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I am located in northern
County, Kentucky. I raise Babydoll
Southdown sheep on 15 acres. I
have both Babydoll Southdown sheep and their wool for sale. Babydoll
Southdown sheep have wide muzzles enabling them to be
extremely efficient grazers and gives them their classic
smile. Some call them the smiling sheep.
The Southdown breed of sheep originated in the South Down area of Sussex County, England. The English farms kept these sheep for their flavorful meat and fine fleece. In the early 1800's the Southdowns were imported to the United States. With the arrival of refrigeration, larger meat carcasses were desired and the smaller sheep were crossed with New Zealand Southdown sheep to produce a larger animal. The result are the larger American Southdown sheep of modern day. Around 1990 small flocks of the original smaller Southdowns were rediscovered and labeled Babydoll Southdown sheep to differentiate them from the larger American Southdown breed.
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. They are one of the oldest known down sheep. 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 October/November. 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 late May/June. See Purchasing a Lamb for more information.
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"). The fleeces will be lightly skirted. See Wool For Sale for more information.
Accepting Reservations for Spring 2014 Lambs
The Smiling Sheep
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