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Kimbolton Flock Contributes to Texel Success at NSA Sheep Event 2022

The Texel Sheep Society was on winning form at the NSA Sheep Event at Malvern in July.

After a four year break the Kimbolton Flock was one of four flocks that provided sheep for the Texel Society tradestand.

Four gimmer ewes by 7,000gn Hilltop Cobra were provided and were much admired with some very pleasing comments received.

The trade stand was judged best trade stand and the sheep also triumphed being awarded the first prize for best pen of sheep at the event.

Speaking at the event Paul said “after such a long break from the last show, there was an excellent atmosphere and much positivity from everyone that I spoke to about what the breed and also the Kimbolton flock is trying to achieve”

Kimbolton Gimmer Ewes on the stand
The winning ticket for best pen of sheep at the event.

2022 For Sale List added

The flock is pleased to announce that the list of animals for sale is now available on the For Sale page of this site.

Stock will be available from home or selected sales (unless sold in advance) on a first come first served basis. We will endeavor to keep everyone happy and provide the best choice and value possible.

Kimbolton Breeding Features in top priced ram sold at Builth 2021

At Mondays NSA sale at Builth Wells Cefin Pryce and Family sold Caereinion Dan Dare at 8000gns.

This was a son of Granite Untouchable and was out of a homebred dam by Kimbolton Venturer and sold with an index in the top 1% of the breed.

Cefin purchased a half share in Venturer after placing him Reserve Champion whilst judging the Texel’s at Burwarton Show in 2016.

Congratulations to Cefin and Family, its very satisfying to see Kimbolton breeding performing and producing the type of sheep that are in demand.

The full report can be read here https://texel.uk/dan-dare-rockets-to-8000gns-at-builth/

Kimbolton flock participates in research project

Over the last seven years the Kimbolton Flock has supplied our genetics to a number of key research projects. These projects have ranged in focus from improving welfare (eg mastitis and foot rot) to improving the eating experience.

One of these projects was focussed on finding out if Intramuscular fat could be measured using visible and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) in an abattoir environment.

Intramuscular fat (IMF) is an important proxy for the eating experience of meat as the correct levels of IMF increase succulence and juiceness but too much makes it taste fatty. In recent years Wagyu in Beef has seen a surge in popularity and this is a great example of a highly marbled meat with a great eating experience that has high levels of IMF. It is therefore not surprising that a similar eating experience could be achieved for lamb.

However, continental breeds of sheep are renowned for their lean carcass and high killing out %, so how can you get a carcasse that has the right amount of subcutaneous fat but with high levels of IMF? Well that is the easy bit – use the right combination of sire and dam but the hard bit is measuring IMF levels in a meat processor at line speed as traditional methods are slow and expensive. Without this measurement there is no way to provide continual feedback to breeders so that they can make informed breeding decisions.

This project bred lambs from a range of Texel sires including ones selected from the Kimbolton flock. These were finished on grass and then sent in batches for slaughter where their loins were then analysed with IMF levels being measured using NIR.

The project found that:

Visible and near-infrared spectroscopy can predict intramuscular fat in lamb loins.

Spectroscopic predictions can be taken in an abattoir on intact meat cuts.

Meat quality predictions could feed back in the supply chain to inform breeding.

This could mean in the future IMF measurements get incorporated into a quality assurance scheme as the tools developed and proved during this project show there is a feasible measurement method. Of course only time will tell if this happens. In the meanwhile the Kimbolton flock is utilising the breeding values that are produced by the Texelplus evaluations to try to increase IMF levels in the Kimbolton flock.

For those who would like more details of the project a copy of the project report can be found at the link below: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030917402030718X

Thankyou

What a year 2020 has been, if lambing wasn’t exciting enough with the storms and floods, then lock down, then a heatwave!

Despite all of that the sheep have quietly got on with it and we have now sold out for 2020 earlier than ever before.

With the advent of COVID many buyers visited early to secure their choice of genetics taking advantage of viewing the Rams and Ewes on farm in their natural clothes whilst maintaining social distancing.

This method of purchasing is different to buying at auction but has the massive benefit of being able to see all of the animals for sale as well as the parents and the system they were reared in. This is very different to just seeing a pen of animals on sale day that you have decided to take to that particular sale. Many buyers commented that this was a much more three dimensional experience which they found highly valuable.

As a result we would like like to thank all of our customers, both old and new and wish them luck with their purchases.

If you are still looking for something for this year we have a tremendous range of semen for sale (details can be found on the For Sale page), and if you are still looking for a Ram give Paul a call on 07730 700390 as he may be able to put you in touch with other flocks with suitable stock for sale that use Kimbolton genetics.

Now to focus on getting the ewes back in lamb – another year gone!

Exciting Opportunity

Due to exceptional demand we have now sold all females for the 2020 breeding season, however we have saved something very best until last.

PPK1900860 has been entered into the English National Sale at Worcester on 31st August.

This sale offers an exciting opportunity to purchase the only daughter by Kimbolton Ace that the flock is selling this year.

Ace himself sold for 3,400gn and has sired many progeny that have gone on to sell well and perform both in our flock and others.

The Dam is our ewe that was much admired at Burwarton Show where she won Interbreed Ewe Lamb as well as overall Reserve Interbreed on the day. She was unbeaten in her show career that year (2 shows!).

A naturally born and raised lamb, 860 has been the pick of the 2019 crop since birth and she boasts a fantastic combination of style and figures with an EBV in the top 1% of the breed.

Caught running away, completely naturally presented

Please contact Paul if you would like to arrange to view prior to sale. There is a further video available (but I havent been able to upload it here!)

For sale list added

We are pleased to announce that we have added a list of animal for sale to the “For Sale” section of the website.

Included in the list are a selection of Rams and Ewes that are from our best proven bloodlines.

If you are looking for something in particular, please get in touch to discuss. We are also happy to arrange socially distanced on farm viewing too.

Cap – a tribute

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that sadly CAP died today aged thirteen and a half.

He has been an intrinsic part of the family and flock since we were lucky enought to buy him from our neighbour Derek Lloyd (who in his lifetime won the National twice).

CAP was a rare blend of a family dog and a determined and capable worker who didnt take any nonsense from the sheep. He would move the largest of Rams or the smallest of lambs all with care and compassion. Many visitors have commented on him when they came to look at the sheep as he quickly got them rounded up and under control without the need for hurdles!

He was one of those rare dogs who would do what ever you asked of him and the bond that was created between us was truly special. 100% loyal and dependable you have been my dog of a lifetime.

Thank you CAP, rest peacefully, I hope we get to meet again.

Cobra has had a haircut!

Our new stock ram 7,000gn Hilltop Cobra was shorn today so we could see how he came through the winter.

I hope you agree that he looks rather well.

We have a great first seasons crop of lambs on the ground from him and we would welcome any enquires.

High Daily Live Weight Gains continue

One of the key breeding objectives we have is high growth rate.

Lamb prices fluctuate throughout the year with higher prices typcially paid around the April/May period. As a result our commercial customers wish to ensure they can sell more lambs at the higher price and to do this they only really have two options.

  1. Lamb earlier – however this brings with it extra costs for housing and feeding.
  2. Use carefully selected genetics to produce lambs that grow more quickly.

Option 2 is the most cost effective and proven and using the right genetics can help significantly boost slaughter lamb growth rates.

The best of our pedigree and cross bred lambs this year have achieved Daily Live Weight Gains (DLWG) in excess of 500g/day with the mob overall averaging 350g/day (this includes the stragglers).

Please contact us if this is something that is of interest.