Talk drawcard for Texel breeders’ club field day

Texel breed committee chairman Paul Gardner (centre) made a presentation to retiring Texel...
Texel breed committee chairman Paul Gardner (centre) made a presentation to retiring Texel breeders Peter and Marion Black during a Texel field day at the Blacks’ Ermedale property. PHOTO: SHARON PATERSON
The Southern Texel Breeders’ Club was delighted with the turnout to its autumn field day at the Blackdale stud at Ermedale in Southland.

A drawcard was AgResearch scientist Suzanne Rowe’s talk about proposed changes to methane rules.

Dr Rowe led a 10-year research programme funded by Beef + Lamb New Zealand levy payers through the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGGRC) and the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.

PHOTO: SHARON PATERSON
PHOTO: SHARON PATERSON
AgResearch senior scientist Patricia Johnson also presented the findings of a trial into low-input sheep farming.

A presentation was made by New Zealand Texels to retiring Texel breeders Peter and Marion Black, who were described as having made the single-largest contribution to the improvement and promotion of the breed in New Zealand.

Inter-generational team work, knowledge and "sheer hard work" was what had made the Blackdale stud so successful, breeders heard.

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