Welcome to 'Illawong' Texel Lamb
Illawong is situated at Parawa on the Fleurieu Peninsula, 100km south of Adelaide and 30km west of Victor Harbor along the Range road to Cape Jervis.
We are 340m above sea level and 4km inland. The property covers 1600 acres and carries 3500 sheep consistently.
Three streams run through land comprised of hills and flats, with spring fed dams in most paddocks. Pastures consist mostly of perennial clovers and rye grass. Rainfall averages around 950mls, but can vary between 580mls to 1270mls, depending on the year and season! Farming here can be quite challenging!
Our sheep are low maintenance and mostly organic. Our aim is to produce the best possible prime lambs. To achieve this we use the European meat breed ‘Texel’.
Having seen the Texel breed first hand at the Stoneleigh show in the UK in 1987, I knew this was the breed Australia needed to improve the quality of prime lambs.
Texel originated on the Isle of Texel, Holland, over 500 years ago. They have been bred purely for meat quality, flavor and texture. A robust, compact sheep that are low maintenance and fast growing with very good grass to meat conversion. Lambs are born naturally small for ease in birth but grow rapidly and ‘muscle up’ early. We can produce 39kg lambs in 9 to 10 weeks, dressing out at a 21kg carcass.
Texel is a high yielding meat between 50-62%, with up to 7% less fat than other meat breeds. The meat is high in protein, iron and omega 3. It has a finer texture and much more flavor than other meat breeds.
The myomax gene is a muscle gene unique to the Texel breed. Sheep can have 1 to 2 copies that produce 5-10% more meat. 40 of our rams were tested and 36 came back with 2 copies.
On Property Ram Sale
First Thursday in October
Illawong Road, Parawa
Inspection - 11am, Sale - 1pm
Texel Rams | Poll Dorset Rams
'Where the seasons come and go'