On Confirmation

In 1780, John Ellman from Glynde, England, took the local sheep known as Southdown and systematically selected, developed and standardized them into what we now recognize as the considerably improved BABYDOLL Southdown; a breed that was destined to make its name a presence in sheep farming across the world because of Master Breeder John Ellman’s work.

We strongly believe breeders should maintain the integrity and work that Mr. Ellman began by keeping the Southdown conformation consistent – without crossbreeding or breeding lesser quality animals. Not every BABYDOLL Southdown lamb that is born should be allowed into a breeding program.

Our animals are bred for the traits meeting the breed standard as outlined by the Nabssar registry and will not be sold as registered animals if they are found to have serious fault. Our breeding stock has been carefully selected and we believe we have gathered some of the best animals and bloodlines in the breed.

Rambaaler, our main Ram, has heavily influenced our flock. He is an outstanding specimen and is thought by many to be among the top babydoll rams in the entire U.S. He was bred by Diane Spisak and is out of one of her all-time best ewes, a productive and consisted producer of outstanding sheep. Rambaaler won grand champion over all breeds twice as a young ram (quite an achievement for a Babydoll sheep) and his photo is featured on the Nabssar webpage outlining ideal breed characteristics. http://www.nabssar.org/breed_standard_with_photos.php

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While Babydoll sheep are not traditionally used for showing, there is an emerging presence in the show ring and we believe they will have more and more a place as the breed continues to grow. By starting our flock with careful attention to details, we have established ourselves as having some of the finest examples of Babydoll sheep. If you are looking to produce outstanding sheep keeping with rigorous adherence to breed standards, we invite you to take a look at the offerings here at Morgan Family Farms.

 

 

The Mighty Rambaaler as a young ram.

The Stork is Coming late February !

Olaf 1The weather here in northern Colorado has been beautiful this winter.   Our mommies are healthy and happy and if our rams did their job we should have lots of babies this year.  The lambs should start arriving late February which is right around the corner.  We will start posting pictures as they arrive.  Send us an email or give us a call if you re interested in purchasing one of our babies.  Hurry because they go fast!!!!

PS:  The little guy on the left is Olaf.  Olaf is one of Chip’s son that we sold last year.

Lillabelle

 

Lillabelle

It has been a long time since our last post.  After having two babies and giving us the experience of milking a cow, Lillabelle, our sweet half miniature jersey, has moved on to a kind family interested in raising miniature jersey cows.  We will miss her sweet face among the flowers this spring but we know she is happy and healthy with her new family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ewes and Ram for Sale:

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Last year, we experimented with doing some Line-breeding with the mighty Rambaaler, and the results were fantastic!  Rambaaler is an amazing Babydoll specimen.  He is regarded by many in the breed as being one of the top Babydoll Rams in the country.  As far as we know, he is the only Babydoll to have ever won Grand Champion over all breeds at a sheep show.  His confirmation is ideal and his offspring have been gorgeous, sound sheep with excellent temperament, fertility and longevity.  Rambaaler is getting up there in age and since he won’t live forever we have opted to concentrate his genetics in our flock.  We bred him to a select few of his daughters this year and will be looking to keep several of his line breed daughters for ourselves to firmly imprint his genetics into our flock here at Morgan Family Farms.

Because of this, and because we have a small acreage, we are needing to make room for his daughters.  We have a few really nice 2-3 year old ewes that have plenty of life left and who are proven producers.  These are registered and are very nice animals.  We are selling these very nice young ewes for $500 each. 

In addition, we acquired a nice Ram, Chip, a couple of years ago from Diane Spisak, the former NABSSAR breed association president.  Chip has a few good years left in him and would make a nice addition to anyone’s flock.   He is fertile and an excellent breeder.  We plan on keeping a son of Chip around for breeding purposes here at our place.  Chip has bloodlines going back to the Olde English Babydoll registry and is a good outcross prospect for flocks looking to expand genetics.  He is long in body, has a great disposition, and his babies are extremely cute!  Chip is also for available for sale, $400. 

 

A Little About Me, Dana

I am a busy mom of three who just semi-retired from practicing medicine. We live in the country and our days include chores, home schooling and house projects including painting, staining wood trim and fixing stuff around the house. I have lots of interests.

I have been sewing since I was about 9 years old and taught myself how to crochet and knit in my early 30s. I enjoy cooking and baking as well and recently have been discovering gluten free cooking. I love making things for friends and family.

Some of my recent projects are an apron for my sweet sister-in-law Sheree, wool hats for my kids and husband using some wool from our baby doll sheep and I am in the process of gathering supplies to make my first batch of soap. I would love to share my love for making things with you and will post new projects as they come up. Thanks for visiting my page.

Rambaaler

We are super excited about our new ram, Rambaaler. We can’t wait until his babies hit the ground in the spring of 2013. Rambaaler, as far as we know, is the only Babydoll sheep to have ever won Grand Champion at a sheep show. He was bred by Diane Spisak of Kansas and you can view his achievements here, www.lazyjvranch.com/Sheepfields_ram.html.