Sugargum Farm Miniature & Rare Breed Sheep

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At Sugargum Farm

we LOVE our sheep. We currently run two different breeds of smaller sheep on our property......Miniature or Classic Cheviot Sheep and Olde English Babydoll Southdowns. We also have several breeds of rare sheep, including Elliottdales, Lincoln and English Leicesters.


We are located in Elaine, a small town near Ballarat in Victoria, Australia.


Why Miniatures?


In these days of growing everything bigger, we love the compact size of our sheep.


*They are easy to handle for any age group.


*They require less property to graze, so are suitable for small acreage.


*They are easier for husbandry duties: foot trimming, shearing, drenching are all easier with smaller sheep.


*They are less intimidating than the larger breeds of sheep.


*And most importantly....they are just plain CUTE!

    
       Miniature Cheviots

Active....intelligent....excellent mothers,
easy care....low maintenance....hard, black
feet resistant to foot rot. Nice wool and relative
resistance to intestinal worms and fly strike.
                                                                              
                                                          Olde English Babydoll Southdown

                                                                            Super cute.....friendly....gentle.....docile....
                                                                             easy to handle....respectful of fencing....
                                                                                naturally polled...                                              
We also love our Rare Breed sheep. We currently have three breeds of rare sheep........the English Leicester, the Lincoln and Australia's own carpet wool sheep, the Elliottdale.

Why Rare Breeds?

* They represent an important genetic resource

* They possess special traits that many of the modern breeds lack, ie: longevity, disease resistance, climate adaptability and good mothering skills

* Genetic diversity is essential to healthy and sustainable food and wool production

* Once they are gone, they are gone forever.

                       
                   The Lincoln

Dual purpose......Heavy fleece.......long fleece.......
lustrous fleece......good converters of pasture
......large......docile.......high resistance to footrot
........well suited to cold climates

                                                                                            

                                                                    The English Leicester

                                                                               

                                                                           Alert......robust......active.......well balanced........

                                                                           dual purpose......dense fleece....lustrous fleece....

                                                                           hardy......docile.......suited to most climates

             
          The Elliottdale

Australia's own carpet wool sheep.......
attractive.........strong.......calm.......
self-cleaning......intelligent.......suited to
cold climates......strong wool......polled....