Cold Stream Ranch

The Cold Stream Ranch Story (2 of 3)


R & M Van de Laan:
Rinus is a judge and one of the top breeders in The Netherlands, he has worked on improving the breed for well over 40 years. Once I met with him and his wife Matty, things started happening for me, my vision of owing Dutch Texels would become a reality.
He had the means and the knowledge to deliver embryos to Canada, Rinus suggested I import embryos and get the "Texelaars" into my home province of Ontario. He had sent embryos over before and told me that some of his sheep were in Stayner; the sheep were co-owned by himself, Allan and Lugenball from the USA.

I reunited with Rinus after making a trip to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Rinus and myself visited the farm in Stayner where his Texels resided, from there we brought back two Dutch Texel rams (two bloodlines) to my ranch, this was the beginning for me and my wife Ruthanne, shortly thereafter 80 embryos arrived at Toronto International Airport. Rinus suggested I make contact with Paul Cardyn a veterinarian from Quebec, he had spoken with Paul a number of times in the past. The 80 embryos were divided and 40 embryos were transferred to our commercial ewes in the spring of 1996. Paul and his partner from the Coatcook clinic in Quebec came to our ranch in Ontario to do the embryo transfers (ET). Of the 40 embryos, 19 live lambs were born and 14 survived, a bit disappointing, but a start.

In 1999, importations of semen from The Netherlands, as embryos, were not available to import to our country. Rules and regulations had changed with Canadian Food Inspection Agency; we did this to improve our genetics and hopefully to produce a somewhat heavier and larger animal, without sacrificing the quality of the breed, "extreme muscling". We used the semen to artificial inseminate (A.I.) our own Texel ewes and did an embryo transfer as well, Brain Buckrell dvm and Chris Busbeck dvm did the procedures. This second embryo transfer was very successful, 20 embryos and 18 lambs born alive and raised for breeding stock. The third ET of twenty embryos produced 15 lambs and our own Texel ewes produced 12 lambs, this gave us a total of 45 purebred Dutch Texel and six bloodlines.

In 2000 new genetics imported from top breeding rams Diamond and Euro from the Netherlands. Again another importation of semen from the flock of Kees Kikkert's from Texel Island in 2003.

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