In the 1980’s 43% of Britain’s ewe population was mated to a ram of a ‘Down’ breed but the introduction of well advertised foreign breeds meant the Dorset Down, in common with many traditional breeds, saw a reduction in demand and flock numbers.

However, the increasing market demand for “real food” and recent CAP reform, has meant that the Dorset Down has returned to the fore as the ideal solution for the production of premier quality lamb.

Its suitability to extensive, and organic farming systems has also driven demand for the breed, with record prices now being made at the Dorset Down Sheep Breeders’ Association’s Annual Breed Sale.