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Hotchkiss, Colorado Tel: (970) 773-6673
Babydolls or Olde English Babydoll Sheep as they are often referred to, are in fact an old breed, but have been "rediscovered" so to speak. These docile little sheep originated in the South "Downs" of Sussex County, England where they were raised by farmers for their excellent fleece quality and meat. These are the puffy white sheep one might see dotting the rolling hillsides of England in lovely paintings from past centuries. It is thought they were brought to the United States in the early 1800's. By 1960, the sheep industry began selectively breeding these sheep in order to increase meat production and create the larger and taller American Southdown breed which is seen today.
Due to selective breeding, the original smaller Southdown sheep attributes were nearly lost. In the 1990's, a gentleman named Robert Mock can be credited with rescuing this small breed from possible extinction. He gathered up the remaining flocks of the original Southdown sheep. In order to differentiate them from the bigger Southdowns, they were renamed Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep and a registry was formed. Today, there are two registries: the Olde English BABYDOLL Registry and NABSSAR or the North American Babydoll Southdown Sheep Association and Registry. Each registry refers to these sheep by a little different name. Rest assured that Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep are the same breed as Babydoll Southdown Sheep. Both registries are instrumental in preserving the original breed qualities of these remarkable little sheep.
Babydolls are known as miniature sheep, only standing 18" to 24" at the shoulder. Babydoll lambs are born quite small, smaller than your average house cat. They grow quickly reaching their full size by two years of age. There size makes them perfect for small producers and hobby farmers, as they do not require a lot of space and are docile and easy to handle. Babydoll Southdown Sheep are very hardy and do best on hay or pasture and they love to eat weeds. They are valued in sustainable agriculture and organic farming for weed control and fertilization. Babydoll Southdown sheep are seen more and more in vineyards and orchards since they are not tall enough to reach the fruit and are not generally destructive. Among sheep, Babydolls are unique. They have an endearing natural smile and a fuzzy teddy bear face which makes them a favorite for the young and the young at heart. Their calm, easy-going nature also makes them wonderful show animals for children involved with 4H.
While their carcass quality is still high, they are not commonly raised for meat simply because there is not much of it! If you have ever considered raising sheep for wool, Babydoll sheep are an excellent choice. Many people choose Babydoll sheep for their exceptional wool. Babydoll wool is valued by hand spinners and fiber artists alike. Those who enjoy the art of wool felting rave about the Babydoll sheep wool. The sheep only require shearing once a year. Babydoll wool has incredible spring and loft and is very soft. Babydoll lambs are born either off-white or jet black. Some artists prefer the off-white wool which can be dyed to any color imaginable. I am especially fond of the wool from the black Babydoll sheep. As a black Babydoll sheep ages, the black color fades to a wide variety of natural rich shades, from a deep mocha to a lovely soft heathery grey.
Babydoll sheep naturally have lambs once a year in the early spring.
Our little flock consists of off-white and black registered
Babydoll sheep. Twin lambs, sometimes one of each color, are
common with these little sheep. The Babydoll ewes are very
good mothers with rich milk and raise their lambs with ease.
The lambs stay with their momma's and run and leap and play
all day in the pastures on our little farm. By the time they are 10-12
weeks old, the chubby little lambs are mainly eating grasses and
weeds and are weaned without too much trouble.
We have Babydoll lambs for sale each year during the early summer
months. It is always a little bittersweet to see the lambs go to their new homes but we so enjoy raising these adorable little sheep that we are happy to be able to share that fun with others. Whether you are interested in weed control, raising sheep for wool, or just sharing your day with sweet little smiling sheep, we think you will love Babydoll sheep as much as we do. They truly are pets with a purpose!