Textra - Blackdale Stud


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 that can deliver its own mated live weight in lamb
production by weaning at 100 days from birth. The Textra™ has an early
reproductive ability that 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.

Key features:

  • 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 finalist in this event
and a winner in the National EWE Hogget Competition.

Performance recorded flock no 4669 on Sheep Improvement Limited (SIL).

Traits tested:

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, microphthalmia, foot resistance, 5K and 50K SNP, Lamb max (GDF9) fertility gene.