Welcome to Silver Branch Farm
Breeders of quality Babydoll Southdown Sheep in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia.
We have been breeding Babydolls since 2003 and have both white and black breeding stock. All of our sheep conform to the breed specifications and are registered with the Olde English “Babydoll” Registry established by Robert Mock; www.oldeenglishbabydollregistry.com We are also members of the North American Babydoll Southdown Sheep Association and Registry: www.nabssar.org
Southdown Babydoll sheep are an old English breed of sheep originally produced for their small size, hardiness and docile demeanor. They came to the US from England in the early 1800’s. These small sheep were crossbred to other larger breeds to increase size, muscling, and carcass value. The breed was nearly forgotten in the US until the 1980’s when Robert Mock started searching for remaining herds which still fit the Olde English Southdown Sheep characteristics. A small number of these sheep were found and a registry started.
Babydoll sheep can be no larger than 24” at the shoulder when shorn. In addition to their small size, they produce medium diameter wool of short staple length (approx. 2”) that can be used by spinners or for blankets and rugs. They need to be sheared one time per year in the spring. Other advantages of this smaller breed of sheep are that they require smaller amounts of grazing area and are “easy keepers”. Fencing requirements are minimal along with some type of winter shelter and shade for the summer. Access to fresh water and free choice mineral without copper are also necessary. Other management tasks include hoof trimming several times per year, yearly CDT vaccination, and deworming as needed. These sheep are easily handled by young or not so young herdsmen! Because of their laid back temperament, they make excellent pets and work well in petting zoos and as therapy animals.