Babydoll Sheep

Babydoll Sheep

Hershey and Mo(u)ose joined the R&R Farm on July 20, 2015.

They are registered Olde English Miniature Babydoll Southdown sheep, an ancient breed with sweet, teddy bear faces.

Raised for their diminutive size (only 24 inches tall when mature), they are easy to handle and not aggressive.

The Southdown breed of sheep originated in the South Downs of Sussex County, England, and are one of the oldest of the Down breeds. Early literature suggests that the Southdowns were among the animals brought into the English colonies as early as 1640.

They grew in popularity in both England and America, and by 1908 there were approximately 367 registered flocks, totaling about 111,000 ewes.  World War 1 brought a sharp decline in numbers and by the end of World War 11, the demand for larger cuts of meat had almost forced the breed into extinction.

Sheep2Around 1990, Robert Mock began a search for the miniature sheep after having read articles about them.  After a difficult search, he eventually found two small flocks of the original smaller type Southdowns and gathered them up.  After finding these and promoting them as miniature sheep, others were found in various parts of the country, providing a larger gene pool.  He labeled them Olde English “Babydoll” Southdowns to differentiate them from the larger modern Southdown.  He also formed a sole proprietorship registry to register these sheep to insure that their lines would be kept pure. Only adults two years and older were accepted so they could be judged against the original conformation standards and heights then verified by a veterinarian.  The Foundation Flock was then established and the registry closed.

The little sheep are amongst the highest priced sheep and most in demand of any breed.  The demand for Babydoll wool increases each year.  The wool is short stapled, but a micron count of 19 to 22 puts it in the class of cashmere.  The wool has more barbs per inch than any other wool and is perfect for blending with other fine wools and for felting.

We’re very excited to have two of these registered and delightful animals here at the Farm. We invite you to come and visit!

By |2017-05-20T14:17:23+00:00July 20th, 2015|Animals|Comments Off on Babydoll Sheep
Dear Friends, Family and Valued Patrons of Rype & Readi

As we close 2018 and look forward to our 5th year, we once again welcome and will be challenged by change.

 

As many of you know, we took a calculated risk in opening at the Colee Stables downtown.
Property ownership had been disputed and litigated for the last 9 years. Finally resolved, we were regrettably unable to come to reasonable terms with the new owner and our lease ends on the 31st of December. This was complicated in part by a commitment we had made to expand our market operations downtown beginning next fall, adjacent to a well known, well trafficked anchor.
Rest assured Rype & Readi will have a downtown presence again. But for the immediate near term, we are consolidating operation to our St. John’s Golf Club facility where we will focus on catering, prepared foods, dinner events, cooking classes and, of course, a market for fresh local fine foods.
Please be sure to keep in contact with our social media on Facebook, Instagram, our website & newsletter to follow our happenings and special offerings.
Our location at the St. John’s Golf Club is a diamond in the rough. In addition to having a full restaurant and bar, we have a magnificent patio overlooking acres of manicured greens, gorgeous in the daylight and tranquil in the evenings when the golfer’s day is done.
With plenty of space on the terrace and adjacent properties (including parking for several hundred cars) this venue, at the intersection of State Road 207 and I-95 promises to host some creative, exciting and delightful family events throughout the coming year.
We fondly wish you all a festive and memorable holiday season and thank you for your continued support. Please let us know if there is any event, occasion or opportunity to help you celebrate life though a special event with great food and smiling faces.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
With Profound Appreciation,
Your friends at Rype & Readi