Blue Texels – the terminal male sheep breed of the future


Paul Elwood of HVS Animal Health (right) on the farm with Loughgall Blue Texel breeder Jonathan Redmond earlier this week

Renowned for their easy lambing, carcass conformation and formidable killing characteristics, the Blue Texel breed is expected to make significantly more inroads into the local sheep industry in the coming years.

Loughgall breeder Jonathan Redmond has confirmed that the breed was introduced to the UK 30 years ago.

“But it was only more recently that they were brought to Northern Ireland. The demand for breeders was extremely high from the start. However, this is expected to increase further over the next few years, ”he said.

Jonathan manages a purebred flock of 15 Blue Texel ewes. Lambing begins in January.

“Normally I would expect a breeding figure of around 180%,” he said. “Sheep are great mothers. They have a lot of milk and the lambs grow accordingly.

Jonathan ensures that all the nutritional needs of his ewes and lambs are met at all times. This is especially the case when it comes to minerals and vitamins.

To make sure this will always be the case, he regularly waters ewes and lambs with Liquid Gold Sheep, HVS Animal Health’s bespoke mineral and vitamin dip.

Paul Elwood of the company was a recent visitor to the Redmond farm.

“Sheep should be soaked with Liquid Gold Sheep at this time of year to encourage milk production,” he said.

“The nucleotides in the product will help increase the number of red blood cells. This, in turn, should increase ewe’s vigor and overall performance levels.

He added: “The reality is that an animal can only function at the greatest deficiency or imbalance in its diet.”

Research has confirmed that in order for trace elements to be available in stock, they must be of high quality and must bind to one or more amino acids or peptides in the rumen, before being absorbed through the intestinal wall into the circulation. blood. Stores are not ideally equipped to perform this “binding” and a significant proportion of trace elements and vitamins supplied in conventional form, pass directly through the body and are excreted.

For sheep, Liquid Gold can be used before tupping and pre lambing to improve lambing percentages, reduce the number of sterile ewes in a herd and to tighten lambing dates. The dosage is 20 ml per ewe.

“Liquid gold can also be given to lambs, starting at one month of age,” Paul Elwood concluded.

“Lambs born a few weeks ago and currently outdoors will particularly benefit from this approach, given the cold conditions they had to endure during the first half of April. The dosage rate is 5 ml per animal.

For more information contact HVS Animal Health at: (028) 4483 1700.