Commercial sheep producers using Texel recorded sires to produce prime lambs could soon benefit from increased profits, following a move by breeders to increase loin muscling.
Recent adjustments to the Signet Texel index mean producers could soon select Texel sires to produce lambs with increased lean meat yields in the expensive primal loin cuts.
The changes came about following calls from the British Texel Sheep Society’s Performance Recorded Texel Committee for a review of the weightings within the Signet index, for a greater emphasis on muscle depth EBV without having a detrimental effect on other growth and carcass traits.
The society’s chief executive John Yates said: “As a breed we have to reflect and respond to commercial sheep farmers needs.
“Texels naturally have a high meat to bone ration, especially within the loin area and the new index will help breeders ensure this remains the case while also continuing the massive improvements in growth achieved by recorded flocks.”
Signet breeding services manager Sam Boon added: “This will enable breeders to continue to make major gains in the economically important carcass and meat yield traits. However, there will be some significant changes to the indices of individual animals.”