History of Blue Texel Sheep
The Blue Texel sheep originate from the White Texel sheep. Until the late 70s, the blue color variants were seen as undesirable and were culled by Texel sheep breeders. In the sheepbreeders magazine "Het Schaap" of October 1978 an article was taken by ir. P. Hoogschagen. He reported that there were "blue sheep" in the Netherlands. It turned out to be the Blue Texel sheep. Ten years ago Ing. A. Oosterbaan, sheep breeder in Tzummarum (Friesland, North of the Netherlands), discovered a sheep which was born out of two white texel sheep. It had a particularly coloring, the lamb was called a Blue Texel because of its blue color after being born. After a search at White Texel breeders, he discovered more Blue Texel sheep and other breeders also got interested. The attention to the Texel sheep's Blue color variant grew gradually, partly by attention from the Ministry of Agriculture and the article written by ir. P. Hoogschagen. At the end of the seventies, there were several breeders, mainly in the Northern provinces. Especially in Friesland, different breeders had completely taken care of it. They laid the foundation for pure breeding. In 1983, seven sheep breeders founded the Blue Texel breeders group, which was later converted into the herdbook called the Blue Texel Society. The number of breeders has grown steadily over the years, and the herd book now includes 240 members, of whom about 210 are active in breeding. Together they have about 5000 breeding animals. Purpose of the herd book: maintenance, improvement of the Blue Texel sheep.