My flock is enrolled in the Scrapie Free Certification Program (SFCP) - Export Category - Enrolled: 2012-10-30 - Status: 2012-10-30
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to my website! I'm located in northern Scott County,
Kentucky. On my farm, the Bergamascos' Babydoll Brigade Farm,
I am a shepherdess of the Babydoll Southdown sheep known as the smiling
sheep. Babydoll Southdowns have wide muzzles enabling them to
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. I also sell
their raw fleeces each year after shearing.
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 miniature sheep but that 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.
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 during the months of November/December. Around that time, be sure and check 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 late June/July. See Purchasing a Lamb for more information.
My breeding goal is to produce lambs that:
meet or exceed the breed standard.
have excellent conformation.
have terrific personalities.
have good mothering instincts.
are parasite resistant.
have a coefficient of inbreeding of ≤ 0.5% for ≤ 10 generations of known ancestry (recommended is ≤ 12.5%).
are genotype RR or QR at codon 171.
When you purchase a lamb/sheep BRED by me:
your lamb/sheep was raised on a premise enrolled in the Scrapie Free Certification Program (SFCP).
your lamb/sheep's right ear will be tagged with a Bergamascos' Babydoll Brigade SFCP Scrapie Tag.
your lamb/sheep's tail will be docked to a length of 2-1/2 to 3 inches.
your lamb/sheep's hooves will be trimmed.
your lamb/sheep's first CD/T vaccination and booster will have been administered.
Certificates of Registration (CoR) for the OEBR and/or NABSSAR will be supplied (excluding unregistered wethers). If not complete before pick-up day, a copy of the submitted applications will be provided to the buyer and the CoR will be mailed to the buyer at a later date. Please note: This means the lambs are registered to me as the breeder. The buyers will be responsible for transferring their sheep into their names with the respective registries making them the new owners of the sheep.
you will receive an information packet.
you will receive a bag of the brand of feed I have been using.
you will be encouraged to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
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") and roving. The fleeces will be lightly skirted. See Wool For Sale for more information. In the near future, I will have a limited quantity of handmade items made with Babydoll Southdown wool.
Accepting Reservations for Spring 2015 Lambs
The Smiling Sheep
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