Babydoll Sheep, Babydoll Wool

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At “Laurie’s Little Lambs” farm in the Niagara Region, Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep are bred and wool produced.

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Registered Sheep
Are your Babydoll sheep registered?
All of the Babydoll sheep in the flock are registered with “Olde English “Babydoll” Miniature Southdown Sheep Registry”

Diet
What do these sheep need for nutrition?
The sheep love grasses and most weeds. Four to five Babydoll sheep will keep one acre of vegetation under control. During the winter months, good quality hay at the rate of one small square hay bale per ten sheep per day is required. A salt lick or sheep mineral mix will be needed. Ensure the sheep have access to a good supply of water to drink from.

Health Care
What are the health needs of sheep?
Hooves require trimming 3 - 4 times per year. Wool is sheared once a year however the wool around the eyes may require trimming 2 - 3 times per year. The sheep require an annual vaccination and occasional de-worming. A “Large Animal Veterinarian” will assist you with the maintenance of your Babydoll sheep.

Breeding
How frequently are lambs born?
The Babydoll ewe will deliver just once a year with most lambing occurring from January through to June although some lambs are born later. Deliveries of single or twin lambs is common..

When can I breed my ewe?
Ewe lambs will become fertile in the fall of the first year. The ewe lambs body structure continues to grow over the first 2 years. Breeding during the first year is very dangerous to both ewe and her lambs due to the ewe’s small structure and the large size of Babydoll lambs.

How many rams can I keep?
Contrary to some statements the number of rams in a Babydoll flock has no limit. Handling procedures for rams apply regardless of the numbers of rams. Having only one ram may not allow for planning ewe pregnancy or lambing dates. More than one ram provides for companionship of your ram while segregated from the ewe flock prior to breeding time. Robert’s flock is home to 21 fine quality rams!

Wool
What is the Babydoll wool like?
Each adult Babydoll produces about 4 - 5 pounds of fleece annually. The fleece is fine and runs in the 19 to 22 micron range. Babydoll fleece also has more barbs per inch than any other wool type, making it ideal for blending with other fibers.

Farm Requirements
What do I require to accommodate Babydoll sheep?
Your Babydoll sheep will require a simple shelter to allow them to escape the wind, sun, rain and snow. Paddock areas that fence the sheep from predators are needed for their safety.

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