Hampshire Downs just get better and better

Over the last 20 years Hampshire Down breeders have worked hard to breed faster growing, leaner rams with much better muscularity. Performance recording has played a vital role in this. Signet's Sam Boon comments: 'In 2000 only 2% of the Hampshire Down population had indexes over 200 – now over 60% of lambs are in this category. In fact over half of the lambs born last year had similar or superior genes to the top 1% of the lambs born in 2000. This is a remarkable achievement in a relatively short period of time. This chart demonstrates how the genetic potential of the whole population has been lifted.'