Southdown Sheep Society, NZ

"The sheep with an illustrious past and a very bright future"

Welcome to the Southdown Sheep Society website.

The Southdown sheep breed should be your first stop when looking for top performing mutton breeds and terminal sires to use with commercial flocks.

While our website will always be a work in progress we hope to add more and more information to support our members, our commercial partners, and the livestock farming industry in general. So have a look around our website, contact any of the Council or Breeders for more information, or if you have questions, we will only be to pleased to help.

The latest news items can be read by clicking on ‘Southdown News’ in the left column or at the top of each page, or for the latest three news items click a red headline below.

Latest Southdown News

Ian Jordan made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Ian Jordan made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Ian Jordan has come a long way since paying 30 guineas for a stud ewe, and he’s hoping his legs can [read more]
Central Southdown Breeders Club Day

Central Southdown Breeders Club Day

  Recently a successful Central Southdown Breeders Club day was held at the home of the [read more]
New Flockbook & Member Directory

New Flockbook & Member Directory

The 2021 NZ Southdown Society Flockbook (Volume 90) is now available to be viewed and/or downloaded [read more]
Farmers discuss the benefits of Southdowns on Southern Tour

Farmers discuss the benefits of Southdowns on Southern Tour

  Tour Report courtesy ODT Rural News - Article and photos below by Shawn McAvinue  [read more]
Southdown ram takes top prize at Little River

Southdown ram takes top prize at Little River

North Canterbury sheep genetics came out on top at Little River last month. John and Stacey B[read more]
Charlee and Ellavetta steal the show

Charlee and Ellavetta steal the show

Charlee Hazlett and Ellavetta are not your usual pair of best friends. One is a 5-year-old girl, [read more]
‘Magnificent’ ram sets sale record at the Canterbury A&P Association elite ram and ewe fair

‘Magnificent’ ram sets sale record at the Canterbury A&P Association elite ram and ewe fair

A record was set at the Canterbury A&P Association elite ram and ewe fair on Friday. Blen[read more]
Sheep and breeders flock to Amberley

Sheep and breeders flock to Amberley

There were large numbers of sheep at the Amberley Domain on Saturday. More than 240 sheep were en[read more]
Flying start for stud’s new ram

Flying start for stud’s new ram

By Sally Rae Back in January, some unusual cargo arrived on the tarmac at Dunedin Airpor[read more]
Memory of loyal supporter honoured at show

Memory of loyal supporter honoured at show

North Otago A&P Association stalwart Dave McClea was remembered during a special event at this y[read more]