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DSC01590 - Southdown & Cotswold Sheep | by archer10 (Dennis)
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DSC01590 - Southdown & Cotswold Sheep

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Ross Farm has two types of sheep, the Southdown and Cotswold.


Southdown sheep , a chunky short wooled animal, is one of the oldest purebred sheep in the world. It originated on the slopes of England’s chalk hills, the “Downs” of Sussex.


They were known to be the best mutton sheep in the world, adaptable to any climate and style of farming. The ewes make excellent mothers and are prolific breeders, frequently producing twin lambs. Southdowns were brought to the British colonies as early as 1640. By 1900 the Southdowns were the most widely distributed sheep in the world.

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Taken on August 18, 2012