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2016 ASBA Sheep & Wool Show Bendigo

Te Rakau rams meet demand at Bendigo

Te Rakau’s 4th successful showing at Bendigo resulted in several ribbons and a sale of two rams to return buyer Dennis Gleeson of Wakool NSW at $3500 each. The Gleesons have previously sourced Te Rakau semen and currently have 2,000 Te Rakau sired first cross composite lambs on the ground.

Mr Gleeson runs a large scale farming operation comprising 8500 composite breeding ewes for prime lamb production as well as cattle and cereals. Mr Gleeson said he is really happy with the performance of the Te Rakau sheep in his operation. “They are easy lambing but take off and grow like little mushrooms” he said. “We turn off suckers from 12 weeks of age when around 22kg dressed weight but get a lot of lambs at 30kg. The Texels weigh well, it can be quite deceiving.”


Buyer Dennis Gleeson, Wakool, NSW and Te Rakau Texel stud co-principal Maria Wood, Bindi Bindi WA with the two Te Rakau rams purchased by Mr Gleeson for $3500 each at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo, Victoria. (Photo Courtesy WA Farm Weekly)


Te Rakau Texel stud -co-principal Maria Wood (left) and Julieanne Kelly, Moama, NSW, hold the Te Rakau Stud’s winning pair of Texel rams showing no more than two teeth. (Photo Courtesy WA Farm Weekly)


ASBA Sheep & Wool Show Bendigo 15th – 17th July 2016

Te Rakau will exhibit 4 ram lambs at the ASBA Sheep & Wool Show Bendigo this year. A successful AI program has produced a number of outstanding sons of Te Rakau 827/04, UK bred sire of the 3rd ranked ram in the Dual Purpose section of the 2015 New Zealand Beef and Lamb Central Progeny Test.

Te Rakau has an exceptional lineup for the 2016 sale season. This year Te Rakau will combine with Boorabbin Merino stud to hold a combined auction with a team of 30 Texel rams. The auction will be held on Tuesday September 20th at 1.pm at the Boorabbin Sale complex at Wannamal just one hour north of Perth. Preston Clarke of Elders’ Midland branch will conduct the sale assisted by Steve Harris of Elders’ Moora branch. The sale coincides with one of the few stud stock transports to the eastern states in October.

A selection of the sale team will be exhibited at Dowerin Machinery Field Days WA, Aug 24th 25th, and a specially selected show team will be entered for the Perth Royal Show 27th Sept to 1st Oct. All animals are performance recorded with SIL (Sire Improvement Ltd) with two of the Bendigo team ranked 1 and 2 in Te Rakau’s 2015 drop index.

For further information contact:
Rob and Maria Wood
0427 543 012
0447 543 012
terakau@bigpond.com


2015 Stud Ram Sale Team

Rams selected for 2015 Te Rakau
Perth Royal Show Team.

Te Rakau 14S110 sashed Reserve Champion Ram. 
Te Rakau also won 1st place for pair of rams and team of 3 rams.

 

Te Rakau 14S110.   $3,000
Sold to A.Roberts  ”Jindalee Texels” Cootamundra. NSW.

Te Rakau 14S110

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Te Rakau 14S167.   $2,000
Sold to W.Wallace “Millbrook Texels” York. WA.

Te Rakau 14S167

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Ranked 1st  in Ram Lamb analysis for 2014 Te Rakau SIL.


2014 Ram Sales

Te Rakau achieved a total clearance with all rams sold by private selection, mainly to Western Australian buyers but also stud rams to buyers in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.  The UK genetics integrated through the Te Rakau flock are attracting widespread interest due to the performance of Te Rakau 92724 in New Zealand where he is now ranked 40 in Sire Improvement Limited (SIL) and has been invited to take part in their Central Progeny Testing.

For several years now Te Rakau has attracted professional prime lamb producers in NSW, SA and VIC breeding their own rams on a significant scale.  These clients have proved conclusively the yield advantage of Texel sires by consigning lambs over the hook in their breed groups.  Texel sired lambs have consistently delivered a 1.5kg heavier carcase than other breeds at the same liveweight.  Producers have also noted the faster turnoff with fewer carryover lambs.

Te Rakau 138360 to Tasmania.

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Te Rakau 13SY16 to Tasmania.

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Te Rakau 132749 to New South Wales

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Te Rakau 133610 to Victoria.

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2014 ASBA Sheep & Wool Show Bendigo

Te Rakau UK Genetics excel for Jindalee.

Mr. A. Roberts of Jindalee Texels, Cootamundra NSW achieved the best strike in the Texel section at this years’ ASBA Sheep and Wool Show with his team of 5 young rams.  After taking blue ribbons in the milk tooth in the wool, pair of rams and two tooth shorn classes, three of the team went on to win the sires progeny group.  All the Jindalee team carried UK breeding from rams purchased from Te Rakau. 

Te Rakau 2014 ASBA group

Pictured are Brendon Mansbridge, Jindalee Texels principal Andrew Roberts, Maria Wood of Te Rakau, and James Corcoran with the
Sires Progeny Group winners.


2013 Moora British &
Australasian Breeds Sale.

Te Rakau Texel Ram tops Moora at $1,000

The calibre of rams presented at the 28th Moora B&A breeds sale was up there as one of the best with many of the studs present just back from a successful showing at the Perth Royal Show.  Once again it was the Texels that tickled the fancy of buyers, with Robert and Maria Wood, Te Rakau, Bindi Bindi achieving the $1,000 sale top price for a burly Texel sire that stood out for its well muscled back end. 
The ram 12s169 was purchased by Landmark Wongan Hills on behalf of a local client and earned itself a few ticks in a number of buyer’s catalogues with Stockscan figures taken on 1st March 2013 of 37mm EMD, fat 4mm, 20.51 EMA and a chump measurement of 41mm.  With close relatives such as its award winning twin brother being sashed grand champion Texel at the recent Perth Royal Show it was obvious the ram had all the desirable breeding attributes.

2013 Moora sale top ram

With the $1,000 top-priced Texel ram were Landmark auctioneer Grant Lupton (left), Landmark Geraldton general manager northern region Anthony Smyth, with Te Rakau stud principals Maria and Robert Wood, Bindi Bindi.  Photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly.


2013 Perth Royal Show

Te Rakau ram sashed Champion Texel

For judge Don Cochrane, Glencraig Suffolk stud, Duranillin, the ram’s promising future as a potential sire won it the best of breed ribbon.  “He had all the characteristics you would want in a potential sire” Mr Cochrane said.  “He presented very well, had a good topline and very even muscling, an outstanding example of the breed”.  Chosen for the show team for its exceptional hindquarter measurements, the ram had previously won fourth in its class at this year’s Australian Sheep & Wool Show in Bendigo, Victoria, against some of the most elite rams in Australia.  Stud principals Rob and Maria Wood were delighted with the win and said the ram hadn’t faltered in its growth rate from the beginning.  When measured for Stockscan on 1st March the ram weighed 79kg with 39mm EMD, fat 3mm, Loin width 81.0, EMA 23.72, EMA/LW 0.293 and had an outstanding chump measurement of 48mm.  12s166, a twin, achieved the highest rating in Te Rakau’s 2012 SIL (NZ) index. 

2013 Perth Royal Shoe - Texel grand champion 

Te Rakau 12s166 Grand Champion Texel with Kingsley Wood, Te Rakau principals Robert and Maria Wood and judge Don Cochrane, Glencraig Suffolk stud.  Te Rakau 12s166 carries 25% UK genetics and had earlier been exhibited at ASBA Sheep and Wool Show Bendigo Victoria. Photo courtesy  WA Farm Weekly.


2013 Te Rakau Texels makes private Royal Show Sales.

The Bindi Bindi based Te Rakau Texel stud rounded off a couple of good weeks for the stud with the announcement it has negotiated the sale of two stud sires, formalised at the recent Perth Royal show.

The sales included the grand champion Texel exhibit for the 2013 Perth Royal Show which was purchased by return buyer Tanya Hill, Tanalan stud , Esperance, for $2,000.  The ram was part of the stud’s team which made the trip to the ASBA Sheep & Wool Show Bendigo in Victoria.  Not only did the ram look the part at the show, it has the data to match with the highest ranking in the Te Rakau flock SIL (NZ) measurements.  Ms Hill said she had used rams from Te Rakau before and they had performed well in the stud. 

The second ram was purchased by return buyer Alan Franklin, Alicia stud, Hithergreen, at $1500.  The ram is by the same sire as the grand champion and has UK genetics in both dam and sire line.  12s124 rated 7th in Te Rakau’s stockscan measurement and 6th in the stud’s SIL(NZ) flock measurement, a result greatly influenced by his growth rate.

Te Rakau private sate to Tanalan 2013 Perth Royal Show

With the Te Rakau Texel ram 12s166 purchased by Tanalan stud, Esperance, for $2,000 were Te Rakau stud principals Rob and Maria Wood, Bindi Bindi, buyer Tanya Hill and daughter Sarah Locke.  Photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly.

Te Rakau private sale to Alicia stud at 2013 Perth Royal show

With the Te Rakau Texel ram 12S124 purchased by Alicia stud, Hithergreen, for $1500 were Te Rakau stud principal Rob Wood and buyer Alan Franklin


2013 ASBA Sheep & Wool Show Bendigo.

Te Rakau’s quality Bendigo Texel showing.

Bindi Bindi Texel breeders Rob and Maria Wood, Te Rakau stud, made their third trip across the Nullarbor to show sheep at this year’s ASBA Sheep & Wood Show in Bendigo, Victoria.  The Woods previously exhibited at the even in 2009, 2010 and decided to make the effort again this year as Texels were feature breed to mark the 20th anniversary of Texels in Australia.   

Like previous teams taken to Bendigo the two rams and two ewes contained English breeding in their pedigree.  Strong competition from a big quality line-up saw the Woods come away with two fourth place ribbons but they were pleased to see some of their genetics come through to win classes for their clients.  

Despite not taking home any major ribbons the Woods were delighted when they sold their unplaced ram for an undisclosed price to first time buyers to the stud David and Marg Pevitt, Warrong, Victoria.  Mr Pevitt, who has run Texels since 1996 said they first saw the Te Rakau stock when the stud exhibited in 2009.  “We were very impressed with them and decided this year we would see if we could buy a ram,” he said.  “We were looking for some outcross genetics and we believe the English genetics will provide this.  The sheep with the English bloodlines we have seen at the show appear to be very honest sheep which stamp themselves and also they are a pure Texel”
“This ram is the complete package with his bloodlines and structure.”

The ram, born and raised a twin, will be used in the Pevitts’ nucleus flock of 100 Texel ewes to breed rams for their large composite ewe flock, which also contains Texel breeding, for prime lamb production.  The Pevitts are well-known in the prime lamb industry in Victoria having won the Heytesbury Prime Lamb Competition for six years running from 2004-2009 with Texel-sired lambs.

Te Rakau ram 12s290 purchased by David and Marg Pevitt

Te Rakau stud principals Rob and Maria Wood, Bindi Bindi, with David and Marg Pevitt, Warrong, Victoria, who purchased ram 12s290 at the ASBA Sheep & Wool Show Bendigo. Photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly.


Jindalee Texel stud, Cootamundra, NSW.

Mr Andrew Roberts integrated UK genetics into his Jindalee Texel stud with the purchase of Te Rakau 98336 at the ASBA Sheep and Wool Show Bendigo in 2010.  The ram was used extensively in the Jindalee flock and impressed with the depth of breeding and strength of inheritability of his traits.  He made an immediate mark on the flock which has endured through several generations.  Mr Roberts said in a lifetime of stud breeding he had never seen an impact quite as profound and enduring as that of the UK Genetics.  Jindalee has now acquired two rams by another of the imported UK sires to complement the previous bloodline. 

Maple Brown Investment Trust in NSW, a longtime client of Mr Roberts Jindalee stud, has become the most successful competitor in the history of the RAS of NSW Illabo prime lamb competition using Texel rams from Jindalee.  In 2013 Maple Brown Investment Trust won the Champion Pen of Lamb Carcases and Reserve Grand Champion Carcase to add to their string of successes.

Caption for Photo: Te Rakau 11S34 and 113612 sold to Mr Andrew Roberts, ‘Jindalee’, Cootamundra, NSW.


2012 Moora British & Australasian Breeds Sale

Sale top price of $1200 for well-muscled
Te Rakau Texel.

The sale’s $1200 top price eventuated when a deep, well muscled Te Rakau Texel sire was snapped up by Bill Wallace of Millbrook Texel stud, York.  Mr Wallace purchased the sire after seeing him at the Perth Royal Show where he stood out from the rest for his great conformation.  The unpredictable season ahead and the lack of buyer confidence in the industry led to a diminishing overall sale average compared to last year and a similar disappointing sale clearance.

Topped priced Te Rakau Ram at 2012 Moora British and Australasin Breeds Sale

With the $1200 top-priced Te Rakau Texel ram at the annual Moora Prime Lamb sire sale was Elders Moora representative Michael Longford )left), buyer Bill Wallace, Millbrook Texel stud, York, Landmark Moora representative Craig Williamson and Te Rakau stud principals Maria and Robert Wood.

Phot courtesy WA Farm Weekly.


2012 Perth Royal Show

Te Rakau carcase from 2012 Perth Royal Show

With the Champion carcase from this year’s Perth Royal show Prime Lamb competition were Mondo Meats principal Vince Gareffa, Inglewood, who purchased the group of carcases the champion was in and exhibitors Maria and Rob Wood, Te Rakau Texel stud, Bindi Bindi.

Photo Courtesy of WA Farm Weekly

Texel Lamb is show’s champion carcase.

The Woods were delighted to hear they had won the prestigious award for the second time in three years.  The champion came from a pen of three Texel-Texel/Merino cross lambs not more than 14 weeks old and selected straight off their mothers.   When weighed at home the lambs averaged 44.8kg, the winning carcase was 22.8kg and had been entered in the lightweight class.
At the third annual prime lamb carcase auction Vince Gareffa of Mondo Meats snapped up the group containin g the champion carcase for $820.  Mr Gareffa said all the lambs in the auction would be outstanding to eat but only half would be outstanding to make money.  “The champion carcase will give me that ability, with no need to trim.  It has beautiful muscle definition, amazing length of loin, wonderful chubby legs and good shoulders.”


Perth Royal Show 2011

Te Rakau Loses Carcase Competition.

Perth Royal carcase competition
(Photo Lot 19 RAS carcase) courtesy of Farm Weekly

Te Rakau’s entry in the lightweight out of a merino dam class.  Carcase yields of 50%,52% and 50% produced carcases too heavy for their class at 23.1kg, 23.kg and 22.kg.  The lambs were 12 weeks old with liveweights of 46.3kg, 44.3kg and 44.3kg.


Perth Royal Show 2011

Reserve Champion Ram

Perth royal 2011 reserve champion ram Te Rerakau
(Photo) courtesy of Farm Weekly

Te Rakau 08325.  Sired by UK bred sire 5830/04.  Judge Bill Close of Newbold Texel stud, Gawler SA, described the ram as having a tremendous hindquarter. 

Reserve Champion Ewe

Perth royal 2011 reserve champion ewe Te Rerakau
(Photo) courtesy of Farm Weekly

Te Rakau 04425.  Sired by Te Rakau 980044, three times champion of Perth Royal Show.


Wagin Woolorama 2011

Champion Ram.

Wagin Woolorama 2011 champion ram Te Rerakau
(Photo) courtesy of Farm Weekly

Te Rakau 04404.  Sired By Te Rakau 980044, three times champion of Perth Royal Show.  Judge Ross Hamilton of Kiwi Texels, Cape Jervis SA, described the ram as having a good top line and hindquarter with plenty of depth.


2010 Moora Ram Sale.

    ‘Texels a $1250 flavour at Moora sale’

Texels were the flavour of the day at the 25th annual Moora prime lamb ram sale logging the $1250 top price.  By the end of the sale the Wood family’s Te Rakau stud had achieved a 100% clearance for its 18 rams with the highest average of the sale at $914. All the Te Rakau rams offered at the Moora sale carry the UK genetics that are performing so well for the stud.  Over the years it has become apparent to Te Rakau stud principals Rob and Maria Wood that most of their return clients sell their lambs weight and grade.  Many have made their own profit comparisons by arranging separate consignments by breed types.  The consensus is always that the Texel sired consignments are dramatically more profitable over the hook, but the increased yield benefits are lost when Texel lambs are sold in the saleyards.


With the $1250 top-priced Texel ram at the 25th annual Moora prime lamb ram sale, Landmark Wongan Hills manager Grant Lupton (left), buyers Tara and Wayne Pittard, Bremer Bay and Te Rakau principals Maria and Robert Wood, Bindi Bindi.  Photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly.


2010 Perth Royal Show

‘ Repeat Texel supreme win for Te Rakau stud.’

Judge Lewis Shepherd, Leween Poll Dorset stud, Narrogin couldn’t go past Maria and Robert Wood’s champion ewe, which had risen through the ranks from the under 1.5yr old class.  When sashing the supreme Texel, Mr Shepherd said the ewe was outstanding and a great example of the breed.  Te Rakau’s supreme Texel ewe was by the UK genetics the stud has introduced very successfully a few years ago.  The ewe was also prepared as part of the team sent to this year’s ASBA Sheep & Wool Show Bendigo.


Te Rakau stud principals Robert (left) and Maria Wood, Bindi Bindi, with judge Lewis Shepherd, Leween Poll Dorset stud, Narrogin, with the Te Rakau supreme exhibit and champion Texel ewe. 
Photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly


2010 Perth Royal Show Carcase competition.

‘Texel crowned Champion Lamb Carcase again.’

A change of format and increased entries didn’t stop the Texel breed from taking home the champion lamb carcase ribbon for the sixth consecutive year in the Prime Lamb competition at this year’s Perth Royal show.  The champion lamb carcase from the open classes this year was exhibited by Rob and Maria Wood, Te Rakau Texel stud, Bindi Bindi and came from the lightweight open class.  The lamb had a liveweight of 38.5kg and a carcase weight of 21.4kg giving a dressing percentage of 55.6% , while its GR depth was 10mm.  The 15 week old lamb was sired by a Te Rakau Texel ram, commercial progeny of the UK genetics, and out of a Texel-Merino cross ewe and straight off its mother.


Looking over the champion carcase exhibited by the Te Rakau stud, Bindi Bindi, were buyer of the carcase Bill Nicholls (left), who was buying at the prime lamb competition auction on behalf of Crimea Quality Meats, Morley and Te Rakau stud principals Maria and Rob Wood. The carcase was part of a group of three which sold for $350.


2010 ASBA Sheep & Wool Show Bendigo

‘Te Rakau Texel muscles in at Bendigo’

It was a heavy muscled, meaty Texel ram from Robert and Maria Wood’s Te Rakau stud, Bindi Bindi, which took top honours in the Texel judging ring at the Australian Sheep and Wool show in Bendigo, Victoria.  The classy, well balanced ram was sashed the champion ram and supreme champion Texel exhibit at the event.  Prior to the Te Rakau ram being sashed with the supreme ribbon he was placed first by judge James Corcoran, Gooramma Poll Dorset stud, Boorowa, NSW, in the class for shorn rams showing milk teeth only, in front of 12 other entries.  The Wood’s sheep continued to make their mark when one of their ewes also came up through the ranks from the milk teeth classes to be awarded the reserve champion ewe award.   The Te Rakau’s stud  success didn’t stop there, they also placed first in the class for shorn rams showing 2 or more teeth, and second for a sire in the prestigious Tullamore Park ram performance class.

With the supreme champion Texel ram exhibited by the Te Rakau stud at the Australian Sheep and Wool show in Bendigo is Te Rakau stud co-principal Robert Wood (left),Bindi Bindi, judge James Corcoran, Goorammma Poll Dorset stud, Boorowa, NSW, and Te Rakau stud co-principal Maria Wood. Photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly.


The Te Rakau reserve champion ewe with stud principals Robert and Maria Wood. Photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly


2010 ASBA Sheep & Wool Show Bendigo

‘Te Rakau sells four of five show exhibits at Bendigo’

The Wood’s time and effort in breeding and showing their sheep paid off with their triumphant showing winning most points in the ring and selling four of their five stud exhibits.  First to get their hands on a Te Rakau sire was Andrew Roberts, Jindalee Texel stud, Cootamundra, NSW, when he paid $3000 for the ram that placed first in the class for shorn rams showing two or more teeth.  “I bought this ram partly because of his genetics and partly for his muscling”, Mr Roberts said.  “He has got the topline and muscle in the rear end which is typical Texel breeding and he is a complete genetic outcross in the breed.”

It must have been the ultimate approval of the judge’s decision when three Victorian stud breeders stuck up their hands to buy the Te Rakau supreme champion ram in a syndicate for $5000.  Five minutes before the ram was due to be loaded onto the truck and head back home Mertex Texel stud, Tullamore Texel stud and Cypress Park Texel stud made the decision to purchase the award winning ram.

To top off the stud’s victorious week it sold its two young ewes, one of whom was reserve champion at the show and the other which was reserve champion at this year’s Wagin Woolorama to Doublecee Texel stud for $1200 each.


With the Te Rakau sire that sold privately for $3000 at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo were Te Rakau co-principal Maria Wood (left), Bindi Bindi, buyer Andrew Roberts, Jindalee Texel stud, Cootamundra, NSW, and Te Rakau stud co-principal Robert Wood. Photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly


Wagin Woolorama 2010

The usual suspects were again up to their exceptional standard in the Texel ring, with the Te Rakau Texel stud raising the bar with its quality rams. A ram exhibited by Te Rakau stud principals Robert and Maria Wood, Bindi Bindi, won the first category for under one year and showing milk teeth, and when he came up against the other winners of their classes, it was clear his heavy, meaty body won him champion ram.

Judge Allan Duff, Williams, was keen on the heavier carcases which would produce the most meat, and it showed when he selected the Te Rakau ram which towered over his counterparts. “He was carrying a huge amount of meat, he’s quite a big sheep for a Texel,” Mr Duff said.

The champion ram was sired by a United Kingdom bred ram from the renowned Kirtle stud, which co-stud principal Maria Wood said all had outstanding hindquarters. “They put on a lot of meat a very young age,” she said.

Te Rakau also won the class for a pair of rams under one year, and later took the reserve champion ewe ribbon with a young ewe who had placed second in her milk teeth class to the Champion ewe.

Wagin woolorama 2010 Champion Ram

Maria and Robert Wood, Te Rakau stud, Bindi Bindi, stand with judge Allan Duff, Williams and Te Rakau’s champion Texel ram. The ram’s huge meaty structure and frame meant he stood out from the other entrants.
Photo courtesy of WA Farm Weekly.


2009 Moora Stud Sheep Breeders Sale.

There was a solid result at the Moora 24th annual prime lamb ram sale where a large contingent of return buyers competed on a selective array of 108 sires from seven local studs.  Once again the catalogue was sold under the Elders, Primaries and Landmark banners and saw 102 rams of various breeds offered sell at auction to a healthy $742 average, up $152 on last year. 

The Wood family’s Te Rakau Texel stud, Bindi Bindi, kicked off the sale with some fine examples of the breed to clear all 18 rams at an average of $731.  Bremer Bay graziers, W & T Pittard were among the Te Rakau volume contributors, taking home 4 rams to an average of $886, while also securing the stud’s top price ram at $1300.  Auchindail Farms, Mukinbudin, bought four, paying $950 for their top price ram and a $775 overall average, while S & G Smith, New Norcia, were in on the chase securing their six at a $658 average.


2009 Perth Royal Show All Breeds Sale.

The 2009 Perth Royal show stud ram sale produced mixed results with 24 of the 55 rams offered passed in and a sale average of just $3246.  Rob and Maria Wood, Te Rakau Texel stud, Bindi Bindi, offered and sold two Texel sires in the sale at an average of $3350.  The top price for the Te Rakau team was $3700 paid by long term clients WM Pittard, Borden bidding over the phone with the assistance of Elders Moora agent Michael Longford.

Taking home the second Te Rakau ram at $3000 was fellow Texel breeder Tanya Hill, Tanalan stud, Esperance.

Both rams were grandsons of Kirtle Banker HMK 95037 of UK and had a MyoMax gold rating.

Perth Royal all breeds

Perth Royal all breeds

Photos courtesy of WA Farm Weekly.


2009 Perth Royal Show

Te Rakau champion Texel ewe proves class.

An outstanding well balanced Texel ewe from Te Rakau stud, Bindi Bindi, was sashed as the supreme champion of the breed at the  Perth Royal Show.  Victorian judge Peter Russell was cleary impressed by the ewe, which he said had really caught his ewe.  It was not the first taste of success for Te Rakau’s supreme champion March 2008 drop ewe, as the same sheep was awarded reserve champion ewe at this year’s Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show, Victoria. 
The stud also claimed the reserve champion ewe, with the award-winning ewes emerging from the under 1.5yo, shorn class and the pairs class.  In the groups, Te Rakau came through again with an even line-up of two ewes and ram in the breeders group.

2009 Perth Royal Supreme Ewe

Judge Peter Russell (left) Donald, Victoria with the Te Rakau stud principals Maria and Robert Wood, Bindi Bindi and the stud’s supreme exhibit and champion Texel ewe.

Photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly.


2009 Perth Royal Show Stud Sale

UK Genetics offered by Te Rakau Texels

Perth Royal Show Stud Sale
Friday 2nd October

83654/08
sired by Te Rakau UK136/04
dob 30.03.08

Myomax Gold

1st ASBA Show Bendigo Two Tooth in the Wool
1st ASBA Show Bendigo Group Ram & Two Ewes
4th ASBA Show Bendigo Interbreed Group

WWT
1.77

PWWT
3.44

PFAT
-0.26

PEMD
1.48

CarcasePlus
132.5

 

YWT
3.45

YFAT
-0.59

YEMD
1.22

 

Scan date
11/04/09

Weight
88.5

CFAT
4.2

EMD
34.9

Agent: Michael Longfort. Elders. Moora WA
Ph 08 9651 1308, Mob 0428 940 379

88369/08
sired by Te Rakau UK5830/04
dob 29.03.08

Myomax Gold

WWT
0.97

PWWT
1.95

PFAT
0.08

PEMD
2.11

CarcasePlus
125.4

 

YWT
0.74

YFAT
0.26

YEMD
2.34

 

Scan date
11/04/09

Weight
78.5

CFAT
3.5

EMD
35

Agent: Michael Longfort. Elders. Moora WA
Ph 08 9651 1308, Mob 0428 940 379


ASBA Sheep and Wool Show Bendigo 2009

Robert & Maria Wood Te Rakau Texels, Bindi Bindi exhibited at their first Australian Sheep and Wool show at Bendigo in July to display the first progeny of their imported UK genetics. The Woods took across a team of two rams and two ewes to the show and went home with three first place ribbons, a second place ribbon and the reserve champion ewe ribbon.

Leading theTe Rakau team was a March 2008 drop ewe which won her class, ewes showing two teeth only in wool. After winning the class the ewe went on to be sashed the reserve champion ewe where she was described by judge Stephen J Moss, Echuca, to be a very correct ewe with good fleshing and muscling. She weighed 71 kg and had scan measurements of 41mm for eye muscle and 6mm for fat.

Te Rakau's second blue ribbon came when an April 2008 drop ram won the class for rams showing two teeth only in wool. The ram, which also carried the same UK genetics as the stud's reserve champion ewe, was described by Mr Moss to a good solid ram all round who had good points. The younger ram in the team won the second place ribbon in the milk teeth in the wool class against more mature competition.

The winning Te Rakau ram and ewe then combined with another ewe of the same breeding to win the group class for one ram and two ewes under 1.5yrs old not showing more than two permanent teeth. Winning this class meant Te Rakau became the Texel entry in the prestigious supreme Australian Prime Lamb Group competition against 14 teams from other breeds. Up against tough competition the Te Rakau team was placed 4th after being drawn out by the judge Bill Close, Gawler River, South Australia.


Te Rakau Texels top Moora sale at $3000

Member of the Legislative Council Brian Ellis (left), opened the Moora sale last week and is with top price vendors Te Rakau Texel stud principals Robert and Maria Wood, Bindi Bindi, buyers Robin and Jan Higgins, Bangalup Texel stud, Frankland River, and Elders Moora livestock manager Michael Longford with the $3000 top price ram at the annual Moora British and Australasian breeds ram sale.

Loyal clients returned to offer strong support at the 23rd annual British and Australasian breeds ram sale at Moora where prices reached $3000 for a Texel ram.

The sale was officially opened by the Hon Brian Ellis, MLC Ag region who has a close connection with Moora and surrounding districts. He commended the presentation of the line-up in light of the roller coaster season in the area. The absence of a few vendors saw a correction the numbers offered but this failed to deter regular buyers keen to fill their ram requirements with sires of proven performance and breeding. A number of buyers also travelled long distances to attend the sale.

The catalogue was sold under the Elders, Primaries and Landmark banners, and saw 87 rams of various breeds offered, which was 31 less than last year. At the end of the sale there was a 91pc clearance and $590 average, up $44 on last year.

The Wood family's Te Rakau Texel stud, Bindi Bindi topped the sale yet again with an outstanding sire penned at lot 13. This ram ignited a bidding marathon before being knocked down to the Bangalup Texel stud, Frankland River, for $3000. The top price ram was by Pinnnacle 233/01 and had been sashed reserve champion at Wagin Woolororama in March. Buyer Robin Higgins said the sire offered new genetics to the stud and had outstanding frame and carcase qualities and was very true to the breed. The ram's sire scores highly in the NZ SIL sire reference scheme.

The Te Rakau stud also claimed the sale's $1800 second top price when it sold a ram to Bremer Bay graziers WM Pittard.



Wagin Woolorama 2008

Reserve Champion ram at Wagin Woolorama 2008 pictured with member for the Agricultural Region Hon Brian Ellis MLA and Rob and Maria Wood.

The young ram is sired by Pinnacle 233/01. The win was very pleasing as he became reserve champion at 8 months of age, and several months younger than his competition.


Moora British & Australasian Breeds Sale 2007.

The $1600 top price ram on account of Morronging Texel stud of the Temby family, Dumbleyung, from Te Rakau Texel stud principals Maria and Robert Wood, Bindi Bindi.

An air of optimism prevailed as loyal repeat buyers showed their strong support for the Moora prime lamb breeders at their 22nd annual sale which hit a high of $1600.

Despite locals and the wider community finding the seasonal conditions unfavourable over the last couple of years, producers were still keen to secure their ram requirements to 83% of the 118 head catalogue.

Whilst the figure was back $231 on the 2006 result, the offering was also reduced by 37 rams in light of seasonal conditions. Although this was the case the rams that stood before buyers were of a high quality and comended by the auctioneers and special guest MLA WA director Peter Trefort, Narrogin, who officially opened the sale.

The day's top price was achieved in the last section of the catalogue when a classy Texel ram from the Te Rakau offering of Robert and Maria Wood, Bindi Bindi, went under the hammer. Te Rakau continued its top results by selling 21 of 29 rams offered to an overall average of $557.


October 2006
Te Rakau Texels top Moora Sale.

Loyal supporters of Mooras 21st Annual Prime Lamb Sire sale turned out in force to push prices to $2550 and a healthy average of $777 for well-bred upstanding meat sires. An offering of 149 Border Leicesters, Texels, Poll Dorsets, South Suffolks, White Suffolks and Suffolks sold to a healthy 80% clearance. And while the dry season resulted in some conservative buying there was still strong support from a wide range of buyers.

Taking top honours for the day was Robert and Maria Woods Te Rakau Texel stud, Bindi Bindi, which realised the top price of $2550 for a well put together ram featuring figures of 4.77wwt, 5.79pwwt, -1.32fat, 1.2emd with a Carcase Plus index of 156.25. Both his sire and sire of dam exhibit the double Myomax gene. With three interested parties in on the action the hammer was stalled until Ivan Clune bidding on behalf of Robert Temby of Morronging Texel Stud, Dumbleyung had the last hand up. The well-bred ram includes a Wagin Woolorama breed champion and a three times Perth Royal Show breed champion in his pedigree. Te Rakau continued its top performance selling 29 of its 30 rams for an average of $803.


October 2004.
RAM AVERAGE ROCKETS AT MOORA.

With the $1900 top-priced Te Rakau ram that sold through Elders at the Moora British and Australasian Breeds ram sale was Elders Moora's Dean McCuish (left) and Te Rakau stud principals Maria and Robert Wood. (photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly Click on image to enlarge)

It was a case of quality and quantity at the Moora British and Australasian breeds ram sale this year, where the highest average on record was achieved in the 19 years the event has been running. Robert and Maria Wood's offering of Texels met with solid buyer support throughout the catalogue as old and new buyers returned to take home the quality Texels the Wood have become renowned for.

The Te Rakau Texel stud continued its tradition of success at the sale with a tremendous average of $898 and again achieved the top price of $1900 for a well balanced, fleshy sire that was champion Texel ram at the Perth Royal Show and sold to PJ and EE Randall of 'Tahara'Texel stud at Albany.


Perth Royal Show 2004.

Bindi Bindi Breeders Robert and Maria Wood stole the show with the entries from their Te Rakau Texel stud. Their feminine Texel ewe was the overall winner, taking out the supreme sash after being judged champion ewe from the earlier class for a ewe over 1.5 years showing no more than two permanent incisor teeth. The ewe had a ram lamb at foot that was a little power house, showing class and strength at such a young age. The judge said the ewe was good up front, stood well, had a magnificent face, good body showing plenty of meat and was everything that breeders hope to produce. The ewe was judged supreme over the Wood's other winning entry, the champion ram, as the judge said the ewe is where the breed has its strength. The champion ram was another pleasing example of the breed, with size, a great hindquarter and length of neck.

Te Rakau stud principals Maria and Robert Wood hold the supreme Texel and champion Texel ewe of the Perth Royal Show 2005. Click for enlargement (Photo courtesy Tanya Hill).

WAGIN WOOLORAMA 2004


Click for enlargement (Photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly.)

The Te Rakau, Bindi Bindi Texel stud, won its second Wagin Woolorama grand champion title in a row, but this year it was their ram that wore the purple sash. Judge Ray Castle said the 18-month-old sheep was well grown and exceptionally well muscled. "He's got an impeccable conformation, his feet are falultless and he's a very robust, masculine ram. He's got very good hock angulation and is just overall a really promising-looking sire". The Woods were delighted to win the broad ribbon for breed supreme and grand champion ram with a brother to 'Freddie' who, although retired from the show ring, was a three-time supreme champion at the Perth Royal.

The Te Rakau ewe which took out the sash for champion Texel ewe at this years' Wagin Woolorama was sired by 'Freddie' . However, the strength of Te Rakau's bloodlines was also proven at Wagin, with a ram by the name of 'Arnie', flexing his muscle as the sire of the winning progeny group, and the group of one ram and two ewes.


The 2003 Moora British and Australasian Breeds Ram Sale.

The Te Rakau Texel stud continued its tradition of success at the sale and again achieved the top price with a well balanced fleshy sire sold to fellow Texel breeders Jimjan Texel stud, Boyup Brook. Jim said he was particularly impressed with the ram for his well muscled back end which he termed the "money part of the sheep". The Te Rakau stud achieved a tremendous average of $950 for their rams, a result up by $438. The Te Rakau ram was the highest priced Texel ram sold in WA this season.

Jimjan Texel stud principal Jim Glover (left) is pictured with the $1750 top priced Te Rakau ram that he purchased at the Moora British and Australasian Breeds ram sale. With him is Maria Wood, Te Rakau, Jan Glover, Jimjan, Elders Moora livestock representative, Dean McCuish and elated top-priced vendor Robert Wood, Te Rakau Texel stud.

Click for enlargement (Photo courtesy WA Farm Weekly.)


Wagin Woolorama 2003

Grand Champion Texel,
Champion Texel Ewe.

Te Rakau

Judge Alan Duff again demanded to see meat on his winners, but neither was he prepared to overlook structural faults. As a breed that “can really stack the meat on” he found the muscling he was looking for on a ewe shown by Robert and Maria Wood, Te Rakau stud, Bindi Bindi, and by the aptly named eastern states sire Tufnell Park Bull.


Click for enlargement (photo courtesy of Tanya Hill)



Te Rakau 980044 "Freddie" (centre) with two of the offspring which later topped Moora Sale at $1000 and $675. On the right, winner of the objective measurement class at Perth Royal Show 2001. (Click for enlargement.)



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(Photo courtesy of Countryman WA)

"Long smooth
well muscled
kind shouldered
texel with lots of
size and lift."

Marylyn Stevens
Willaurn, Victoria
2001 Perth Royal Show Judge.

Te Rakau Freddie Wins

Supreme Champion Texel
"3rd year in a row"


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(Photo courtesy of Countryman WA)

Freddie still reigns supreme

By LARA LADYMAN

NO STRANGER to the show ring, Freddie, a big '98-drop ram from Robert and Maria Wood's Te Rakau stud, has been crowned breed supreme for the third time.
Judge Marylyn Stevens, of Victoria, said the champion ram was one of the better Texels around.
"He is a very big, very smooth, even ram," she said.
"He has length and muscle and a very, very good Texel head."

The champion ewe went to a delighted Tanya Hill, of Tanalan stud, Esperance, a newcomer to the Royal Show ring.
Ms Hill also won the breeders group of three - one ram and two ewes.
Mrs Stevens said the young ewe was a bright, alert ewe with a great presence.
"The Texels in WA are up there with the breed everywhere else in Australia," she said.
"They are certainly making progress along commercial lines while still holding stud quality."
But according to the Woods there needs to be greater scrutiny of the payment system used in the lamb industry.
They believe the present over-the-hook system which pays on weight failed; to reward producers for carcase quality and therefore the industry was shooting itself in the foot in regard to meat quality, wanted by the processor and consumer.
Freddie is one of four sires in a Producer Initiated Research and Development project on the Woods' property.
Mrs Wood said the research which assessed the influence of Lambplan muscle and growth index showed the producer was getting the best returns from the highest growth animals because they produced the heaviest carcase. But the processor made more money from higher muscled lambs, even at a lighter carcase weight.
The lamb industry now had the opportunity to change direction, with the farmer being rewarded for producing what processors wanted, more meat on the lambs.



Te Rakau 980044 "Supreme Champion" Texel Perth Royal Show 2000.
Photo courtesy of Farm Weekly WA (Click for enlargement)


TEXELS TOP MOORA AT $550


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Te Rakau Texels principals Robert (left) and Maria Wood, with Elders Moora branch manager Ian McPartland, with the top priced ram at the 2000 Moora British Breeds Sale.

The Texel breed led the charge for top prices at the 2000 Moora British and Australasian Breeds ram sale, reaching a top of $550. Te Rakau was the most successful stud at the sale with a total clearance of all rams on offer, with the top priced ram having won his class at the Perth Royal Show only the day before.

LAMBPLAN

Te Rakau

990072

WWT

3.574

YWT

5.911

YFAT

-0.480

YEMD

1.125

60:20:20

153.20

80:10:10

149.41


'Te Rakau'
entries
2002 Wagin Woolorama
"Best in the West"
Prime Lamb Competition

Heavyweight 24.1kg and over

First Place

52.6kg live

27kg carcase

51.3% yield

 

54kg

27.2kg

50.4%

 

49.9kg

25.6kg

51.3%

Mediumweight 21.1kg-24kg

Third Place

45.6kg live

23.2kg carcase

50.9% yield

 

47.3kg

25.8kg carcase

54.5%


WAGIN WOOLORAMA 2001

** 2nd on Hook **
** Champion Carcase **


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(Extract below from WA Countryman)

Te Rakau stud returns to Win

Prime Lamb Carcase

After being knocked out of pole position in the Woolorama Prime Lamb Carcase Competition last year for having a lamb that yielded too much meat, Te Rakau Texel Stud principals Robert and Maria Wood this year won the contest.

The couple's champion carcase yielded 48 percent, marginally less than the 54 percent yielding carcase that lost them the contest last year.

The carcase was a Texel lamb bred from a Te Rakau sire chosen for his high muscle estimated breeding values.

The sire was being used in a Producer Initiated Research and Development (PIRD) trial on the Wood's Bindi Bindi property to compare lamb progeny and their processing performance from high muscle and high growth rate lambs.

Mrs Wood said early indications from the trial were that the meat processing trade liked high muscle carcases, but there were not a lot available.

Mr Wood said personally he believed ram breeders for the prime lamb market needed to be mindful of both muscle and growth rates and achieve a good balance between the two traits.

Two Wood's PIRD trial progeny had won first and second place in last year's Perth Royal Show commercial lamb competition.



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(photo courtesy of WA Farm Weekly)

WAGIN WOOLORAMA 2000

WA TEXEL STUD BREEDERS ASSOCIATION
congratulates TE RAKAU TEXELS on their results in
Wagin Woolorama 2000 Prime Lamb Competition.

** 1st on Hoof **
** Highest Average Dressing Percentage **
** 54.7%**

Average liveweight 44.3kg, Average carcase weight 24.3kg


PERTH ROYAL AG SOC 1998

** 1st on Hoof **
** 1st on Hook **
** Champion Carcase **


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