Club Spring meeting
The Club's spring meeting will take place at the White Hart, Llandeilo, on Tuesday 2nd May at 7.30pm. The full agenda for the meeting can be downloaded below.
Club trip to North West England
The South Wales Texel Club flock visits this year will be over the weekend of 9/10 June and will be visiting the Charben, Arkle, Ellen Valley, Procters, Tatham Hall, Hope Valley and Claybury flocks.
Members wishing to attend the weekend should download the booking form below and return it to club secretary Derfel Harries at Clee, Tomkinson and Francis.
February 2017 Newsletter
With Lambing now fast approaching for many of you and some already underway, I would just like to inform all members of a few important dates for the club in 2017.
There will be continued uncertainty within the sheep industry this year and beyond, due to the complexities of Brexit and the threat of new trade deals with New Zealand but I believe we are in a strong position as Texel breeders to dominate the market place with quality commercial lambs that will always command a premium. With this in mind it will be important to continue to only register and bring forward to sales the very best of pedigree rams and females. To supply the commercial /pedigree breeders with only the best within the breed.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND DATES
16th MAY - WELSH SHEEP 2017 To be held at LLwyn Bedw,Talybont-on-usk, Brecon
Anyone who can supply quality (non Mv) Texel crosses suitable for this event please contact Chris Ball 07807 366640
Progeny show-Llandovery market Last weekend in May- Date to be confirmed. Please try and support this great event as there are now classes being introduced for a single lamb as well as groups of 3 homebred Gimmers and 3 yearling Tups, as well as the usual classes.
AGM – view BRYNDERI Flock Sunday June 4th Upper cwm farm , LLantilio Crossenny, Abergavenny, Np7 8tg
CLUB TRIP -Weekend 9th -11th June
Our vice chairman Tom Evans is currently putting the final details together for a trip to visit the flocks of Charben, Arkle / Ellenvalley, Proctors/Tatenhall and Hope Valley and Claybury
This is great opportunity to visit these successful flocks and enjoy a sociable weekend at a price of about £180 per person (single rooms will be at a supplement). Deposit of £50 per person will be required by end of March please. Further details to follow.
Cheques payable to South Wales Texel Association.
More information to follow, any queries to Tom mob: 07580752898 or 01267 275666
Please note all payments and correspondence for this Trip are to go initially to the Tom Evans, Coedhirion, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8BQ.
Any young breeders who can’t come with us on the trip, but would like to take part in the YDP five nations the same weekend to represent Wales please check Texel website for more information.
Late June - Flock competition: Date to be confirmed
Royal Welsh Show and presentation of All Wales Flock Competition Winner July 17th-20th July.
Club dinner 24th November 2017, Plough inn, Rhosmaen, Llandeilo
Finally, Gareth will shortly be retiring at CTF and I’m sure you will all join me in wishing him a long and happy retirement from work. (He tells me Liz has lots of jobs lined up for him). He will be acting as secretary for the club until the AGM in June for which we are grateful. He has been a great support to the club over many years and in the AGM in June we will all have the chance to formally thank him for his loyalty. Gareth thank you from us all.
Regards Chairman Chris Ball
Christmas Lights Show and Sale – December 2016
The annual South Wales Texel Breeders Association’s Christmas Lights In-lamb Ewe Sale was held on the 16th December in Llandovery Market. The pre-sale show was judged by Mr Owen Watkins (Caenantmelyn) and he awarded the championship to the first prize shearling ewe from E.W Quick (Loosebeare). This Whitehart Spot on daughter also went on to achieve the top price of the day at 900gns. She was sold carrying twins to Loosebeare Show Stopper and was purchased by J Saxton, Cowbridge. The same buyer also purchased two further ewes from Loosebeare, the third prize shearling ewe for 700gns who was sired by Hullhouse Special Brew as well as a Whitehart Taylor Made daughter for 680gns. Both ewes were also scanned in lamb to Loosebeare Show Stopper.
F & H Chave & Son (Peacehay) achieved the second top price of the day for their second prize shearling ewe. Selling for 850gns, she was sired by a Club Member bred ram, Blaencar Valiant and was in lamb to Clarks Wizard, a ram purchased by the Chave family in Lanark for 2,200gns. She was the pick for B G Greenow, Forest Coalpit. The same buyer also took home a yearling ewe from Selwyn & Tomos Evans (Welsh) for 550gns. This Kelso Picasso daughter was scanned for a single to Strathbogie Ya Patch. Selwyn & Tomos also received 500gns for their Mellor Vale bred ewe sired by the breed record holder, Knap Vicious Sid. She found a new home with D & D Morgan, Talybont.
A small consignment of aged ewes from James and Trudy Davies (Trujim) topped at 280gns for their first prize winner in the pre-sale show. This four year old daughter was sired by Abaty Rocco and was in lamb with twins to Stainton Wiseboy being knocked down to J.W.M Davies, Aberedw.
Judge – Mr Owen Watkins (Caenantmelyn)
1st – J & T Davies (Trujim) – Lot 2 – 280gns
2nd – J & T Davies (Trujim) – Lot 3 – 250gns
3rd – J & T Davies (Trujim) – Lot 1 – 250gns
1st – E W Quick (Loosebeare) – Lot 35 – 900gns
2nd – F H Chave & Son (Peacehay) – Lot 19 – 850gns
3rd – E W Quick (Loosebeare) – Lot 10 – 700gns
Champion – E W Quick (Loosebeare) – Lot 35
Reserve Champion – F H Chave & Son (Peacehay) – Lot 19
Overall Champion from E W Quick (Loosebeaere) in the ring
Finally, thank you to Auctioneers Derfel Harries and Gareth Griffiths as well as all the Team at Clee, Tompkinson and Francis for hosting and organising the Show and Sale. Thank you also to the Judge, Owen Watkins. Wishing all Purchasers, Vendors and Club Members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The South Wales Texel Breeders’ Annual Club Dinner 2016
The South Wales Texel Breeders had a very enjoyable evening at their Annual Club Dinner with a very good turnout of members. Thank you very much to Gareth and Chris for organising the successful event. A superb meal was provided by The Plough Hotel, Rhosmaen and a raffle was held which raised just over £200 for the Wales Air Ambulance. The Guest Speaker for the Evening was Huw Beavan, a farmer who also runs a Family Butcher's Shop in Abergavenny. He gave a very light hearted and entertaining speech which captivated the mood of the audience (although Derfel may not agree!). The Flock Competition had previously been judged by Will Davis (Usk Vale) during the summer and the trophies were presented by the Guest Speaker's wife, Jan. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Reed and family (Scolton) for winning the Champion Flock and the All Wales Champion Flock. Below are the photographs of the Presentation.
Anyone wishing to sell in-lamb females at the Club Sale on Friday 16th December, please contact me for a form.
Judge:- Mr Owen Watkins, Caenantmelyn.
01874 622 488
07971 111 094
At our last meeting we discussed the Club Page in the journal. All members present agreed that it was a good way of promoting both our club, our sales and more importantly the individual flock members. We will be looking into changing the background style of the advert, but keeping the individual members details the same.
If you wish to appear in the journal the charge per member will be kept to £20.
Please fill in the attached form and return by post to me at Clee, Tompkinson & Francis, 13 Lion Street, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7HY with payment of £20 payable to SWTBA. Texel Journal Advert Form.
To qualify for our discount I need this information by 9th December.
Now that the sales are over and we start a new breeding season, our chairman has called a meeting of all members to plan the year ahead.
Next Meeting Monday 31st October 2016
Usual Venue – The White Hart, Llandeilo at 7.30 p.m, prompt
1) Minutes of previous Meeting
2) Matters Arising
3) Progeny Show – Ideas to Improve – Date/Venue/Classes
4) Flock Competition – We are to arrange the All Wales 2017 judging
5) Young Breeders Show – Rules/2017 Show Venue
6) Club Sale – September 2017
7) Main NSA Sale - 2017
8) Club Trip 2017
9) Club Dinner – Booked for Friday 25th November at new venue - The Plough, Rhosmaen, Llandeilo. Details to follow.
10) In Lamb Sale – December 16th – Llandovery – Judge ??
11) Any Other Business
Please try to attend
It was a very successful day for the South Wales Texel Breeders’ Club Members at the recent NSA Sale held in Builth Wells with many breeders taking the top prizes and prices. Congratulations to Russell and Gill Watkins & Family (Millend) on topping the ram lamb trade with Millend Yankee. By Tumble Tye Volt and out of a Lochar Powerhouse sired dam, the lamb sold for 2,800gns to C.M Edwards, Llangathal.
Millend Yankee pictured with Meg Watkins (Millend)
Congratulations also to Mike and Ella James (Duhonw) for also achieving 2,800gns for their shearling ram, Duhonw Wildfire. This ram was sired by Meinspride Usain and was out of a Penstones ewe by Penstones Northern Light. He sold to W.G Davies and Son from Hirwaun. The James family were also awarded first prize in the pre-sale show with their Performance Recorded Shearing Ram which went on to make 2,100gns and second prize with their shearing ram which made 1,450gns.
Caenantmelyn Yahoo pictured with Owen Watkins
In the Pre-Sale Show, several Members were awarded prizes, but congratulations to Owen Watkins (Caenantmelyn) for winning the Male Champion and Overall Champion with his ram lamb, Caenantmelyn Yahoo. This lamb was sired by Duhonw Wildcard with the dam being a daughter of Cairness Owen. The Judge was Mr John Foster (Springhill) and Owen’s lamb went on to make 1,400gns and was purchased by V. McDonald of Canterbury.
Club Members’ Results in the Pre-Show Sale
2nd – E.G Morgan (Blaencar)
3rd – W.O.J Reed & Co Ltd (Scolton)
4th – Selwyn and Tomos Evans (Welsh)
5th – Usk Vale Poultry Ltd (Usk Vale)
3rd – Selwyn and Tomos Evans (Welsh)
4th – G. Williams (Treweren)
2nd - Mike and Ella James (Duhonw)
5th – Hywel Thomas (Cennen)
Recorded Shearling Ram
1st – Mike and Ella James (Duhonw)
4th – G. Stringer (Lodge)
5th – D.J Morgan (Tynewydd)
1st – Owen Watkins (Caenantmelyn)
2nd – E.G Morgan (Blaencar)
4th – Alan and Owen Hughes & Partners (Vale)
Recorded Ram Lamb
2nd – J and G.Y Davies (Aman)
4th – Alan and Owen Hughes & Partners (Vale)
5th – Selwyn and Tomos Evans (Welsh)
Male Champion and Overall Champion
Owen Watkins (Caenantmelyn)
Club Members’ Top Prices
W.O.J Reed & Co Ltd (Scolton) – 820gns, 800gns and 700gns
E.G Morgan (Blaencar) – 700gns, 650gns and 650gns
Usk Vale Poultry Ltd (Usk Vale) – 620gns, 620gns and 600gns
G.R Williams (Treweren) – 500gns
Selwyn and Tomos Evans (Welsh) – 500gns, 450gns and 450gns
W.O.J Reed & Co Ltd (Scolton) – 1,000gns
G.P and M Jones (Llanthomas) – 980gns
Mike and Ella James (Duhonw) – 2,800gns, 2,100gns, 1,450gns, 1,200gns, 1,100gns and 1,050gns
Hywel Thomas (Cennen) – 2,600gns
W.OJ Reed & Co Ltd (Scolton) – 2,100gns, 1,200gns, 1,100gns and 1,000gns
G.P and M Jones (Llanthomas) – 1,950gns, 1,500gns and 1,150gns
W.T Davies & Co (Canllefaes) – 1,600gns
G Stringer (Lodge) – 1,450gns
G. Williams (Dragon) – 1,320gns and 1,100gns
D.J Morgan (Tynewydd) – 1,150gns
R.M and G.L Watkins (Millend) – 1,050gns, 1,050gns, 1,000gns and 1,000gns
Davies Bros (Trefere) – 1,020gns
R.M and G.L Watkins (Millend) – 2,800gns
Owen Watkins (Caenantmelyn) – 1,400gns
Hywel Thomas (Cennen) – 1,300gns
Alan and Owen Hughes & Partners (Vale) – 1,050gns
J and G.Y Davies (Aman) – 1,000gns
Shearling Ewes - £478.06 (Clearance of 96%)
Ewe Lambs - £329.70 (Clearance of 100%)
Shearling Rams - £716.67 (Clearance of 93%)
Ram Lambs - £367.26 (Clearance of 87%)
The Auctioneers were Clee, Tompkinson & Francis
Incorporating the Annual Show and Sale for Members of the South Wales Texel Club, Continental Sunday saw prices peak at 1200gns for a Texel shearling ram and 1050gns for a Texel shearling ewe, underlying a strong commercial trade for powerful rams.
Leading the way in the ram section was a Millend bred shearling ram by Drumgooland Vandal shown by H. G. Thomas, Cennen selling to D. I. L Evans, Llanilar. The same buyer took the next top price ram at 900gns, this time a homebred ram from the same vendor.
The Millend breeding also featured when Russell Watkins and family sold a Whitehart Top Gear sired shearling at 750gns to A Davies, Aberystwyth.
The top price shearling female came from the All Wales Champion Scolton Flock of W. O. J Reed & Co. The pick of their pen went to Club Members T. C Adams and family to join their Ty Medi flock. Their choice was for a Whitehart Ultra sired ewe out of a dam by Caereinion Rocket.
Ram Lambs reached 600gns for the first prize lamb shown by new member L. H Morgan of Aberystwyth from his Top Bank flock. Sired by Glenside Yodeller and out of a Strathbogie Untouchable dam, he was sold to pedigree breeder Jim Jones to join his Preswylfa Flock.
Ewe Lambs peaked at 600gns from the Welsh Flock of Selwyn and Tomos Evans. Sired by Glenside Valhalla and out of a Swaites O Sullivan dam she went to G. E Lloyd & Son, Knighton.
5 Aged Ewes 207.90
39 Shearling Ewes 390.51
5 Ewe Lambs 304.50
57 Shearling Rams 475.69
3 Aged Rams 658.00
13 Ram Lambs 291.98
6 Berrichon 327.25
4 Charollais Ram Lambs 378.00
Blue Texel 420.00
Blue Texel Ram Lambs 210.00
Auctioneers:- Clee Tompkinson & Francis
Judge – Tom Evans (Welsh)
1st – D.J Morgan (Tynewydd)
2nd – D.J Morgan (Tynewydd)
3rd – D Evans (Bwlch Y Gwynt)
1st – W.O.J Reed & Co (Scolton)
2nd – D.J Morgan (Tynewydd)
3rd – H Thomas (Cennen)
1st – C & S Ball (Brynderi)
2nd – C & S Ball (Brynderi)
1st – F Chave & Son (Peacehay)
2nd – D. J Morgan (Tynewydd)
3rd – F Chave & Son (Peacehay)
1st – L Morgan (Topbank)
2nd – R & G Watkins (Millend)
3rd – T Ball (Lypehill)
Overall Champion – F Chave & Son (Peacehay)
Reserve Champion – W.O.J Reed & Co (Scolton)
Overall Champion – Peacehay Wingman from F Chave & Son with Judge Tom Evans
Reserve champion from W.O.J Reed (Scolton) with Judge Tom Evans
Shearling Ewe class
Shearling rams being judged by Tom Evans (Welsh)
On Sunday, 14th August, South Wales Texel Club Members were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Scolton Flock. The Reed family kindly opened their gates to Members after being awarded the South Wales Champion Texel Flock which was judged by Will Davis (Usk Vale) and also winning the All Wales Texel Flock Competition title which was announced at The Royal Welsh Show by the Judge Robert Pierce (Oldford). On arrival Members were welcomed with light refreshments with some wonderful cakes and shortbread. After a brief introduction to the farm by Andrew, we were introduced to the Scolton Flock.
Scolton Aged Ewes on Display
A lot of preparation and hard work had gone into erecting small separate paddocks for Members to have a close look at the sheep with the aged ewes, shearling ewes, shearling rams and lambs all being divided for a thorough examination. We viewed the aged ewes which were heavily influenced by Caereinon blood including the Cambwell Laird son, Caereinon Rocket and Caereinion Masterclass as well as the South Wales Texel Club Flock Competition Champion Stock Ram for the last three years, Whitehart Ultra. This ram was purchased at The English Premier Sale in Worcester in 2013 for 3,400gns. The ewes were a strong bunch with plenty of size and presence about them being in working condition having recently been weaned from their lambs.
Scolton Shearling Ewes
Following the aged ewes, we saw the shearling ewes which had won first prize in the Flock Competition. Andrew informed us they were all for sale to enable the family to keep the numbers of the flock down, with some entered for the Welsh National Sale in Welshpool, the Club Sale in Llandovery and the Main NSA Sale in Builth Wells. This bunch were again sired predominantly by the aforementioned two rams, Caereinion Rocket and Whitehart Ultra. These shearling ewes were a very uniform group in excellent condition carrying plenty of power throughout being a credit to the Reed family, with many standouts catching the eyes of Members.
Scolton Shearling Rams
We moved on to the shearling rams, mostly destined for the main NSA Sale in Builth Wells where the Reed family have had much success over the years including the top price in 2010 and 2014 with Scolton Panther and Scolton United respectively. The rams were mainly sired by stock rams Caereinion Rocket and Whitehart Ultra who were also present in the pen along with the ram lamb purchased last year from the main NSA for 2,200gns, Teilo Wrnach Gawr. Whitehart Ultra was an impressive ram with great width and gigot coupled with plenty of size proving why he had won the Best Stock Ram for the last three years. The shearling rams sired by Ultra and Rocket were a strong bunch of rams which I’m sure will go on to continue the Reed family’s success at the Main NSA Sale come September.
Whitehart Ultra (middle) Showing his Power and Strength
The final paddock of sheep were this year’s crop of lambs again being sired by Caereinion Rocket and Whitehart Ultra as well as the previously mentioned new purchase from last year, Teilo Wrnach Gawr. A smart bunch of lambs were seen, with one ram lamb of particular note being in with the group of shearling rams, a powerful, tight skinned son of Whitehart Ultra out of a Caereinion Masterclass dam having been earmarked by the family to be used on some of the Scolton ewes this year.
After Members had had a close look at the stock on display, the Reed family treated us all to a lovely Salad coupled with generous amounts of pudding ensuring no one left the farm hungry. A huge thank you must go to Bill, Liz, Andrew, Kathryn and family for kindly inviting us to see their flock and for the time and effort put into hosting and organising our visit. We wish them all the very best in selling their shearling ewes and rams in the forthcoming Sales.
Reed family, Scolton
At Brecon County Show on the 6th August there were two special South Wales Texel Young Breeders’ Classes for young breeders under the age of 30 which was kindly judged by Stephen Hardwick (Talcoed). The Classes were well supported and the prize money was donated by the South Wales Texel Breeders’ Association.
Congratulations to Aled Groucott for winning the ram lamb class and to Owen Watkins (Caenantmelyn) for winning the ewe lamb class. Aled showed a lamb owned and bred by Chris and Sue Ball (Brynderi). The ram lamb was sired by Llyfni Socrates and out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle whose index is 381. Owen’s ewe lamb was owned and bred by himself and was sired by Arkle Undercover and out of a Scolton Man Alive dam. The results are as follows:-
Ram Lamb Class
1st - Aled Groucott – lamb owned by Chris and Sue Ball (Brynderi)
2nd - Meg Watkins (Millend)
3rd - Owen Watkins (Caenantmelyn)
4th - Rhodri Jones (Llanthomas)
5th - Chris Davies (Caebetran)
First Prize Ram Lamb in the Young Breeders Class Shown by Aled Groucott, Owned and Bred by Chris and Sue Ball (Brynderi)
Ewe Lamb Class
1st – Owen Watkins (Caenantmelyn)
2nd – Meg Watkins (Millend)
3rd – Gwilym Williams (Treweren)
4th – Chris Davies (Caebetran)
5th – Aled Groucott - lamb owned by Chris and Sue Ball (Brynderi)
First Prize Ewe lamb in the Young Breeders Class Shown and Bred by Owen Watkins (Caenantmelyn)
It’s that time of year again when it all starts to kick off!
Club Sale – Llandovery – Sunday 11th September
Entry Form. Entries by 13th August. Please note entry forms to be returned to our Llandovery Office together with entry fees.
Main N.S.A. – Monday, 19th September
Forms to go back to the Society by 3rd August.
Please note - Any subs must be notified to the Society and not to the Auctioneers by the 14th September.
Congratulations to the Reed Family Scolton. Our club flock winners who went forward to win the All Wales Texel Flock Competition between all 4 affiliated clubs in Wales announced at The Royal Welsh.
Andrew Reed has now kindly offered our club members a Flock Visit on Sunday 14th August starting at 4 p.m. to inspect his sheep and to see the entries for the coming sales. There will be light refreshments available. If you intend going, please contact Andrew Reed on 07811 186377 at least 4 days before so that catering can be arranged.
Chris Ball – Chairman
Gareth Griffiths - Secretary
A mixed trade at the recent Early NSA Sale in Builth Wells saw an overall clearance of 79% with 109 of the 138 lots forward being sold. Averages were up on the previous year with shearling rams averaging £548.73 and shearling ewes averaging £388.50. The Show was judged by the retiring Chair of the South Wales Texel Breeders’ Club, Bridget Booker (Towy). Leading the trade was the Overall Champion from R & B Smith (Slapton) with their smart shearling ram, Slapton What A Lad. Making 2,100gns, he was sired by Scolton Top Spec and was out of a Peacehay Razzle Dazzle dam finding a new home with Club Members, Graham and Mary Jones (Mabon). Slapton also achieved the next best price of the day with another Scolton Top Spec son, this time out of a Cwmithon Petrov sired dam. Slapton Why not made 950gns selling to Mr R Brooke & Sons, Broughton Hackett.
Overall Champion and Top Price of the Day from R & B Smith (Slapton) with Judge, Bridget Booker (Towy) and Purchaser, Graham Jones (Mabon)
E.W Quick (Loosebeare) had good success with their strong pen of shearling rams with two rams making 900gns. The first was the 3rd prize ram, a substitute to the catalogue being sired by Whitehart Taylor Made and out of a Cennen Magnum daughter which was purchased by H Yates, Bridgnorth. The second ram was sold to J.H & C.G.O Davies, Beulah, Ceredigion and was sired by the Humeston River Dance son, Whitehart Spot on. F. H Chave (Peacehay) sold their 2nd prize ram for 850gns, this Peacehay Untouchable son was out of a Scolton Panther sired ewe and was knocked down to R Fairbairn, Belbrough.
Reserve Champion and Top Price Female from G. P & M Jones (Llanthomas)
The small consignment of shearling ewes was topped by the Reserve Champion from the pre-sale show. Making 450gns, this shearling from G.P & M Jones (Llanthomas) was sired by the Duncryne Uber Cool son, Forkins Viking being out of a dam sired by Meinspride Lightning. She headed home with the Judge, Mrs Bridget Booker (Towy). The second prize shearling ewe from the same home was sold for 400gns, this time for a Tima Top Gun daughter out of a Penparc President Ewe. She was sold to S Owen, Llyswen.
Judge – Mrs Bridget Booker (Towy)
1st – R & B Smith (Slapton) – Slapton What A Lad – 2100gns
2nd – F H Chave & Son (Peacehay) – Peacehay Winston – 850gns
3rd – E W Quick (Loosebeare) – QEL1505744 – 900gns
Final Line-up of Shearling Rams (L-R) – R & B Smith (Slapton), F H Chave (Peacehay) and E W Quick (Loosebeare)
Performance Recorded Shearling Ram
1st – A & S Andrews (Miserden) – AAS1501452 (Not Sold)
2nd – D J Morgan (Tynewydd) – Tynewydd Welsh Warrior – 700gns
3rd – D Corfield & Partners (Fordwell) – Fordwell Warlord – 750gns
Bridget Booker Judging the Performance Recorded Shearling Rams
1st – G P & M Jones (Llanthomas) – JML1500655 – 450gns
2nd – G P & M Jones (Llanthomas) – JML1500671 – 400gns
Champion – R & B Smith (Slapton) – Slapton What A Boy
Reserve Champion – G P & M Jones (Llanthomas) – JML1500655
Derfel Harries Selling the Overall Champion from R & B Smith (Slapton)
The Auctioneer for the day was Derfel Harries of Clee, Tompkinson and Francis.
Flock Competition Results
The South Wales Texel Flock Competition was organised by Club Chairman, Chris Ball (Brynderi) over two days towards the end of June and it was kindly judged by Will Davis (Usk Vale). Congratulations to the Reed family (Scolton) for winning the Champion flock, the Best Gimmers and the Best Stock Ram. The results were announced this year prior to the Royal Welsh Show and they were as follows:-
1st – Aman – J and G.Y Davies
2nd – Welsh – Selwyn and Tomos Evans
3rd – Treweren – Gwilym Williams
1st – Llanthomas – G.P and M Jones
2nd – Blaencar – E.G Morgan
3rd – Vale – A and O Hughes and Partners
1st - Scolton – W.O and P.E Reed
2nd – Millend – R.M and G.L Watkins
3rd – Tynewydd – D.J and M.O Morgan
Champion – Scolton
Reserve Champion – Blaencar
Best Stock Ram
1st – Whitehart Ultra – W.O and P.E Reed (Scolton)
2nd – Brackenbridge Woody – E.G Morgan (Blaencar)
3rd – Knock Wasabi – J and G.Y Davies (Aman)
Champion Flock – Scolton
Reserve Champion Flock - Llanthomas
Following the conclusion of the Texel Classes at the Royal Welsh Show, a reception was held on the Texel Stand where the All Wales Texel Flock Competition results were announced. The competition had been judged by Robert Pierce (Oldford) and the Champion Flock was awarded to South Wales Texel Breeders, Mr and Mrs Reed, Andrew and family (Scolton), an excellent achievement and our congratulations to go to the Reed family.
Judge Robert Pierce (Oldford) presenting the All Wales Texel Flock Competition Trophy to Andrew Reed (Scolton)
Royal Welsh Show Results
Several South Wales Texel Club Members exhibited at this year’s Royal Welsh Show and on a very hot Monday, the following Members were awarded prizes:-
Mike and Ella James (Duhonw) – 1st prize aged ram
Keith Evans (Scurlage Castle) – 4th prize aged ram
Tomos Adams (Ty-Medi) – 4th prize yearling ram
G.P and M Jones (Llanthomas) – 5th prize yearling ram
Chris and Sue Ball (Brynderi) – Highly Commended yearling ram
Andrew Thomas (Brynmeini) – Highly Commended yearling ram
Selwyn and Tomos Evans (Welsh) – Highly Commended ram lamb
Gwilym Williams (Treweren) – Highly Commended ram lamb
Catrin and Lowri Reed (Tyngwndwn) – 6th prize aged ewe
Catrin and Lowri Reed (Tyngwndwn) – Highly Commended with two yearling ewes
On the Tuesday of the Show, the results of the Carcass Competition were revealed and several Members received prizes as follows:-
Lamb Carcass under 19 kg
4th – Adrian and Amanda Windsor (Fern)
5th – Brian Davies (Brivan)
Lamb Carcass over 19kg
5th – Gwyn, Hazel and Chris (Caebetran)
6th – Brian Davies (Brivan)
Lamb Carcass under 14kg suitable for the Mediterranean export market
6th – Brian Davies (Brivan)
The Reed Family (Scolton) have kindly offered to host a Flock Visit on Sunday, 14th August starting at 4pm prompt. There will be light refreshments available and if you wish to attend, can you please text Andrew Reed to 07811 186377 at least four days before so that catering arrangements can be made.
Finally, well done to all Members who competed at the Royal Welsh Show and to everyone who entered the Flock Competition. Thank you very much to Will Davis for judging the Flock Competition and to Chris Ball for making the arrangements and for being the Chauffeur and we all look forward to visiting the Scolton Flock in August. Good luck to all Members in the forthcoming Shows and Sales.
South Wales Members on the annual trip
During the weekend of the 10th June to the 12th June, the South Wales Texel Breeders went on their annual Club Trip and we enjoyed visiting some fantastic flocks in the area of North Wales and Cheshire. The trip was kindly organised by Club Chairman, Chris Ball and Club Secretary, Gareth Griffiths. The hospitality we receive on these trips is unbelievable and much appreciated by everyone.
Picked up on the Friday morning by Richards’ Coaches, we headed off to our first destination, Robert Pierce’s Oldford Flock. On arrival, the heavens opened and members went for cover in Robert’s shed and were provided with some lovely refreshments. Thankfully, the rain stopped to allow us to have a look at the sheep on display.
Oldford ewe with her twin ram lambs at foot
Robert gave us the background to the 480 acre Oldford Farm which is home to not only the highly successful Texels, but also a large herd of Dairy Holsteins along with a flock of commercial sheep. Robert had organised a viewing ring to make it easier for all members to get a closer look at the sheep on show. We saw the Oldford ewes with their natural lambs at foot, which were predominantly sired by Sportsmans Tremendous. They were strong ewes and included the very influential Mitchelhill Paparazzi daughter which Robert purchased from Ettrick at the Scottish National Sale in 2011 for 5,800gns. She is the mother of Oldford Tess, a ewe that Robert came first with in the 2013 Royal Welsh Show as a gimmer and Reserve female champion as a two year old the following year.
Robert showing some of Oldford’s recipient lambs with members looking on
The next group viewed were the embryo lambs sired by the 32,000gns Hexel Wildcard along with their recipient mothers. These lambs were born towards the end of February and beginning of March with some very smart ewe lambs catching the eyes of members which were out of Sportmans Tremendous’ daughters. In the following bunch were the embryo lambs sired by Robert’s Lanark purchase from last year, Eden Valley Warrior King, an Anglezarke Uno son which had left some impressive lambs for the Oldford flock this year. These lambs possessed tight skins and were full of character with plenty of shape and muscle throughout.
The final group of lambs were from frozen embryos by a mixture of rams. These included the aforementioned Anglezarke Uno, Sportsmans Unimog who was the 2013 English National Champion, the heavily influential Sportsmans Tremendous as well as Tophill Union Jack. These established rams had produced quality lambs for Robert with Sportsmans Unimog crossing particularly well with the SAS Commander daughter from Strathbogie. Next we were fortunate to see Robert’s gimmers. A strong bunch of females, in great condition bursting with character and presence. They were sired by Anglezarke Uno and Tophill Union Jack along with some being by the 4,500gns Llyfni Usain Bolt. Robert stated he will keep a few as replacements in the pedigree flock with the rest being sold at the autumn and In-lamb ewe sales, a time where the Pierce family will no doubt have great success. We thanked Robert and his family for their generous hospitality and for giving us the opportunity to view their sheep.
We were then on our way to The Mercure Hotel in Chester. We had some time to relax and get changed for the evening where we enjoyed a lovely meal and great company. Morning soon came and following a delicious breakfast we headed into Chester. Members had the opportunity to enjoy the city and its shops and after a long hunt some eventually managed to find a pub showing the Wales vs New Zealand rugby game, unfortunately catching the latter half of the match which didn’t end well as we all know!
Eglur and Kauri’s flock of ewes
Our second visit took us to Robin Ellis and family’s Eglur and Kauri Flocks. After having to be carpooled to the farm due to the narrow roads, we all met on the yard and soon set off to view the sheep. After walking to the first field, we were greeted by the thirty strong pedigree ewes between both flocks, five of which provide the basis for Robin’s embryo transplanting programme. They were a very uniform bunch with some very good Strathbogie Top Secret daughters amongst them possessing plenty of spark and character.
Ewe lambs penned for inspection by members
Penned in the same field for members to view was this year’s crop of ewe lambs. They were a very consistent bunch with a mix of natural and embryo lambs and were sired by Strathbogie Top Secret, the 8,000gns Lanark purchase Garngour Vendetta and Eden Valley Wiz Kid, the male champion from the Welsh National Sale last year. All three rams had certainly left their mark and the lambs had plenty of style throughout.
Gimmers with the hard working dog in action
The gimmers were then collected by Robin and his well trained dog as well as two handy helpers (Robin’s children). They were sired by Strathbogie Top Secret and Garngour Vendetta, showing plenty of growth and a particular favourite was Robin’s show ewe lamb from last year being out of a Mullan Royal Flush daughter, a ewe that had been imported from Ireland in 2012.
Robin's ram lambs with South Wales Texel Club Members getting a closer look
Following a short walk we saw the Eglur and Kauri’s ram lambs as well as a couple of ewe lambs mixed in. They were again sired by the trio of Strathbogie Top Secret, Garngour Vendetta and Eden Valley Wiz Kid with a clear consistency shown across the entire crop of 2016 lambs. The ram lambs were a powerful bunch possessing tight skins and will no doubt go on to sell well for the Ellis family in the forthcoming Sales. Fortunately, we finished our tour of the sheep just in time, beating the rain to make it inside for some lovely refreshments. After thanking Robin and his family for having us to visit and for their hospitality, we were then on our way to our next destination.
Some of Llangwm's older lambs
Our final visit of the day was to Iolo Prys Jones and Family’s Llangwm Texels. Llangwm are a highly established flock within the breed having enjoyed much success throughout the years including selling Llangwm Wario for 30,000gns privately at the Royal Welsh Show last year as well as selling Llangwm Rocky for 32,000gns in the 2010 Scottish National Sale. In the first pen Iolo had placed some of his earlier embryo lambs which were born in early February. These were by Baltier Vampire, the ram who sired Wario, the 14,000gns Sportsmans Superstar and the homebred Llangwm Wee Mario, a younger brother to Wario. These lambs were well grown with plenty of size and presence as well as good breed character.
In the following pen, we saw some of Llangwm’s younger embryo lambs. These were sired by Blaencar Waratah, a ram bred by Club Member, Geoff Morgan and family (Blaencar) which was sold last year in the Main NSA Sale for 6,000gns after winning the pre-sale championship. These younger lambs had very tight skins and flashy heads with plenty of style. Next we viewed a small bunch of gimmers; these were sired by the Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold son, Knap Vinnie Jones, a full brother to the record breaking Viscous Sid. They were a great group, showing plenty of character with great conformation and skins.
Iolo showing members the flock of ewes with lambs at foot
We then moved on to view Llangwm’s ewes with their lambs at foot. These ewes were predominantly sired by the 14,000gns Sportsmans Superstar and the heavily influential Kelso Picasso, the ram who sired Rocky for Iolo and family. Members had a closer look at the sheep in their own time as well as enjoying some lovely refreshments provided by the Jones family. After thanking Iolo for showing us the sheep and providing such great hospitality, we set off back to the hotel for the evening meal, where we were fortunate to be joined by our host families. A lovely meal was provided at the hotel and we all enjoyed a great evening.
Following breakfast, we started our journey to our final destination which was to visit Will and Elizabeth McCaffrey’s Scholars flock. They had only recently had a new arrival of their own, a beautiful baby boy. After parking nearby we walked down to the farm and were greeted by the stock ram that the McCaffrey’s had purchased in partnership last year in Welshpool for 6,200gns, Eden Valley Wiz Kid. He had grown well into an impressive shearling with plenty of power and we had already seen some of his offspring at Eglur the previous day. Will introduced us to his batch of gimmers, sired by the 32,000gns Lanark purchase Garngour Upperclass, Gyrhos Rambo and the Strathbogie Top Secret son, Kauri Vesuvius. The gimmers were a good bunch being consistent throughout with sharp heads with all the stock rams putting their stamp on their daughters.
Members getting a look at Scholar's gimmers
We had the opportunity to see some of the Scholars’ ewes with some March born Wiz Kid lambs at foot, including a very striking Procters ewe sired by Scholars Twenty Twelve as well as a strong Knock ewe. Members then moved on into the shed where the McCaffreys had penned their main ram lambs and ewe lambs as well as four gimmers for closer inspection. The ram lambs were sired by the previously mention Eden Valley Wiz Kid and were very well grown lambs with excellent muscling and development with Will being particularly pleased with how the ram had clicked with the Kelso ewe they had previously purchased.
Will McCaffrey showing members the ram lambs by Eden Valley Wiz Kid
The four gimmers penned for inspection included the 1st prize ewe lamb from last year’s Royal Welsh Show sired by Tophill Union Jack, the 3rd prize ewe lamb from the Great Yorkshire Show last year sired by Garngour Upperclass as well as a gimmer bred by Club Member Gwilym Williams (Treweren) which Scholars purchased privately as a ewe lamb in 2015. These gimmers had tremendous style and skins with Will hoping to take two to the Royal Welsh Show this year. The ewe lambs again were sired by Eden Valley Wiz Kid and were a very consistent bunch with sharp heads and plenty of growth being very similar to the previous progeny we saw from Wiz Kid clearly showing he was doing a great job in both the Scholars and Eglur flocks respectively.
Smart Scholar ewe lambs
After some lovely refreshments again, we thanked Will and Elizabeth for their hospitality and we departed on our journey back home after a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. We are very grateful to the hosts, Robert and family (Oldford), Robin and family (Eglur and Kauri), Iolo and family (Llangwm) and Will and family (Scholars) for giving us the opportunity to see their excellent flocks and for the generous hospitality we received. Thank you very much to Chris Ball and Gareth Griffiths for all their hard work organising such a great three days.
South Wales Texel Club Members
A warm welcome awaited us when we descended on Cae Cadno, Taliaris, home to Bridget and Jon Booker’s Towy Texels for the flock visit and AGM. In glorious weather and with a good turnout of Members, an enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Bridget, Jon and family had gone to a lot of preparation and presented the sheep in small pens for easy viewing along with the breeding details being displayed. Bridget’s parents, Mr and Mrs Colin Ponting and friends, Mr and Mrs David Corfield travelled from the heart of England to join the day as special guests. This was particularly pertinent to Bridget as it was obvious that Mr and Mrs Ponting had been a great influence in her interest in breeding Texel sheep and the sheep on display were a credit to Bridget and Jon.
The Towy Texels flock is a completely natural flock not using any ET or AI work so the lambs are all reared on their own mothers.
Treweren Wocket Woy
The stock ram, a shearling Treweren Wocket Woy was sired by Ettrick Van Gogh and was purchased privately last year from Gwilym Williams. This was a ram with plenty of character and a superb gigot producing the type of lamb Bridget desired.
Towy Ewes with Lambs at foot
There were seven ewes with nine February and March born lambs, all sired by Treweren Wocket Woy. The lambs had grown on well with good skins, shape and conformation with the character of the sire showing through. Bridget was proud of the fact that she had a 2008 Penstones ewe by Garngour Notorious which had been bred by her father, Colin Ponting.
Towy Ram Lamb
A lamb of particular note was YJB16 00318 by Trewern Wocket Woy. He was out of a homebred ewe by Auchencairn Shotgun which was a previous stock ram of the flock, coming third at the Royal Welsh Show in 2012. The lamb had character along with a tight skin, good size and excellent conformation being typical of the lambs on show.
There were three ewes with four lambs by Millar’s Walk-About, a son of Knap Vital Spark. They were born in late February and again these lambs had good scale and had grown well.
One of the Einon Ewes with her Ram Lamb
Last year, Bridget and Jon had purchased two ewes from Mr and Mrs Lewis’ Einon Dispersal Sale. The ewes were by Glenside Royal Welsh and Haddo True Blue and their lambs were sired by Banc Olive Vin Diesel, a ram which had been successfully shown last year. These lambs were born at the end of January and again had grown on well with plenty of length and conformation to match.
Towy Texel Shearling Rams destined for the main NSA Sale and Club Sale in Llandovery
There were six shearling ewes, two were being retained for pedigree breeding and the other four were going into the commercial flock. On show were seven strong shearling rams that are destined for the forthcoming Sales including the NSA Sale held in Builth Wells and the Club Sale in Llandovery. These shearlings were mainly sired by Banc Olive Vin Diesel and Banc Olive Van Damme.
Some of Bridget and Jon’s Cattle Grazing
After viewing the sheep, Members took a short walk to a field nearby, admiring the picturesque views of the Towy Valley to see the cattle at Cae Cadno.
Members enjoying lunch with Towy Texels’ rossettes in the background
The AGM followed and Bridget welcomed to the Chair, the newly elected Chris Ball of the Brynderi Flock with Tom Evans of the Welsh Flock being elected as Vice Chairman. A bouquet of flowers was presented to Bridget for all her hard work during the year.
The Texel Young Breeders’ Classes were discussed and will take place again this year at Brecon Show on Saturday, 6th August. The schedule and entry form are available on the Brecon Show website or from the office, Tel No:- 01874 611881. The closing date for entries is Friday, 8th July.
The AGM was brought to a close and we adjourned for a wonderful lunch prepared by Bridget, Jon and family.
Newly Elected Chairman, Chris Ball with Bridget and Husband Jon
Finally, a huge thank you to Bridget, Jon and family for their generous hospitality and for showing us their sheep. I am sure the Members who attended will agree we had a very enjoyable day and it was much appreciated by us all.
SOUTH WALES TEXEL BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION NEWS - MAY 2016
ANNUAL PROGENY SHOW
SUNDAY 15TH MAY AT LLANDOVERY MARKET
Doors open at 3 pm Judging at 4 pm Presentations at 5 pm
Judge: Mr Hywel Thomas, Cennen Flock
Champion & Reserve Champion
Don’t forget your Meidi Form and 6 Day Movement Licence. Please support this event.
Also this year breeding information to be displayed above pens after judging and not before.
Refreshments during the judging. As Usual this will be self-catering so please if possible bring some cakes/sandwiches with you to share!!!
This Year the AGM will be held on SUNDAY 5TH JUNE at Cae Cadno, Taliaris, Llandeilo by kind permission of Bridget & Jon Booker
Starting with a flock visit at 2.30 p.m., AGM at 3 p.m.
followed by refreshments and a catch up chat.
Please support our outgoing Chairman. Numbers for catering purposes are needed. Please see Bridget at the Progeny Show or phone her 07887 648710
There is still room on the bus for any late comers provided that we can book extra room in the hotel. Please let the organiser Chris Ball know 07807 366640 or secretary Gareth Griffiths 01874 622488