We love our Texel Sheep.  Purchasing our first four Texel ewes and ram in 2008, we have been increasing our numbers.  Dale and I are raising Texel sheep predominately for breeding stock.  Not to say that we keep every Texel for breeding stock, as not all make the grade.  They also taste good.

Texel sheep have a  quiet disposition, but are vocal at feeding time.  Which if they can talk you out of something to eat, will try all of the time.  They are a meat breed. An up and coming terminal sire group for white-faced ewes as they do not have black fibers in their wool.  With a large loin-eye and leg measurements, they also convert feed well.   A medium sized sheep, polled(no horns) with black noses and smaller ears.  Black hooves, which seem to need less trimming and look a little piggish.  We are very taken with them.

Shearing takes place once a year prior to lambing, unless we are going to show them. Texel do not carry wool on their heads or legs and are very light wooled on their bellies.  This makes for easier shearing.

Middle of March is when we start lambing.  While they will lamb earlier, we do not want to have lambs in February as we do the majority of our calving then.

New rams from the National Texel sale in Sedalia, MO is how we have added to our genetics.  We added  in 2016 to our flock with the purchase of a Yearling Ram from Austin Brown of Clay Nob F arm in PA.  Clay, short for Claymore, posted the largest loin eye of the Texel rams in Sedalia in 2016. He produced some nice lambs again for us this year.  We will know more after they are loin eye scored in September.  No  purchase from Sedalia this year, spending money on imported semen instead.

Selecting for twins, knowing that every ram lamb that is born is not destined to be a herd sire, we did save some nice ones this year. We will see what makes the cut in August.   Dale and I  have kept some select crossbred Texel-Icelandic ewe lambs.  Proceeding with a breed-up program with our crossbreds, breeding them back to registered Texel rams.  We will have a couple of recorded ewe lambs for sale this year in addition to some registered ewe lambs.  Thanks to Elena Hoveland-Stuker for her and John’s purchase of some nice crossbred ewe lambs.

Patrea Pabst, who imported Texel semen from NZ, allowed us to purchase some of that semen. Last year we bred a few select girls in hopes of expanding our bloodlines. These rams are chosen for productive traits including parasite resistance and resistance to foot rot. Well, we  succeeded this year in the semen from NZ and can’t wait to get those boys out with the ewes. We are looking forward to new semen from the UK, again from Patrea,  so hopefully we will get AI lambs in 2019 from those new genetics.

 

This is one of the NZ bred ram lambs that we will be using this fall.  Could have been a better picture but I can’t blame anyone but myself.  They don’t stand still!