The Black Farmer Supports Native Breeds

Hampshire Down Winner

I am again sponsoring the Hampshire Down Sheep Class at the 2010 Woolsery Show, North Devon on Monday 26th July.

It is with real pleasure that The Black Farmer is again sponsoring this Class.  Without a doubt the breed is gaining popularity and we hope to see a healthy level of entries this year.

I have long supported native and indigenous breeds – regularly keeping North and South Devon cattle on his Devon farm.  People are gradually starting to appreciate the benefits of well-reared traditional breeds.  The meat really tastes better having benefited from good husbandry and slow, natural growing.

Hampshire Down flocks were established more than 150 years ago.  The breed originated by crossing the Wiltshire Horn and the Berkshire Knot with the Southdown.  Usually consigned to the ‘any other breed’ class, this is the second year that Hampshires are able to claim a class of their own.

Picture shows Rose Haynes, winner of the 2009 Woolsery Show Hampshire Down Class with Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, The Black Farmer.

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~ by theblackfarmer on June 9, 2010.

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