The Royal Welsh Winter Fair saw an encouraging number of Southdowns in the line-up across all eligible classes. In both live and dead classes Southdowns swept up the first place rosettes.
The 2017 Southdown Sheep Society Field Day and Annual General Meeting took place on October 7th at Neuaddlwyd Uchaf, Ciliau Aeron, Lampeter, Ceridigeon, SA48 7RE, by kind invitation of Dyland and Delyth Williams and family.
The final official Southdown Sheep Society Show & Sale of the year took place at Melton Mowbray Market as part of the Traditional Native Breeds Show & Sale on September 8th -9th.
The Southdown Sheep Society held their Premier Sale at Worcester Market on Saturday 12th
August with females proving to be the order of the day with breed enthusiasts witnessing a
new female record set with a shearling ewe from the Goodwood Estate Co Ltd flock selling
The 2017 Southdown Sheep Society National Show took place at the Suffolk Show and attracted an impressive number of entries which totalled almost one hundred. Breeders travelled from East
Southdowns from the Kitwell Flock of Tim & Lynn Morris are settling in to their new home at Mudchute City Farm, where they are fast becoming firm
Long-standing Southdown Sheep Society member David Burden has been awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of many years of voluntary service to the local farming community
Direct sales offer commercial lamb producers an important price premium and the higher the killing out percentage the more profit a farmer will make from a single carcass.
It takes a hardy ewe to produce good quality lamb in the Scottish uplands but one farmer stumbled on what proved to be a winning combination when he was given his first Southdown tup.
We have kept a pedigree flock of Hebridean Sheep on our smallholding for a few years, mainly for their ease of management. Added to which Hebridean Lamb has superb eating qualities, a succulent tender texture and unique game-like flavour.
Southdowns were well represented at the Winter Fairs around the country this season, and the breed dominated the native breed classes up and down the country.
The Spratton Flock of J Mark Hawtin was named the champion flock in the Society’s 2015 flock
The West Midlands Group is one of the flagship groups in the country and members met this Autumn
to say thank you to Jane Ing, who set up the group and has recently retired as group co-ordinator.
Incoming co-ordinator Jo Schup reports on a memorable day:
This year’s Society sales at Maidstone, Worcester and Melton Mowbray saw both pedigree and commercial buyers in action, with good demand for well bred males and females.
The 2015 National Show was hosted by the Cheshire County Show and attracted breeders from well