All our Babydoll ewes are registered with ASSBA and AABMGS and are 100% Purebred Southdowns.
Our ewes are measured to be under 60 cm in height as per the AABMGS Babydoll Breed Standard.
We have a flock of 38 breeding ewes and 12 maiden ewes.
Being a British sheep, breeding begins in February and March each year with lambs expected to be born after 138 to 159 days gestation.Lambs due from June each year.
Babydoll ewes can have single, twin or triplet lambs and are
wonderful mothers. Babydoll ewes are attentive with their lambs and with their gentle temperaments they are easy to handle. Our ewes lamb naturally and unassisted, but due to the cold weather around the time of lambing, ewes and lambs are moved inside into pens to help protect the lambs from the cold and from foxes. This also allows for hand feeding to provide the best start for the ewe and lamb. We breed ewes at around 18 months of age although ewe lambs can come into oestrus as early as 8 months. To prevent breeding at this age our hogget lambs are paddocked separately from our older ewes.
Ewes ovulate naturally in response to the shortening daylight that occurs during autumn and early winter. During the hours of darkness, ewes produce melatonin, and when this increases it stimulates hormonal activities that leads to ovulation.
The right genetics
Healthy, fertile ewes are vital for successful breeding and twinning is beneficial if you want to improve reproduction rates.
Maternal and Protective,Our ewes look after their lambs from birth till they are weaned around 10-12 weeks of age.