Definition of Texel in English:



  • A sheep of a hardy, hornless breed with a heavy fleece, originally developed on the Dutch island of Texel in the province of North Holland.

    • ‘Fifteen-year-old James Winter, who has only been breeding sheep for two years, won the champion sheep title with his Texel.’
    • ‘He not only won the Perpetual Challenge cup for the best pair of female sheep but his three-year-old Texel ewe was crowned best Texel and best female.’
    • ‘They run 300 commercial Texel ewes, plus a flock of 150 pedigree Texels for producing 450 fat lambs a year, plus Shearling breeding rams for sale, and also have a 145-cow beef suckler herd.’
    • ‘Champion sheep was a Texel shown by D & D J Eunson of Halley in Deerness whilst R W Flaws of Nisthouse in Evie took reserve.’
    • ‘Graham says the aim is to breed a more modern type of Suffolk to enable the breed to compete with such continental strains as the Texel.’
    • ‘In keeping with tradition, entries in the bigger sheep and cattle breeds, such as the Texel and Holstein Friesian breeds, are up.’
    • ‘Entries have been particularly strong in the Limousin and Holstein cattle breeds and in the Texel and Suffolk sheep categories.’
    • ‘The family also had the supreme and reserve pens of pure-bred Texels and took the best single butcher's lamb award.’
    • ‘The winning lamb was a pen of six June-born commercial Texels bred by the Windsors, of Fforest, Whitland, averaging 40 kg and selling at £84 apiece.’
    • ‘The previous record of 1,538 was set in 1995 and this year sees increases in breeds as diverse as Wensleydale and Texels.’