Slaidburn’s top Texels

Jeff Aiken, flock manager, with one of the lambs from the Procters Texel Flock
Jeff Aiken, flock manager, with one of the lambs from the Procters Texel Flock

Texel sheep winner of the EBLEX (English Beef and Lamb Executive) Improved Flock Awards for 2012 is the Procters Flock, managed by Jeff and Jennifer Aiken, and owned by Tony Moores of Procters Farm, Slaidburn.

Organised through the Sheep Better Returns Programme, this award is presented to the English performance recorded flock that has shown the most impressive improvement in genetic merit over a 12-month period, within the breed.

Procters Farm has been in the Moores’ family since 1971, originally owned by Tony’s father before he took over in 1991. The 750-acre farm is split between disadvantaged and seriously disadvantaged ground, with around 140 acres of rough grazing. Some 200 acres are used solely for the MV accredited Texel flock. established in 2003.

As well as 60 pedigree ewes, there are 60 pedigree Limousin cows and a commercial flock of 300 ewes, half of which are North Country Cheviot, and the rest Texel crosses.

Jeff and Jennifer have looked after the Texel flock since 2009. They like working with them as they are a well-recognised terminal sire which can produce quality prime lambs.

The flock has had success at many shows and sales over the past two years, including winning the performance recorded class at the Welsh National Sale in 2010 and 2011, going on to win overall champion.

Commenting on winning the award, Jeff said: “It is relatively early days for us so we are thrilled with the award and have a strong commitment to continue along these positive lines. We are grateful for the help and advice we have received from fellow breeders and the Texel Breed Society, without whom we may not have made such rapid progress.”

David Gibbons who produces prime lamb for Dunbia, has bought two shearling rams from the Procters flock. He commented: “Relative newcomers to the Texel breed, Jennifer and Jeff have invested in the time and effort to produce top class animals, which has served them well in a very short space of time. I congratulate them wholeheartedly on this achievement.”