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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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RBST-registered purebred Soay sheep for sale: update

RBST-registered purebred Soay sheep for sale: update

We usually list all our sheep for sale on the big farm website, but that requires Steve to be inside at his desk and right now he’s busy outside getting ready to set our breeding groups, so here goes. We have two adult ewes for sale, both of whom lambed this year for the first […]

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RBST-registered Soay sheep for sale June 2017

RBST-registered Soay sheep for sale June 2017

Authentic heritage adult Soay sheep available for purchase and delivery now, 2017 lambs available by reservation now with delivery after weaning and acclimation — August or whenever summer heat allows. First the sheep on offer, then the logistics: ADULT RAMS FOR SALE We have one 2015 ram and three 2016 rams ready to breed for […]

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