Update on pasture food preferences of Soay sheep

Update on pasture food preferences of Soay sheep

Much has been written about the grasses and other edibles Soay sheep lived on during their thousands of years on the tiny islands of the St. Kilda archipelago and how that compares to their relatively posh existence these days on the grass pastures here in North America. There also are plenty of articles about what […]

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How to safely unload your new Soay sheep into their pasture

How to safely unload your new Soay sheep into their pasture

Believe it or not, one of the most common roadblocks to a new Soay owner getting off to a good start is the inability to get the new flock safely off the transport truck and into the pasture. Last weekend we encountered the closest thing to a perfect setup we have ever encountered when delivering […]

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The case for all-wether Soay sheep flocks

The case for all-wether Soay sheep flocks

Over a decade ago I posted about the pros and cons of castrating some of your Soay rams: in a nutshell, no worries about accidental breeding, more mellow fellows in the fields, more flexibility in butchering, and having a companion for non-breeding rams left behind or injured rams or ewes, versus losing the statuesque horns […]

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A good herding dog is a shepherd’s joy: Molly remembered

A good herding dog is a shepherd’s joy: Molly remembered

This is only my second eulogy in over a decade of blogging, thank goodness. Several years ago I wrote about my country veterinarian father. Doc Peterson was scary smart, hard-working, loyal, committed to safeguarding the livestock under his care, and definitely not the urban sort. Our first and only border collie, Molly, could be described […]

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Soay Rams for Sale

Soay Rams for Sale

Last year we lost the gender lottery on lambs (3 ewes, 8 rams) and this year our first four lambs were rams, so we find ourselves with an excess of rams, both proven flock sires and yearlings ready to breed this fall. We would like to be your source of a new flocksire or two, […]

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Livestock Guardian Dogs For Your Flock: A Pictorial Primer

Livestock Guardian Dogs For Your Flock: A Pictorial Primer

I leave my Soay flock to their own devices today in order to talk about an essential part of any heritage sheep operation – predator control. For today’s essay, livestock guardian dogs, or LGDs. In the last 14 years, we have acquired nine LGDs: two mixed Maremma/Anatolian/Great Pyrenees and then a wonderful succession of seven […]

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