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Breeds of Livestock - Dorset Down Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Dorset Down Sheep

Dorset Down

    dorsetdown-web-1.jpgThe Dorset Down originated in England around 1800 by mating Southdown rams with the large Hampshire Down (Hampshire), Berkshire and Wiltshire ewes. The breed was introduced to Australia in 1937, but has not gained great popularity.

    The Dorset Down is a quick maturing, robust breed. Its main role is as a terminal sire for prime lamb production. Number, and hence selection potential, are small

    Reference:

      Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation,1989, 3rd Edition

    Photographs:

    John Thompson, Animal Photography, Marylebone Mews, London W1G 8PY.



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added October 22, 1995, updated June 26, 2003

 

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