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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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NADIS Parasite Forecast December 2016

NADIS Parasite Forecast and Video Case Study December 2016. Liver fluke and lice in cattle and sheep and worms in store lambs and rams.

Click on the links below to read the latest information:

Parasite Forecast

Webinar

Video Case Study

 

NADIS publishes a monthly Parasite Forecast for farmers and livestock keepers, based on detailed Met Office data. The Parasite Forecast outlines the parasitic challenges facing cattle and sheep in the different UK regions.

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Society seeks new team member for Stoneleigh office

The Society is currently recruiting for an administrator at its Stoneleigh office. The role is an exceptional opportunity for a self starter to influence the development of services for the largest Pedigree Sheep Society in UK.

This office-based position is a full time role extending to 36.5 hours a week, with the main responsibilities being general administrative duties, supporting members with the registration database, assisting with the maintenance of the Society's database and providing general telephone support to members.

The job would suit a self motivator with good communication and IT skills. Experiece and an interest in livestock are important to serve the needs of this progressive member-based charity with more than 2000 members across the UK.

The starting salary is £17,527.64 per annum and the closing date for applications is December 15th 2016.For further information contact the Society Office - 02476696629 

To apply send your CV by post or email in strict confidence to Gil Burton  

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

 
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Largest ever Texel export heads to Switzerland

The largest single export of Texels to leave the UK has recently headed to Switzerland, with a total of 103 Texels from seven Scottish flocks exported at the end of September.

The consignment included both males and females, with both ram lambs and shearling rams among those purchased by the Swiss breeders. Gimmers made up the bulk of the females sent, with a selection of ewe lambs also bought, explained Robert Laird who coordinated the export. “They were once again looking for good, functional, commercial sheep with growth and carcass.”

Sheep in the consignment came from Mr Laird’s Cambwell flock, the Clark family’s Garngour, Teiglum and Clarks flocks, Angus McColm’s Crailloch flock, Jimmy Warnock’s Watchknowe flock, David McKerrow’s Nochnary flock and Allan Campbell’s Strawfank flock.

Swiss importer and breeder Heinz Pluss said the latest consignment of Texels to leave for the country had been sourced to meet growing demand and interest in the breed in Switzerland. “Interest in Texels is very high in Switzerland and some breeders are now undertaking performance recording too.”

Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said the continued export demand for British Texels and particularly performance recorded stock was something the breed could be rightly proud of.

“Exports of this size are rare, but it shows the appetite for British Texels in Switzerland and indeed Europe as a whole. The high level of performance recording among the breed is another determining factor for many buyers with importers seeking as much information about the sheep they’re buying as possible.

“Performance recording is another layer of detail and information which helps with their decision making process and gives reassurance about the genetic potential of the stock they are buying.”

Mr Pluss, says the advances made by British Texel breeders using performance recording are immediately obvious when the sheep are compared with those from other countries. “In the past some breeders imported Texels from Germany and France because they were cheaper there than in the UK. However, sadly they discovered there was no real difference to our local breeds.

“When I first imported British Texels it was soon clear to me that they were superior to all other breeds and types. There are no other sheep in Switzerland with such a potential for growth and such genetic potential,” says Mr Pluss.

“There is a massive difference in the quality of lamb I am now producing since switching to solely British Texels. Many butchers say they’ve never seen carcasses like those of the British Texel lambs.

“I had been dissatisfied with our local breeds and felt I couldn’t do anything to improve the quality of my sheep. British Texels have turned that around for me and no I’m seeing a steady demand for ram lambs from commercial sheep farmers looking to improve their flocks.”

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Ernest Williams - Stelfox

The Society has been informed that Ernest Williams of the Stelfox Flock passed away with his family at his bedside in the early hours of this morning the 7th of November after a battle with prostrate cancer.

A service will be held at 12.15 on the 15th of November at Narberth Crematorium, Pembrokeshire SA67 8UD

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NADIS Parasite Forecast November 2016

NADIS Parasite Forecast and Video Case Study November 2016 - Liver fluke forecast, worms in store lambs and housing treatments for cattle.

NADIS publishes a monthly Parasite Forecast for farmers and livestock keepers, based on detailed Met Office data. The Parasite Forecast outlines the parasitic challenges facing cattle and sheep in the different UK regions.

 

NADIS Parasite Forecast

November Webinar

Video Case Study

 

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NSA wants views on ram longevity

Prompted by claims from members that rams do not work on commercial farms for as many seasons as wanted, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is urging farmers to participate in a new study to find out the truth of what is happening.

NSA is facilitating a group of experts to use funding from the Animal Welfare Foundation to investigate the flock life of breeding males and reasons for deaths and culling in the UK. Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive said it was important for NSA to listen and respond to what its members were saying. "However, with this particular situation the lack of information means we are unable to pinpoint practical on-farm solutions for them. That is why we thought it was so important to bring together a group of experts and get to the bottom of it – but we cannot do that without the help of farmers to find out exactly what is happening on farm.”
 
Independent sheep consultant Lesley Stubbings is also involved. Ms Stubbings said while there was plenty of opinion on how long rams should and do last in commercial flocks, there is no actual data available. "Estimates of cost range from £1/lamb sired to more than £7 but we want to find out what is going on on-farm with the long-term aim of increasing the number of lambs each ram sires in its lifetime and, therefore, reducing the cost. To help us find out more, we urge sheep farmers to complete a quick survey about how long your rams last, on-farm management and the main problems encountered.”
 
The survey is just one part of this ram longevity project and can be found at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ramlongevity. Sheep farmers with 200+ breeding ewes and four years’ of ram purchase information can also help by being part of one-off local focus groups to gather more detailed data. Email enquiries@nationalsheep.org.uk to volunteer.
 
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Bob Johnstone

It is with great sadness that the Society informs you that Bob Johnstone – Crawfordjohn and Boghouse Texels, passed away on Monday 17th October.

A funeral will take place on Friday 21st October at 11.30am at the Upper Clyde Church in Abington (ML12 6RY), followed by a service at Crawfordjohn Cemetery (ML12 6SS).

Donations can be made to Lanarkshire Beatson.

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