ABOUT THE BREED

Description of a Hampshire Down Sheep

HEAD
Face and ears of a rich dark brown ā€” approaching to black, well covered with wool over the poll. A clear passage in front of the eye is essential. Intelligent, bright, full eye. Ears well set on, fairly long and slightly curved. In Rams, a bold masculine head is an essential feature.

NECK AND SHOULDERS
Neck of strong muscular growth, not too long, and well placed on gradually sloping and closely fitting shoulders.

CARCASE
Deep and symmetrical with the ribs well sprung, broad straight back, flat loins, full dock, wide rump, deep and heavily developed legs of mutton and breast.

LEGS AND FEET
Strongly jointed and powerful legs of the same colour as face, set well apart, the hocks and knees not bending towards each other. Feet sound and short in the hoof

WOOL
White, of moderate length, close and fine texture, extending over the forehead and belly, the scrotum of Rams being well covered. Suggested wool count 56ā€™sā€”56ā€™s

SKIN
Pink and flexible

OBJECTIONS

  • Snigs
  • White specks on face, ears and legs
  • Thick, coarse ears
  • Black wool
  • Coarse wool on breeches
  • Protruding or short under-jaw
  • Excessive strength and loose skin over neck
Launceston, Tasmania

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