Horns

adult issues, including how and when to trim

Ah, those glorious Soay ram horns — there’s nothing quite like them!

Ah, those glorious Soay ram horns — there’s nothing quite like them!

As I have said before on these pages (I think), when it comes to deciding which rams to breed, Soay owners engaged in conservation breeding face a dilemma: whether to breed rams with tight horns, including horns that have been cut. If we do not breed these rams, either because we do not like their […]

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When to trim Soay ram horns and when to leave them alone: a photo essay

When to trim Soay ram horns and when to leave them alone: a photo essay

It’s been a quiet week at Saltmarsh Ranch, at least compared to the recent weeks of frantic downsizing. Temperatures have fallen to normal autumn levels and the fire danger level was reduced from “extreme” to “high,” still scary but a whole lot better than it was all summer. The sheep are making one more pass […]

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A substantial Soay ram horn break with no ill effects

A substantial Soay ram horn break with no ill effects

Nothing beats luck when it comes to using photos to make a point about raising Soay sheep, or anything else for that matter. Let me explain. A few weeks ago when I was putting together the update about annual ram horn growth, I stumbled across pictures of our ram Hesket taken in 2013, about a […]

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Annual Soay sheep horn growth revisited

Annual Soay sheep horn growth revisited

Every year at the winter solstice, usually December 21st, sheep horns (and for that matter all heritage sheep and other mammals’ horns as far as I have been able to determine) begin growing, a process that lasts for about three months and then tapers off through the spring and stops until the next December. To […]

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Air Soay – flying the friendly sheep to new owners

Air Soay – flying the friendly sheep to new owners

When last we met, I promised to discuss the logistics of shipping Soay sheep cross-country and share with you the personal satisfaction of working with the recipients of the airborne sheep to make it happen.  Business first and then the human side of things. You probably will not be surprised to learn that air-shipping Soay […]

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Soay Sheep RVs

Soay Sheep RVs

It is common knowledge among Soay shepherds that finding equipment for our diminutive animals can be a challenge:  standard ID tags swamp our lambs’ ears; even our largest ewes get lost in full-sized sheep chairs; 4×4 mesh panels are a hazard, rather than a protection.  But there is one perfectly-sized category of equipment for Soay […]

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