PROTECTING AN ANCIENT RARE BREED
Proud mums and offspring 2013
(Breeding since 2012)
TEN lambs born, 2019
The cheeky 2013 Ewe Lamb, front, right (MARGO)
returned back home to our flock in 2018
and she delivered TWO lambs in 2019....... BLESS
ABOUT SOAYS - THINKING OF KEEPING THEM?
FACTS AND TIPS:-
FACTS AND TIPS:-
- WHERE? - a big garden will do, PROVIDED it is well fenced and free from poisonous plants
- WHY? - they are "Ovine weed-killers" - but, be warned - they will eat EVERYTHING! - including trees and bark
- Lamb without difficulty - mostly - often at Dawn, in the snow
- WOOL AND FLEECE: self-shed fleece - sometimes a little help appreciated - can be sheared
- ALSO SEE our "Wool" page!
- EXCELLENT MOTHERS! - see "News", and "Sales and Links"
- WHAT? - you need to register with Animal Health etc - for compliance
- can be bucket and halter / harness trained
- need shelter - from rain and sun
- FOR PROFIT? no!
- Dual ear tags required by Law
- HORNS: if "tight" set, can require filing and / or trim - SEE "News" page
- HISTORY: one of oldest breeds in the world - thought to have been brought to the Scottish Hebridean Islands by the Vikings
- RBST Watchlist "at risk" category, ie up to 1500 RBST registered breeding ewes in UK, 2018
- The only breed in watchlist "Category 4" in decline more than 5%, 2018
- EAT? grass, weeds, and some careful feed supplement, cereals and raw root and other vegetables; hay and a bit of molasses
- Copper and protein intolerant - DO NOT FEED PRODUCTS suited to commercial breeds
- Dosing and annual treatments - be advised by a vet - preferably one familiar with this breed
- Ticks are fatal, and if in a tick area, a prescribed application will be essential
- regular teeth, feet and sample checks - for eg - worms and fluke - essential
- CATCHING: "enticement" is the method of preference - as Soays' primitive instinct is to "scatter" when under threat, not to "Flock"
- HABITS: climb, jump; burrow and butt - good fences necessary!
- Rams can be aggressive, especially during Tupping season - and towards human females - who they regard as "their flock", and, therefore, to be "rounded up"
- Soays have a highly attuned sense of smell, and 280 degree vision
- RBST registration is useful if stock are bought for breeding
- LAMBS: twins aren't uncommon in lowland areas; and even triplets : arrive April / May
- SIZE: one of the smaller breeds: adult weights about 35 - 50 KGs
- There's a dedicated Breed Society - for Soay and Borerays - take a look - www.soayandboreraysheepsociety.org
- ANY QUESTIONS? - go to our "Contacts" form on our "Contact us" page.........
- SOME 2019 BORN LAMBS may still be available.....