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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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Water water everywhere: a 10-year look-back

Water water everywhere: a 10-year look-back

As we approach the end of 2015, we are encouraged by the report of over 60 inches of snow on Big Red Mountain, the only source of water for our Little Applegate River once the rains diminish in April and stop altogether in May. Last year there was no snow on Big Red – zero […]

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Vespers on a Soay sheep farm: sweet music to our ears

Vespers on a Soay sheep farm: sweet music to our ears

Our indispensable livestock guardian dogs are an endless source of delight and amazement, and never more so than in the late afternoon when they provide a brief recital that echoes across our Little Applegate River Valley. It is so lovely and so sweet we have dubbed it “Vespers.” Let me explain. We have six Anatolian […]

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A farewell tribute to Hank, guardian llama for our heritage sheep

A farewell tribute to Hank, guardian llama for our heritage sheep

Our junior llama, Hank, went to a new home a few days ago and we owe him one more blog post before he fades from our collective memory. Never as storied as his mother Llucy, Hank simply hung out with our British Soay rams in the bull pen and kept them safe from the ever-present […]

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Happy Birthday, Hank!

Happy Birthday, Hank!

We occasionally pause in our lives as Soay shepherds to celebrate notable anniversaries or milestones, this time the eighth birthday of our guardian llama Hank, and to recall how dumb, and dumbfounded, we were when he arrived on our farm. Let me explain. Shortly after we began our heritage sheep adventure, we fell heir to […]

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Soay lamb gender split, 2015 edition

Soay lamb gender split, 2015 edition

Regular readers will remember that I went through lambing last year in self-absorbed agony, tracking the percentage of ewe versus ram lambs on a daily basis, reporting weekly here, and generally fussing over something entirely out of my control. Talk about unproductive fretting! Did I learn my lesson? Nope. But this year the results started […]

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