Texel Sheep are fairly rare in the Northwest and in the United States as a whole. The first Texel sheep were brought to the U.S. in the mid 80's.
Texel sheep are a duel purpose meat and wool sheep. Texels have a very calm temperament making them easy to handl. Due to a genetic mutation, Texel lambs build lean muscle, gain weight and finish at a more rapid rate than most other popular sheep breeds. Texel sheep are good foragers, making them an ideal choice for smaller farms with less pasture. Though small in stature Texels pack a big punch in meat production. The Texel wool is considered medium quality.