The Worcester Premier Breeders’ Sale of Southdown sheep on Saturday 11th August saw a top price of 920gns for the pre-sale champion, a shearling ram, from the East Dean flock of D, S & P Humphrey, Chichester, West Sussex.
A detailed genetic analysis of historic pedigree registrations was conducted for the Society by Grassroots Systems Ltd.
Pedigree Analysis of UK Registered Southdowns
Following discussion and questions from members about the impact of recent French imports, the Southdown Sheep Society Council has commissioned Grassroots Systems Ltd to conduct a detailed genetic analysis of historic pedigree registrations.
This analysis provides members and Council with a greater understanding of the recent origins of the breed, the risk of inbreeding, our genetic diversity and our overall conservation status.
The full report can be read here……
Many congratulations to Mrs Sophie Arlott from Lenton, Lincolnshire, whose Montecristo flock scooped the top award in this year's Flock Competition and is the new Champion Flock. Reserve was Amy Readhead-Higgins'