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NADIS Disease Alert May 2016

NADIS May Disease Alert - Bovine Tuberculosis and Flystrike in sheep.

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To see the disease alert webinar click here.

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 difference UK regions.

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Texel crosses in demand at ewe and lamb sales

Recent sales of ewes with lambs at foot across the country have seen Texel crosses dominating the trade at a number of markets, taking top prices from Hereford to Longtown and many points in between.

At Welshpool earlier in the week a Texel shearling with a Texel sired lamb at foot led the prices when selling for £300, while a two crop Texel ewe with a Texel lamb at foot sold for £270 and six Texel shearlings with crossbred lambs at foot made £190 an outfit.

Meanwhile, at Bentham young Texel cross ewes with twins at foot made from £180/outfit to £190/outfit, with Texel shearlings with lambs at foot making up to £200 a unit.

Then at Skipton the prices peaked at £240/outfit for Texel cross ewes with crossbred lambs at foot and it was a similar story at Longtown when Texel ewes with singles led the day at £140/outfit.

Hereford also saw Texels in demand with Texel one-crop ewes with twins at foot making up to £214 and Texel cross hoggs with lambs at foot making £172/outfit.

Empty Texel hoggs have also been well sought after early in the season, with prices peaking at £160/head at Hereford.

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Claybury flock is AHDB Most Improved Flock 2016

James Draper’s Shropshire-based Claybury flock is the winner of the 2016 AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award. This award is presented to the English Signet performance recorded flock that makes the greatest improvement in the breeding potential of the lamb crop during the year.

Through the BRP, AHDB Beef and Lamb aims to highlight the financial impact that improved breeding and better lamb selection strategies can have on commercial flock profitability.

This award seeks to reward those breeders using estimated breeding values to enhance the potential performance of their flocks and assist them to promote their achievement. The impact of performance recorded stock is significant and is increasing every year because of the activities of progressive farmers.

Founded in 1997 by the Draper family, the Claybury flock now extends to 40 pedigree ewes alongside a flock of 100 cross-breds, and James combines farming with working full time as an agricultural manager for ABP UK.

Day to day management of the flock falls to James’ father, Robert, with the flock originally founded to supply top quality commercial rams for Robert’s commercial ewes. Today the family farm is home to a mixed enterprise of arable land and beef cattle as well as the pedigree and commercial sheep flocks.

With a focus on high welfare and attention to detail animals are bred for growth and an overall high index, aiming to be in the top 5% of the breed, explains James. “Breed characteristics are also taken into account and it is important to remember that breeding any pedigree livestock takes time. The key to selection of any purchased stock are performance figures, locomotion, a good back end, length and a tight fleece.”

The family try not to buy in any ewes, but purchase rams annually to maintain broad bloodlines within the flock. Historic rams to note include Glenside Lord of the Ring, Haddo Ignitor, Humeston Juniper, Garngour Nijinsky, Claybury Indiana, Millar’s Olympian, Claybury Millreef, and Claybury Rocky Balbao. More recent purchases who have had an impact include Mellorvale Tomahawk and the 2014- bought Stainton Vantage II.

“His progeny have it all and he has been successfully included in the RamCompare project,” adds James who is always looking to improve the performance of his stock to help with overall quality and reducing problem areas such as lameness and mastitis.

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NADIS Parasite Forecast and Video Case Study April 2016

NADIS Parasite Forecast and Video Case Study April 2016 - Worming Ewes at lambing, Nematodirus planning and gut worms in cattle.

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To see the webinar click here.


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 difference UK regions.

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Doug Jewitt of Hutton Buscel, Scarborough (Osbaldeston flock, JPO)

Doug passed away aged 83 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He leaves wife Sue, son John and daughter Joanne (both married with family and living close-by and running the farm this last lambing time).  Our thoughts are with them.

Doug has been a member of the Texel Society from early days, 1978. He was a member even before they had Texel sheep. He has bred Texels to a high standard, and has been a  frequent winner at the Yorkshire show and several local shows. He has sold predominantly and very successfully to a a strong commercial market.

He was a founder member of the Northern Area Texels and took his turn in early days as Vice Chairman and then Chairman through the years when the Club was growing and very busy with promotional events.  He was also flockmaster of the Texel Group breeding scheme, (YTD) and also chaired various Texel initiatives such as Progeny and Performance Testing of Texels in the 80's as several members sought to develop the breed in Yorkshire.

While he was also and arable farmer, he loved his sheep and was always looking to develop new ideas in the Texels. He will be sadly missed by many in the agricultural fraternity.

The funeral will take place on Monday 11th April at 12 noon at Hutton Buscel Church (near Scarborough).


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NADIS - Parasite Forecast and Disease Alert - March 2016

NADIS Parasite Forecast. In the March issue plan this season's control strategy: Worming ewes at lambing, Nematodirus plan for lambs and Lungworm in cattle.

View the latest forecast here.

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Texel Survey Online Winner

Texel Member John Douglas of the Airies Flock was the lucky winner pulled from the hat of returned online surveys.  John has won £100 worth of Texel Birth Notifications/Registrations.

The Society would like to thank John and all Members that took part in the survey for their support.  The Survey was open to all members using our online service and will form part of a wider survey later this year that will assist in developing future breeding strategies and Texel knowledge exchange programmes. 

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British judge set for Paris Show

A British Texel breeder has been invited to judge the Texel classes at this month’s world famous Salon Internaional l’agriculture (SIA), better known as Paris Show, following recent exports of British Texels to the Continent.

Carmarthen, Wales-based breeder John Eirian Davies of the Teilo flock will be  following in the footsteps of Tom Redman, Alan Draper and Steve Williams when he places the Texel classes as one of a panel of judges to adjudicate the Texel classes when they take place at the event on Sunday 28 February.

Classes will include those for rams and ewes, with these split by age and also specific classes for carcass traits and wool quality.

Commenting on the decision of the organisers to invite a British judge Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said it was a mark of the respect French breeders had gained for British Texel genetics in recent years. “An increasing number of exports of British Texel genetics to France and the wider European Continent in recent years, including Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Italy, have cemented British Texels firmly in the minds of Continental breeders.

“Leading French breeders have been prominent in buying British Texels in recent years, including a ram lamb exported from the Teilo flock in 2015. In 2014 the British Texel Society through, the Royal Highland Show, invited French breeder Yves Lacroix be the first French Texel judge to adjudicate at this prestigious national event and the invitation for John Eirian to judge in Paris is a further sign of the knowledge exchange between the two countries.”

Mr Davies, who combines running the Teilo flock with his role as a director of BJP (Marts) Ltd, said it was an honour and a privilege to be asked to judge at SIA. “To be invited to place the Texels at SIA is a unique achievement for me and one I am extremely proud of. I’m looking forward to seeing how recent British Texel exports have influenced the breed in France and hope to see some quality sheep on display.

“I believe the French style of showing and judging is somewhat different to what I’m used at home, but I’m sure it will be a great learning experience and an enjoyable one too.”

Mr Yates added that last year’s SIA saw a number of Texels sired by British rams among the top prizes.  “French breeders have made judicious use of British Texel genetics to help increase the genetic diversity, with particular focus on increasing growth and lean meat yield, in their flocks and the success of these sheep at SIA is great to see.”

The Society is delighted once again to support AHDB Beef and Lamb’s Remi Fourier in the excellent work carried out by his marketing team promoting English lamb to the French public, added Mr Yates.


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RamCompare was launched in May 2015, the UK’s first commercial progeny test and will run over two breeding seasons until 2017.

Around 6,000 slaughter lambs will have weights and carcase information recorded to identify which rams have the most profitable genes for commercial sheep production. For the first time there will be a direct comparison between the commercial performances of rams from five terminal sire breeds. Click here for more information.

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NADIS - Parasite Forecast and Disease Alert - February 2016

Chronic Liver Fluke in Cattle and Sheep, Calf Scours, Sheep Scab and Watery Mouth – the NADIS February Webinars.

February webinars are out now - click here to view.

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