MISSION STATEMENT

The North American BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep Association and Registry’s Mission is to:

  1. Maintain breed records through registration.
  2. Protect the breed with a breed standard to preserve the original Southdown type and characteristics for which these sheep are known while including colored wool for the Spinner's market.
  3. Bring all BABYDOLL Southdown breeders to a forum for guidance in raising sheep.
  4. Promote the BABYDOLL Southdown sheep.
  5. Promote youth involvement in raising sheep.
  6. Raise scholarship funds for students seeking degrees in agriculture or related fields.
  7. Promote research for scientific augmentation for retaining the standard of the BABYDOLL Southdown.
  8. Promote research through volunteer donations to the Scrapie Eradication Programs or Ovine Studies at various universities.

AN ASSOCIATION IS VISUALIZED

The Association was conceptually formed in the winter of 2001, and officially incorporated June 10, 2003. There was a need to fill the missing link between sole proprietor owned registry with one that encourages member participation, gives members the opportunity to meet and exchange information for the purpose of making better breeding choices. When you join the Association, you are joining a network of caring people and breeders with knowledgeable facts of the BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep. The Association accepts open registration; all BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep previously registered with any other BABYDOLL Southdown registry are welcome provided the sheep meet our breed standard.

ARISTOCRATIC EXISTENCE

Many have referred to the sheep as a new type, a novelty, and/or a miniature sheep breed. By comparison, today’s sheep, the BABYDOLL is relatively small and the coining of the name "Teddy Bear Face" leaves many to believe the sheep as a novelty or new breed; when in fact, the BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep is an Old World Breed of Sheep. The Southdown Sheep roamed the downs (hills) of South England long before importation into the United States. No doubt, one of the oldest down breeds reaching over 500 years old, and the sheep ancestors where known for foraging on found herbs growing wild on the downs.

The modern Southdown Sheep that is common in walks and paddocks today is the result of the little sheep being bred up in size through imports of the Southdown from New Zealand. There were small flocks of the little sheep, nestled on small farms in North America left untouched by the livestock modernism movement of the 60’s. Today, the little sheep is coming back into the small holder, and making its way back to the prestige it once captured in eyes of the American Sheep Breeder. The statures of the BABYDOLL Southdown's of today are near the original size of the importations of the Southdown’s in North America as early as the 1700's. BABYDOLL Southdown's are docile by nature, and have a small blocky type appearance with great rear-end muscling and an aristocratic gait.

The Association is here to offer you greater pedigree information, news about the sheep industry, and the means to link all BABYDOLL Southdown breeders to the web in one great location. The Association is a non-profit Association and Registry that includes: membership categories, registration for your off-white fleeced sheep and your black fleeced sheep, elected officers, youth scholarships, low cost youth memberships, online meetings, membership gatherings, and most will find the cost of registration most favorable. Visit the website, ask questions if needed, and explore the adventure of an exciting Association and Registry where the goals are to preserve and promote the BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep here in North America.

Membership for the North American BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep Association and Registry is open to all breeders, pet owners, wool fanciers, youth, or persons interested in supporting the Association.

The North American BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep Association and Registry Breed Standard

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. In her book, author Valerie Porter wrote, "John Ellman once said that it was more difficult to maintain a good breed than to raise it to first class and he bequeathed to today's breeders the challenge of continuing what he began." The NABSSAR agrees with this philosophy and believes that today's breeders should maintain the integrity and work that Mr. Ellman began and continue to honor his work 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. Breeders must know what characteristics to look for and carefully choose their breeding stock. That is why we at NABSSAR believe that breeders should take the time to educate themselves by carefully reading and learning the breed standard.

When learning about the NABSSAR breed standard, a clear understanding of the difference between the terms: "Discriminated Against" and "Disqualifying" is important. These terms are defined as such:

Please note that when the terms fleece and wool are used, fleece refers to what is on the animal and wool is the product made from the fleece.

GENERAL CHARACTER AND APPEARANCE OF BABYDOLL SHEEP

BABYDOLL Southdown sheep are known for their docile dispositions. For this reason, they are often kept as pets, but they are also used in a variety of ways such as grass mowers and weed eaters in vineyards and orchards and 4H projects. They are small in stature and are easy to handle. Their small size and efficient metabolism requires less acreage per animal compared to other breeds of sheep. Thus, they are referred to as being "easy keepers." They are excellent mothers and are known for having multiple births. The BABYDOLL Southdown is known for its abundant carcass (relative to its size) and flavorful meat and is crossbred with lighter weight breeds of sheep to produce lambs of higher quality for market. They are also prized for their wool.

Head:
The characteristics of the head give each breed its individuality and uniqueness. The BABYDOLL Southdown's head should be wide and level between the ears, with no sign of a dark poll as the BABYDOLL is a polled (hornless) breed. Small, loosely attached or nubby scurs are sometimes seen on rams, which are considered a fault and discriminated against. Solid 1" or larger scurs or horns are a disqualification. The head is medium length and moderately broad, but not so broad to be a birthing obstruction. Extremely broad heads are considered a fault and discriminated against. The ears set level with the head, neither drooping nor so upright they are perpendicular to the ground and should be covered with some degree of fleece.

Muzzle & Face:
The muzzle is the area on the face that is covered with short fuzzy fleece and hair that is a shade from very light tan to brown to cinnamon to mousy gray color in the off-white fleeced sheep and black color in the black-fleeced sheep. The muzzle should be moderate in width to ensure efficient grazing, as well as moderate in length. It should be straight to slightly dished, but not Roman (arched) which is a breed disqualification. The wide muzzle gives the BABYDOLL sheep its classic smiling look and also makes it an efficient grazer.

Nose & Lips:
The nose and lip leather should be black, dark to light gray or bluish gray. Speckles are common and are acceptable but solid colors are preferred. Bright solid pink nose and lips, as are those without any pigmentation (pale white), are both breed disqualifications and the sheep cannot be registered. Please note that lambs often are born with pink noses and coloring will come with time.

Ears:
The ears should be of medium thickness and moderate in length. They should be level with the poll (top of the head) - neither drooping nor perpendicular to the ground. The size should be in proportion to the head and covered with fleece. Short, rough hair is acceptable. However, slick ears are discriminated against. Black or brown-specked ear skin is common.

Eyes:
The eyes should be large and bright. Their color should either be yellow or brown. Entropion, which is inverted eyelids, is discriminated against.

Incisor Teeth:
The incisor teeth should meet the dental pad. Sheep with a slight under or overbite with teeth just barely touching the edge of the dental pad are discriminated against; whereas, a sheep with a severe under or overbite, with distinct space between teeth and edge of dental pad is a breed disqualification.

Neck:
The neck should be moderately long and upright, wide at the base and flow smoothly into the shoulders without wrinkles in the skin.

Carriage:
The legs should be short and straight and should stand squarely at each corner of the sheep's body. Rear legs should stand wide, but squarely under the sheep with a slight angle of the stifle and hocks and a slight angle of the pastern.

Shoulders:
The shoulders should be well muscled and flow smoothly into the ribs. This is often expressed as being "well laid into the ribs." They should also be level with the back. The width at the shoulders should be less than the width at the hips to facilitate easy lambing. Excessively wide, flat-topped shoulders are discriminated against.

Back:
The back should be somewhat longer than the animal is tall. The combined length of measurements of the loin and the hind saddle should be slightly longer than the measurement of the shoulder to the last rib.

Loin:
The loin should be long, wide and thick.

Ribs:
The ribs should be deep and wide, thick through the heart girth and well sprung.

Rump:
The rump should be wide, of medium length, and relatively flat.

Tail:
The tail head carriage should be high and in a line level to the chin when the sheep is standing in a natural alert stance.

Hindquarters:
The hindquarters should be wider than the forequarters and have good width between the hipbones.

Thighs & Twist:
The thighs and twist should show deep and heavy muscling.

Rear Legs:
The rear legs should stand wide, but squarely under the sheep with a slight angle of the stifle and hocks and a slight angle of the pastern.

Hooves:
The hoof color should be black or gray and may have white stripes. Solid white hooves are a disqualification.

Height:
All measurements are at the highest point of the middle of the shoulder and perpendicular to the ground on a sheep that has been shorn. Adult sheep should be between 18-24" tall. Most BABYDOLL ewes fall into the 20-23" range and most rams into the 22-24" range. Sheep 17-18" or 24-26" are discriminated against, but can be useful in a well thought out breeding program. A sheep shorter than 17" or taller than 26" will be disqualified. These sheep may not be registered or shown as a BABYDOLL Southdown.

Skin:
Of a delicate gray to bright pink on off-white sheep and of dark tones on black sheep.

Fleece:
The fleece and hair covering around the eyes and cheeks to the muzzle should be short and not so thick as to ever cause the sheep to be "wool blind." Tear ducts should not be too woolly. Both "wool blindness" and woolly tear ducts are discriminated against. Fleece should be fine, tight and dense with medium to medium-fine crimp that is soft and springy.

Wool has been evaluated several ways over the centuries. Here are some of the terms used when speaking about wool and its qualities:

Staple length = The length of twelve months growth of fiber that is not stretched.
Crimp = Waves in the individual fiber. Fiber that has closer and smaller crimp (or waves) will be softer and fiber with crimp larger and farther apart will be coarser.
Blood = A way to interpret fineness of the wool. Usually displayed in fractions.
Spin count = Measurements of spun yarn on a wool skein.
Microns = A minute measurement.

Most old-type Southdowns - by this we mean the off-white BABYDOLL Southdowns - are evaluated as having wool that is 1/2 to 3/8 blood.

Many of the black BABYDOLL Southdowns are 1/4 blood, which means that they have coarser fleece than the off-white Southdowns. They usually have a 27 to 31 micron count, medium-coarse crimp and 2.5 to 4" staple length.

Typically the off-white wool is more valuable because it can be dyed any color.
NOTE: When shown, BABYDOLL Southdowns should be shown in short fitted fleece.

BABYDOLL SOUTHDOWN COLORS

White/Off-White
The typical BABYDOLL Southdown is an off-white color with muzzle and legs that is a shade from very light tan to brown to cinnamon to mousy gray. White and off-white are terms that are often used interchangeably - some people refer to these sheep as "whiite" while others refer to them as "off-white." However, the NABSSAR breed standard considers them off-white.

Black
Black is the color of the fleece at skin level in the lamb. Sometimes this color will fade to lighter shades of gray as the sheep ages, but it is still considered a black sheep. In some sheep, the sun may bleach the outer fleece to a light reddish brown color. This is only sun bleaching and is NOT considered a color.

ACCEPTABLE FLEECE COLORS:

NOTE: A blemish is considered a fault, but the sheep can be registered. Sheep of either color that are born with one 4-inch or less area of a contrasting color anywhere on the body are considered to have a "blemish."

UNACCEPTABLE FLEECE COLORS:

Rams:
Rams should look more masculine and are usually larger than ewes. They should be rectangular looking on a moderate frame. They must have both testicles descended. If one or both are not, it is a breed disqualification and the ram cannot be registered.

Ewes:
Ewes should have a broad, well-attached, but not pendulous udder with two teats. She should be capable of producing and raising twins.

Udder:
The udder should be wide and well attached with two teats. Extra teats are discriminated against.

NOTES: Rams and ewes should move with freedom of gait and remain active and sound for 8-10 years. Properly managed ewes and rams should be easy keepers and maintain thrifty condition without grain if kept on good quality pasture or hay with the exception of ewes that are lactating and lambs that are in their first six months of life. When selecting replacement-breeding stock, consider selecting for sheep with the genetics to produce sound conformation that provides easy keeping and easy birthing abilities to their offspring. Breeding for undersized sheep often produces poorly muscled and unthrifty lambs. Breeding integrity is of utmost importance.

SUMMARY

There are two types of "Faults" when judging the BABYDOLL Southdown, CONFORMATION FAULTS and BREED TYPE FAULTS. A good way to describe this is that conformation or structural faults are generally more serious as they affect function and reproduction. Breed type faults are more about looks, color, loose scurs, or spots. Faults can be described as very mild and hardly noticeable to severe or disqualifying faults, one reason for the point system and how it is used when judging a sheep for overall conformation and breed type. There are very few "perfect" BABYDOLL Southdowns; most have their strong points and their weak points. Careful selection of breeding stock will improve the breed as a whole.

DISCRIMINATED AGAINST (CONSIDERED A FAULT)

DISQUALIFICATIONS

Breeding Practices: The following Scale of Points are to be used when judging the conformation of a BABYDOLL Sheep and should be considered when breeding and showing.

HEAD (10) Wide and level between the ears, with no sign of a dark poll. Ears set level with the head - neither drooping nor so upright to be perpendicular to the ground. Covered with some degree of fleece.
MUZZLE & FACE (2) Color of the fleece and hair on the muzzle of an off-white fleeced sheep should be a shade from very light tan to brown to cinnamon to mousy gray with even colors preferred. Blends of similar shades are acceptable in the fleece and hair of the muzzle. Muzzles that lack pigmentation and are solid white are a breed disqualification. The short colored fleece and hair on the face should ideally cover the entire muzzle and extend from the corners of the mouth to a rounded point between the eyes on the adult sheep and the fleece on the cheeks, forehead and around the eyes should not be so long as to obstruct vision. Black muzzles on black/gray sheep. There may be some graying on the nose of black sheep with age.
EYES(2) Large, bright and prominent. Yellow to brown in color.
NECK (5 Wide at base, strong and well set on the shoulder.
CARRIAGE (11) Legs - short, straight, and well placed at corners. Lower leg fleece color similar to muzzle color. The colored fleece of the legs should extend from the feet to about the knees where it meets the body fleece.
SHOULDERS, CHEST,
& BACK (15)
Shoulder well laid into the ribs and level to the back. Chest deep. Back level from shoulder to tail with only a slight slope of the croup. Overall body length slightly longer than tall.
LOIN (5) Long, wide and thick.
RIBS (5) Should be deep and wide, thick through the heart girth and well sprung.
RUMP/CROUP
& TAIL (5)
Rump wide and of medium length, with only a slight slope of the croup. Tail is large and set high on a line almost level with the chin when standing in a natural alert stance.
HIND SADDLE
(THIGHS & TWIST) (5)
Full well-muscled hind saddle, well let down, with a deep wide muscling through the twist and legs.
HEIGHT (15)

18-24" is ideal. A height from 17-18" and from 24-26" is considered a fault and is discriminated against. Heights below 17" and above 26" are a disqualification.
SKIN (10) Of a delicate gray to bright pink on off-white sheep and of dark tones on black sheep.
FLEECE (10) Of fine texture, tight with great density and of sufficient length of staple, covering the whole of the body. Fleece should go down the hocks and knees and right up to the cheeks with a full foretop but not around the eyes or across the bridge of the nose. Wool of 3/8 blood or 56 to 60-skein spin count or 24-28 microns in diameter is preferred. Solid color. No more than one blemish no larger than 4-inches on any area of the animal.
TOTAL: 100

Code of Ethics

Members of the North American BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep Association and Registry subscribe to the following code of ethics. They agree to follow the guidelines listed herein candidly and forthrightly:

  1. To practice and support the goals, philosophy, and procedures as set forth by the North American BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep Association and Registry.
  2. To keep accurate records individually and turn in proper papers so that the North American BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep Association and Registry is accurate overall.
  3. To refrain from creating disharmony in the Association by attacking the good will of other members or the organization, the flaming of a member or officer on the web or in public constitutes creating disharmony.
  4. To refrain from the introduction of other breeds into BABYDOLL Southdown sheep to be presented for certification and registration.
  5. To provide accurate and appropriate registration documents to purchasers of one's breeding stock.
  6. To utilize safe animal husbandry practices to insure the health and well being of one’s North American BABYDOLL Southdown sheep flock.
  7. To be candid in relation to the genetics of one’s flock of sheep; to be forthright in dealing with the public and potential purchasers of one's stock.
  8. To conduct oneself with stateliness and integrity at any breed organization function in such a manner as to enhance the image of the North American BABYDOLL Southdown sheep over oneself; to refrain from misrepresenting the organization; to respect the Officers of the Association.
  9. To be knowledgeable about the North American BABYDOLL Southdown Breed Standard and thoroughly familiar with the various faults one may encounter in a North American BABYDOLL Southdown sheep-breeding program in order to preserve and protect the authenticity of the gene pool of the North American BABYDOLL Southdown breed of sheep.
  10. To honor John Ellman by breeders’ integrity in dealings and by efforts to maintain a good breed standard.

NABSSAR NEWS

The Paddock, our newsletter, is emailed in PDF format free to all paid memberships. We keep the NABSSAR's expenses down by e-mailing the newsletter to your e-mail twice per year. The newsletter contains a Featured Farm article, organizational news, articles written by our members, sheep anatomy, and product reviews. Also inside is a Kidz Korner, a question & answer section, leadership contact information, and much more.

The Paddock provides a means for breeders and newcomers alike to exchange information, ideas, and experiences. Many of our members like The Paddock so much they print them for future reference as they have tips and articles related to raising BABYDOLL sheep. This is how we keep in touch with our members and member participation is welcome. Any announcements, articles, or information about upcoming shows or results of shows attended by our members can be submitted to the editor.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Yahoo Group - allthingsbabydollnabssar

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/allthingsbabydollnabssar

This group is dedicated to increasing your knowledge about BABYDOLL SOUTHDOWN SHEEP in all aspects - from care questions, breeding, lambing ssupport and on-going sheep care. We encourage our members to ask questions, share advice and learn from one another. You will soon see why these fuzzy-faced, teddy bear BABYDOLL Southdown sheep have come to be one of the most treasured animals on our farms (and why you can't have just two!). Membership is open to all who love and want to support their BABYDOLL Southdown sheep by sharing their knowledge - from seasoned breeders, new shepherds just beginning with BABYDOLLS and Shepherd-wannabes who are starting the search for their perfect sheep. While this group is sponsored by NABSSAR absolutely no flaming or bashing of any registry or individuals will be tolerated.

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/NABSSAR

These social media sites are for members and fans of the North American BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep Association and Registry.

NABSSAR Shutterfly Share Site

A NABSSAR active member's only site used to share information and conduct our annual meetings. Information about how to set up an account is provided once a membership is paid.

CONFORMATION AND HEALTH

Conformation and health is an important guideline to the Association; therefore, the Association discourages experimenting with genetics in an uncontrolled, non-scientific manner to produce smaller sheep below 18”. The breeding practice of an Association member should be to protect the appearance and stature so that the BABYDOLL Southdown sheep continues to resemble its ancestral links from the 16th-19th century.

HEALTHY ANIMALS

Producing healthy animals should be a part of the members' breeding practices. Rams that do not have two testicles of approximately equal in size in the scrotum should be castrated for market or sold as pet wethers (castrated male). Any sheep that has serious undesirable defects should not be sold as breeding ewe or ram lambs. Any sheep with serious hereditary health problems or abnormalities should be culled. Piebald faces are considered a defect and should not be used in a breeders breeding program. The Association encourages all members to enroll in the volunteer Scrapie Eradication Program in their respective states. When testing becomes available for Scrapie it will one the most important tests, that as a breeder, you will want for your sheep flock.

Ovine Progressive Pneumonia (OPP) Testing

OPP testing is also encouraged and there are simple means of eradication of OPP through cull and separation. One of the best ways to keep biosecurity on your farm is to have a closed flock. When you enter into a volunteer Scrapie program, you are essentially closing your flock and to maintain your flocks' enrollment date you should only buy from other flocks that have been in the program as long or longer then your flock.

Adherence to Standards

Inspection of flocks, individual BABYDOLL Southdown sheep, policing of farm or farm visits is not required for registration. However, if breed standards or registration rules are found to be violated, flock or individual sheep registrations may be suspended for a period based on the Association Open Registry Standards Committee recommendations. Violations of breed standards will be subject to membership vote to exclude or suspend sheep registrations once the Open Registry Standards Committee accepts registration for a sheep. A Standards Committee is to oversee any complaints of violation of breed standards and make recommendations to the Associations Board; in any event, no one individual person(s) will be kicked out of the Association or registrations revoked without 2/3 vote of the membership registry. The Board, acting on the best interest of the Association, suspends member privileges for up six (6) months. The Association goals are to promote and protect the BABYDOLL Southdown sheep; therefore, it is not the policy to police farmers/breeders; nonetheless, it is to advise, be informative, collect breed data, and protection of the breed standard.

NAMING RULES

Your registered farm name will be used when naming your sheep. The naming of sheep is acceptable along with their ear tag numbers, and may not infringe on another members identifier or protected name and should differ by one letter. Farm names will appear on the Certificate of Registry.

NABSSAR SHEEP REGISTRATION RULES

All applications from another BABYDOLL sheep registry must go through the Open Registry Standards Committee for review before proceeding to the Registrar.

Open Registry Program

It is understood that the animal in question must meet the Breed Standard as outlined in the NABSSAR HANDBOOK.

HOW TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION

Please make an application for each animal individually and identify each animal by its ear tag. The Open Registry Standards Committee will review each application individually. If your sheep meets the NABSSAR Breed Standard, your application will be forwarded to the registrar and the certificate of registry will be granted.

A BABYDOLL Southdown sheep currently registered in another BABYDOLL Southdown registry

Fill out the Open Registration Application and send a copy of its Certificate of Registration, any extended pedigrees, and any copies of other documented information, along with the application. With the application, you must submit 4 photos of your sheep standing squarely--one photo of both sides, one photo of the front and one photo of rear. Be sure to get good clear photos and close up photos with the entire sheep in the photo. Do not take photos with your sheep way off in a pasture or standing over them. The sheep must be seen at their level to be inspected. For proof of height, be sure to include a measurement in one of the photos, or take a separate photo showing the height of your sheep measured level at the shoulders and perpendicular to the ground. You can use a wicket or a yardstick, but make sure measurement can be read in the photo! You can take a piece of yarn or black tape and mark the 24" spot on your measuring stick if numbers are small and hard to read in photo. Fees for committee to review your submitted information are $10.00 per sheep plus the $8.00 registration fee for a total of $18.00 per each sheep when applying for Open Registration. Please see the website for current address and information.

General Information on Sheep Registration

One must be a member of NABSSAR to register sheep: All members may register purebred BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep that are currently registered with another registry when meeting the requirements through the Open Registry Standards Committee and lambs from NABSSAR registered sheep. The fees for registering sheep or lambs are posted hereafter; the charge for adult sheep is $10.00. Lambs under 1 year of age are $8.00 at all times until the board changes fees.

False Presentation: An individual making a false presentation for registration is a violation of Code of Ethics and Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws; therefore, sheep registration shall be revoked. Application for registration is available on the Association’s website.

Any Crossbred individuals: Any crossbred individual species are not eligible for registration. Heights between 17-18” and 24-26” are discouraged, and considered faults; nonetheless, a BABYDOLL Southdown and registration will not be denied, but breeding a sheep with height faults is discouraged. Heights below 17" and above 26" are a disqualification and these sheep will be denied registration.

Record Keeping: Each breeder is responsible for keeping accurate records of his/her flock and breeding. A ewe will be exposed to only one ram per cycle so that the sire of the lamb(s) is known. Pedigree records may be kept so that the exact breeding of all sheep in the flock is known. To register lambs sired by rams not owned by the breeder or if a bred ewe was purchased, include a Ram Lease Certificate signed by the owner of the ram.

Photos: Effective January 1, 2016, ALL sheep registrations AND ALL transfers of sheep will require a close and clear printed PHOTO of the head of the sheep being registered or transferred. The photo must show the complete permanent ear tag with all of the letters/numbers visible and readable and enough of the sheep's head to identify the sheep. We recommend the scrapie tag be used for this purpose. The NABSSAR will be using the ear tags to aid in positive visual identification of the sheep and to make sure there is always a correct paper trail of a sheep's registration and transfers.

Ear Tags: All sheep must have individual ear tags of the breeder’s choice affixed before registration, and as per USDA rules governing sale of breeding stock. The scrapie ear tags may always be placed on the sheep's left ear. If showing the sheep a tattoo is recommended. A tattoo with the Flock Prefix number may be placed on left ear with lamb’s number on the right ear. The Association encourages the use of two systems for marking. Two systems for marking could include an ear tag and a tattoo or an ear tag and a microchip.

If the sheep is ever re-tagged, for any reason, the owner of the sheep must send the ORIGINAL Certificate of Registration (CoR) to the registry, along with a new head shot of the sheep with the new ear tag in its ear. The ear tag information updates will be made on the CoR by the registry and signed by the registrar.

You must be the current owner listed on the CoR, of the sheep, in order to request the ear tag information of the sheep be updated by the registry.

A sheep may not be able to be registered and/or transferred if the paperwork or the CoR ear tag information does not match the ear tag on the sheep. When purchasing a sheep, filling out paperwork on a sheep, etc. please check, double check, even triple check the sheep you have is the sheep listed on the paperwork or CoR.

Registration Certificates and Pedigrees: NABSSAR provides registration certificates with each lamb or sheep registered with up to a five (5) generation pedigree. If a pregnant ewe is transferred, the producer/owner must be listed as breeder.

Transfers: To record the change of ownership complete the NABSSAR Transfer information on the back of the sheep's Certificate of Registry and mail it to the NABSSAR Registrar with the required transfer fee and photo.

Name Changes: To change the name of your sheep, contact the Registrar for specifics.

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

By joining the Association along with the submittal of fees, you are agreeing to the Terms of Membership, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and the Code of Ethics. Memberships are renewable each year except for lifetime memberships, which are for life. Memberships are not prorated- if a person joins in October membership fees are again due January 1.

Privileges of an Adult Single, Adult Dual, Family, Junior Single, Junior Multiple, Lifetime Adult Single and Lifetime Adult Dual Memberships: Adult members of the Association are entitled to attend, speak during open forum and vote at the membership meetings of the Association. Memberships shall be based on one Adult membership one vote. In addition, members in good standing shall be kept informed of the activities, and be notified of all membership meetings, have annual reports, up-to-date Bylaws made available to them by the website for download.

Junior memberships do not include the right to vote or speak at meetings. Upon reaching the age of 18, a Junior member may apply for an Adult membership if they wish to have a vote and run for office in the Association. Upon turning 21, Junior members must sign up for membership as an Adult.

Definition of Membership

Active Member is one who owns or breeds the North American BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep or pet owners, wool fanciers and youth, or person interested in supporting the Association. These persons may become an active member in NABSSAR by making application and paying membership fees.

Adult Single Member: Any person over the age of 18. The cost is $20.00 for the entire year. An Adult Single member has one (1) vote in the Association. The Adult Single will have their own membership number and only their name will appear on the Certificate of Registry issued for their sheep. They "own" the sheep and any lambs born.

Adult Dual: Any two domestic partners over the age of 18 (this is not for business partners unless the business partner is the domestic partner). The cost is $30.00 for the year. The Adult Dual members each get one (1) vote, for a total of two (2), in the Association. Both members will have the same membership number and they will both be listed on the Certificate of Registry issued for their sheep. Both members "own" the sheep and any lambs born.

Family: One or two domestic partners over the age of 18 (this is not for business partners unless the business partner is the domestic partner). The cost is $30.00 for the year. In addition, any number of Junior family members can be added to this membership for an additional $5.00 per Junior each year. This membership allows one (1) vote per adult, with a maximum of two (2) votes in the Association. All Family members will have the same membership number and they will all be listed on the Certificate of Registry issued for their sheep. All members "own" the sheep and any lambs born.

Junior Single: One Junior under the age of 21*. The cost is $15.00 for the year. The Junior member is not allowed to vote or hold office in the Association. The Junior will have their own membership number and only their name will appear on the Certificate of Registry issued for their sheep and any lambs born.

Junior Multiple: Two or more Juniors from the same family under the age of 21*. The cost is $15.00 per Junior for the year. The Junior members are not allowed to vote or hold office in the Association. All of the Junior Multiple members will have the same membership number and they will all be listed on the Certificate of Registry issued for their sheep. All of the members "own" the sheep and any lambs born.

*Upon reaching the age of 18, a Junior member may apply for an Adult membership if they wish to have a vote and run for office in the Association. Upon turning 21, Junior members must apply for membership as an Adult.

Lifetime Adult Single: Same as the Adult Single, except the membership is for life and the cost is $300.00 for their lifetime.

Lifetime Adult Dual: Same as the Adult Dual membership, except the membership is for life and the cost is $450.00 for their lifetimes.

What is an agriculture-learning environment? Any person(s) under the age of 21 participating in 4H, FFA, AG Program, College Ag Studies, or a working farm.

Available from the North American BABYDOLL Southdown Association:

Fees subject to change.

NABSSAR YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP

We may accept donations or contributions for distributing as an agriculture scholarship.

The North American Babydoll Southdown Sheep Association and Registry offers one $500 scholarship to a junior NABSSAR member each year to encourage participation in BABYDOLL Southdown sheep activities and to encourage them to pursue a higher education in a science or livestock related career after high school.

The criteria for the NABSSAR Agriculture Scholarship Program are as follows:

Terms

Scholarship funds may be used towards the student’s tuition, books, and/or room and board. Scholarship recipients are not restricted from pursuing or accepting other forms of financial aid, assistantship, scholarships or tuition waiver.

  1. The applicant must be a NABSSAR junior member & must receive at least a 2.5 GPA (grade point average) during the senior year in High School or previous year of college whichever is more current.
  2. Applicants must be accepted for enrollment at an accredited college, university, community college or technical school within the boundaries of the USA, by June 1st of each calendar year. Your Academic major must be agricultural or be potentially agriculture science related.
  3. Submit a short typed essay not exceeding one (1) page. Describe what your experiences as a BABYDOLL Southdown owner has taught you that would help you to achieve your career goal. Include information about your participation, leadership role or volunteer work in livestock judging, 4H, FFA or other agriculture related youth groups. Include any honors or awards received through the above organizations.
    Essay should include when you started with BABYDOLL Southdowns, the size of your flock, your management responsibilities, and how you promoted your sheep, for example - showed the sheep, used the wool, etc.
  4. Explain your goals and plans.
  5. Character (Two (2) letters of reference).
  6. Include 2 letters of reference as to your character, preferably from a teacher, a veterinarian or
    other animal healthcare professional.

The Committee

A five (5)-panel committee chosen by the board will award the scholarships. Deadline for application is June 1st and scholarship winner will be notified by August 1st of that year.

Updated as of 05/26/2016