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Oxford Down Sheep Breeders' Association
Registered Company Number 29009 Registered Charity Number 1029168


Welcome to the official website of the Oxford Down Sheep Breeders' Association,
the parent body for this famous British sheep breed in the UK.

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Oxford Down on-line Flock Book

The Association's pedigree database is available on-line on a read-only basis. Users can view the extended pedigrees of individual sheep, see lists of the sheep bred in a particular flock, view the progeny of a particular animal, and obtain lists of all the registered flocks by region. Please access the database using the link below:

For instructions on how to use the system click here: How to use the on-line Flock Book

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OXFORD DOWN SHEEP
Oxford Down shearling ram
Oxford Down shearling ewe

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OFFICIAL OXFORD DOWN SALES 2017

SaleDateClass of stockClosing dateAuctioneersLocation
Worcester Show & SaleSaturday, 12th August, 2017Rams and femalesTBCMcCartneys Nunnery Way, Worcester
Kelso Ram SalesFriday, 8th September, 2017Rams only Entries close 26th JulyHarrison & HetheringtonSpringwood Park, Kelso
Melton Mowbray Show & SaleSaturday, 9th September, 2017Rams and femalesEntries close 30th July (by post) and 6th August (online)Melton Market AuctioneersScalford Road, Melton Mowbray
Carlisle Native Breeds SaleSaturday, 16th September, 2017Rams and femalesEntries close 7th AugustHarrison & HetheringtonBorderway Mart, Carlisle
NSA Builth Wells Ram SaleMonday, 25th September, 2017Rams only Entries close 3rd AugustMcCartneysRoyal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells

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OXFORD DOWN STOCK FOR SALE

Click here to view the Oxford Down private sales register: Stock for Sale

3-shear stock ram Foxhill Oliver added February 2017.

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ABOUT THE OXFORD DOWN

The Oxford Down is the largest and heaviest of the famous British Down breeds and was developed during the 1800s mainly in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. Today it is a specialist terminal sire breed used in the UK to produce lambs for meat production when crossed with commercial crossbred ewes.

The Association was established in 1889 and its primary objectives are:

· To encourage the breeding of Oxford Down sheep in the UK and abroad
· To maintain the purity of the Oxford Down breed
· To publish a Flock Book containing the pedigrees of registered Oxford Down sheep

Members of the Association maintain flocks of registered pedigree Oxford Down sheep. These can be found throughout the British Isles from Cornwall to Aberdeenshire and from Norfolk to Co Down. The breed has classes at a number of agricultural shows and there are several annual auction sales where Oxford Down rams and ewes can be purchased.


The Association hopes you enjoy the website and find the information and photos presented of interest.

Further information
Click here to view the Oxford Down breed fact sheet: Fact sheet
Click here to view the Oxford Down commercial breed leaflet: Breed leaflet

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OXFORDS TO 580gns AT NSA BUILTH WELLS RAM SALE

The Oxford Down breed enjoyed its best trade for many years at the 2016 NSA Builth Wells Ram Sale with a 100% clearance of rams achieved and the breed average up by £195 on the year. Taking the top spot was a 580gns bid for for a shearling ram from J W & M F S Brown's Monkstone flock at Redberth, Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Overall, 11 Oxford Down rams sold to average £404.73.

Auctioneers - McCartneys

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LANGRIGG SELLS TO £260 AT KELSO RAM SALES

Oxfords sold to a top of £260 at the 2016 Kelso Ram Sales. The top price was achieved twice for Langrigg two-shears from A W Rutherford, Guards Farm, Gretna, Dumfriesshire. The first sold to K & S Slater, Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth, Northumberland. The second went for pedigree work to Mrs Pat Bell, Knowes House, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. The Langrigg pen averaged £220 for five sold.

C R Lamb & Sons, East Fleetham, Seahouses, Northumberland sold a shearling from their Fleetham consignment to Colin Elrick, Easterton of Barnyards, Inverugie, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire for use on pure Oxford ewes.

Auctioneers - Harrison & Hetherington

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OXFORDS TO 300gns AT MELTON MOWBRAY

The Melton Mowbray Show & Sale saw a shearling ram from Rex Vincent's New House flock at Ducklington, Witney, Oxon take the day's top Oxford price, selling at 300gns to O T Jones, Anglesey. In the female section a shearling ewe from Vickie Sturgess, Glebe Farm, Billesdon, Leicester topped the trade at 175gns. This one went to Chloe Bowker, Balderstone Hall Farm, Balderstone, Lancashire for the Bowker flock. Overall 12 head averaged £160.56.

Auctioneers - Melton Market Auctioneers

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REDHILL EWE LAMB TOPS WORCESTER AT 380gns

OXFORD DOWNS sold to a top price of 380gns at the annual Show & Sale held at Worcester market.

Leading the trade was a smart ewe lamb from Michael Hackling's Redhill flock at Shrawley, Worcester which was reserve champion at the pre-sale show. Sired by Barley Park Unifier out of a home-bred dam, it sold to Texel breeders J M & C E Mitchell, Northway Court Cottage, Tewkesbury. Another ewe lamb from the same pen made 210gns, also going to Messrs Mitchell, who bought a total of eight females at the sale as foundation stock for a new flock.

The 380gns Redhill lamb sale marked the end of an era for Michael Hackling who is retiring from Oxford breeding after 30 years at the top of the breed, and it was fitting that the last sheep sold from the flock topped the Worcester sale.

Rams peaked at 350gns for a shearling sired by Knowl Willoby from Geoff Watson, Kettering, Northants, which was bought for pedigree and crossing work by Joe Black, Calverhall, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Next best for shearlings was a 300gns sale for one by Monkstone Celt from James Brown's Redhouse flock at Redberth, Tenby, Pembrokeshire. It sold to John & Joshua Brigg, Bishop's Gorse, Lighthorne, Warwick for the Gorse flock.

Heading up the ram lamb section was a 330gns bid for the show champion from Mrs Ruth Steele, Weeton, Hull. A son of Langrigg Stalwart, the lamb sold to the show judge James Eustice who runs 30 Oxford ewes at Treglinnick Farm, St Ervan, Wadebridge, Cornwall. A ram lamb by Barley Park Taranto from Mae, Gem & Rex Vincent's New House flock at Ducklington, Witney, Oxfordshire made 220gns to Andrew Rutherford, Guards Farm, Gretna, Dumfriesshire for use on his 45-ewe Langrigg flock.

Shearling ewes sold to a top of 240gns twice. First in at this price was a Barley Park Taranto daughter from Bec Bradley, Clanfield, Bampton, Oxfordshire, selling to R & M Phillips, Bridge House Farm, Buxton, Derbyshire. This was matched by a shearling ewe sired by Barley Park Jimmy from Mae, Gem & Rex Vincent. It was bought by J Griffiths, Park House, Newport, Gwent who took a further four females at the sale to establish a new flock. Mr Griffiths is a longstanding commercial Oxford ram user, currently running five Oxford rams with 200 Mule and Suffolk x Mule ewes to produce prime Oxford cross lambs sold through Raglan market and St Merryn Meats, Merthyr Tydfil.

Sale summary

 
No sold
Top (gns)
Avg (£)
Shearling ewes
12
240
198.55
Ewe lambs
12
380
175.88
Flock ewes
9
180
121.33
Shearling rams
8
350
277.59
Ram lambs
3
330
245.00

Overall, 44 head sold to 380gns and averaged £193.65.

Auctioneers: McCartneys

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REDHOUSE RAM LAMB RESERVE AOB AT ROYAL WELSH

James Brown from Tenby, Pembrokeshire enjoyed great success for the second year running in the strongly contested Any Other Breed classes at the Royal Welsh Show. This time a classy ram lamb from his Redhouse flock took the reserve championship against strong competition.

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OXFORDS TO THE FORE AT BALMORAL

The 2016 show season kicked off with the Balmoral Show in Northern Ireland which saw success for two Oxford Down breeders in the rare breeds classes. Lynda Hamilton from Omagh took the overall championship with a shearling ram from her Dunmullan flock while Dr Tom Cole took reserve place with a ram entered in the 2-shear & older class from his Carnageeragh flock based at Carryduff. Lynda also had first prize in the ewe lamb class. Congratulations to both members on their success, which is a great advert for the breed in Northern Ireland.

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