We have had a number of requests since we began our adventure with our little flock of raising, breeding, and preserving the rare miniature Babydoll sheep, to have clients purchases lambs, lodge them here at our farm until they are 18 months of age, at which time we can expose the 18-month old ewes to one of our rams, unrelated ram of course. There seems to be enough interest in this, I thought I would present the concept of an "On-Farm Breeding Program" here at our little flock.
Our farm maintains a closed flock status with sheep and goats, and when introducing any other new animals to the farm, they are quarantined away from the existing animals for at least 30 days. This helps minimize disease and infection among the whole flock. Because of this "closed flock" status, we are not able to bring any ewe into our flock, including for breeding purposes. Babydoll ewes are the most desired gender and due to this they are few and far between. Add to this the fact that as a miniature sheep they can not be bred until 18 months of age, it makes establishing a breeding program a long and tedious journey. As well, you may already have your breeding ram and his neutered ram companion, so would be expensing money for a breeding program that is at least 18 months away.