Hampshire Down Sheep

In 1861 the Hampshire Downs was first recognised and admitted for competition by the Royal Agricultural Society (UK) after several previous decades of evolution and development in Southern England.

Northern Tasmanian farmer William Hartnoll went to England in that year and as well as Hampshire Downs he purchased Lincoln sheep and Draught and Thoroughbred horses bringing the first of the breed to Australia.

The Hampshire Down is recognized by its distinctive wooly face that is rich dark brown apart from a clear passage in front of the eye. The long curved ears and full legs are the same dark brown as the face. In Rams, a bold masculine head is an essential feature.