What are the best meat
breeds of sheep?

Hampshire, Suffolk, Texel
and Dorper are usually
considered the four best
meat breeds. However
though taste preferences
differ between people so
you tell us!

Personally, we prefer the
Origin and Background: (Reprinted from the Olde English "Babydoll" Registry website)

One of the oldest of the English breeds of sheep is the Southdown, originating on the South
Down hills of Sussex County, England. These small sheep were known for their extreme
hardiness and produced meat with unmatched tenderness and flavor than any other breed of

In 1780 John Ellman, realized the potential of these animals and set out to standardize the
Southdown breed. In England, these small Southdowns grew in popularity up until 1908 when
there were approximately 367 registered flocks totaling about 110,000 ewes. The growth in this
breed's development slowed in the early 1900s as World War I brought a sharp decline in their
numbers. By the end of the World War II, the demand for larger cuts of meat had almost forced
the breed into extinction.

It is believed that the breed reached the United States in 1803. Their popularity grew and later
declined in nearly the same pattern that had occurred in England. The small Southdown could
not satisfy the consumer demand for larger meat cuts. This was a significant factor in the
development and mass production of the larger, leggier Southdown of today. This divergence
from the original breed standards was the beginning of what would later become two distinct
lines: The Southdown and the miniature (or original) Southdown. In breeding for these larger
characteristics however, many of the original "miniature" attributes were bred out and nearly
lost. Each year brought a further decline in the number of these "original" Southdowns.
In 1986, Mr. Robert Mock began a search for the sheep with the original blood lines that
conformed to the original Southdown of the 1700s. Finding them proved to be difficult. At one
point they were believed to be extinct. After a four-year search, two small flocks totaling 26
sheep were located; however, this group would not be able to provide a sustainable gene pool.
After further extensive searching, a total of 350 of these miniature sheep were located. Many of
them still carried their original Southdown registration papers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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..

Returned To Their Homeland:
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)
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

We are totally SOLD OUT
on our
early Spring 2015
registered Babydoll lamb

We will have a few
wether lambs and young
adult ewes available in
ly of 2015 after our
late May lambing babies
have been weaned

Check with us on

We are now accepting
deposits on our Spring of
2016 lamb crop. Deposits
are $100.00 and are
fully refundable if we
can not provide you with
the sex of the lamb you
asked for.

(Mother Nature does not
always co-operate!)

Lambs can ONLY be
reserved with a deposit
so get yours in now -
they sell out FAST!!!

Nels & Shawna Bloom
Beau Peeps Babydoll Sheep
PO Box 337
Homeland, CA 92548
(951) 733-2000 Cell or (951) 928-6247 Home
& Registered Finnsheep!

Babydolls really bond with their *humans*.
Owners that take the time to handle, love
and bond with their Babydolls will be
rewarded with a sheep that follows them
around like a dog! They are easily halter
broken and love going for walks!
Nels & Shawna Bloom
PHONE:  (951) 928-6247  **  CELL:  (951) 733-2000  **  FAX:  (951) 928-4288

How long do sheep

The average life
expectancy of a sheep
is 10-12 years although
there are individuals
that live longer, as
many as 16-20 years.
Different breeds of
different sizes have
different life

Americans, it turns out,
don't particularly like
lamb meat.
In 2007, the average
American ate:

86.5 pounds of chicken
65 pounds of beef
50.5 pounds of pork
17.3 pounds of turkey
1.1 pounds of lamb

A Sheep by Any Other

female sheep

male sheep

castrated male sheep

young sheep,
less than 14 months old

What are a sheeps
normal vital signs?

Body temperature

Heart rate 60-90

Respiration 12-20

Sheep are playful and

Often times they will
knock down your rakes
and shovels while you
are cleaning, jump in
the wheelbarrow and
even tip it over!

They love soccer balls
and will spend hours
butting them around
amongst themselves.
We are now taking $100.00 deposits on our 2016 registered Babydolls! First come, first served so call to reserve now!
We have sold out on our 2015 Spring Babydoll lambs!