Talk:Southdown sheep

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Principal reason for keeping sheep[edit]

Was for wool. Folding did increase the fertility of the soil for arable, but this was not the main reason for keeping sheep. England exported wool. Itsmejudith (talk) 07:31, 27 July 2011 (UTC)


In autumn and winter, after harvest. In summer flocks weren't always brought down every evening. Source: Peter Brandon, The South Downs. Itsmejudith (talk) 07:34, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

Modern South Down vs Original Southdown aka BabyDoll[edit]

My search for Babydolls was redirected to this article, however the modern southdown is a (sub)breed developed from the original southdowns aka Babydoll. They have different standards, different clubs/registries, and are kept for different purposes by different types of people. Although this article attempts to cover both, the info is lacking (eg: no weight on babydolls, NABSSAR registry is not mentioned, etc). Furthermore, it is not always clear if data is meant to apply to one, or the other, or both (for example, weights for rams and ewes are given, but it is not specified that this is for the Modern Southdown; comparable info for babydolls is not given)

I propose that we split this into two pages, and then expand on both... or if this is greatly opposed, at least:

  • clear up the similarities/differences between the breeds (for example, the modern Southdown is shown shorn, while the babydoll is shown in fleece; the article states: ...many of the original attributes the original Southdowns were known for were bred out... but it is never clearly explained what these attributes are, and thus, what distinguishes the Modern Southdown from the Babydoll (besides the obvious size/weight difference (which as mentioned, needs clarifying))
  • create new sections named for, and devoted to each of the two (sub)breeds
    • further expand on info unique to each in these sections.
  • Collect additional links, and categorise them by which (sub)breeds they apply to

I'd also love to see a photo showing a clear side-shot of a Modern Southdown beside a Babydoll, but if we cannot locate such a photo that can be used here, at least a babydoll photo similar to the photo of the modern southdown that is used, should be added.

Anyone have any input and/or want to help me expand on these (sub)breeds? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 6th Happiness (talkcontribs) 01:59, 14 February 2013 (UTC)