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TAS Country : December 2nd 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010 Tasmanian Country 25 Advertising feature Texels Market reaches prime in year of the sheep' FOR the first time in dec- ades, heavy prime lambs are commanding sky-high prices into December with this year set to be remem- bered as the year of the sheep. Mutton prices entered unfamiliar territory last week, with the national mutton indicator gaining 32c/kg to finish at 412c/kg --- a new high for Novem- ber and 124c/kg ahead of this time last year, accord- ing to Meat and Livestock Australia. This was despite a 15 per cent increase in national supply (although most of the extra numbers were wethers and, for the year- to-date, supply through saleyards monitored by the National Livestock Report- ing Service is back 30 per cent). Still, restockers returned to the rails at prime sales, paying to $172 at Forbes, NSW, for first-cross ewes and to $154 at Hamilton for medium-weight ewes suit- able to go on with. These trends were un- derpinned by increased op- portunities to graze crops and stubbles and excellent lamb prices which, despite a 19 per cent national lift in supply, continued upwards across the board. Dutch breed gives great value Through rigorous selection, Texels are now recognised as producing the highest kill-out percentage VALUE: Texel and Texel cross lambs have perfomed well at various carcass competitions throughout Australia. Pictures: Serpentine Texel Stud. THE Texel sheep breed orig- inates from the island of the same name off the north-west coast of Holland. The breed was introduced to France in the early 1930s and in 1973, the first commercial im- portation into the UK took place. Texels have since become the most popular terminal sire breed in that country. As testimony to this, a ram lamb sold at the nation's top Texel sale in late 2009 re- alised almost $500,000. Texels were first imported to Australia in 1993. The reason for the success of the breed is simple. Through rigorous selec- tion, Texels are now recog- nised as producing the high- est kill-out percentage which, combined with exceptional carcass quality and a low fat percentage, gives retailers a higher margin and con- sumers the consistent quality product that they are looking for. The ability to pass on these qualities to its progeny when crossed with other breeds means that farmers can be confident that their lambs will provide maximum value. Another advantage of us- ing the Texel as a terminal sire is that they allow pro- ducers to hold onto lambs if the market is down. This is because these lambs will continue to produce meat and not run to fat. The proof of these attri- butes is shown by the domi- nance of Texel and Texel cross lambs at the various carcass competitions throughout Australia. Earlier this year, a con- signment of Texel sired lambs out of Border Leices- ter/Merino/Texel ewes took out the top award at Aust- ralia's most prestigious com- petition, the Royal Agricul- tural Society of Victoria's prime lamb carcass compe- tition. At 4½ months of age they had a lean meat yield of 55.5 per cent and an average weight of 26.28 kg (some of the lambs had to be excluded because they produced car- cass weights greater than 30kg). Second and third places also went to Texel sired lambs. First prize was $4000. Similar results from other competitions in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland show that the Texel breed can thrive in different climates and con- ditions. Many of these lambs also had part Texel dams, which shows the good mothering qualities and high milking ability of the breed. Texel rams are renowned for their libido, with ram lambs capable of mating at six months of age. A further important trait that the Texel passes on to its offspring are the clean heads, legs, and breach which re- duce management time. This is also especially helpful in high fly-strike seasons. With prime lambs giving such good returns and the markets looking good for the foreseeable future, there could be no better way for prime lamb producers to maximise their returns than by producing vigorous, hardy, fast growing and early maturing lambs which no other breed can match. For details of registered Tasmanian producers who want information about Tex- el breeders in Tasmania should visit the Texel web- site at texel.org.au. Serpentine Texel Stud Flock no. 350 Founded 1993 For fast growing, early maturing, lean, well muscled lambs. Flock and Stud Rams available. Contact: Ross Fairbairn Ph: 03 6492 1333 or 0429 921 339 2036633-101203 •416• Producing well muscled, long bodied rams to suit market requirements Texel and Texel Composite Rams available now Jen Hodgson, Evandale 0407 918 737 • 03 6391 8360 aNEWLOOKfor an OLD MATE! Would you like to promote your breed, stud, and sales in the Tasmanian Country? Please contact us, we are interested in hearing from you. BREEDERS PLEASE NOTE These features are designed to help you the breeder inform our readers of your stud news. Please register your interest as early as possible. Advertising Contact: Kerri Walsh Tracey Wright 03 6230 0640 03 6230 0752 firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial Contact: Dallas Aldridge Mike Ward 03 6230 0544 03 6230 0426 email@example.com
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