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The breed produces premium quality meat. The grain is close and the bone is light with a very favourable meat to bone ratio.
The small joints, so popular today, are full of succulent, lean meat and with a minimum of wasteful fat. The meat is rich in colour and full of flavour. The major proportion of the weight is in the more valuable joints.
The breed has strong historical links with the Royal Smithfield Show, which date back to the 1920's and many successes have been scored at this show.
The finished lambs of the purebred average 14-19kg carcass weight and so are well-suited to present day demand. The average weight of a mature ewe would be around 45kg, with the average ram making 60-65kg.
The ewes cross well with meat producing rams for prime lamb production.