Mr Hughes has fond memories of his father travelling from Chester to Chichester each year to buy fresh Southdowns.
A Southdown bred by George Hughes, chairman of the NSA Wales and Borders Ram Sale committee, won the breed championship at Europe's biggest ram sale.
A registry separate from the modern Southdown Registry was necessary to preserve the unique conformation and size of the Miniature Babydoll Southdowns.
While all Babydolls are Southdowns, all Southdowns are not Babydolls.
Originally bred as "folded" sheep, the Babydoll Southdowns were bred to do well in small areas and as gleaners in root-crop fields.
Because the Babydoll Southdowns are an ancient breed, one of the oldest known to man, they are not prone to many of the modern sheep problems and are quite resistant to foot rot.
The Babydoll Southdowns are an especially attractive breed for the small suburban lot owner who wants the tranquility of sheep as living lawn ornaments without the problems associated with the larger, more aggressive breeds.
Windwood Acres Farm located in southern Michigan, is a breeder of the Olde English Miniature Babydoll Southdown sheep, and lots of them.
After a lengthy meeting, Windwood Acres Farm decided to purchase one of the three original founders' of the Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep Association's entire herd of ewes.
The Babydoll Southdown is truly a dual purpose breed, a wonderful pet for the beginner, an excellent spinning wool that blends with llama and alpaca perfectly, (the fleeces sell out every year) and if you could bear it, they are known as an excellent smaller meat sheep.