What Is The History Of Texel Sheep?
In August 2020, Texel sheep has become the world's most expensive after selling for a record £365,000 at a Scottish livestock auction. The Texel lamb, named Double Diamond, was sold to farmers at the Scottish National Texel sale in Lanark. Double Diamond sheep was bought in a three-way partnership between Alan Blackwood from Auldhouseburn, Maybole from Procters Farm in Lancashire and Messrs Teward from New View farm in Darlington.
What Is The Characteristics Of Texel Sheep? Picture by: Low Garth Texel Flock - Leah Dewhirst
- The Texel is a breed of medium sized, heavily muscled domestic sheep, it produces a lean meat carcass and will pass on this quality to crossbred progeny.
- The Texel breed is a white-faced breed with no wool on the head or legs.
- The breed is characterized by a distinctive short, wide face with a black nose and widely placed, short ears with a nearly horizontal carriage.
- They have black hooves.
- The wool is of medium grade (46’s-56’s) with no black fibers.
- Mature animals shear fleece weights of 3.5 kg to 5.5 kg.
- The Texel breeds most outstanding features is it's remarkable muscle development and leanness.
- The Texel is hardy, tough and docile.
- Ewes are frugal and proven to excel in grass-based rearing systems.
- Lambs are famously vigorous at birth with a great will to survive.
- The breed is moderately prolific with 1.7 lambs per ewe
- Texel rams have become the farmer’s preferred choice of terminal Sire.
What Is The Weight Of Mature Texel Sheep?
Picture by: Low Garth Texel Flock - Leah Dewhirst
Texel ram is in the range of 85–110 kg and a mature ewe 60–80 kg.
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