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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Well the year is racing on.

The Council meeting in March was very successful.

The Producer Initiated Research Development grant applied for then has been granted.

This will allow the breed to obtain some very useful information about EBVs and muscling.

There will be several workshops and field days to follow the progress of the project.

The more members assist with this the more the breed will get out of it.

The Supermuscle program is coming on well with a launch set for July.

This program will have a great effect on the demand for Texels in the future so make sure you are a part of it.

In March I also attended the Wagin Woolorama in WA.

There was a really top showing of Texels, including first pair of rams over all breeds.

The breeders in WA are doing a great job of promoting and presenting the breed.

Leanne Grant-Williams organised a very successful carcase competition, (Texels again doing very well) which culminated in a charity auction.

The prize carcases sold for $200-$300. The butchers that purchased the Texel carcases were so pleased with them that they are now sourcing their lambs from Rob and Maria Woods.

Thanks to the WA breeders for their hospitality.

In SA, Texels won the Champion Carcase award in the Karoonda Competition, featuring well in the on hoof and hook section.

The indications are good for solid demand for lambs this year, which augurs well for flock ram sales.

So be enthusiastic about our breed, it is the best terminal muscle breed in Australia.

Bill Close
President


TEXEL BREEDER IMMORTALISED

Well-known sheep classer and Texel breeder Gordon McMaster’s life so far has been immortalised in print with the launch of his biography at this year’s Sydney Royal Show.

Known simply as Gordie, he is an icon of the Merino industry and is recognised both Australia-wide and internationally.

The book provides an insight into
his work and travels, dealing with
the humorous, bizarre and at times controversial events that happen around him.

John Simpson’s "Gordie, Merino Visionary and Bush Legend" is available in paperback through Rural Press Limited.

Courtesy: The Land


WAGIN CARCASE AUCTION A HUGE SUCCESS

The re-designed Wagin Woolorama carcase competition has been hailed a huge success, especially the auction where Texel bred carcases were up for grabs to the highest bidder.

Texel lambs met with a great deal of support from their customers, including Perth butcher, Creative Meats, which bought seven carcases at auction, paying an average of $6.50 a kilo (proceeds of the auction went to charity).

Pingrup lamb producer and WA Texel Stud Breeders Association president Leanne Grant-Williams has been pushing for changes to the Wagin Woolorama carcase competition for many years. As a result, she was appointed competition co-ordinator and completely rewrote the section.

Ms Grant-Williams said Creative Meats is renowned as a progressive butcher, popular with customers due to its old time service and supplies of quality meat.

The auction raised $1500 for charity and it is planned to continue the event at the 2003 Woolorama.

In the heavy weight entries, Robert and Maria Wood, Te Rakau Grazing Co, Bindi Bindi were placed first. Their three lambs had a carcase weight of 27kg, 27.2kg and 25.6kg with yields of 51.3%, 50.4% and 51.3% respectively.

Second place in the heavy weights went to JR & JM Glover, Jim Jan, Boyup Brook. Their three lambs weighed 27.4kg, 25.8kg and 29kg with yields of 52%, 49.6% and 51% respectively.

R & M Lange, Mirovi, Narrogin, had a carcase that weighed 23.4kg and yielded 47.4% while AR Temby and MA Clune, Morronging, Dumbleyung entered two carcases that yielded 48% and 47.4%

In the medium weight entries, Mirovi was placed first with carcases that yielded 54.4% and 49.3% while Te Rakau was placed third with carcases that yielded 50.9% and 54.5%. Morronging had a carcase that yielded 53% and Jim Jan had two carcases that yielded 48.1% and 48.7%.

In the lightweight category, Morronging had two carcases that yielded 49.6% and 52.1%.

Only the top three carcases from the three classes went up for auction at the Woolorama.


SYDNEY ROYAL RESULTS

Ram showing milk teeth only, shorn: Tattykeel (1st and 2nd), P&J Matus (3rd and 4th)

Ram showing milk teeth only, in wool: Tattykeel 1st, PJ & K Balcombe 2nd, P&J Matus 3rd

Ram showing not more than 2 teeth, shorn: Tattykeel 1st, P&J Matus 2nd, Bourbin Creek Holdings 3rd

Ram showing 4 or more teeth, shorn: Bourbin Creek Holdings

Pen of 2 rams, showing not more than 2 teeth, shorn: Tattykeel

Champion Ram: Tattykeel

Reserve Champion Ram: Tattykeel

Ewe showing milk teeth only, shorn: PJ & K Balcombe 1st and 3rd, P&J Matus 2nd

Ewe showing milk teeth only, in wool: Tattykeel 1st and 4th, PJ & K Balcombe 2nd,
P&J Matus 3rd

Ewe showing not more than 2 teeth, shorn: W Wolfe 1st, Bourbin Creek Holdings 2nd and 3rd

Pen of 2 ewes, showing not more than 2 teeth, shorn: P&J Matus 1st, Bourbin Creek Holdings 2nd

Champion Ewe: W Wolfe

Peter Taylor Group of one ram and two ewes Tattykeel 1st, PJ & K Balcombe 2nd, P&J Matus, 3rd
under 1-year-old, showing milk teeth only:

Most successful exhibitor: Tattykeel


GAMBLE PAID OFF

Article courtesy The Guardian

When Texel sheep were introduced to Australia, John Raymond was one of the early breeders to take a gamble on the introduced species.

Almost 10 years down the track, the gamble has paid off. Mr. Raymond and his wife Margaret now run Mondray Stud, a small farm on the banks of the Edward River near Moulamein, NSW.

It’s a far cry from his once frantic life as a businessman in Melbourne.

"It was a new breed and a new opportunity," he said.

"We bought embryos in 1993 and have worked to develop the stud to a high standard," Mr. Raymond said.

The Texel is renowned for its thick set, lean muscle, premium meat and in early May two breeders from China travelled halfway across the world to visit Texel Studs in New Zealand and Australia. Accompanied by Pat Esse from Elders International, the
investors purchased 13 Mondray Texels.

Mr. Raymond likes the excellent temperament of the breed and quality of its meat and he is
confident there is an increasing market for the Texel.


WAGIN WOOLORAMA RESULTS

Article courtesy of Farm Weekly

Tanalan Texel stud at Esperance achieved an impressive double after the same ewe won championships at 2001 Perth Royal Show and the 2002 Woolorama.

The ewe, by a Braeside sire, gave stud master Tanya Hill a dream introduction to her first two shows, beating some of the breed’s most seasoned exhibitors to gain her first purple ribbon at Wagin.

Visiting South Australian judge Bill Close, from Newbold Texel and TEXEL studs found his final decision in separating the champion ewe and ram for grand champion Texel most difficult.

"I’m usually very fast (at judging) but they were two lovely carcase sheep."

He awarded the main prize to the ewe because it was apparent that Tanya had been breeding for carcase and presentation gave her a slight edge.

The delighted breeder accepted the award on behalf of herself and father Roger who run the stud and a big prime lamb breeding enterprise together at Esperance.

The champion Texel ram was exhibited by Jim and Jan Glover, Jim Jan, Duranillin, and had been the winner of the 2-tooth ram class.

The ram had been shown at Wagin and Perth in 2001 and had been reserve champion both times.

Mr Close said the Texel in Australia had now reached a stage where breeders were able to cull their sheep comprehensively.

Until now they had been building up numbers but in the future, they could look forward to some dramatic improvement in quality.

Although there were still some minor faults in Australian sheep generally it was pleasing to see breeders were far more professional than when the breed entered the show ring in 1998, he said.

Robert Lange’s Mirovi stud at Wickepin won both reserve champion ribbons and the normally prominent Te Rakau stud owned by Robert and Maria Woods, Bindi Bindi, were class winners but received their greatest satisfaction from an excellent performance in the carcase competition.

The highlight of the show for the WATSBA was Tanya Hill’s win in the interbreed competition with her pair of rams. This is the first time Texels have won an interbreed in WA, and to accomplish this at one of the most prestigious shows in WA is a great achievement.

Six studs contested the Texel competition.


DUBBO SHOW RESULTS

Article courtesy of The Land

The sheep men and women of the Texel industry are still doing a "damn fine job" while the entrepreneurs are falling by the wayside.

That’s the gloves-off assessment delivered by Jack Woodburn of Forbes, while judging the NSW stud Texel show at Dubbo, where Oberon’s Tattykeel stud took home four of the five major broad ribbons.

An original Texel breeder in Scotland before coming to Australia in the late 1970s, Mr Woodburn said the breed, which had "exploded" in Australia over the past decade, was now shedding the entrepreneurial jet setters.

"Now the Texel is being left to the sheep men and women to deliver commercial reality to the breed and this is coming through based on the six studs and 47 sheep attending this show," he said.

"No matter what you are assessing, commercial acceptability must always be your focus, and the Tattykeel ram’s natural thickness, length and softness made him an outstanding sheep reflecting the direction for the breed.

"There was little between the two top rams - both superb sheep with the right commercial focus - but the champion had a bit more length."

Graham Gilmore’s Tattykeel stud also produced the champion and reserve champion ewes, with the woolly class winner taking the main ribbon with its length, width, softness, mobility and femininity.

Mr Woodburn said the Tara stud’s group of a ram and two ewes was a balanced team of breeders.

He was unable to split the two top Lambplan ram entries, exhibited by Phil Balcombe and Ray Adams, praising the rams’ great balance and structural correctness.


OBITUARY

Mary Bottcher, Baroa, Blue Hills, Euroa, Vic., passed away on February 8, aged 59 years, from cancer. Deepest sympathy to her husband, Doug, Texel Federal Councillor and Past-President, and to their family. Mary was always Doug’s loyal supporter and best mate, and accompanied him to all shows and sales. She is sadly missed.


TEXEL STOCKPILE WOOLLEN WORK SOCKS

Your Association has placed an order for 360 pairs of stockpile woollen work socks in denim blue, with a Texel slogan.

The socks will be in the one size (to fit 6 – 10). Please contact Head Office if you are interested with the number of pairs required plus your cheque. A tax invoice/receipt will be issued. Price is $10.00 per pair plus GST of 10%, a total of $11 per pair.

The promotional socks will be despatched with postage collect i.e. the purchaser pays the postage at his/her local Post Office.

The Federal Secretary will have a range of promotional goods at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show Bendigo in July such as Stockpile woollen work socks, Ties, Navy pullovers (please order in advance) Old U.K. Texel Journals and caps.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Farm weekly has printed two articles which I think need more comment. The articles were published in November 29 (page 10) "Lamb, Beef Need Supply Alliances" December 13 (page 11 of supplement) "Lamb Producers Must Know
Market".

In the first article, all the points raised are very valid but I strongly disagree that alliances are the solution.

Producer alliances are a simplistic attempt to circumvent the problems created by inadequacy of the carcase classification system rather than solve them. Every statement in the article referring to the need for alliances reinforces the necessity for an overhaul of the present grading system.

What is the point of setting up small alliances when there is still no way to accurately describe the end
product? If, for instance, a grower group wanted to establish an alliance to supply the food industry there is no way to give the producer an accurate description of what was required.

Under the present system, at the same weight, a carcase with the conformation of a skinned rabbit is as financially rewarding for the producer as a well-muscled carcase producing high value cuts even when sold through an alliance.

Carases of the same weight and fat score are deemed identical. This is nonsense. Alliances are not going to solve these problems. If there is no way to identify the carcase
requirements for different markets, how we can producers be expected to provide them? Why would anyone produce them if they are not rewarded? How can they be rewarded if the carcases are not identified?

The second article continues along the same line. Mention is made of meeting "elite specifications". What are these? As far as I am aware, there is no such thing. The Merino Prime Lamb Alliance and the Qlamb alliance are discussed within the same parameters.

It must be blindingly obvious that we are not talking about the same product and same markets yet nobody acknowledges that there is no system for describing them to identify the differences to meet the criteria for their markets.

Alliances by nature have a narrow focus for a limited market. Producers are unlikely to form enduring
allegiances to narrowly focussed alliances incapable of meeting their wider needs. The "over the hooks" system does not describe the carcase parameters for varying market requirements, a more comprehensive carcase classification would allow producers to accurately target specific markets.

The grain marketers have quality segregations; prime lamb needs the same flexibility. The Qlamb alliance is held up as an example but its criteria is very restrictive, with its heavy penalties when the carcases
penalised in this alliance can be valuable in other markets not available to Qlamb suppliers.

In the long term and with increasing competition in WA, this type of narrow-based punitive alliance discourages enduring grower support.

VIASCAN is being held up as the great hope of future quality grading and carcase classification. In the first instance the technology is too
expensive for all but the very large exporting plants.

The Australian domestic lamb market and the section of the export market which is processed in smaller plants will be reliant on the existing systems for the foreseeable future.

Feedback we have to date indicates that VIASCAN is still undergoing development problems in calibrating the technology to identify the desired carcase types. Even when the technology is refined a carcase description must still be required to accurately describe the product for the producer, processor and retailer.

In recent times the MLA has conducted a very successful lamb promotion. Its own research
indicates that one of the industry’s weaknesses is the consumer’s inability to source consistently good quality product. The present grading system is outdated and ineffective in a multi-dimensional, discerning, sophisticated market.

The most quality conscious markets in the world, those now being targeted by WA exporters, have used a sophisticated grading system very successfully over many decades.

If we hope to compete in those markets, and offer the same high quality to Australian domestic
markets, the present carcase
classification system needs to be upgraded. Without an adequate industry wide description there is no merit in setting up alliances to reinforce the present piecemeal arrangement.

Rob Wood


TEXEL CROSS EWES WANTED

have a flock of 2000 Texel x Merino ewes that I cross again with Texel rams to produce prime lambs.

I would like to buy another 1000 Texel-Merino ewes ready to join on March 1st, 2003 and another 500 each year thereafter. They will run on my Whittlesea property.

The sires of the ewe lambs must be good quality purebred Texel rams and the dams large framed purebred Merinos.

I would prefer to buy the 1000 in one line, but lines of 500 or slightly less would be OK. I would be happy to arrange an ongoing contract for annual supply.

Regards,
Roger Mason
Darebin Park Texel Stud
Ph. (03) 9520 7931 (business)
Fax. (03) 9408 1471
e-mail: rmason@siriustel.com.au


TEXELS DOMINATE HEYTESBURY

There were two sections in the Heytesbury Prime Lamb Carcase Competition held at Heytesbury, Victoria in February 2002.

The lightweight class was18kg to 22kg, fat score 2-3 (6- 15 mm) and the heavyweight category was 21.1kg to 32kg, fat score 2-3. Preferred weight was 26kg, fat score 12 mm. Lambs were in 37 pens of three.

The hoof judge was Mr Ray Clark, a major commercial buyer for Tatiara Meat Company and other meat companies while the hook judge was Mr Andrew Hay, National Livestock Manager – Lamb, for Coles Supermarkets.

Results:

Lightweight:

Hoof

• D & R Muir 1st with Texel/Texel/Border Leicester Merino X

• W & K Agnew 2nd with Texel/Texel X

• A McKenzie 3rd with Southdown/Border Leicester Merino X

Hook

• D & R Muir 1st and 2nd with Texel/Texel/Border Leicester Merino X

• W & K Agnew 3rd with Texel/Texel X

Heavyweight:

Hoof

• Pevitt Bros, 1st with Texeldown/Texel

• D & R Muir 2nd with Texel/Texel Border Leicester Merino X

• K Ludeman Brucknell 3rd with Southdown/Border Leicester

Hook

• D & R Muir 1st with Texel/Texel Border Leicester Merino X

• Pevitt Bros 2nd and 3rd with Texeldown/Texel

The lightweight winning lambs on the hook had a fat score of 10 mm and weighed 20.8kg (yield 50.7%), 21.9 kg (yield 54.1%) and 21.9 kg (54.8%).


EXCERPTS FROM THE FEDERAL COUNCIL

Items from the Federal Council Meeting, March 3, 2002.

PRESENT: W Close (President in the Chair) and K Agnew, C Baldock, D Bottcher, A Buckland, H Fergusson, L Grant-Williams, P Matus, D Muir, P Russell and Secretary P Weston.

Observers: H Buckland, J Gubbins (Treasurer), J Raymond.

APOLOGIES: P Hood

Also Promotion Committee members, J Caldow and A Roberts were apologies as Observers. Mr Roberts had attended the Promotion Committee Meeting the previous day.

Laminated Posters

The Promotion Committee reported that posters should be available from Head Office for uniformity of design.

L Grant-Williams also displayed the colourful WA Region banner. A sponsor had contributed the $300 to cover production costs. Other Regions could order through the WA Region. Suggested that the Supermuscle banner be available for the 2002 National Show at Bendigo in July.

Victorian State Panel of Judges & Inspectors

Howard Caldow, Felicity Muir, Chris Parker and Steven Parker were added to the Victorian panel.

Flock Register (Photos for Flock Register)

Noted that both photographs in the Flock Register were UK photos and it was time Australian photographs were used instead.

The champion ewe photograph from the 2001 ASBA Show was quite good while the UK ewe with twin lambs was also the best photograph available.

Councillors were asked to continue to search for suitable photos.

Closing the Flock Register

Resolved that the Flock Register remain open because there was still a strong demand for upgraded rams, the flock ram levy produced income and the Association would lose members if the Flock Register was closed.

NZ Ram Pedigrees

Resolved that pedigrees of NZ rams used in Australian flocks should appear in the Flock Register. Resolved that it should be up to the individual member to decide whether their flock should be FLOCKCARE accredited.

Noted that until processors required FLOCKCARE, producers would not embrace it because of cost (i.e. $800 per year). Agreed that in the meantime, members should be encouraged to join FLOCKCARE.

Web Site

Resolved that members be encouraged to use "texel.org.au" as part of their permanent email address eg. prefix and/or member’s name @ texel.org.au.

Each email address would cost $20 (plus GST) and could be obtained by contacting the Texel Webmaster, Stephen Davey. John Raymond’s services be utilised to ensure the search engines were updated regularly. Also that the web site fee of $35 per year (plus GST) be
continued.

Secretary’s Note

Stephen Davey advised 8/3/02 that he had searched for texel plus Australia on the following four search engines to see where the Association comes up.

GOEUREKA position 1

YAHOO position 3

GOOGLE position 3

HOTBOT.LYCOS position 1

National Show Bendigo

The following nominations and alterations were approved.

Tent Captain: D Bottcher, to be present on Penning Day (Tuesday, 16th July).

It was agreed that after the Show that the following items should not be duties of Texel breeders i.e. that loading operations are orderly, removal of penning, feeders, drinkers and bedding. Also Johnes MAP integrity should remain the responsibility of the ASBA Show.

Sponsorship: D Bottcher to liaise with Olssons, CSL and Oringi.

Judge: Jack Woodburn. Reserve G Baker

Stewards: E White (Chief Steward and Book-keeper), L Grant-Williams and C Baldock.

The Chief Steward to look after penning, judging, tidiness of alleyways and disposal of soiled bedding.

Inspectors: J Gubbins (Chief
Inspector), C Baldock, N Drury and E White (Book-keeper)

Class 696: That the words "bred by the exhibitor" be added.

Tullamore Park Trophies: The wording for the Tullamore Park Trophies needed fine tuning as there must be an allowance for age as younger sheep were disadvantaged e.g. 8-9 months.

Resolved that the opening paragraph should read:

"This class is open to all registered Texel breeders and is open to all 2001- drop rams/ewes shorn and untrimmed. Exhibits are not to be entered in any other class and all rams/ewes must be scanned."

A Sub-Committee of C Baldock, H Fergusson and P Matus was delegated to review the ATSBA
Conversion Table for the Tullamore Park Trophies.

Certificate of Appreciation

The Secretary had produced a draft of a Certificate of Appreciation which read "Presented to — in recognition of outstanding services to the Association and to the Texel Breed in —." This could be easily adapted, printed on parchment paper, and used by any Region or by the Association.

Use of Email between Members and the Association

The Secretary will investigate the use of email for office correspondence between members and the Association and implement wherever possible.

Council Minutes

Future Council Minutes will contain the mover/seconder of the motion (unless a motion was simply resolved) and also the voting if not unanimous.

Promotion

Recommendations and ideas from the Promotion Committee were noted as follows.

More field days, where the breed and the breeder are both promoted and quality sheep are presented. Promotion material displayed. Aim at all types of farmer e.g. commercial, hobby etc.

Give more information to buyers of stud sheep and flock rams.

Try and involve livestock agents, at all these events and carcase competitions, live sheep displays etc.

Testimonials, success stories from producers using Texels, winning carcase competitions, over the hook sales etc.

Noted Help/Fact Sheets, Promote Hook Sales, Grower Markets and Agricultural Schools.

Be prepared for the media, say the same thing, always be very positive about Texels, make the most of every opportunity, do not mention negative aspects.

Also discussed after sales service to clients, giving a Texel guarantee, breeders integrity, more general information for the web, sponsor excellence awards, media opportunities, a warranty card and eligibility for excellence awards.

It was decided to proceed with plans for a warranty card and the Promotion Committee will report to the July Council Meeting.

The following Mission Statement will be added to the Flock Register, immediately before the Statement of Purposes.

"To encourage the breeding and marketing of Texel sheep and to develop, promote and maintain the improvement of the Breed."

TEXEL SUPERMUSCLE - (Draft 24/25 November 2001)

Agreed to endorse the action taken by the President and Secretary to engage a Patent Attorney to register the name "Texel Supermuscle" and proceed with the development of the Texel Supermuscle Program.

Also that the base supermuscle ram must have a LAMBPLAN muscle EBV or Stockscan index greater than the average of the major prime lamb terminal breeds.

Supermuscle Committee

The Committee comprises C Baldock, D Bottcher, A Buckland, M Chambers , W Close (Convenor) and J Dowdy.

Supermuscle Administration Fee

The administration fee to cover costs be $100 per member (plus GST). Agreed the accounts could be run in conjunction with the ATSBA cash books but kept separate.

Newsletter Articles

Suggested that articles be researched for the Newsletter on:

Mastitis/High birth weights

L Grant-Williams said her health formula to alleviate mastitis in her flock was:

40 kg dolomite

4 kg seawood

4 kg sulphur

This would cover 50 sheep approximately.

Issues from Bendigo Texel conference – 24/11/01

Noted that many of the issues had been discussed at the three Committee Meetings held the day before.

Are we a business or a breed society?

The Chairman said the Association was firstly a breed society. But one of our major goals is to improve the business of our members - noted.

Progress outcomes from SWOT analysis - noted.

Follow up domain name for internet services - noted.

Greater use of internet – recommendation to Council on future use of web-site - noted.

Rules/Regulations – recommended changes to tags/tattooing, association purposes.

Regulation 6 – tattooing was discussed and whether EID (electronic identification device) would either replace tattooing or be an alternative. It was noted that Show regulations currently required tattooing.

Members: new category of commercial member; membership group to cater for younger members; Regions to contact members who drop off the register to ascertain why – consider options to retain.

Noted that commercial members could be annual members at $35 per year (plus GST) which would entitle them to the Flock Register and Newsletters etc.

he Secretary reported that one member was already ordering extra copies of the Newsletter at cost, for distribution to his commercial clients etc. The Newsletter is now on the web and hence can be downloaded free.

Secretary’s Note: Council Minutes 15/3/97 states:

"A child or grandchild under 18 years of age of a current Full Member, may apply to Federal Council for half subscription and half initial joining fee, provided the number of ewes does not exceed 100 ewes."

Review Promotion Strategy

This had been covered in the promotion report.

Review regional/operational structure – regions to initiate - noted.

Council to consider options for nominations to Council if regions restructure

Noted that Council had decided to take no further action.

Review sheep shows – criteria, judges, classes, exhibitors’ dress, sire progeny - noted.

Recommend that "Breed standard of excellence" be reviewed. A
Sub-Committee will review the Texel standard of excellence in the Flock Register and report in July.
Nominated to the Sub-Committee were P Matus and H Buckland.

Expedite further investigation of proposals for a Supermuscle Texel. Group to be formed ASAP and Council support expected - noted this matter had been handled earlier.

Texel national conference February 2003

The Chairman reported that a possible venue for a three day conference was the Roseworthy Campus, Roseworthy, SA. Estimated cost was $350 per person.

Resolved that the Council Executive investigate a suitable venue for a three-day Texel Conference next year and report in July. Tentative dates for Friday/Saturday/Sunday were February 14-16 and 21-23.

Finance

Budget Progress

The Treasurer, J Gubbins, and the Secretary reported on budget progress for the period 1/7/2001 to 19/2/02. Resolved to receive the financial statements.

Subscriptions

The base subscription fee (1-25 ewes) will be increased by $5 i.e. $135 to $140 and thereafter by $15 i.e. 26-50 ewes = $160. The Meeting noted concerns that the smaller breeder e.g. 1-10 ewes, should not be disadvantaged.

Flock Register Binding

Alternative ways of binding the Flock Register such as comb binding, wire binding, stapling etc. will be investigated.

The Flock Register has been section sewn for eight volumes and there was a potential saving of $1000.

Bonus Gift to New Members

The joining fee is currently $100 and new members in future will be sent a free Texel tie and cap after they join.

New Auditor

The audit fee for the year ended 30/6/01 was $560 and Doug Parker was appointed to audit the books at no fee, for the year ended 30/6/2002.

Newspaper Advertising

Another potential saving was to reduce newspaper advertising and concentrate more on other avenues such as the web site, testimonials/free editorial in rural newspapers, field days etc. Also to liaise more with the rural newspapers so
members were approached to advertise rather than the Association.

Members Permanent Email Address

As noted earlier in the Meeting, the Association’s permanent email address was secretary@texel.org.au. Members could utilise this address and have their own permanent email addresses i.e. members stud prefix @texel.org.au or members name@texel.org.au.

This would allow members to change their service provider at any time. The Texel webmaster, Stephen Davey, could handle the necessary connections at a one time only fee of $20 (plus GST).

This was not only a service to members but would help publicise the Association and its email and web addresses.

Trophies

The Association should not be donating trophies and sponsors should be sought as happened with the National Show.

President’s Allowance

The allowance will remain at $1000.

Region Rebate

The Annual Region rebate of $10 per member will be deleted with the proviso that a Region could still apply to Council for this payment to be used for a specific purpose(s).

GST Branches of ATSBA Inc.

The following two non-profit sub-entities be registered with the Australian Taxation Office as GST Branches of the ATSBA Inc; Central North Region and South West Region.

Australian Interior Textile & Carpet Wool Council

J Gubbins reported he was President again. Carpet wool breeds in Australia are basically hobby
breeders. Council meets once a year. The UK was dumping subsidised carpet wool. Most carpet wool comes from NZ.

New Flocks

Matthew T. Barber, PB 11, via Cavendish Vic. 3314

Flock No. 414, Prefix: Teatree Creek

LAMBPLAN Liaison Committee

Referred to this Committee were the recommendations from the South West Region that the measurements be left at 60:20:20: and use the carcase post weaning weight.

Members send their own suggestions to Council.

A previous ATSBA letter 14/2/01 to LAMBPLAN had recommended a standard index and to obtain comparisons. Also there should be a code for non pure bred Texels.

Council agreed 22/7/01 that elite lists should be for T3 and pure bred sheep only.

Texel Supermuscle Index

W Close reported he had spoken to Dr. Alex Ball (LAMBPLAN) regarding changing the index from 60:20:20 to 50:10:40 or 50:20:30. J Gubbins suggested keeping 60 on growth e.g. 60:10:30. Agreed to ask Dr. Ball to produce different lists of indices for comparison.

Availability of Scanners

Agreed to keep talking to LAMBPLAN on the necessity of more scanners. Pointed out that some members were scanning late.

Cost to Small Breeders - noted.

Ovine Johnes Disease

Email 5/2/02 Rowena Mitchell, AAHC had advised Animal Health Australia will be implementing the regular external audit of all Johne’s Disease Market Assurance Programs from February to June 2002.

Further information on the Animal Health Australia website at:

http://www.aahc.com.au/jd/maps/index.htm

2002 Royal Melbourne Show

The South West Region had nominated J Gubbins and D Leigh as inspectors. Resolved to nominate D Muir for Judge and J Gubbins for Steward.

Region Amalgamation

Reported that the Goulburn-Murray and Wimmera Mallee and Central-Gippsland Regions wished to
amalgamate into one Region.


TEXELS’ PROGRESS IMPRESSES JUDGE

repeated its 2001 Sydney Royal result in the Texel ring, again exhibiting the grand and reserve champion rams and the reserve champion ewe.

The exhibits were paraded before New Zealand judge, Michael Talbot, a Texel breeder from Temuka, who was impressed with the breed’s
trans-Tasman progress.

Mr Talbot was a member of one of two NZ groups responsible for the original importation of Texels into NZ in 1990 and has been awarded the most successful exhibitor of Texels at the premier showing of Texels in NZ, held during the Canterbury Show.

This was Mr Talbot’s first trip to
Australia and first close look at how Australian Texels have been developed since their introduction in 1994.

"I was impressed with the quality of Texel I’ve seen – they’re right up there with those in New Zealand," he said.

"It’s a credit to Australian breeders that they’ve raised their standards so high in the short time the breed has been in the country."

Mr Talbot said the best of the breed would easily compete with any other breed in Australia, and that the top ram and ewe were "outstanding" and "hard to fault."

The Gilmores’ grand champion ram, 330/2000, was champion ram at the NSW Texel Show in Dubbo in March, while their reserve ram was on its first showing.

Commenting on the champions, Mr Talbot said the younger reserve ram had the best head he had seen and that the ram showed huge potential.

The seven-month-old reserve ram was sired by Plainview Little John, an AI ram syndicated for the industry, and in which the Gilmores own a half share. The ram has been the number one sire in the Tattykeel stud, and also sired the Gilmores’ seven-month-old reserve grand champion ewe.

The grand champion ewe was shown by Sydney Royal first timer Wayne Wolfe and his partner Kerry Rice, Woongara stud, Rylestone.

The Woongara stud has been based on Tattykeel ewes and Bourbin Creek rams, from Helen Hendrickson’s Rylestone-based stud and the sheep had only previously been shown at some local shows.

"I came to Sydney just happy to win a class ribbon, but to take a broad ribbon – you can’t do much better than that," Mr Wolfe said.

Mr Wolfe, who brought three sheep to Sydney, paid tribute to Graham Gilmore for providing a lot of assistance with the establishment of the Woongara stud.

Courtesy: The Land


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