We are the "GAEL GIRLS"
We are "primitives", we landed to join the Soays in 2021. We are Heather, Hosta, Hydrangea and Hyacinth. We brought in a hired husband for tupping: a handsome four horned called Horatio. Lambing has commenced: two sets of twins, and a single tup lamb, the heaviest lamb Mossoay Flock ever had, weighing in at 4.22 Kilograms. Mum (Hosta) didn't half make a noise! We are hoping that this single tup lamb may have inherited his dad's multi horns, but it's too soon to be certain. Watch this space. We named this tup lamb ArnieSchwarzenneger.
The Hebrideans are NOT rare, as they have grown in popularity over the past number of years, due to their relative docile temperament and lustrous fleece. They are a larger breed than the Soays, and not so fussy about shelter.
Hebrideans also like to "climb", so we created a platform in their field for them to fight over.
The Hebrideans' dietary habits are not unlike the Soays', although the Hebrideans are a bit less disruptive and don't seem to eat the trees.
We have started out with just the four "Gael Girls", and it's a bit of a learning curve, so far, getting to know them and their habits and foibles. We bought these from a commercial breeder at a year old, and the lambs' sire also was brought in on hire from a commercial breeder who was happy to take him back once his work was done. Rams become bored when there's no more work to be done, so we returned Horatio to his owners in February..
More news to follow.....................................................