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A Little Bit About Babydoll Sheep
HOW TALL DO BABYDOLL SHEEP GET?
Babydoll sheep typically average 18-24 inches at the shoulder. Their short stature makes them a great addition to any ranch or homestead. They don't require super tall fencing and their shorter height makes them less intimating to kids. Babydoll sheep make great 4H projects! Their smaller size also makes them more manageable for routine care (sheering, hoof trims, ect).
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF BABYDOLL SHEEP?
Although originally bred to be used for their wool and meat, Babydoll sheep almost went extinct during World War 1 when the demand for larger cuts of meat pushed the breed out of popularity. Since then with the help of dedicated breeders the breed has made a comeback as companions and as other uses. Some of the other uses Babydoll's offer are weed control in vineyards/orchards (due to their short height they don't damage the trees) they also make great market (meat) animals. They are often classed in the Market side at shows (4H & FFA). This triple purpose breed makes it an all around addition to ranches/homesteads.
HOW MUCH DO BABYDOLL SHEEP WEIGH?
On average Babydoll sheep can weigh between 75 - 125lbs. Don't let their smaller size fool you they are packed full of muscle. This breed is considered a heritage breed and was originally bred to be a dual purpose breed. Their smaller size allows them to have a great meat to bone ratio that makes them a great market animal as well for ranchers and homesteaders.
WHAT TYPE OF PERSONALITY DO BABYDOLL'S HAVE?
No one can argue the fact that the babydoll sheep are full of personality! From their "teddy bear" appearance to their almost always "smiling" face these guys are pretty adorable. These sheep are pretty gentle natured which allows them to be great companions for all ages! They are naturally calm and docile, this disposition has a soothing effect on other livestock that they can be housed with. These "little" guys also have a life expectancy of 10-16 years so they will be a long time friend!
- Meet Our Flock -
We currently only have 3 babydoll sheep, 2 ewes and 1 ram. Take a look at them below. The girls are confirmed bred for late March-April babies. The babies will be able to be registered. We look forward to continuing to expand/grow our flock!
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** Thell Shearing Services **
Meet Brian, he does all of our sheering and helps with some of the hoof trimming. He is very patient with the animals but also gets the job done quickly and efficiently. If you are in need of someone to sheer your flock of sheep, we cannot recommend these him enough! Please check out his Facebook page and contact them to book your flock or herd! He travels all over Minnesota (click on the icons below to contact him).