Babydoll Southdown Sheep
Rick and Elaine Wagner
541-910-8009
laddviewranch@gmail.com
We bought our first Babydoll ewe lamb and wether 5 years ago after a long search for an animal that we could put in our orchard and pond areas. We wanted one that would have a gentle impact on the landscape while grazing down the grass and weeds but leaving the trees unharmed. Our search led us to Babydoll Southdown Sheep.
 
Babydoll sheep are short statured, reaching no more than 24-26 inches at the shoulder. Their wool is off-white or black. Black fleece turns brown to grey as the animal matures. It is a fine to medium, short stapled fiber with remarkable spring. 

With their "woolly bear" faces, natural smiles, and gentle and friendly natures Babydolls have an endearing quality that make them especially enjoyable to own. They are the foundation breed for the larger American bred Southdown sheep. Ours are registered with the North American Babydoll Southdown Sheep Association and Registry (NABSSAR) which is dedicated to the continuation of this heritage breed.

                                  For Questions or to Reserve Lambs:
                               E-Mail us at laddviewranch@gmail.com
                                        Call or Text at 541-910-8009

Why Babydolls?

WHERE?


We live in the Grande Ronde Valley in Northeast Oregon overlooking the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Refuge. Our farm is about 8 miles south of La Grande, Oregon, right off of I-84. We own 50 acres of pastures, woods, and ponds with Ladd Creek running through our property. We have a Great Pyrenees named Bianca who watches over our little flock.  We do transport lambs upon request. Transporting lambs outside of the state of Oregon requires a veterinary certificate which we are happy to attain at the new owner's expense.

For questions or to reserve lambs:
E-Mail us at laddviewranch@gmail.com
Call or text at 541-910-8009 

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  • VEGETATION CONTROL, PASTURE IMPROVEMENT: sheep have been nicknamed, "golden hooved" because under proper management they can turn an unhealthy landscape into a park- like setting. In fact, historically, many prestigious parks used sheep to trim lawns and provide natural fertilizer.  Even the White House lawn grazed sheep during several presidencies. Today, Turin, Italy, leases 700 of the golden hooved ovine to trim public parks and lawns. 
  • WOOL: babydoll wool is excellent for needlefelting. It takes dyes well without felting during the process, and because of the many natural barbs in the fiber, it easily sculps into any shape you desire. For the same reason, it is also used for batting and stuffing. It easily combines with other natural fibers to make it wonderful for spinning.
  • MEAT: the quality of Southdown meat has long been celebrated and thus been used to develop several other breeds, including the Shropshire, Hampshire, and Oxford. Being a heritage breed, the meat is high in Omega 3's and other antioxidents. In fact, lamb is considered the most healthful of all red meats and only fish can provide the Omega 3's that a heritage breed lamb will contain. It is amazingly non-allergenic and many people who cannot eat other meat, can eat lamb without adverse effects. The flavor is mild and delicious, easily enhanced with the addition of seasonings and herbs.
  • FIRE PREVENTION, FUEL REDUCTION: the destructive fire seasons of the past several summers has led many landowners to consider ways of reducing fuel loads. Babydoll sheep are a natural way to reduce fuel loads, thus protecting lands and homes.
  • EASY KEEPERS: Babydoll sheep are easy to contain, not jumping over or crawling under fences. They can be fenced with traditional field fence, livestock panels, or simply multiple strands of electric wire. They are forage efficient and hardy, and so maintain their condition easily even in harsh conditions.
  • ORCHARDS, VINEYARDS: many have chosen this breed for bio-organic grass and weed control around trees and grapevines due to their short stature and low impact on woody plants. They appreciate the added bonus of natural fertilizer!
Ladd View Ranch
  1. Our Breeding Flock
    We currently have two rams and nine ewes. We lamb in March and April and wean the lambs at 10-12 weeks old. Our entire flock of breeding animals has been gene tested for scrapies susceptibility. Our goal is to breed hardy and healthy Southdown Babydoll sheep, selecting for the Babydoll characteristics as described in the breed standard, and to breed for scrapies resistant animals. All our breeding stock are registered with NABSSAR, North American Babydoll Southdown Sheep Association and Registry. We sell ewe and ram lambs for breeding as well as wethers (castrated ram lambs) for pasture maintenance and pets. We are currently taking reservations for our 2017 lambs.
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  1. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. PSALM 23