2013……CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF TEXELS
The introduction of the Texels in 1993 marked the beginning of major changes in prime lamb production in Australia. For the first time in decades a distinctly different genetic pool and carcase type became available that could deliver large lean lamb to produce a range of value added cuts without excessive waste of fat and bone. Texels originated in Western Europe and since their introduction to Australia have adapted well to the demanding environment.
Since their arrival Texels have demonstrated their attributes by their domination of prime lamb competition in every state. Whether based on carcase yield or lean meat yield Texels have repeatedly swept the competitions. The carcase competitions have proved a Texel sired lamb out of a crossbred ewe will consistently yield 50%-55%; out of a merino ewe the yield is 45%-50%. Commercial producers Australia wide who consign their lamb by sire breed groups over the hook have for years reported substantially greater return from Texel sired lambs.
Increasingly Texel is being infused into the prime lamb dam flock giving commercial producers the option of retaining the ewe portion of their lamb drop rather than buying in crossbred dams. The Texel infused ewes have strong maternal attributes coupled with a placid temperament and will readily finish twins. They have an innate ability to forage and flourish in the most difficult conditions.
Texel breeders in every state have established successful direct marketing alliances with Texel branded product. The result at a retail level has been gratifying as the consumer response is overwhelming. Retail butchers consistently identify a 15%-20% increase in profitability with Texel carcases. The breed epitomises all that is good in today’s prime lamb industry. The high yield of saleable meat along with the fine flavour and lack of cooking smell are breed trademarks.
2013 marks 20 years since Texels arrived in Australia. Texel breeders believe they have a great deal to celebrate as Texels have been instrumental in demonstrating the value of improved carcase yield, lean meat yield and conformation. Texels have proved themselves in every instance as being able to deliver desirable product, profitable for both producer and retailer.