Sustainable Management of the SHORT SHEEP Vineyard
Our Southdown Babydoll sheep regarded as part of the team…
and are an integral component to the long term sustainable management of our vineyard.
Grazing underneath the vines, they reduce the need for herbicides to manage the vine undergrowth, de-succur the vines and reduce the requirement to slash in between the rows and the need for diesel fuel.
Babydoll Southdown Breed
Southdown sheep originated from the South Downs of Southern England…
They arrived in Australia on the First Fleet but were selectively bred to increase their size for meat. In the 1990’s, pockets of the smaller surviving sheep were found in Australia & USA.
Subsequently the breed definition of Babydoll Southdown was established in the USA.
Babydoll Southdowns are 60cm to the shoulder, typical sheep are 90cm but can range between 70 to 120cm.