Flock is enrolled in the voluntary Scrapie Free Certification Program (SFCP) - Export Category - Enrolled: 2012-10-30
Flock is OPP negative.
2016 Breeding Pairs can be viewed here.
Sheep For Sale
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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
to my website! I'm located in northern Scott County,
Kentucky. On my farm, the Bergamascos' Babydoll Brigade Farm,
I am the shepherdess of the Babydoll Southdown sheep also known as The
Smiling Sheep. Babydoll Southdowns have wide muzzles enabling
be extremely efficient grazers. Their wide muzzle is what
gives them their classic smile. I sell lambs each Spring and
occasionally I have an older sheep for sale. Use
the Shoppes link on the left for items other than sheep
available for purchase. From the Shoppes page, you'll find a link to
enter the Simply
Shoppe and the Handmade Shoppe.
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.
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:
When you purchase a lamb/sheep BRED by me:
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, batts, and roving. Visit our Simply Wool Shoppe to purchase wool.
Visit our Handmade Shoppe for unique, handmade items we have for sale made using 100% Babydoll Southdown wool including yarn. The items may be purchased via our website.
Paypal is accepted in both Shoppes.
Accepting Reservations for Spring 2016 Lambs
The Smiling Sheep
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