Foragers

weeds, blackberries, poison oak – Soay sheep love them all!

“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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Do Soay sheep really prefer weeds to grass?  Photographic evidence

Do Soay sheep really prefer weeds to grass? Photographic evidence

Ever since we got our first Soay sheep nearly seven years ago, we have bragged to our friends, and frequently boasted online as well, about how great they are for cleaning up neglected pastures and keeping grass pastures healthy.  Everything we learned online in the early days reinforced our notion that our sheep were in […]

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Weed-free pasture or blackberry pie? You can have both!

Weed-free pasture or blackberry pie? You can have both!

For eleven months of the year, I watch with glee as our sheep search and destroy the wild Himalayan blackberry vines that are the curse of fields and streams here in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Each year we are amazed at our animals’ ability to forestall the re-infestation of our fenced pastures.  Nary has […]

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