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Check back in September to view the breeding pairs, their photos, and the pedigrees for the 2018 prospective lambs. We are accepting reservations for 2018 lambs now at 2017 prices. It's never too early to reserve for next year.

We've got adult rams, yearling rams, and one of this year's ram lambs still available. Check out the Sheep for Sale link from the Sheep drop down menu.

Gorgeous roving is available in the Shoppe for $1.75 per ounce + shipping. Check out the Roving link form the Wool drop down menu.


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. Use the Sheep dropdown button above.  I also do all of my own processing of their wool each year. Use the Shoppe dropdown menu above and choose Catalog to see all I have or use the dropdown button for each type of product. Use the Shoppe dropdown menu and choose 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 April/May and will be weaned and ready to go to their new homes in 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:


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:

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 were recently chosen to be the featured shepherd and flock by Pam Blasco & Virginia Scholomiti, from Shepherds Talk. They've put together a video tutorial on Babydoll Southdown sheep, the breed and the fiber.


Alix Wood, an author, illustrator, and artist, contacted my last year (2016) about using some of my photos I take of my Babydolls, their wool, and the farm in a book she was writing about Babydoll sheep. How thrilling to have twenty-two photos I've taken be in a beautifully done, educational children's book.  The book is available from Amazon.



We are currently accepting reservations for our Spring 2018 lambs.