By Andrew Sellars-Jones
The Chandpara Southdown Stud was officially founded in 1988, but its founder, Andrew Sellars-Jones, began breeding Southdowns way back in 1974. Over the years the ewe flock has been kept small, with culling being heavy so as to concentrate on quality. This, in combination with sourcing the best genetics available in Australia and New Zealand via artificial insemination and embryo transfer programs, has resulted in long, leaner sheep with excellent growth rates and muscling.
Reflections on the Southdown Sheep breed by George Melano Sr
While on a recent trip to Warrnambool to visit son George to celebrate his milestone birthday, the question of the modern Southdown was an obvious talking point. Having heard a lot about what the modern sheep was like and what he was doing within the showring and being careful not to say 'I remember when' was quickly avoided by an offer to visit Ned Nagorcka of Nedelle Downs Southdowns, a progressive breeder and old school friend of George’s at Hawkesdale.
By Lynn and Pam Vearing
In the late 1800's and early 1900's 'Hendon Park', Epping, Victoria was a dairy farm, where they milked 80-90 dairy cows by hand. The Vearing Family (Lynn's grandfather) moved from Mitchelton near Nagambie and bought 'Hendon Park' in 1930. They ran merino wethers. Albert Vearing and his four brothers ran a shearing contract from the shearing shed on the property as it was one of the only shearing sheds in the district. In the early 1940's Albert and Beatrice Vearing (Lynn's parents) started a Southdown Stud and a Dorset Horn Stud.
By Jennie Curtis
At Roogulli Farm in the NSW Southern Tablelands, Jennie and Chris Curtis breed smaller-type Southdowns, which are marketed as Babydoll sheep. Sheep bred in the Roogulli stud are sold all over Australia to people running small farms who want dual purpose, easy handling small sheep that are also a bit fun to have around.