NI Texel Breeder’s Club’s year caught on camera

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For the last ten months the NI Texel Club has been busy producing their commemorative DVD Texel Breeders Year, to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the British Texel Society.

The club has worked hard to produce a timeline of breeders and the club’s events throughout the year.

The DVD kicks off with one of the busiest times in a breeder’s year – the lambing season. This section focuses on lambing and covers natural and assisted birthing and general flock management during the lambing period.

This leads on to covering breed characteristics and how the breed has evolved over the years.

The DVD records breeders, including young breeders preparing for shows and sales.

The show season follows the activities of breeders throughout the summer months, including Balmoral Show.

Footage highlights the contribution the Texel breed makes to the commercial market and the advantages of pure bred Texels and Texel crosses to the food chain, with a visit made to a local butcher, showing the lean meat characteristics in a Texel lamb carcase.

Flock nutrition is covered with breeders, both pedigree and commercial providing information on supplementing nutrition and also finishing lambs for pedigree and commercial markets.

The sale season follows breeders both at the NI Premier and Scottish National Sales and highlights the demands for the breed, including sale of the Northern Ireland record price for a ram lamb of 85,000gns from John Leitch, Castlederg for his exhibit Cornmore Velvet Jacket.

The DVD provides excellent cover of natural and artificial methods used during the tupping season, with footage of AI and Flushing.

The DVD also captures the social side of the club’s activities including their annual day trip and the annual open night.

The competitive side of the club’s activities are noted through footage of the NI Texel Club’s representation in the National Flock Competition.

The Springhill Flock of John Foster has since been named as the National Texel Flock 2014.

The club would like to express their gratitude to the support of the sponsors for the DVD, namely Ballymena Livestock Mart, Crystalyx, Fane Valley, Galloway & McLeod Feeds, Innovis, Kevin McAuley Media, Kubota and Volac.

The club has chosen to support the NI Children’s Hospice, by donating a percentage of the cost of the DVD to this worthwhile charity.

The NI Children’s Hospice cares for over 250 children and young people with life limiting and very complex needs.

As leaders in the field of children and young people’s palliative care, the NI Children’s Hospice aims to meet emotional, social and spiritual needs as well as physical ones, enabling these children and young people to make the most of their lives within the limitations of their illness, with care provided in their own homes or the Children’s Hospices in Newtownabbey and Fermanagh.

Services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year but depends on legacies and donations to fund their services.

£30 could pay for one hour of nursing care for a child at home while £100 could pay for one hour of nursing care for a child in Hospice.

The DVD trailer is available for viewing on the NI Texel Breeders Club Facebook page and You Tube.

Members, breeders, friends and the general public should note purchases of the DVD Texel Breeder’sYear can be made through the Texel club’s ebay account with direct payment using Paypal, through contact to the British Texel Society or by directly contacting the club secretary on 07791679112 or through private message on the Facebook page.

Cost of the DVD/Blu Ray DVD is £15 +p&p and makes 
an excellent Christmas present while making a difference 
to those children needing the services of the NI Children’s Hospice.

l To win a copy of the DVD visit the Farming Life website,, and view the trailer then answer the following question: How many shearling rams are feeding at the trough?