Flock history

We had kept a flock of commercial cross bred ewes for some time, when in 1989 we saw pedigree Texels at the Suffolk Agricultural Show. We were impressed by their characteristics and with the help of the persuasive powers of one of the exhibitors, we decided to purchase three in-lamb ewes.

We added to the flock over the next two years from sales and dispersals. The addition of ewes from the Bodkin dispersal made a major impression on the flock; these ewes proved to be of good breeding quality, and today our best lines go back to these ewes.

A first landmark in the history of the flock in 1990, was the purchase of Talbot Umpah, an impressive ram with size and power. He and his offspring made a great impact on the flock and started a long succession of top prizes in the show ring.

After the purchase of the initial breeding ewes the flock was kept closed. When purchasing rams we select from top bloodlines and look for certain qualities to match our ewes. Listed below are some noteworthy rams we used over the years.

 
  • Kirtle Adjudicator
  • Cowal Cupid
  • Ettrick Billy the Kid
  • Woolney Big Daddy
  • Talbot Umpah
  • Wiston Willem
  • Tushingham Dark Blue
   
     
A ram lamb sired by Tushingham Dark Blue
 
    Another major achievement for the flock is the export of Woolney El Sid to Texel Island in Holland, the first British Texel to be used on the island. El Sid was sold to P Bakker. He was first used in three pedigree flocks before moving to Mr Bakker's 500 strong commercial flock. His assessment in Holland showed outstanding performance figures for growth, and his progeny achieved the highest recorded points for growth rates for the year.  
 
El Sid PHW98 041 PI
     
 

For further information or to arrange a visit please contact:
Terry and Jenny Prentice
Woolney Hall Farm - Creeting St Mary - Ipswich - Suffolk - IP6 8QB
Phone/Fax 01449 711442
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