Color & pattern

overlaps with light phase and self-coloration

Little black Soay sheep on display in the play yard

Little black Soay sheep on display in the play yard

I just can’t resist sharing a photo I was lucky to get a few days ago. Most of our lambs are now in a sunny high dry area of our farm with their moms, and are moving off to pasture grass a weeks’ worth of lambs and mothers at a time. How the lambs love […]

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Baa baa black sheep

Baa baa black sheep

A lot’s been happening on our farm since I posted a couple of weeks ago about four of our pregnant ewes we hoped would give us black Soay lambs this year. Without further ado, here’s the report on their lambs. First came Heywood with a stunning set of twins, one medium charcoal grey and the […]

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British Soay sheep:  the next generation of fleece colors and patterns

British Soay sheep: the next generation of fleece colors and patterns

The third in a three-part series Part I:  our 2008 AI lambs, posted March 10, 2011 Part II:  our 2009 AI lambs, posted March 12, 2011 If you’ve been here recently, you know I  talked at length about the increased variety of coat color and pattern in British Soay sheep as a result of bringing […]

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More new colors and patterns in British Soay sheep:  AI year two

More new colors and patterns in British Soay sheep: AI year two

The second in a three-part series Part I:  our 2008 AI lambs, posted on March 10, 2011 Part III:  more new colors in our 2010 lambs, posted on March 14, 2011 Once Norris sired two uniform dark charcoal British Soay lambs in 2008, we figured that was it for new colors and patterns from the  […]

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New coat colors and patterns in British Soay sheep

New coat colors and patterns in British Soay sheep

The first in a three-part series Part II: more new colors in our 2009 AI lambs, posted March 12, 2011 Part III: more new colors in our 2010 lambs, posted March 14, 2011 In the last three years, the color palette of British Soay sheep in the United States and Canada has expanded dramatically.  Looking […]

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