Why a Southdown? Another point of view By: Katelyn Poitras

You may ask yourself, “Why a Southdown?” when there are so many other breeds to choose from. You could choose Dorsets, Romneys, Natural Coloreds, and many many more. But you chose Southdowns. Why? Why Southdowns? Southdowns are one of the most popular breeds across the country. That means competition at most shows.

This brings us to reason 1: However, good competition allows for learning experiences. Good competition shows you ways that you can improve upon the traits you breed for or that maybe you could push you lambs a little more to be able to win the class.

Reason 2: So many opportunities. The opportunities are endless! One of my favorite experiences as a Southdown junior would definitely be showing in the National Southdown Show. The National Show has such high-quality animals, it’s amazing to just watch the show. Another opportunity is the opportunity I was given to write for an association for a breed I am so passionate about! The opportunity to write gets juniors involved and I believe that getting involved is very important.

Reason 3: They are really, really picture perfect. Whether they are the fuzzy lambs that are running and jumping in their pen when you give them new bedding. Or they are the ones with such elegant and regal faces that they have a certain ring presence. Their mousy grey muzzles and their big beautiful eyes makes for the best photos every time!

Reason 4: They have great personality. When people ask me what breed I think they should get for their kid who’s starting out I say Southdowns because they are good natured, have a sweet personality, and are well behaved in and out of the show ring.

Reason 5: Great mothers. As my ewes don’t lamb at my house, I find it important that my sister who is 7 and I are able to go in their lambing pen and not get hurt. Southdowns are one of the sweetest mother’s I have ever met.
There are so many other reasons on “Why a Southdown?” But these are the top 5 on why I chose a Southdown! Until next time!

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