Notice from the keepers of the Open Flockbook Project

We are sorry to report that the pedigree search function on the OFP website is not working. Steve has tried the easy and obvious fixes and none of them have worked. Now he needs your help. We launched the OFP website in 2005, so the software undergirding the website is a dozen years old. Before […]

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Fun with naming Soay twins

Fun with naming Soay twins

Before Soay lambing starts in earnest around the country, I thought you might get a kick out of some of the naming pairs our ordinarily serious and conservation-minded colleagues have chosen for their twins. It’s all well and good to use place names, flower names, national park names, girl scientist names, and similarly earnest themes. […]

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Rams bashing your fences? Try view blocks

Rams bashing your fences? Try view blocks

Among the telltale sounds of Soay sheep breeding season, none is as distinctive and frankly distressing as the “crash” “boom” of a breeding ram trying to get through a fence to the ewes on the other side. No matter that the basher has his own ewes to service. Even if there is no “greener” grass […]

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The 2016 Soay Shepherd’s Christmas Wish List

The 2016 Soay Shepherd’s Christmas Wish List

With both the World Series and the election almost over, it’s time to start thinking about that special Soay shepherd on your Christmas list. The last time I made gift suggestions here was several years ago, so I guess an update is overdue. Disclaimer: everything on this list is a personal favorite of mine. I […]

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Ah, those glorious Soay ram horns — there’s nothing quite like them!

Ah, those glorious Soay ram horns — there’s nothing quite like them!

As I have said before on these pages (I think), when it comes to deciding which rams to breed, Soay owners engaged in conservation breeding face a dilemma: whether to breed rams with tight horns, including horns that have been cut. If we do not breed these rams, either because we do not like their […]

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Starter flocks: what they are and how to choose one that is right for you

Starter flocks: what they are and how to choose one that is right for you

So you’ve decided you want to start a small flock of Soay sheep and you have, or can put together, the infrastructure to support your new flock: pastures or a barnful of hay, secure fencing, water and shelter, and predator control appropriate to your location. But what about the starter flock itself? How many sheep […]

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