If you purchase more than one sheep from me, a $50 discount is applied to each additional one. This also applies to future years. (Example: If you purchased 2 lambs the first year, you would receive a $50 discount. If you purchased 2 more lambs the next year, you would receive a $100 discount. This does not imply that anyone is guaranteed the ability to purchase lambs in any future year though. That is based on the buyer’s position on “The List”, the number of lambs born, and other factors.
2018 Lamb Prices:
- Registered White or Black Ewe: $600
- Registered White or Black Ram: $500 (All rams sold will be RR at codon 171)
- Non-Registered White or Black Wether (neutered male): $250
- All the ewes and rams will be registered with NABSSAR.
- All of the ewes born will be either QR or RR at codon 171. If you want to guarantee getting an RR ewe, there will be an additional fee of $50 per ewe. Please let me know this early in the process, since I may need to test several to find one, and it takes time to get back the results.
Procedure for Purchasing Sheep:
If you would like to be put on my list for 2018 lambs, this is how it works:
“The List“ Contact me at Mail@MyLittleSheep.com as early as possible to be placed on “The List”. In the spring (lambing season), I will start working down the list to clarify what types (ewe, ram, wether, color, etc.) and how many are wanted. Once the lambs are born and specific ones are selected, you will be sent pictures and information about them. At that time, the deposit will be requested (50% of cost). It will need to be received within two weeks of the request, or the lambs will be offered to another person on the list. (If this happens to you, I will place your name at the bottom of the list. So it does not necessarily mean you won’t be able to get lambs, but it does decrease your odds.) If a deposit has been paid and I end up being unable to provide the lamb, your deposit will be refunded in entirety.
Registration Ewe and ram lambs will be registered with the NABSSAR registry, and also transfered into the new owner’s name once the sale is complete, at no additional cost. You can expect to get their registration papers about 3 weeks after you pick up your lambs.
In the past, another option was to also have them registered with the Olde English Babydoll Southdown registry (for an additional $15). All of our flock is double-registered, so all options were possible. I no longer recommend this option to anyone. That registry has become unreliable (registrations taking over 8 months) with poor communication. Its future is very uncertain at this point.
Wethers are not typically registered because they can’t reproduce, although they are purebred.
Health Issues All lambs will have had their tails docked (banded) their first week. They will be current with their CD&T vaccinations. They will have a scrapie tag in an ear for identification and to meet transporting requirements (I use the smallest, most inconspicuous tag available). They will be dewormed the day they are picked up. Their hooves will be trimmed.
Transportation If they are to be transported across state lines, the lambs will need a veterinarian exam and health certificate. I will have this done at my expense, but any additional required testing specific to your state is the responsibility of the buyer at the buyer’s expense. (This has never occurred yet.) If you are concerned about the requirements for your state, please ask your local veterinarian. Typically, the health certificate is only good for 30 days so if your plans change to pick up your lamb, you will responsible for paying for another exam if that is necessary. We do not allow our sheep to be shipped by plane so other arrangements will need to be made. Also, if transporting in the back of a pickup, a cover over the pen (such as a tarp) is needed to provide shade from the sun and shelter from the wind. Most buyers transport the lambs inside their vehicles using large dog crates, which works very well. Placing a tarp under the dog crate will help a lot with clean up afterwards. I will be sending along hay so the lambs will have something to munch during their trip home. If the trip is less than 5 hours, they usually won’t drink even if water is offered. If the trip is longer, you can offer water in a bowl during stops to avoid sloshing. Once home, it is good to keep the lambs in a smaller area until they’ve had a chance to settle in. It will give you a chance to interact with them, so they can get to know you too.
Timing We plan our lambing to start in April. Since we like to give our lambs the best opportunity for a healthy, happy, natural start in life, we leave them with their mothers until they are at least 8 weeks of age (weaning age). Most lambs leave for their new homes in June.
Bottle Lambs I do not sell bottle lambs before they are 8 weeks old. Although they are more labor-intensive to raise, I would rather have a healthy 8 week-old leave here for their new home, than a broken-hearted person calling me with tragic news. (Bottle lambs are very vulnerable to health problems during those first weeks.) If you want a lamb that has been a bottle baby, that may be possible, but the lamb will not have been raised as a “house pet”. They continue to live with the flock. Also, some of my most friendly adult sheep were not bottle babies…so you can be assured that the time you spend interacting with your new lamb is of much more importance.
Other Important Considerations We reserve the right to decide to not sell a sheep for any reason. Our sheep are not sold for meat. Since they are a flock animal, if only one is purchased it needs to “go home” to a flock or at least one other sheep. A wether (neutered male) is an ideal companion! The other sheep does not need to be a Babydoll, but does need to be a sheep (a goat is a very different animal).