LuChi Farms, Hickory, NC

Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep


 



The pedigree of all of the Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep at LuChi Farms are of the highest quality, and are Mock Registered.

One of the oldest of the English breeds of sheep is the Southdown, originating on the South Down hills of Sussex County, England. To distinguish these small sheep from the larger modern-era Southdown, Mr. Mock named them "Olde English Babydoll Southdowns." 

 

To keep this line pure, a registry was formed.  Only adults two years and older were accepted so that they could be judged against the original conformation standards as verified by a veterinarian. Each sheep's registration application was passed before a board of three members of the Breed Association.

After this initial review and acceptance period, the "Foundation Flock" registry was closed in 1991.  The term Foundation Flock is still used to refer to this original pool of sheep.  Subsequently, the process of registering lambs from this original foundation flock began.  For more history on the Registry, see "15 Years and 7832 Babydolls Later and Still Growing!"

Uses for the Babydoll Southdown:
Olde English Babydoll Southdowns are outstanding pets who produce wool that is a hand spinner's delight.  They provide organic weeding and make excellent companion animals and are also a sound investment opportunity.

Wonderful Pets:
These little Babydoll sheep make excellent companions for the young, elderly, and disabled.  Their gentle nature makes them a joy to own, and their diminutive size makes them an excellent choice for 4-H projects.

Wool:
Babydoll fleece generally runs in the 19 to 22 micron range, which puts the fleece in the class of cashmere.  Babydoll fleece also has more barbs per inch than any other wool type, making it ideal for blending with other fibers.

Gardeners:
Weeding trials were sponsored and monitored by the association, utilizing Babydolls as organic weeders.  They have been used with great success in wine vineyards as well as fruit and berry orchards since they will not harm the fruits, girdle trunks of trees, or harm shrubs.  They leave the grounds well groomed and fertilize the soil as they graze.

Companions:
Babydoll Southdowns are wonderful companion animals for other non-aggressive livestock.  Their calm, docile disposition has a soothing effect on other livestock.  They should not be kept with intact male llamas or alpacas who may attempt breeding with them.  It is wise to introduce them gradually to other livestock by putting them in separate paddocks when they first arrive to their new home.  This give their new friends an opportunity to say hi without it being overwhelming to the Babydoll sheep.

Care:
Babydolls require the same care as other sheep breeds such as hoof trimming, worming, vaccinations, and yearly shearing.  The handling facilities and feed are not as costly as with larger breeds.  Shelter can be minimal, except at lambing time.  Good fences are essential, more for protection from predators than containment since Babydolls do not challenge fences and do not wonder far.  Portable electric mesh fences are great if you do not already have permanent fencing.
Feed, salt and mineral blocks are important for good health but you must make sure you do not give any sheep copper.  Any feed, salt or mineral block that has copper in it must be keep out of reach of any sheep.


Meet Our Miniature Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep


Spring Rose 

- Ewe
- DOB 4-2-11
- Color - Black

Pedigree:
Sire - #7383
Dam - #11753 - Hyacinth

 

Spring Marigold 

- Ewe
- DOB 4-27-11
- Color - White

Pedigree:
Sire - #10642 - Pillsbury
Dam - #10831 - Maybelle

Spring Calla Lily 

- Ewe
- DOB 4-27-11
- Color - White

Pedigree:
Sire - #10642 - Pillsbury
Dam - #10831 - Maybelle

 

Little Bo Peep 

- Ewe
- DOB 4-15-11
- Color - White

Pedigree:
Sire - #8527 - Sweetwater's Black Sambo
Dam - #9780 - Dolly

Luey 

- Ram
- DOB 3-19-12
- Color - White

Pedigree:
Sire - #7383
Dam - #7112 - Clover

 

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Because of their strong flocking instinct Babydolls do not do well as singles.
 
They thrive on companionship and must be with their own kind or another breed of sheep or goat. 

Due to this fact, lambs should only be sold in pairs if the buyer does not already have companions for their lamb.

Why Everyone Loves Their Babydoll Southdowns:
The Babydoll woolly teddy bear face will always give you a smile. Their short legs along with their small size allows them the ability to do well in small areas. They are ideal for suburban lot owners who want the tranquility of sheep as living lawn ornaments. Both ewes and rams are polled (have no horns) and are non-aggressive by nature.The ewes are very good mothers, often raising twins and triplets with ease.
 
Because Babydoll Southdowns are a ancient breed, they are not prone to many of the modern sheep problems and are resistant to foot rot. In general, they are cared for like any other sheep which includes worming, hoof trimming, shearing, and vaccination.

One of the major goals of the original Babydoll Southdown Registry (Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep Registry) was to return the original breed to England where the little sheep had been extinct for over 50 years.  This goal was accomplished in 1999, but their numbers are so few that they remain on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust List (RBST) http://www.rbst.org.uk/

One Important Note:
Because of their strong flocking instinct Babydolls do not do well as singles.  They thrive on companionship and must be with their own kind or another breed of sheep or goat.  Due to this fact, lambs should only be sold in pairs if the buyer does not already have companions for their lamb.

 

 
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4146 54th. Avenue, NE
Hickory, NC 28601

828-493-1713

luchifarms@gmail.com

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