Contents History Populations trends Why Southdowns A split personality? Flock health and management
Breed History 18th century > 200,000 John Ellman (Glynde) 1753-1832 Jonas Webb (Babraham) 1796 – 1862 Thomas Coke (Holkham)1754 –1842 A down and heathland breed with fine wool, bred for meat production Breed Society - 1892
National Foundation Stock with the Norfolk Horn, the Suffolk. with existing stock, the Hampshire Down via the Hampshire Down, the Oxford Down
International Foundation Stock Southdowns exported worldwide New Zealand Australia USA Europe
A split personality or a breed for all seasons Commercial Larger and heavier – faster finish and larger final carcase Rams 90-100kg Lambs 38-40kg lwt Leaner Smallholder Traditional small and compact – easy to handle Rams 80-90kg Lambs 35-38kg lwt Flocks are of many different shapes and sizes; its horses for courses. The only bad sheep is a dead sheep!
Flock health and management Only 1 flock still scrapie testing c. 8 flocks MV accredited c.7 flocks in Signet recording scheme –weight recording and fat scanning
Scheme participants Scrapie All Saints MV accredited Brompton Chaileybroo k Golden Valley etc Signet Recorded All Saints Birch Hoe Chaileybroo k East Dean Gunton Webbellis Woolbeding
Why Southdowns Docile and easy to handle Easy lambing Tight stocking/ folded Early finishing Early relief of grazing pressure Outstanding conformation Best tasting lamb Looks!