Our Babydoll Southdown Flock
Our flock currently consists of two off-white rams and one black ram. In addition we have three active breeding black ewes, and six off-white ewes.
This small, but colorful flock allows us to breed off-white to off-white and black to black. The purpose for this is to enhance the qualities of each color resulting in black wool that stays black longer and ensuring more black lambs to offer for sale. Off-white is the dominant gene and we have found that breeding a white ram to a black ewe often results in two white lambs.
When searching for a breed that would be both fun to raise on what was then our "hobby farm", we came across Babydoll Southdowns in a magazine called "Acreage". Once we saw the "teddy bear" faces and their adorable smiles. we were hooked.
Origins of The Breed
The Southdown breed originated in England. When brought to the US, the breed was "bred up" to make a larger carcass for meat. This almost completely eliminated the original small sheep size.
The original breed standards were then placed on a breed conservancy list as endangered. Today, thanks to dedicated breeders, Babydoll Southdown sheep have the designation of a "recovering" breed.
The Future of Babydoll Southdown Sheep
Currently, the Babydoll Southdown breed has been upgraded to "recovering" status and is well on it's way to becoming a breed used in 4H and FFA clubs.
As Babydoll sheep become more numerous, you can expect to see them gain popularity in show throughout the US and come to a rightful prominence at county and State Fairs.
They are ideal as show sheep for young children due to their small size and calm nature.