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am a member of both the
English Babydoll Southdown Registry
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I post updated pictures of my Babydolls regularly. My reservation
especially like being able to watch their lambs grow.
Height - 18 - 24"
Weight - Ewes 70 - 140 lbs.
Rams 100 - 200 lbs.
Lambs 3 - 9 lbs.*
Colors - Off-white & Black
Lifespan - 9 - 14 years
Wool - 22 - 29 microns, short stapled with growth of 2 - 3" per year
Gestation - 145 - 147 days
Mothering - Excellent
Births - Easily produce twins and occasionally triplets
* weights vary due to height, muscling,
length, and whether lambs are singles, twins, or triplets
sheep make their home here at the Bergamascos' Babydoll Brigade
Farm located in northern Scott County, Kentucky. Babydoll Southdown
sheep are also known as The
Smiling Sheep. They have wide muzzles giving them their classic smile
and enabling them to
be extremely efficient grazers making them "easy keepers". I
lambs each Spring and
occasionally I have an older sheep for sale. I also do all of my own
processing of their wool each year. Use
the Shoppe Catalog link on the left for items other than lambs and
available for purchase and the About My Shoppe to learn more about the
fiber the Babydolls lovingly grow.
Babydoll Southdowns are
sheep of the early Southdown type
England in the 1800's through the early 1900's. They are 18”
to 24” at the shoulder and display the Southdown
characteristics spelled out in the breed standard.
The Southdown breed of sheep originated in the South
“Downs” of Sussex County, England. They are one of
the oldest of the Down breeds. English farms kept these sheep for the
flavorful meat and fine fleece. In the early 1800’s these
small, chunky Southdowns were imported to the United States.
By the 1960’s, producers and consumers desired larger
carcasses, and the smaller sheep were crossed with larger New Zealand
Southdown sheep to produce a larger Southdown. These larger
animals make up the background
of the American Southdowns of today not to be confused with the smaller
Babydoll Southdowns. It is usually a surprise to folks to
discover the Babydoll Southdown is not a miniaturized version
of sheep, instead, the
larger Southdowns were bred up from them.
Around 1990, small flocks of the original smaller type Southdowns were
gathered up and labeled Olde English Babydoll Southdowns to
differentiate them from the larger modern Southdown, and a registry was
formed to register these sheep - the Olde English Babydoll Registry
(OEBR). In 2003, the North American Babydoll Southdown Association and
Registry (NABSSAR) was formed. The majority of my sheep are
dual registered. If one is not, it is most likely because the
original breeder was not a member of both registries so the sheep was
not registered in both registries.
Currently people raise these docile sheep for their wool, as pets, for
grazing orchards and vineyards, or as grass trimmers in pastures, and
for their flavorful meat. The Babydoll Southdown breed is perfect for
today's smaller acreage farms. Their diminutive size makes them the
perfect sheep for children to start out with in 4-H. Today's breeders
believe breed preservation is of utmost importance and strive to keep
this wonderful breed of sheep from forever being lost.
I breed my sheep in the Fall. Around that
time, be sure and check the top of my home page for a link to a page
breeding pairs and pedigrees of the prospective lambs. Most of the
lambs will be born in the months of March/April and will be weaned and
ready to go to their new homes in June/July. See Purchasing
My breeding goal is to produce lambs that:
- meet or exceed the
- have excellent
- have terrific
- have good mothering
- are parasite resistant.
- have a coefficient of
inbreeding of ≤ 1.5% for ≤ 10
generations of known ancestry (recommended is ≤ 12.5%).
- are genotype RR or QR
at codon 171.
When you purchase a lamb/sheep BRED
- Your lamb/sheep was
raised on a premise enrolled in the
voluntary Scrapie Free Certification Program (SFCP) - Export Category.
- Your lamb/sheep's left
ear will be tagged with a
Bergamascos' Babydoll Brigade SFCP Scrapie Tag.
- Your lamb/sheep was
raised in an OPP negative flock.
- Your lamb/sheep's tail
will be docked to a length of 2 to 3
- Your lamb/sheep's
hooves will be trimmed.
- Your lamb/sheep's
first CD/T vaccination and booster will
have been administered.
- Your lamb/sheep will
have a coefficient of inbreeding of
≤ 1.5% for ≤ 10 generations of known ancestry
- Certificates of
Registration (CoR) for the OEBR and/or
NABSSAR will be supplied (excluding unregistered wethers). If
complete before pick-up day, a copy of the submitted applications will
be provided to the buyer and the CoR will be mailed to buyer at a later
date.) Please note: This means the lambs are
me as the breeder. The buyers will be responsible for
transferring their sheep into their names with the respective
registries thus making them the new owners of the sheep.
- You will receive an
- You will receive a bag
of the brand of feed I have been
- You will be encouraged
to contact me with any questions or
concerns you may have.
Early Spring is usually when I have my
fleece in the
raw (wool in its natural condition; not refined or processed, also
referred to as "greasy wool" or "wool in the grease") washed fleece,
scoured fleece, and batts as well as handspun yarn. I also
make a variety of unique, handmade items using 100% Babydoll Southdown
wool. Visit my Shoppe
to browse and purchase. Paypal is accepted for Shoppe items.
you're looking for
a renewable, natural fiber with the following qualities:
- easy care, resists
- flame resistant
- moisture absorbing by
able to wick away up to 30% of its own weight
- multi-season because
insulates and breathes
- resilient because it
its shape, resists wrinkling and stretches
- makes water repellent
of available products made from 100% Babydoll
Southdown wool. All aspects of the process from fiber to finished
product are completed here on the farm.
We made the cover of the 2014,
2016, & the 2017
currently accepting reservations for Spring