Horns

adult issues, including how and when to trim

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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Horn growth update — what about the gimmers?

Horn growth update — what about the gimmers?

Several readers brought me up short by chastising me for unfairly omitting the yearling ewes (gimmers) from my report on the late-winter spurt of ram horn growth.  I was tempted to ignore their criticisms, so certain was I that only rams could possibly exhibit dramatic horn growth.  But then good manners and a little nagging voice in my head prevailed, and it was back to […]

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Ram horn growth:  another harbinger of spring

Ram horn growth: another harbinger of spring

When last we met to discuss signs of spring, the topic was chicken eggs.  It’s about time to re-direct attention to Soay sheep, don’t you think? Every year along about January or early February, our previous spring’s ram lambs — what I refer to loosely as our “yearlings” — begin an impressive growth spurt which by the end of summer will take them nearly […]

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