The Procters flock of Texels was founded in 2003 and re-established in 2009 with leading females from top lines within the breed, both in the UK and Ireland. These included purchases from the Annan, Baileys, Forkins, Cherryvale, Hull House and Chessy flocks.
The flock aims to breed high quality Texels suited to pedigree and commercial breeders with an emphasis on maintaining the highest standards of breed character and carcass, with correctness and tight skins essential.
Under the management of Jeff Aiken and his wife, Jen, the flock has achieved a string of show and sale successes, including winning the interbreed championship at the Royal Welsh Show in 2015 with a homebred ewe and also collecting breed championships at the Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire shows.
In the sales ring the flock has sold to a top of 16,000gns for Procters Samurai, with females selling to a top of 7000gns.
Alongside the Procters flock the Aikens also manage the Tatham Hall flock of Texels which targets production of shearling rams for local and further afield commercial customers with a 15 ewe flock of Beltex ewes also run alongside the Texel flocks.
Jeff and Jen’s daughter, Katie, and son, Robbie, also take a keen and active part in the flocks, with Katie’s main passion being the Beltex flock.
Both the Procters and Tatham Hall flocks number 80 ewes, with extensive embryo transfer programmes undertaken each year to maximise the potential of the genetics in the flocks. The Procters flock is Scrapie Monitored, with all sheep on the farm Maedi Visna Accredited and performance recorded.
The flocks are run in accordance with the Procters Farm mission statement: ‘It is our intent to excel and innovate in the buying, breeding, rearing and selling of livestock of exceptional quality.’
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