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Easy lambing with lambs that grow

By Peter Burke

Roger Tweeds runs 2300 Romney ewes and 200 hoggets on his 300ha fa…

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Easy lambing

Farming couple to keep pushing the boundaries

The taste of success in the 2014 Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards has whetted the appet…

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Robin and Jacqueline Blackwell

Breed looks to bright future

Published Rural News 23 October 2012

FAST GROWING, easily delivered lambs with great survivab…

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FAST GROWING, easily delivered Southdown lambs

Focussed on growth rate

SOUTH CANTERBURY sheep and beef farmers the Westgarths run 4000 Coopdale ewes across two farms, …

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Bruce Westgarth

Distant producers but common goals

Published Rural News 23 October 2012

TALK TO commercial lamb producers using Southdown rams a…

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Southdown rams ready for sale this summer.

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

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2016 Feilding Stud Ram and Ewe Fair

FEILDING STUD RAM AND EWE FAIR DETAILS - SOUTHDOWN - 13TH December, 2016 Lot 51 Willowhaugh 7/15&nb[...]
Southdown breeder not sad to see young ram go for $9000

Southdown breeder not sad to see young ram go for $9000

A $9000 ram topping a ram and ewe sale in Christchurch has made southdown breeder Chris Me[...]
Going, going, gone: Merrydowns Romney and Southdown ram fair

Going, going, gone: Merrydowns Romney and Southdown ram fair

PGG Wrightson senior auctioneer John McKone sells a ram at the Merrydowns Romney and Southdown ram f[...]
Ram buyers after sheep with top production figures and body structure

Ram buyers after sheep with top production figures and body structure

Tis the season to be buying rams for work next year for North Island farmers. PGG Wrigh[...]
The three generation family that shows together and stays together

The three generation family that shows together and stays together

It's a good job there is no school exam clash for Mark Christey during the Canterbury A&P S[...]
Southdown Breaks Record

Southdown Breaks Record

By Andrew Swallow A Southdown ewe fetched what breeders believe was a record price at a one-off[...]
Young stud breeder’s success story

Young stud breeder’s success story

By Peter Burke At just 24 years of age Corey Prouting is making a name as a Southdown stud [...]
A true terminal sire that’s gone in a hurry

A true terminal sire that’s gone in a hurry

Southdown breeder Chris Medlicott says farmers too often focus on the price per lamb instead of [...]
Easy lambing with lambs that grow

Easy lambing with lambs that grow

By Peter Burke Roger Tweeds runs 2300 Romney ewes and 200 hoggets on his 300ha fa[...]
Punchbowl marks a century of ram breeding

Punchbowl marks a century of ram breeding

Published in Central Rural Life Dec 9 2015 A century of ram breeding has been celebrated at N[...]