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We choose to add Texel sheep after visiting a local flock.  Their docile nature combined with their unique ability to put extraordinary muscle volume on is what caught our attention to this breed.  Typically this breed yields a cut volume of 65% lean meat.  That is really an awesome feat for sheep carcass yields when normal is around 50%.  Texel rams are the number one choice for terminal type sires across Europe and gaining popularity here in the USA. We are very pleased with the flock we have put together and look forward to another quality product coming from our small family farm.  Texel sheep have a very high feed conversion rate and have very good growth and maintainance on limited diet compared to other breeds.  Our flock is maintained on native grass pastures, hay, and limited grain. The texel flock seems to be very hardy, good mothers, and show great parasite resistence without the need to dry lot or barn keep them.  We do shear twice yearly and provide limited shelter year round, including lambing.  The only time we jug the ewes during lambing is on first time lambing ewes, all others must have them in a 3 sided shelter or on hay stacks.  This limited involvement on our part promotes an easy identifier for animals we need to cull for lack of hardiness and mothering ability (two traits that are hereditary and necessary in terms of limited management and maternal traits we desire to have in our flock).  We will OPP test the flock annually and are on a scrapie eradication program with participation in the federal scrapie free certification program.  We signed up for NSIP and will begin to collect data for rate of gain, loin eye circumfrence, and other valuable selection tools to improve our flock.
 
Why Texels????  Lean meat and more of it at harvest time!  Even when grain fed the Texel carcass yields less overall fat than most other breeds.  The Texels typically carry a myostatin gene that causes the meat to be "cut it with a spoon" tender.  We know this to be true, as we harvest lambs for our families consumption each year here at the farm.  We can't tell the difference in the grass lambs and the grained lambs in tenderness, texture, flavor, or leaness of the cuts.   

 
 
Artesian Valley
Texel Sheep
 
 
 

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Wilcox 400 PU
DOB 2/18/17
Scrapie Codon RR 
 
Sire
Pine Knob Farm 1625 SG (2016 RNGCH)
Sire
Pine Knob Farm 1512 "Black Hawk" TR
Sire
Wilcox 211 PK SG 
Dam
Pine Knob Farm 1115 TW 
Dam
Pine Knob Farm 1317 TR
Sire
Portland Prairie 8022 ET
Dam
Pine Knob Farm 0614 TW
Dam
Wilcox 206 PK TW
Sire
Taylor 1110 RR SG
Sire
Richardson KBR 914 SG
Dam
Fisher C117 QR TW
Dam
Richardson KBR 948 TW
Sire
US Sheep CO 409 Stonewall TW
Dam
Richardson KBR 641 TW
5102 This Wilcox ram lamb was a stand out at the 2017 National show and sale.  He was the widest topped, best tracking lamb when on the move. He has parts an pieces we needed to strengthen the general appearance and structure in the lambs here.  He is a lamb with an excellent rate of gain and natural muscle.

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Bokelman 5102
DOB 1/28/15
Scrapie Codon RR 
 
Sire
Bokelman 11821 SG
Sire
Eastern Texels 2822 SG
Sire
Portland Prairie 65 AI ET (By Callerton Glenlivet SRC35)
Dam
Eastern Texels 2307 TW  
Dam
Adams B 802 TW
Sire
Erdman ETS 6016 TW
Dam
Adams 589 SG
Dam
Bokelman 10-271 SG
Sire
Eastern Texels 2822 SG
Sire
Portland Prairie 65 AI ET
Dam
Eastern Texels 2307 TW
Dam
Adams 2704 TW
Sire
Erdman ETS 5058 TW
Dam
Adams 4214 TW
5102 sired the entire 2017 spring lamb crop.  He is a long ram that was very heavy muscled, but smoothly blended in his type.  He was second place yearling ram at the 2016 Indiana State Fair Texel show. He made some incredibly well built lambs and many will be retained including a ram lamb out of a one of our top producing ewes.

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 Artesian Valley 234

DOB 2/21/15
Scrapie Codon QR 
 
Sire
Silvara Valley SV 45 TR
Sire
Pearsall MD06 P9237 TW
Sire
Pearsall MD06 159P7 TW
Dam  
Pearsall MD06 158P7TW 
Dam
Silvara Valley SV 513 TW
Sire
Misty Mountain 474 TW
Dam
Misty Mountain 02129 TW
Dam
Fisher K116 QR TW
Sire
Portland Prairie 0065 AI SG
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Lumbylaw Mexico ORL 06184
Dam
Portland Prairie 5064 ET
Dam
Fisher H131 QR SG 
Sire
Portland Prairie 7001 ET
Dam
Fisher 24A QQ TW
234 is a ram we raised from a lamb. His sire was a massive terminal type ram with extremely heavy muscling front to back.  This ram has sired lambs two years for us and seems to be fairly consistent in ease of birthing, having lambs with a lower birth weight and leaner type shoulders and heads.  We are using him on the yearling ewes for fall lambs.  He has grown into large, well built ram.  He is very correct off his feet and legs and sound in his type.  He is pictured above as a lamb the fall of his birth year.

REFERENCE SIRES

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REFERENCE SIRES
 
Pine Knob Farm 1408 TW          
Scrapie Codon RR
 
2015 National Champion Texel Ram
 
 
Sire
Pine Knob Farm 1204 TW
Sire
Pine Knob Farm 1113 TW
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Pine Knob Farm 1007 TW
Sire
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Pine Knob Farm 1116 SG
Sire
Pine Knob Farm 1008 TW
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Eastern Texels Ct02 2407 SG
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We have a group of ewes sired by "Jacob" 1408.  He was a very impressive ram that was named National Champion at the 2015 National Texel Show.  He went on to top the sale and set a record for the highest ever selling ram of the Texel breed in Sedalia, MO Midwest Stud Ram Sale.  1408 has thrown some incredible offspring for the Fisher's out in Idaho and we are so glad to have the opportunity to work with his daughters genetics for the future breedings here at the farm.

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'16 90 day old lamb

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Texel Ewe Lambs