© ODSBA
View copyright

ADVANTAGES OF USING AN OXFORD DOWN RAM

THE OXFORD PROMISE: 10 reasons to choose an Oxford ram

1. HIGH GROWTH RATE
Oxford cross lambs have outstanding liveweight gain potential with a capacity for maturity up to three weeks earlier than lambs by other rams
2.LARGE LEAN LAMBS
Oxford cross lambs will grow to heavy weights without excess fat
3.EASY FLESHING
Oxford cross lambs will finish easily off grass or low-cost fodder as lambs or hoggs and will hold condition well during adverse weather
4.HARDY LAMBS
Good wool cover at birth and high birthweights give lambs a high degree of tolerance to cold and wet conditions
5.LAMB VIGOUR
Oxford cross lambs are strong and active at birth
6.EASY LAMBING
 Oxford cross lambs will lamb easily from most ewe breeds and crosses. Oxfords do not have excessive bone
7.CARCASE QUALITY
 Large lean carcases with great width of loin and depth of lean meat. Flavour and eating quality are excellent
8.WILL TO LIVE
 Oxford rams are vigorous, active, and good stock-getters and are noted for their longevity
9.VERSATILITY
 Oxford crosses can be finished quickly for the early trade or kept on to heavier weights for later marketing, giving great versatility to the commercial producer
10.LEVEL LAMB CROP
Oxford rams are highly prepotent and will stamp their type on progeny, producing a level crop of lambs from all breeds and crosses of ewe

Oxford Down shearling rams ready for work
(Photo courtesy of J W Hook)