Sheet music now available for “The Lost Songs of St. Kilda” and more

Sheet music now available for “The Lost Songs of St. Kilda” and more

Good news for fans of the music on this wonderful CD based on traditional melodies from the ancestral homeland of Soay sheep. I have transcribed Trevor Morrison’s arrangements as well as a newly discovered ninth song. Here’s how you can purchase the sheet music, Memories of St. Kilda, and play the evocative melodies yourself: If […]

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The Soay lamb gender lottery revisited

The Soay lamb gender lottery revisited

It’s been five years since I agonized over, and then wrote about, the nail-biting wait each spring to see whether our pregnant ewes offer up an acceptable percentage of ewe lambs. By now even the charts in the old post are unreadable, for which I apologize. Rather than trying to figure out how the 2020 […]

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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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