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Springcreek Land and Livestock

Located in Heber Valley, Utah

Hampshire Sheep x Suffolk Sheep Cross

Scientific name: Ovis aries
Country / Place of origin: United Kingdom
History: Crossing the Hampshire Sheep with the Suffolk Sheep is popular for the production of market lambs.

The Hampshire sheep, also known as Hampshire Down, originated in Hampshire, Southern England in the mid-1800s. It is a cross of several breeds: Old Hampshire, Berkshire Knot, Wiltshire Horn, and Southdown. Records show that further crossbreeding involved the Cotswold ram and the largest Southdown rams. It was reintroduced to the United States in the late 1800s and became popular for its adaptability to various geographical regions in North America.

Suffolk sheep originated in England in the early 1800’s with the crossing the large hornless British Southdown with the black faced muscular Norfolk Horned sheep. They were raised primarily for meat. The Suffolk sheep were introduced to the United States in 1888 but gained popularity after the Second World War. They are currently the most popular purebred in America and the leading terminal sire in the British Isles.