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 Aberdeenshire 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.
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