2013 April 24 2013 Bailey & Bagaria are the proud parents of Snapps. Snapps is a ewe lamb, with dark gray legs, face and tiny gray spots all over her. She is the first lamb of this coloring.
Bagaria was born April 16, 2011 and is a registered black Olde English “Babydoll” Southdown Sheep. His father is a white ram named Hercules and his mother is a black ewe named Eve. I have chosen not to castrate this ram because Bagaria’s conformation is really nice: Triangler head, long body, short stature, and black colored fiber is a big plus. It seems everyone wants a black “Babydoll”! We have taken him to 3 social events in June: Fiber Frolic, Windsor Fair, Kennebec Celebration in Augusta and the 10th annual Arts & Crafts event in Gardiner, Maine. Bagaria and his brother Zoolou have been a big hit! I have a candy machine that I fill with their grain so they can be fed by hand. Funny how the adults love feeding them as much as the children do. Hands on is wonderful for these gentle sheep.
Zoolou was also born April 16, 2011 and is half Olde English “Babydoll” Southdown and half Romney. His father is also Hercules (he was a busy boy!) and his mother is Emily a Romney Sheep. I castrated him because I only want registered Olde English “Babydoll” Southdown rams on my farm. Zoolou’s 1 year old brother Zacki has wonderful spinning fiber: 3”+ long, stretched out it is 5”, with wonderful crimp and soooo soft. I believe Zoolou will have the same fiber. I have to wait a year to see as I have them shorn in March just before lambing. I plan on taking them and 2 ewe lambs to Artistree For All Seasons in Belgrade, Saturday, July 23 and they will be in a petting pen in front of our home July 24 for Open Farm Days and on August 11, 12, 13 & 14 at the Cumberland Arts & Craft Fair! Again this is great for my hobby pets.
Ye Olde English "Babydoll" Southdown Sheep
Babydoll Southdowns are one of the oldest known breeds of sheep. They originated in the South Down Hills of Sussex, England, and were imported to the U.S in the 1800s. In the 1990's, small flocks of the original Southdowns were discovered and labeled Olde English "Babydoll" Southdown sheep.They are a hardy, easily managed breed enjoyed by children and adults alike. They are perfect for todays smaller acreage hobby farms.
2011 Registered Olde English "Babydoll" Southdown Sheep
We have kept our prices the same for the last 3 years. We have tested for OPP. We give CD&T & Rabies shots yearly, test for CL before introducing new members to our flock and worm when needed. The "Babydolls" seem to have a high resistance to parisites as they are a primitive breed.
Our flock is also Scrapie tagged, which is the law if you are buying animals from instate or out of state.
We request a $100 deposit to hold any of our animals. So far with the quality and investment we have made in our animals sales have been very good for us. Just remember to start small and make sure you want to make the commitment in these wonderful animals. They are herd animals and need to be with at least one more of their own breed. Also consider a tour to give you an idea of what the work entails. Maybe pick a day when hooves are being trimmed or shots are being administered?