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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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Tired of shearing your sheep?  Get Soay!

Tired of shearing your sheep? Get Soay!

Now that the summer temperatures are approaching the 100 degree mark, the thought of having to shear our sheep and wrestle with all that hot wool gives me the willies – yuk! Thankfully, the lore about Soay shedding their own fleece is true; with one notable exception, Soay sheep really do cast off their fleece […]

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One more word about Emmett …

One more word about Emmett …

I just realized Emmett — our ram who illustrates the physical changes in rut so well — will be cycling off the front page the next time I put up something about lambing. Before he disappears into the annals of blog history, I wanted to share one more photo of him … well, not really […]

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“The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook” – the perfect gift for Soay sheep owners

“The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook” – the perfect gift for Soay sheep owners

By now many of you have heard about this outstanding new book by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius, but for those of you who might have missed it, here’s why you will want to put it on your Christmas wish list. The F&FS is simply the most fact-packed, comprehensive, fun, and just plain beautiful book […]

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Stocking stuffers for Soay sheep and their shepherds

Stocking stuffers for Soay sheep and their shepherds

It’s that time of year again, with breeding almost over but lambing still in the distant future, when Soay shepherds start looking through catalogs and scouring the web for holiday gifts for their animals.  I have two suggestions this year, both of them bargains and far easier than making Christmas stockings disguised as feed bags […]

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Soay sheep deserve Christmas stockings, too

Soay sheep deserve Christmas stockings, too

No sooner had I filed the post on how to make Christmas stockings for the shepherd on your Christmas list than a hue and cry arose from the pasture.  The Soay are outraged that our no-count guardian dogs (from the sheep’s perspective, not ours) get Christmas feed bags and the sheep don’t.  I tried to explain to them that they […]

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