Six Wags Over Texas
Miniature Babydoll Southdown and Harlequin sheep
In 2007 we purchased a small "ranchette" in Southern Grayson county, Texas as a weekend escape form the hectic pace of life in the Dallas suburbs. After seeing an article in Acreage magazine featuring Babydoll Southdown sheep, also known as Olde English Babydoll Southdown sheep, we were bitten by the miniature sheep "bug".
The following year, we took delivery of our starter flock from New Mexico. Later we purchased a ram and a ewe from a Texas breeder and suddenly found ourselves sheep "barons". Looking back it's amazing the knowledge you need to care for livestock when all you have ever cared for are dogs, cats and fish! But when you love something, you make it work, and you'd be surprised how people show up to help you learn the ropes of being a shepherd.
Our love of these small sheep and the success of bringing them to other people led us in March of 2014 to purchase a larger property just down the street from our original location. We now have over 25 acres for our Babydoll Southdown and Harlequins sheep to roam and graze more naturally.
In 2015, we will begin with another critically endangered breed, the Santa Cruz Island sheep with help from a handful of other breeders across the US and with guidance from the Livestock Conservancy, Six Wags will begin a breeding program to help grow the number the Santa Cruz Island sheep in existence. Currently it is estimated that less than 150 of these beautiful sheep are in existence. This will be our labor of love and a way to give back to society a breed that is truly on the brink of extinction.
Babydoll Southdown Sheep
This season (2015) we celebrated our seventh year of breeding purebred Babydoll sheep. All of our sheep are registered with NABSSAR (North American Babydoll Southdown Sheep Association and Registry). Some are also registered with the OEBR (Olde English Babydoll Registry).
In addition to Babydoll Southdown sheep, we are now the only registered Harlequin sheep breeder in TX. You can read more about both breeds under their pages shown to the right or from the top menu.
We take great pride in providing the best experience and education possible for potential new shepherds. You can be assured that you'll receive the best service possible before and after the sale. We are always available to answer your questions and provide guidance and valuable resources to enhance your sheep ownership experience.
As our registry NABSSAR says: "Start your day with a smile; own a Babydoll"
Harlequin Sheep - An American Original
The breed known today as the Harlequin was developed over the last 30 years. In fact it continues to evolve as we continue to increase the breeding pool to include miniature Babydoll Southdowns bred to sheep descended from the original Black Sheep Farm or Black Sheep Farm East stock as evidenced by registration papers.
The goal of the Harlequin registry is to produce a sheep with the size and conformation of the Southdown breeds with a fleece that us varied in color, length and staple. As with Southdowns, there are standard size and miniature Harlequins.
"Harleys" as they are affectionately known are like Babydolls, friendly and calm. They are very easy lambers and integrate well with other sheep. This is one exciting breed to keep on your radar and more blue eyed babies are born and the sheep size "shrinks" with additional Babydoll blood.
- "Hobby farming" is on the rise in the US as a means to break from the "rat race" of everyday life.
- Sheep provide a welcome relief from a good portion of property taxes when you have the intent to breed and sell them or their products.
- Many health benefits are realized by working with animals - lower blood pressure is a benefit of being near these peaceful creatures
Establishing a "hobby farm" was the best decision of my life. After 10 years on the road as an IT consultant I have finally found my true purpose in life. Sheep allow me to nuture, learn the scientific and practical aspects of farming and meet people from many walks of life.
Jill Christopher, Six Wags Over Texas
Caring for Sheep Basics
Sheep need a few things in place to keep them safe and healthy. The items listed below are based on my experiences only.
- Protection from predators
- Clean water source
- Vet with sheep experience
- Hay/Quality food source
- Shearer/Hoof care