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Down Sheep Breeders' Association
Company Number 29009 Registered Charity Number 1029168
to the official website of the Oxford Down Sheep Breeders' Association,
parent body for this famous British sheep breed in the UK.
Down on-line Flock Book
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
instructions on how to use the system click here: How
to use the on-line Flock Book
Down shearling ram
Down shearling ewe
OXFORD DOWN SALES 2017
Show & Sale||Saturday,
12th August, 2017||Rams
Nunnery Way, Worcester |
8th September, 2017||Rams
close 26th July||Harrison
Mowbray Show & Sale||Saturday,
9th September, 2017||Rams
close 30th July (by post) and 6th August (online)||Melton
Road, Melton Mowbray |
Native Breeds Sale||Saturday,
16th September, 2017||Rams
close 7th August||Harrison
Builth Wells Ram Sale||Monday,
25th September, 2017||Rams
close 3rd August||McCartneys||Royal
Welsh Showground, Builth Wells|
DOWN STOCK FOR SALE
here to view the Oxford Down private sales register: Stock
stock ram Foxhill Oliver added February 2017.
THE OXFORD DOWN
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.
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.
Association hopes you enjoy the website and find the information and photos presented
here to view the Oxford Down breed fact sheet: Fact
Click here to view the Oxford Down commercial breed leaflet: Breed
TO 580gns AT NSA BUILTH WELLS RAM SALE
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
SELLS TO £260 AT KELSO RAM SALES
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.
- Harrison & Hetherington
TO 300gns AT MELTON MOWBRAY
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.
- Melton Market Auctioneers
EWE LAMB TOPS WORCESTER AT 380gns
DOWNS sold to a top price of 380gns at the annual Show & Sale held at Worcester
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
44 head sold to 380gns and averaged £193.65.
RAM LAMB RESERVE AOB AT ROYAL WELSH
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
TO THE FORE AT BALMORAL
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.