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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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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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Starter flocks: what they are and how to choose one that is right for you

Starter flocks: what they are and how to choose one that is right for you

So you’ve decided you want to start a small flock of Soay sheep and you have, or can put together, the infrastructure to support your new flock: pastures or a barnful of hay, secure fencing, water and shelter, and predator control appropriate to your location. But what about the starter flock itself? How many sheep […]

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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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Shawn: From Cow Boy To Soay Sheep Man

Shawn: From Cow Boy To Soay Sheep Man

Once upon a time and long ago, 14 summers ago as best we can remember, a scrawny local teenager not yet old enough to drive began working on our farm, eventually becoming our full-time, resident ranch hand. It ended yesterday when that same young man, now 29 years old, married and the father of our […]

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“Ram lookin’ over a four-leaf clover…”

“Ram lookin’ over a four-leaf clover…”

Yesterday was a stunningly beautiful early autumn day in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains, a perfect day to photograph the rams leaving our farm for eight (so far) new homes in the next few weeks. Now I’m back inside with a couple of hundred photos and struck by how many of them show an […]

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