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Flock is enrolled in the voluntary Scrapie Free Certification Program (SFCP) - Export Category - Enrolled: 2012-10-30
Flock is OPP negative.
We sell Babydoll Southdown fiber. We have raw wool, scoured wool, batts, yarn, and handmade products. Check out our store.  Prices have been reduced on many items in the store.  I currently have 21 skeins of handspun yarn available.

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I am a member of both the
Olde English Babydoll Southdown Registry

AND

the

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I post updated pictures of my Babydolls regularly. My reservation holders especially like being able to watch their lambs grow.





Babydoll Southdowns
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

Babydoll Southdown 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 sell 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 sheep available for purchase and the About My Shoppe to learn more about the fiber the Babydolls lovingly grow.

Mistley & Morlais Seaford Darley


Babydoll Southdowns are sheep of the early Southdown type seen in 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.


Sheep For Sale

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 showing the 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 a Lamb for more information.

My breeding goal is to produce lambs that:
  • meet or exceed the breed standard.
  • have excellent conformation.
  • have terrific personalities.
  • have good mothering instincts.
  • 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 by me:
  • 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 inches.
  • 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 (recommended is ≤ 12.5%).
  • Certificates of Registration (CoR) for the OEBR and/or NABSSAR will be supplied (excluding unregistered wethers). If not 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 registered to 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 information packet.
  • You will receive a bag of the brand of feed I have been using.
  • You will be encouraged to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.


About Wool

Early Spring is usually when I have my sheep sheared. Currently, I sell the 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.


Wool, Yarn, & Knitted Items for Sale

If you're looking for a renewable, natural fiber with the following qualities:

  • biodegradable, eco-friendly
  • easy care, resists soiling
  • flame resistant
  • moisture absorbing by being able to wick away up to 30% of its own weight
  • multi-season because it insulates and breathes
  • resilient because it retains its shape, resists wrinkling and stretches
  • makes water repellent products

browse my catalog 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 NABSSAR calendar!

2014 NABSSAR Calendar 2016 NABSSAR Calendar2017 NABSSAR Calendar

We are currently accepting reservations for Spring 2017 lambs.

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