Sugar Gum Farm

 A Peaceable Kingdom

At Sugar Gum 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 breed the very rare, beautifully long woolled, Australian breed, the Elliottdale.

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


Why Miniature sheep?

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

• Miniature sheep are easy to handle for any age group.

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

• Miniature sheep 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....Miniature sheep are just plain CUTE!

We also love our Rare Breed sheep. We currently breed one very rare sheep........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.

Elliottdale

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

Miniature Cheviots

• Active....intelligent....excellent mothers, easy care....low maintenance....hard, black feet resistant to foot rot...... polled

Nice wool and relative resistance to intestinal worms and fly strike.

Babydoll Southdowns

• Super cute.....friendly....gentle.....docile.... easy to handle....respectful of fencing.... naturally polled...