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The mission of this committee is to support the NABSSAR and educate its membership in an effort to identify and control sheep diseases in the Babydoll Southdown breed.


The purpose of this committee is to provide the NABSSAR membership with resources and educational links to better understand various sheep diseases, and provide our membership with a percentage reimbursement for testing their flocks with accredited laboratories.


The goal is to educate our members. We hope to prevent the spread of diseases affecting our Babydoll Southdowns. Diseases are often preventable, but are still found in many flocks across the United States. By educating and providing support, we are making members more aware of sheep health issues in the industry as a whole.

By testing your Babydoll Southdowns, you are educating yourself on the health of your flock, and in so doing, helping members make better breeding choices, while increasing the value of your flock through longevity. The intent of this committee is not to pay for 100% of testing but to offset a portion of the costs in an effort to improve the overall health of the breed, thereby, improving the breed’s future.


In order for members to receive percentage reimbursement, they must test their sheep for BOTH Johne's and OPP. Q-Fever, CL, and Brucellosis are optional.

caused by M. avium subsp. paratuberculosis
caused by an ovine lentivirus
caused by Coxiella burnetii
Cadeous Lymphadenitis (CL)
caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis
caused by the bacteria Brucella

Requirements to qualify for any percentage reimbursement:

The NABSSAR assumes no responsibility, nor liability, for the disease testing results of an animal. Members are encouraged to consult with their veterinarians and/or labs regarding the results and any questions they may have about them. Animal movement from one person to another is negotiated between the parties involved. The individual parties involved in the negotiations assume the responsibility of disclosing/inquiring about the testing status/results.

Statistics regarding the number of members testing, the number of animals testing, the tests completed, and the number of positives and negatives of those tests will be published in The Paddock, our newsletter, each year and on our website. It is understood, these statistics in no way represent the entire Babydoll Southdown breed population, nor the entire NABSSAR breed population nor reflect the amount of disease present in the entire Babydoll Southdown breed population, nor the entire NABSSAR breed population.

[1] Please consult the links provided on the HSC pages of our website and your veterinarian for information about CL, Q-Fever, & Brucellosis prior to testing.
[2] https://oppsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/opp-info-sheet-aasrp-neaton.pdf Information on OPP from the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. "....over 12 months of age...."
[3] https://johnes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/JohnesSheepBooklet.pdf Johne's Disease Q & A for Sheep Owners "Due to the biology of MAP infection, older, infected sheep are much more likely to shed MAP or produce antibody. Therefore, diagnostic tests are less reliable for most sheep less than 18 months old."
[4] Participating in the NABSSAR's Health Support Committee disease testing program.

Questions? - Contact Cheryl Campbell, Committee Chair at E-mail

Updated as of 12/2023