About South Dorset Sheep
South Dorset Sheep were developed in New
Zealand in the 1950s. Originally called the South Dorset Down, it was produced
by crossing Dorset Down rams with Southdown ewes. A typical ‘Downs’ sheep, it
has a brown face, ears and legs, and a fine short fleece.
The South Dorset is a large,
rapidly-maturing breed used mainly for export lambs, although the rams are used
with ewes of other breeds as well to produce meat lambs.
South Dorset Sheep were officially renamed
South Dorset in the 1980s.
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