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Hello, 2022

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Hello from BSSBA

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2021 Updates & Reminders

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3 Babydoll Southdown Registries

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A question we see often is "Why are there 3 registries?" Or the comment "I wish there was just one registry" Guess what? We agree. In a nutshell, there are 3 registries for the Olde Englsih Babydoll Southdown because somewhere along the line, some breeders thought they’d like a different look to the Babydoll breed and that it’d be better managed as an organization rather than by an individual/ family. So the 2nd registry was created. Those steadfast to the original registry & breed standard were put in a lurch a few years ago when the original registry was not communicating with paying members through breeding & then a whole lambing season. A number of these breeders didn’t want to join the 2nd registry (or couldn’t if they had spotted sheep), so the 3rd registry was created as an orginazation with the original registry’s breed standard & allowances to save the lineage/purebred status of those sheep ... and then the original was sold to another private

Grade Up - the time it takes

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One of the questions or concerns we have heard for BSSBA's Grade Up program is that it takes a lot of time - true! It's a process that does take some time.  This example lineage chart is a visual flow chart of the BSSBA Grade Up program: As you can see from the visual, after getting an unpapered ewe approved to be a "foundation ewe", it will take about 4 - 5 generations of recorded ewe lambs bred to BSSBA registered purebred rams before the offspring, all those generations out, can be considered to be registered* with BSSBA.  The thought process behind this several generation process is that there is a chance the unpapered foundation ewe could be a well-disquised mix. So it takes several generations of breeding to registered, purebred rams for the offspring down the line to be considered pure. In all likelihood, the sheep applying for Grade Up program are purebred sheep whose lineage/ paperwork just fell through the cracks for various reasons (some mentioned here:  Co