History Pg 8 of 8


Authors Gordon and Reta Young- Thorndale, Ontario, Canada.

We should have put a few commercial ewes into quarantine for short cycling so the rams could start working in Aug. Also I should have checked the semen at the time of breeding. We could have easily had at least 150 lambs and not the nonsense we encountered.
In the summer of 1989 Dr. Dave Armstrong attended a garden party for introduction of a new product line for a pharmaceutical company, he was told by a senior employee of O.M.A.F.R.A. that we were victims of a retaliation exercise against Danish Agriculture. Apparently they had turned back some dairy cattle for health reasons prior to 1988. We were asked by Danish Agriculture to verify the identification numbers of the sheep as they were submitting a complaint to the European Market Agriculture Organization.
In 1991 we shipped all the mature animals to Vermont; this was to satisfy Dr. Sheldon's shares in Nissouri Livestock. Some months later he was refused registration of the sheep by U.S.D.A. because Ottawa stated the sheep were illegally imported to Canada. The sheep were registered by Canadian Livestock Registration without protest and 3 rams had previously been exported to the U.S. without any protest. The letter we received from the Agriculture Minster quickly satisfied U.S.D.A. We were not able to find the source of the false information or why it was forwarded to U.S.D.A.
By 1992 all the remaining sheep had been sold. All financial obligations had been paid and all shareholders had been satisfied. We dissolved Nissouri Livestock and surrendered our charter. In spite of all the difficulties I am convinced that Texel sheep are truly an outstanding breed. One only needs to look at Britain to see their great success in becoming the leading meat breed.

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