Why use a Southdown?:
The Southdown bred pure will produce a fast growing prime lamb in record time. Crossed on any breed of ewe the resulting lamb will have a carcass of fine conformation and high grade if marketed correctly.
The Southdown can:
- Pass on its superb conformation to its offspring
- Thrive and maintain its flesh when other breeds would likely suffer
- Be incredibly docile and easy to handle
- Be an ideal sheep for small or large flocks
DESCRIPTION AND BREED CHARACTERISTICS
A good Southdown should catch the eye with its alertness and balanced appearance, displaying the following characteristics:
Head and face
- Wide, level between the ears with no sign of horn. Not too long from eyes to nose, particularly rams.
- Hair of an even mouse colour.
- Eyes large and bright and clear of wool.
- Ears of medium size and covered with short wool.
- Nose dark, not pink.
Neck and shoulders
- Neck wide at the base and well set on the shoulder. Shoulders neither too wide nor too narrow and top level with the back.
Legs and feet
- A leg at each corner, straight and well up on the pasterns. Neither cow-hocked, nor knock-kneed. Horn of hoof black.
Chest and ribs
- Deep over the heart, but not too wide. Ribs well sprung.
Back and rump
- Long, wide and level, evenly fleshed and firm to handle. Rump not pointed.
- Broad and well set up and level with chine
- Wide, deep and well filled
Wool and skin
- Wool fine and dense and of even colour, not black, covering the whole body down to the hocks and knees. Skin pink.