of our shows or sales. Shoulders:  Broad and deep, with a forward placed breast bone leading into a wide, deep chest. Legs:  Strong, wide and squarely attached with white hair and no wool. Ears:  Medium sized, slightly erect and relatively thick and hairy. The Blue Texel was first registered and recorded in the early 1970s in Holland when a blue lamb was born to white parents. A Texel ewe is a hardy, low maintenance sheep that is easy to handle. A number of regional club in lamb sales and private sales are also organised annually which mainly start in December. These traits among others make Texel’s the ideal cross of the upland or lowland ewe necessary to produce the lambs to suit the needs of the commercial sheep farmer and the meat industry. After this occurred Texels were deliberately bred to give birth to blue lambs. Their clean heads and lower limbs without wool save work and present them as an agile and skillful sheep even in the dirtiest fields. Hind Quarters:  Large, full and well muscled down the hock. They are quick to finish, reaching 80-100 lbs in 3 to 3.5 months. The first Texels were imported into the United States in 1985, and into Canada in 1989 where they are becoming increasingly popular. We hold ram sales each year across the country which start in August each year with the Premier Sale at Blessington Mart. Advantages - One of the advantages of the Texel, compared to other breeds, is their characteristic to develop only a minor fat covering over the body. These traits among others make Texel’s the ideal cross of the upland or lowland ewe necessary to produce the lambs to suit the needs of the commercial sheep farmer and the meat industry. Welcome to the homepage of one of Irelands biggest sheep breeds. They are docile, the ewes are great mothers, and the lambs are very vigorous at birth. Neck:  Short set, blending smoothly into shoulders and free of wrinkles. Hooves of these animals are black. And the breed was primarily refined into it’s modern form there. Its rusticity allows adaptation to any type of field in any region of the world. The Beltex sheep is a breed of domestic sheep which was originated from Belgium. They have black hooves and the wool is of medium grade with no black … Nose should be straight, black and wide. We also occasionally have a small amount on offer at local ram sales. Research has shown that Texel-sired lambs have a 3-5% higher yielding carcass and a 6-10% advantage in loin eye area compared to other cross lambs. We are always looking ways to improve, if you have an idea to how we can do that please click here. This is then followed by a large number of sales, the details of these can be seen in the sales section. The breed is characterized by a distinctive short, wide face with a black nose and widely placed, short ears with a nearly horizontal carriage. We aim to keep our sheep standards high at all times. Sinead Brophy (Secretary) Texel Sheep Breeders Society members may use this section to post For Sale or Wanted ads. It is a portmanteau of Belgian and Texel, and name of the breed reflects the breed’s origin as an offshoot of Texel sheep from Belgium.. Feet:  Pasterns should be well set up and straight. Mature rams weigh approximately 200 lbs while mature ewes should weigh between 150 and175 lbs. They are generally excellent mothers, producing a good litter size. Stars shone the brightest at the Texel Premier Sale… After months of planning the highlight of the Texel calendar did not disappoint. Also, Texel-sired lambs have one full leg muscle score higher, with less total carcass fat. Wool:  White with a fine crimp and closely set with no superfluous lanolin. Texel sheep have hard black hooves that made it a race praised by rice farmers. It is easily characterized by a distinctive short, wide face with a black nose and widely placed, short ears with a nearly horizontal carriage. Some limited crossbreeding with British imports, particularly Leicester Longwool and Lincoln further developed the breed. We have a committee of 14 dedicated council members and our secretary who are always willing to help. Therefore, the slaughter Texel lamb can be sold over a longer period without loss of carcass quality. If you have any queries regarding the breed or if you are thinking of purchasing ewes to become member, we would encourage you to contact us, via phone, email, Facebook, Twitter which the details can be seen below. The breed was exported to the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. Origin – Texel sheep originated on the Isle of Texel, off the coast of the Netherlands about 200 years ago. The Texel breed is renowned for their hardiness, exceptional carcass fleshing ability and are extremely clean. No black fibres. Ads for other breeds or animals will no be accepted. Lamb Production -   The Texel’s excellent milk yield ensures good lamb growth with lamb growth rates of around .75-1 lb per day. The Texel breed is renowned for their hardiness, exceptional carcass fleshing ability and are extremely clean. Back:  Straight, wide, long and well muscled. 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