Ram management

catchall for adult ram issues

Ram management briefly revisited: Scrum 2015 is history

Ram management briefly revisited: Scrum 2015 is history

No sooner had we managed to jam all seven of our adult rams into the five-foot square Shaul panel enclosure intended to allow Sidley and Upton (our two breeders this fall) to safely rejoin their brethren than it was time to spring the rams from isolation and let them fend for themselves. The Soay scrum, […]

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Soay “Scrum” 2015: safely re-introducing breeding rams to the bull pen

Soay “Scrum” 2015: safely re-introducing breeding rams to the bull pen

One of the few genuine dangers in raising sheep, heritage or commercial, is the non-breeding rams’ aggression towards the (lucky) breeding rams when breeding is over and the breeders return to the full ram group. It’s a pretty simple phenomenon: the breeders smell like ewes and the non-breeders are overwhelmed by hormonal jealousy. The solution […]

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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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The taming of the ewe, and of the ram

The taming of the ewe, and of the ram

Where to put Soay rams and Soay ewes on the tame-to-wild spectrum seems to be this summer’s favorite question. Some folks are looking for docile sheep, some for sheep that will mimic life in the wild. Some breeders want to spend a lot of time with their animals, others want to simply watch the sheep […]

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To tag or not to tag, that is the question for Soay sheep owners

To tag or not to tag, that is the question for Soay sheep owners

Answer?  Yes. End of post?  Not quite. In the world of pedigrees and registrations, identification is everything.  Paperwork listing a Soay sheep’s name and parentage is a great start and required for registration, but in the final analysis, ear tags (or tatoos or imbedded chips) are the only way to positively identify an animal, by […]

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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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