Announcements

In Remembrance – Jim Howard

In Remembrance – Jim Howard

James “Jim” Hyland Howard, D.V.M, 80, of Wooster passed away July 10, 2022. Jim was a longtime Southdown breeder, board member, and past President of the Association. Click Here to Read More

2022 National Southdown Junior Show Results (AAJS)

2022 National Southdown Junior Show Results (AAJS)

Congratulations to all the winners from the 2022 National Southdown Show - held in conjunction with the All-American Junior Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts! Click Here to Read More

2022 Southdown Classic Results

2022 Southdown Classic Results

Congratulations to all winners from the 2022 Southdown Classic held in Richmond, Indiana! Click Here to Read More

The Classic – Schedule & Details Posted

The Classic – Schedule & Details Posted

See you this weekend in Richmond! The schedule and more details are now posted. Click Here to Read More

Ohio Showcase Sale 2022 – Catalog Posted

Ohio Showcase Sale 2022 – Catalog Posted

The Ohio Showcase Sale will be held May 12-14 in Greenville, Ohio. The catalog is now available to view online! Click Here to Read More

2022 Spring Kickoff Results Posted!

2022 Spring Kickoff Results Posted!

Results are now posted for the Spring Kickoff! Click Here to Read More

American Southdown Breeders’ Association

The Southdown is one of the oldest purebred sheep breeds in the world. The breed originated centuries ago in the hills of Sussex, England, long know as the “Downs.”

There is little written history or description of the Southdown dating earlier than two hundred fifty years ago. The early Southdown was noted for some important qualities for which they have since become especially famous, they had a good leg, and their meat was excellent, possessing remarkable flavor.

Early literature indicates that Southdowns were among the animals brought into the English colonies as early as 1640. Later, documented importations where made into the United States from 1824 to 1829 from the English flock of John Ellman.

The 1960’s saw increased importation of the larger New Zealand Southdown to upscale the American Southdown. The increased size resulting from blending the New Zealand genetics into many flocks across the U.S. is the reason for much of the success and popularity of the modern day Southdown.

Southdowns are excelling as terminal sires in commercial production flocks, receiving the final handshake in supreme champion drives all over the country and are the first choice of many youth, families and sheep producers. Check out this website to see what all of the excitement is about! Most of all, let us know how we can help you explore the Southdown breed!