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Blue Texel sheep are a color variant of the normally whiternTexel sheep. Blue Texel sheep come from white Texels who carry the color factorrn"blue" with them. This factor is a recessive factor. From a mating ofrntwo white Texels who both carry the factor for the blue color, there is a 25rnpercent chance blue lambs will be born while a mating between a Blue Texel andrnanother Blue Texel always gives blue lambs. Texel sheep evolved as a result ofrncrossbreeding the Dutch polder sheep with several English breeds, such asrnLeicester, Wensleydale, and Lincoln at the beginning of the 20th century.

Today, as a result of efficient selection, the Texel breedrnhas developed into a meat-type sheep of outstanding lean meat quality that hasrnbecome popular throughout the world as a sire of crossbred slaughter lambs.rnWhen Texel lambs with a different color were originally born, most breedersrnwere very ashamed of this. It was not until the late 70's that some breedersrnstarted with the breeding of this rare colored sheep: the Blue Texel.

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