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Claudine Lear

Is it with sadness that the Society reports the passing of Claudine Lear, wife of Michael of the Sidborough flock. The funeral will be on Thursday 16 March at 2.30pm at Loxbeare church going on afterwards to Calverleigh village hall.

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British Texel genetics triumph in Paris

British Texel genetics fared well in the judging at this year’s Salon International de l’Agriculture (Paris Show), with a son of Teilo Welsh Dragon, the first Welsh Texel to be exported to France, picking up the championship at this prestigious event.

The ram hogg was shown by Christophe Pery and is out of a homebred ewe. Bred by John Eirian Davies, Teilo Welsh Dragon is a son of Deveronvale Viscount, a sire purchased jointly with the Aman flock for 4800gns. His dam is VDT09239, a Knock Nugget daughter which was also dam of Teilo Vawr, the top priced ram lamb at the Main NSA Ram Sale, Builth Wells, in 2016.

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February NADIS Parasite Forecast

This month's NADIS parasite forecast includes information on updating flock health plans as well as the risk of worms in over wintered shearlings and the threat of lice and mites, highlighting the need for correct diagnosis before treatment.

To read the parasite forecast and learn more about these critical issues, see the NADIS forecast. A webinar on these issues can also be seen here, which helps explain the conditions and their management in more detail.

And, with lambing in full swing, there is some topical advice available on neo-natal diseases in lambs. 

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Royal Smithfield Club severes link with East of England Agricultural Society

The East of England Agricultural Society and the Royal Smithfield Club have agreed amicably to end their joint involvement in the East of England Agricultural Society’s Smithfield Festival after seven years of collaboration. As a result, the Society will run its own East of England Winter Primestock Festival in late November 2017; while the Club will pursue other initiatives.

Since the start of the joint venture there has been a successful revival of the leading primestock show in the East of England, however, both parties agree it is now time to refocus activities for each charity. 

“The Society remains committed to providing a quality primestock event which will not only provide a strong competitive element for livestock producers, but will also enable us to fulfil our charitable objectives,” said William Haire, Agricultural Development Manager at the Society.

“We will support education through such initiatives as our College Challenge and at the same time cater for a broader range of stockmen through our knowledge transfer initiative - Stocktech.”

The Royal Smithfield Club has enjoyed working with the Society, however, the Club has a broad remit that extends from the breeding of all classes of livestock through to delivering public benefit to the consumer, said Geoff Burgess, the Club’s Honorary Secretary. “It is clear that the East of England Agricultural Society now has the resources and expertise to run a successful primestock event; which frees the Club to develop other initiatives. 

 
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Margaret Perrings - Pergill

It is with regret that we announce the death of Margaret, who died peacefully at home on Friday 27th January 2017, aged 69 years.

 

Margaret along with her late husband Mike was a long standing member of the Society who bought their first Texel sheep back in the early 1980s. 

The funeral will be held at St.Alkelda's Church, Giggleswick, North Yorkshire, on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 12 noon.

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New research and development project manager joins Texel Sheep Society

The Texel Sheep Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Ed Smith as R&D Projects Manager for the latest phase of its innovative and near market research.

Dr Smith was previously a senior research fellow with experience of managing sheep projects at Warwick University. His earlier work included the Society’s initial lameness and mastitis in sheep work, along with AHDB and BBSRC supported research. He joins the Texel Society in late-January to oversee two new projects and drive applied R&D initiatives at a National breed level.

The first of these projects starting in February is a £1.6m project part funded by Innovate UK Agri-Tech Catalyst, aimed at accelerating developments in sheep breeding and the commercial application of video image analysis (VIA) to sheep production. Meanwhile, the second project, a £1.5m initative, will aim to identify sires that produce crossbred lambs with favourable levels of intramuscular fat. This will potentially reduce waste and increase taste, improving meat quality while maintaining production efficiencies.

Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said the Society was extremely pleased to welcome Ed Smith to the Texel team. “I am confident he will help further define and drive the Society influence in UK industry. He has a wealth of experience on the topics being studied and has already worked with many of our flocks.

“Driving innovation and collaborating with major players in the UK R&D and meat processing industry is extremely important to us. These projects are catalysts to improving systems, communication and knowledge transfer throughout the supply chain.

“Of course the Society’s ultimate aim is to help ensure we have a viable UK sheep industry while supporting UK Texel breeders with the tools and information required to identify the top performing Texel sires to meet industry requirements. Ed’s appopintiment will certainly help us on this journey.”

Dr Smith said he was thrilled to be joining the Society at such an exciting time and was looking forward to leading two ground-breaking projects about to get underway.

“Without doubt both of these projects have the potential to have significant impact on the sheep industry and particularly the breeding of terminal sires best suited to producing lambs of the type required by the modern retail industry.”

“The development and implementation of genomics in the sheep sector isn’t going to be as fast-paced as it has been in the dairy sector, but it is a technology which when used correctly can have a major influence on future breeding goals and the Texel Society have had the initative to position themselves for its exploitation.”

Mr Yates said the appointment of Dr Smith as projects manager was one which would bring a number of benefits, not least his experience in managing large scale genetic research projects. “This new role within the Society is one which will be key to coordinating and driving the Society’s latest research projects in conjunction with the Society’s Breed Development Plan, both of which have significant potential for both the Texel breed and the wider sheep industry.

“There is currently a significant disconnect between carcass slaughter data and the breeding sector which provides the genetics for commercial sheep producers. Detailed slaughter data has significant value in driving selection decisions further up the breeding pyramid in the pedigree sector and our aim is to support the creation of industry systems that allow for its exploitation at a breed level,” added Mr Yates.

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Texel Society backs future of sheep farming

The Texel Sheep Society is once again getting behind the future of the sheep industry and supporting the wider industry through its sponsorship of the Young Shepherd Competition at NSA Central Region’s Early Spring Gathering at Bakewell on 26 January.

This novel event is designed to give sheep farmers in the heart of England the chance to catch up on the latest developments in the industry ahead of the hectic spring workload and this year is focussed on giving farmers the latest information to manage their businesses.

A range of interactive demonstrations and seminars will take place throughout the day and allow farmers and all involved in the sheep industry to share knowledge and best practice on a wide range of subjects.

The Young Shepherd Competition, open to those aged 26 and under, will see entrants tested on their skills in lamb selection, sheep handling, vaccination and dosing as well as preparation of sheep for the abattoir and quad bike handling, with a written test also part of the challenge.

Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said the Young Shepherd of the Year Competition helped encourage the future generation of sheep farmers and shepherds to refine their practical skills and industry knowledge.

“As we enter an exciting era in sheep production when the focus will increasingly be on marginal gains there is no doubt that skilled young people will become increasingly important. The sheep industry needs its young people to be multi-skilled, open minded and technologically competent individuals.

“Events such as this give our young people the opportunity to showcase and further develop their skills in a friendly, competitive environment. There is a world of opportunity available to those youngsters with the right skills and the ability to apply them in a wide range of situations,” he explained.

Mr Yates added that the development of new technologies, such as genomics which the Society is heavily involved in, had the potential to significantly shift the focus in sheep production and add an exciting new dynamic to the industry. “While the same practical skills that have always been needed will still be essential, so too will be a greater understanding of these emerging technologies.”

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Phil Barnes - Park

The Society has been informed that Phil Barnes, Park flock, has passed away.

Phil worked for the Society for many years as a field officer and was one of the first recipients of the Society’s President’s award.

The funeral will take place on Thursday 12th January at 2.00pm at Canwell Church, Canwell, Sutton Coldfield B75 5SL. Our thoughts are with his family.

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NADIS Parasite Forecast January 2017

This month's NADIS parasite forecast includes information on chronic liver fluke, worms in store lambs and shearlings and lice and mites, all issues sheep producers need to be on top of during the winter months.

To read the parasite forecast and learn more about these critical issues, see the NADIS forecast. A webinar on these issues can also be seen here, which helps explain the conditions and their management in more detail.

And, with lambing just around the corner, there is some topical advice available on drenching ewes in the post-lambing period. 

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Exciting new roles at Texel Sheep Society

An exceptional opportunity for a self starter to influence the development of services for the largest Pedigree Sheep Society in UK.

An exceptional opportunity for a self starter to influence the development of services for the largest Pedigree Sheep Society in UK.

The Society is currently recruting for some excititng roles allied to its £3m, 10 year breed development plan. All roles come with competitive packages and will involve working with Society members and others in some novel work.

Firstly the Society is seeking to appoint a Project Manager, alongside this the Society is seeking to recruit two part time field technicians to undertake data and sample collection work for its ongoing research projects.

Closing Date: 18th January 2017

For an informal discussion regarding any position below,  please contact the Chief Executive 02476696629

or to apply send your CV by post or email in strict confidence to:

Chief Executive Texel Sheep Society, Unit 74, 4th Street, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG or office@texel.co.uk

Project Manager                                                               

Office based you will join our highly motivated team at Stoneleigh.

Salary commensurate with experience

2 year Fixed Contract

We are a progressive member based charity serving our 2000 UK membership in the development of the Texel Breed.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

  • Supporting our research projects
  •  Co-ordinate both internal and external resources as required to ensure project success
  • Actively manage the detailed project plans, project milestones and work package deliverables
  • Ensure projects are reported in line with Innovate UK funding guidelines and conditions
  • Co-ordinate data capture and flow from the work packages

Will suit a self starter with good organisational skills.

Candidates not in commutable distance of the Society office will also be considered.

The Texel Sheep Society is looking to recruit an experienced Project Manager who will be responsible for overseeing two high profile research projects. As the “go to” person you will be responsible for managing three Industry partners to ensure that the projects are successfully delivered on time, in budget and within scope.

The Texel Sheep Society has developed an ambitious ten year £3M Breed Development Strategy that is designed to maintain and enhance the breeds reputation for consistency, quality and better financial return for commercial lamb producers.

This Strategy will in part be delivered by accelerating the rate of genetic gain for both terminal sire and maternal traits through the active participation in innovative, Industry leading research underpinned by the use of performance recording and genomics.

Job Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinate both internal and external resources as required to ensure project success
  • Actively manage the detailed project plans, project milestones and work package deliverables
  • Ensure projects are reported in line with Innovate UK funding guidelines and conditions
  • Maintain agreed financial controls and produce financial reporting
  • Highlight variances and escalate where required
  • Perform risk management to minimise project risks
  • Develop exploitation plan as a key output of the research projects
  • Co-ordinate data capture and flow from the Society work packages to academic partner

Personal skills required

  • Proven experience of managing research projects
  • Experience of Sheep Industry preferable
  • Good communication skills
  • Good computing skills, including working knowledge of spreadsheets
  • Experience of working with physical and virtual teams
  • Solid organisational skills including attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Full driving license

It is anticipated that the role will be office based 36 hrs per week at the Texel Sheep Society Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, UK travel is required to attend relevant project meetings and farm visits.  Candidates not in commutable distance of the Society office will also be considered.

Part Time Field Technicians

The Texel Sheep Society is a progressive member based charity serving its 2000 strong UK membership in the development of the Texel Breed.

As a result we are currently looking to recruit two highly motivated part time technicians to visit and work with selected farms across the UK collecting data that will be used as the basis for our breed development research programme.

Our ambitious ten year £3M Breed Development Strategy is designed to maintain and enhance the breed’s reputation for consistency, quality and better financial return for commercial lamb producers. This Strategy will in part be delivered by accelerating the rate of genetic gain for both terminal sire and maternal traits through the active participation in innovative, Industry leading research underpinned by the use of performance recording and genomics.

It is envisaged that the roles will be split North and South and that one technician will assume a supervisory role to provide co-ordinate as required reporting to the Society Project Manager.

Job Requirements

  • Performing physical data capture for a range of trait measurements from across the TSS Phenotype Farm network (30 Farms consisting circa 2,500 ewes) to an agreed time schedule, with farm visits 6-8 weeks post lambing (March-April).
  • Performing data collection on project commercial producer farms at key times to support project needs (August-November).
  • The roles will require travel between locations as well as overnight accommodation as required.
  • The work is seasonal and expected to offer in the region of 25-30 days per Technician each year.

Personal skills required

  • Physically fit, outgoing, organised with the ability to work on your own initiative.
  • A positive “can do” attitude with practical problem solving skills.
  • Used to working outside in all weather.
  • Capable of accurate record keeping and problem solving.
  • Experience in handling sheep.
  • Full driving license required.
  • Full training and equipment will be provided.

These roles are ideal as they could potentially fit around your existing business providing additional income plus offering the opportunity to be involved with our Industry leading research with key Industry partners. Self employed or PAYE role considered.

Closing Date: 18th January 2017

For an informal discussion regarding any position please contact the Chief Executive 02476696629

or to apply send your CV by post or email in strict confidence to:

Chief Executive Texel Sheep Society, Unit 74, 4th Street, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG or office@texel.co.uk

 

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