Messing Texel Story

Michiel & Grace Messing Texel Story (1 of 3)

The Messing Texel Story
The texel breed of sheep originated on a small island of the north sea coast of The Netherlands. At the end of the 19th century these hardy white faced , short tailed marsh sheep were cross bred with some English breeds such as the Lincoln , Leicester , Wesley Dale and Hampshire Down. By 1908 some influential Texel breeders decided not to cross breed any more and look for improvements within their own sheep because the results of crossbreeding did not meet their expectations.

Since then numerous exportations have taken place , with the first in 1930 to Belgium. Now 75 years later they are exported worldwide. In the late 80`s there were some exportations into North America. The U.S meat and animal research center in Clay Center , Nebraska imported 20 bred ewes from Finland and Denmark in 1986.

In 1989 Michiel and Grace Messing of Alberta imported 28 head from England (the first private importation into North America)and in 1992 the late Tom Eggertson , also from Alberta imported 36 head from Denmark.

Western Texels:
We imported the Texel sheep into Canada after having had a commercial flock of crossbred sheep. After a while we realized we never could get close to the type of lamb carcasses we were used to in the Netherlands . We decided to try to import some Dutch Texel sheep. It became clear after talking to Ottawa that the chance to import Texels from Holland was zero but they let us know that was maybe possible to bring them in from England. We were set on importing Dutch Texels because of the quality we knew they had . We have seen Texel sheep in several European countries and were convinced ,at that time, that the most muscelled Texel is the Dutch Texel. We really wanted excellent carcasses and were not too concerned with prolifacy. After contacting the British Texel Association and asking them to supply us with a list of Texel breeders that were in the top with the (in England so very popular ) carcass competitions and breeders that were importing Dutch Texels or Dutch Texel semen , we ended up at the farm of Robin Slade. Robin had 300 pure bred Texels and about 6 different blood lines. Mr Slade was well known in Great Brittan for winning numerous carcass competitions. The Slades started with Texels in 1975 , when he imported Texel sheep from Holland into England. Mr Slade had since then imported every year top Dutch Texel rams to improve his flock. For us it made the whole importation a little simpler

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