2012 Club Report
I dare say that the common thread for most of this year’s club reports will concern the weather, with 2012 now confirmed as the wettest in England for 100 years. On many days it has been hard to work out who is more depressed with the wet - the sheep or me. But someone said to me you should never complain and you just have to manage with what you are given. Probably you will be reading this after a record dry spring and listening to drought warnings on the radio.
This year has been another good year for Texels in the area. Despite difficult conditions all the local shows were well attended with judges reporting a difficult time in sorting classes out, such was the standard. It is good to see the strength of Texel classes compared to many other terminal sire breeds who are struggling to maintain their own sections at many shows.
The autumn sales were very positive and the first sale was our own sale at Ashford. In its second year we saw a good turnout of buyers and they were willing to spend, with performance recorded rams in much demand. We thank auctioneers Hobbs Parker for their continued support which is a reflection of the importance of the Texel breed to the market as a whole.
This year saw Tim Healy stand down as our area director after many years service. We thank him for all his efforts in helping the breed as a whole, much of the work unseen. I wish everyone well for the next 12 months.