Why register sheep?
Breeders register sheep as a way of tracking pedigrees, genetics and purity of sheep type. Over time these registrations create flock histories that become a useful resource for all breeders. By registering and tracking our Babydolls we can gradually build our new Australian Babydoll breed. It is a form of quality control that reduces the chance of valuable genetics being wasted by not being tracked and consequently becoming unavailable to registered flocks in the future.
Babydoll Sheep Breeders Australia makes the registration process easy for our breeders by providing training in how to use our online registry and keeping registrations simple and inexpensive.
In the Babydoll sheep world, breeders operating a registered sheep stud must use registered sheep in their breeding program to be able to sell the sheep that they breed with registration papers. Generally it is not possible to buy sheep without papers and then register them later, no matter what their pedigree.
Many sheep shows only allow registered sheep to participate so if you want to show sheep you generally need to register them and show them at shows that recognise your registry.
Buying registered Babydoll sheep
Make sure to buy registered sheep if you want to breed and sell Babydoll sheep with registration papers. Be aware that some Babydoll registries do not accept Babydoll sheep bred in other registries so it is worth checking out your registration options before buying.
It is good practice to ask to see extended pedigrees and registration details for the sheep you are buying before you pay, along with evidence of transfer of registration after you buy.
If you are just getting started and haven't decided whether you want to sell registered sheep, you can keep your options open by buying registered sheep. Many people start off thinking they will just have pet Babydolls and then decide a few years later that they want to breed Babydolls. Remember that you generally can't turn unregistered sheep into registered sheep.
There are four registries in Australia where Babydoll breeding programs can be run. They all have their pros and cons. We recognise that this can be pretty confusing when you are starting out. It may be helpful to have a look at the vision and goals of the breed society associated with each registry and decide which align best with your personal philosophy.
Can Babydoll sheep be dual registered?
Yes it is possible to dual register white Babydoll Sheep in two ways provided that they comply with the rules for each registry: