Say hi to our new flock of Oxford Down Sheep.
Britain probably has the largest range of native sheep breeds in the world and along with our Rare Breed Goats we have a few rare native breeds of our own.
Our goat herd make up the large proportion of our livestock, however our sheep flock also takes up much of the farming calendar, from their regular care and annual shearing in the summer (we often have raw fleeces for sale from our flock, as well as spun yarns, for further details of available fleeces contact us direct.) to the excitement of lambing in early spring.
The Oxford Down Sheep are a rare breed of sheep that has become een successfully used throughout Northern Europe since 1830s after crossing Cotswold rams with Hampshire Down and Southdown ewes.
The Oxford down sheep are easily recognisable from their dark faces and woolly white fleeces - making them 'teddy bear' looking.
'The reputation of the Oxford Down grew, and for the first half of the twentieth century it was one of the most popular crossing sires for lamb and mutton production. Upwards of 1000 rams were penned annually at the Kelso Ram Sales in the Scottish Borders while in England the traditional sale was the Oxford Ram Fair.
|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|
|Oxford cross lambs will finish easily off grass or low-cost fodder as lambs or hoggs and will hold condition well during adverse weather|
|Good wool cover at birth and high birthweights give lambs a high degree of tolerance to cold and wet conditions|
|Oxford cross lambs are strong and active at birth|
|Oxford cross lambs will lamb easily from most ewe breeds and crosses. Oxfords do not have excessive bone|
|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|
|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
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