National Sale Judges
2013 English National Show & Sale - Worcester
Judge: Robert Laird - CAMBWELL TEXELS - LTC
After leaving School 1985 Robert Laird has maintained his enthusiasm for the Texel breed that his Father had when he was a last minute participant in the first Importation in 1973.
Breeding commercially sound sheep that appeal to a large number of buyers is the aim at Cambwell where Robert along with wife Joyce are assisted by their two daughters, Amy & Kim. The farm runs suckler cows and commercial ewes with the offspring finished or sold for breeding.
Robert has judged at the Royal Ulster, Norfolk & Dublin shows as well as the Great Yorkshire, Premier sales in Wale, Blessington as well as Club sales in Chelford, Lanark, last years’ Carlisle and the Kelso Recorded section.
Robert states that Flock Competitions have been the most enjoyable to judge, where he has viewed Texels, met proud owners on their own farms in a wide diversity of land types. They have always been extremely interesting and informative, from the Highland Club in the North to Derbyshire and the endurance test that is the Northern Ireland flock Competition!
Showing at the Highland Show, despite it coming a bit early for most Lanarkshire Breeders, has been rewarding with both the Male and Female Championships to the Cambwell name. The Recorded class has been won 7 times with the last 3 years winners all out of the same ewe.
The flock has enjoyed many selling highlights but at Lanark 2003, 7 ram lambs were sold to average 11000gns with a top of 50000gns for Cambwell Jacobite and in 2007 a Cambwell Laird Daughter made 16000gns. Robert added that even more pleasing, during the 2012 sale season, 10 different Cambwell Sires bred offspring at 4 figures for their owners.
2013 Welsh National Show & Sale - August 23rd - 24th - Welshpool
John Eirian Davies MRICS - Teilo Flock - VDT
John Eirian Davies has been involved with pedigree Texel sheep since 1986 when he and his father John Davies purchased Talbot Pop Star at the Welsh National Sale in Builth Wells as a foundation stock sire for the Aman flock. John Eirian is an Auctioneer and Chartered Surveyor having graduated from The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester in 1990 and practiced in the South Wales Valleys, Cumbria, Herefordshire and Mid Wales before returning to Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire in 1998.
The Teilo Flock of Pedigree Texel Sheep was established at Llwynyrynn, Capel Isaac in 2003 with purchases from the Aman flock. Stock Rams are ‘shared’ with Aman and Cwmcerrig. Sale highlights for Ram Lambs from the Teilo Texel flock include two 5,000gn sales by auction at Lanark for Teilo Mathrafal to Goldies and Teilo Syfrdanol to Milton of Noth and Strathinver. Two further higher consideration private sales of Ram Lambs have been secured with Teilo Newydd to the Baltier Flock and Teilo Mathonwy to the Ettrick flock.
No shows are attended; however the flock has achieved notable success at society shows and sales including Teilo Nerthol and Teilo Pencampwr 2nd MLC Lanark, Teilo Syfrdanol 4th MLC Lanark, Teilo Perego 1st Ram Lamb Worcester, Teilo Rebel 3rd Ram Lamb Worcester, Teilo Pegasus 1st MLC Worcester, Teilo Rheubus and Teilo Noethlymunwr 2nd MLC Worcester. Teilo Mathrafal 1st Novice Lamb WPS. Teilo Slabyn 1st Ram Lamb NSA, Teilo Swmpus and Pel Droediwr 3rd Ram Lamb NSA. Also at the NSA sale the flock has won the ewe lamb class with further top price in four consecutive years with a top price of 1650gns in 2010.
John Eirian is married to Lynwen with a son Cai, and daughter Miri. All family members are active in the running of the flock on a daily basis. Cai has a particularly good eye for a Stock Ram and is likely to be passing advice to his father from ringside on his judgment.
Scottish National Show & Sale 2013 - August 21st - 22nd - Lanark
Judge: Alastair Gault - GAF - Forkins
Alistair and wife Joan have been breeding Texels for over 15 years. They run the Forkins flock along with their two children, Beth (14) and Jack (13), (owners of the Cherryvale flock). The family farm 100 acres, all grassland, in County Antrim. Stock consists of 40 Texel ewes, 20 Suffolk ewes, 150 commercial ewes, 5 Limousin cows and some heifers bought in and finished or sold as forward stores.
Alastair’s Texel highlights include RUAS breed and interbreed champion 2012, which later sold for joint NI record price of 11000gns. He has also achieved top price at Lanark in 2010 with Forkins Rocksolid which sold for 65000gns and the NI record price for females (£8000).
Alastair has judged at many Shows including the Northern Ireland National Show in 2011.
Northern Ireland National Show & Sale - August 12 & 13th - Ballymena
Judge: Harry Wilkinson - ARKLE - WGA
Harry farms a 500 acre mixed dairy, beef and sheep farm with a very helpful family partnership at Arkleby House, Aspatria on the northern edge of the Lake District in West Cumbria. Harry is married to Carole and they have a son George and daughter in law Kate with grand-daughter Sarah, and daughter Jennie who is getting married May 2013.
The sheep enterprise of 500 lambing ewes consists of 250 pure Texel ewes are ran as Arkle and Ellen Valley Texel flocks. Arkle lambs were 1st registered in 1987 and recently Ellen Valley flock was formed by his son George who is a VERY VERY keen Texel enthusiast!
Show successes have been numerous, with a pinnacle of 1st Ram lamb, 1st Gimmer lamb, and 1st group of 3 at the Great Yorkshire Show. There is consistent success at the sales for lambs, shearlings and gimmers. The Texels continue to go from strength to strength also having a commercial flock of 250 Texels X ewes.
Harry and the team keep a close eye on what the market wants, selling to a local butcher and local markets. Like a lot of farmers they have also diversified a small holding into a complex of holiday cottages and leisure pool "Arkleby Leisure", which keeps wife Carole and daughter in law Kate on their toes! Some people have been coming for 15 years to the cottages, lambing time being a great favourite "plenty of helpers!"