The Textra™ was developed in 1996 using a mix of Texel, Coopworth and East Friesian breeds. The aim was to create a high performance dual purpose flock which can deliver its own mated live weight in lamb production by weaning at 100 days from birth. The Textra™ has an early reproductive ability which allows for hogget lambing results of 110-140% scanned in lamb, the mature ewe scans around 200% to the ram. Good milk production and high growth are features of this composite.
- Lambing:- Ewe 200% Tailing 160-190%
- Hogget 120-150% Tailing 110-130%
- Lamb Dress out 44-48% Meat Yield 54-57%
- Wool Weight 4-6kg/head Adult Micron 36-38
This flock continues to perform well from North Island Hill country to South Island flat to rolling. Features highly in Central Progeny Test Dual Purpose Meat and Growth as well as SIL ACE reports. Past winner of the New Zealand Golden Lamb Award overall and finalists in this event and a winner in the National EWE Hogget Competition.
Performance recorded flock no 4669 on Sheep Improvement Limited (SIL).
Physical type inspection x 3, weaning weight, 200 day weight, adult weight x 2/year, fleece weight, muscle, growth and fat measures, reproduction, milking, survival and longevity.
DNA testing for cold tolerance, muscling, Carla, microphtalmia, foot resistance, 5K and 50K SNP, Lamb max (GDF9) fertility gene.