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 Marylyn Stevens
Everything in a living being is centred on reproduction. There are living beings on earth today because other beings have reproduced with desperate eagerness for two thousand million years or more.
In the simplest sense the term “breeding” means no more than just reproducing, as a result of a sexual union between two living things of a kind. This is what goes on in the wild, with the environment as the only controlling factor. In this way nature does only a limited amount of selecting because it is only concerned with reproducing and survival of the fittest.