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The Association recognises five UK sales as official Oxford Down sales. These are good places to see a selection of sheep from different flocks either for commercial or pedigree use. Alternatively, the Secretary can provide a list of breeders whose flocks can be visited privately. Some details of the official breed sales are given below. Please contact the Association for more information.

Worcester Show & Sale
Melton Mowbray Show & Sale
Kelso Ram Sales
NSA Builth Wells Ram Sale
Carlisle Native Breeds Sale

Clive Roads from McCartneys selling an Oxford ram at Worcester
(Photo courtesy of A J Hambley)

This is the Association’s premier sale and is aimed at existing and prospective Oxford Down breeders. There is a good selection of rams and ewes forward at this sale and it is an ideal opportunity for breeders to purchase stud rams for use on their pedigree Oxford flocks and also for new breeders to purchase quality foundation stock. There is a pre-sale show. There are usually also some rams suitable for commercial use.

Date: Sale - Saturday in mid August
Location: Worcester Livestock Market, The Heath Meadow, Nunnery Way, Worcester
Auctioneers: McCartneys Tel
(01905) 769770
Oxford Down Sheep Breeders' Association Tel (07527) 991776 with McCartneys
Class of stock: Rams and females

An Oxford Down ewe lamb, champion at the Melton Mowbray sale (Photo courtesy of R Vincent)

The Melton Mowbray sale is a convenient source of Oxford Down breeding stock for those in the Midlands, Eastern counties and North of England. The sale attracts a good entry of both rams and females suitable for pedigree breeding. Some rams are often sold for crossing work too. A show is held on the Saturday morning.

Date: Sale - Saturday in mid September
Location: Livestock Market, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Auctioneers: Melton Mowbray Market Tel (01664) 562971
Organisers: Grassroots Systems Ltd Tel (01392) 437788 with

Oxford Down Sheep Breeders' Association

Class of stock: Rams and females

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A pen of Oxford Down rams at Kelso Ram Sales
(Photo courtesy of C R Lamb & Sons)

Oxford Down rams have been consigned to the Kelso sales for over a century and the tradition continues to this day with rams suitable for both pedigree and commercial use usually on offer.

Date: Second Friday in September
Location: Springwood Park, Kelso, Roxburghshire
Auctioneers: John Swan Ltd Tel (01835) 822214, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Tel (01228) 406200, Lawrie & Symington Ltd Tel (01555) 662281, United Auctions Tel (01786) 473055
Organisers: Border Union Agricultural Society Tel (01573) 224188
Class of stock: Rams only

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The champion Oxford Down ram in the ring
at Builth Wells (Photo courtesy of Watson & Grain)

The National Sheep Association’s large multi-breed Welsh ram sale provides another good source of Oxford Down rams for both crossing and stud purposes. There is a show held on the evening prior to the sale.

Date: Monday in mid September
Location: Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys
Auctioneers: McCartneys, Knighton Tel (01547) 528621
Organisers: NSA Wales & Border Region Tel (01291) 673939
Class of stock: Rams only

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This sale offers a selection of rams and females suitable for pedigree breeding and is aimed at breeders and potential breeders in Scotland and the North of England.

Date: Saturday in mid September
Location: Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle, Cumbria
Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Tel (01228) 406200
Class of stock: Rams and females

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An Oxford Down ram lamb at the Carlisle sale
(Photo courtesy of A W Rutherford)