South Wales Texel Breeders Association
Most Popular Safari Yet
The 5th annual ram safari of the South Wales Club on Sunday 8th
August 2010 was the best attended yet; so much so that the Red
Lion, Llangors had difficulty in dealing with the demand for
food at its conclusion!
The day started
well with a visit to safari first timers the Stelfox flock of
the Williams family Dale Road, Pembrokeshire. Originally from
Cheshire, the Williams’ farm 200 acres of prime south Pembrokeshire
land within sight of the Haven oil refineries. The notes to their
Shearling pen for the Welshpool sale claim that: “This run of rams
all have fantastic skins, loins and gigots.” All present can certainly
attest to that and also the Dutch influence apparent in the shearlings,
although this blood was introduced 4 or 5 generations back at least.
Anybody looking for a ram lamb with great length but that doesn’t
lack behind the shoulder would do well to have a look at Stelfox
Royeston, a Mellor Vale Oyster son, bound for Worcester.
|Stelfox shearling tup bound for
then ventured on to the coalfield for the next three flocks. Alfryn
“Dads” Davies and family have had a good year in the shows. Most
recently he took the championship at Gower after a string of reserve
tickets. Dads has two smart lambs by Aman Paradwys (a Knock Nugget son) bound for Welshpool. He was the reserve champion at the club
sale last year and has left lambs with character and style. Drawing
most attention however were two gimmers on display. The first heading
for Welshpool is a stylish Lindstair Nic Nak daughter. The other
was a fantastically strong gimmer by Thinacres Ottowa, the “Best
Stock Ram” in the Club flock competition. Not for sale she was
conveniently penned: “to keep company to the other one!”
|Ifan Ddu Gimmers
Members partook of their packed lunches and a well earned cup of
tea at the Aman flock. The Davies’ have been ubiquitous hosts of
the Safari, however there was no visit to the Teilo flock this
year for the first time. Three of the Aman lambs on display were
by Knock Nugget out of Tophill Kiwi dams. This was the cross that
produced Teilo Pegasus, of whom more to follow. The other two lambs
on show were by Teilo Pel Draediwr, a Plattin Orlando son out of
a Cambwell Jake dam bred by Cai Davies. They both had the same
carriage and attitude that attracted John Davies to his grandson’s
lamb, paying him a 1,000gns for a half share at the main NSA sale
|Aman ram lamb
The biggest eye opener of the day awaited members at Davicia. David
Meek was hosting the safari for the third time. The improvement
in his stock seen over the two intervening years has been phenomenal.
David has spent money on females, AI and ET work and this has certainly
paid dividends. He has Douganhill McFly progeny, some by ET donors
bought at the Muiresk dispersal. His “best lamb”, and (arguably)
the best lamb seen all day, is Davicia Ringmaster, a son of Teilo
Pegasus bound for Worcester. He saw Pegasus on last year’s safari
and bought him at Worcester where he was part of the Teilo double
of first prize ram lambs in the open and performance recorded classes.
David can take pride in the quality of his national sale ram lambs
and his gimmers, some of which will be for sale, but it is his
ewe lambs, many by Pegasus, of which he feels most proud.
Members were then treated to stunning scenery on a trip along the
steep winding roads of the north Glamorgan valleys and over the
Brecon Beacons to Llangors and the Tynewydd flock. Deri Morgan
has taken the all Wales flock championship for the second time
in 4 years. Married just two weeks previously, members are most
grateful to him for hosting a flock visit to close this year’s
safari in style and all wish him and his new bride a happy marriage.
Tynewydd literally means “new house” in Welsh, but as you might
guess is a very old farm. The land is old red sandstone and very
powerful and this allows Deri to run on the majority of his lambs
without creep or dry feed until their first late autumn at least.
A select few lambs and shearlings are elevated to the show team
and some ram lambs are selected for sale and together are given
more attention. One of these, Tynewydd Rameses by Arkle Pacific
Star, was champion at Brecon County the previous day and heads
with another two by the same tup to Welshpool. The main target
of the flock however, is to produce 50 or so shearlings of each
sex for sale each year. Deri’s plan to achieve this is quite simple.
He buys the best tup he can, usually in Lanark. That tup is then
used heavily across the flock and as part of a progression. All
of his 120 or so lambs this year are by 2 tups, 90 or so by Pacific
Star. This has produced a flock of remarkable uniformity. Each
class of stock seen was consistent in its quality throughout. Another
sign of the powerful land was the strength of the older ewes in
the flock which was truly impressive. There are not many flock
masters in Wales (or further afield) that can so clearly demonstrate
that all of their stock conform to their selected type and this
really is a credit to Deri and his mother Madge.
|Deri Morgan and a field of shearling
The members suitably worn out, fed and watered (well, almost all
were fed) left Llangors eagerly anticipating the autumn sales.
They will also be listening out to hear the advertising of the
Llandovery club sale on the 3/9/10 on Radio Ceredigion, Radio Carmarthenshire
and Radio Pembrokeshire.