Welcome to the official website of the

Oxford Down Sheep Breeders' Association

About the Oxford Down

The Oxford Down is the largest and heaviest of the famous British Down breeds and was developed during the 1800s mainly in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. Today it is a specialist terminal sire breed used in the UK to produce lambs for meat production when crossed with commercial crossbred ewes.

The Association was established in 1889 and its primary objectives are:

  • To encourage the breeding of Oxford Down sheep in the UK and abroad

  • To maintain the purity of the Oxford Down breed

  • To publish a Flock Book containing the pedigrees of registered Oxford Down sheep

Members of the Association maintain flocks of registered pedigree Oxford Down sheep. These can be found throughout the British Isles from Cornwall to Caithness and from Norfolk to Co Roscommon. The breed has classes at a number of agricultural shows and there are several annual auction sales where Oxford Down rams and ewes can be purchased.

We hope you enjoy our website and find the information and photos presented of interest.

Oxford Down Shearling rams
Oxford Down Shearling rams 
Oxford Down ewes
Oxford Down ewes 

Photo competition

results

Following Council meeting below are the competition winners for each month of the year.

First place - the overall winning going to two competitors - joint winners - Becky Shelford with her November photo and Jindrich Kraj April - congratulation all for great effort !

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