This year we bred three rams, two from our normal rotation and Emmett, an original AI son who deserved a second chance after years in the bull pen. These three rams bred our five yearling ewes and two adult ewes with beautiful dark fleece.
We have held back some intact ram lambs from the 2016 group to go out with our 2017 ewe lamb starter flocks so that we can provide rams that are pretty much unrelated to the ewes. We also have a few 2016 ewes left to include in starter flocks so that new owners have adult ewes to breed in the fall while the 2017 ewe lambs continue to mature. Until the lambs arrive in April, we have no idea what mix of brown, black, spotted, and/or light phase ewe and ram lambs will be available. Contact us if you would like to reserve a starter flock.
When we first started out, ewes typically sold for $500 each, and rams somewhat less. As far as we know, this is still the case. But the tremendous response to our 2015 emergency ‘half-price’ sale suggested that the “traditional” pricing for British Soay sheep had come to be too high, putting them out of reach of many who would love to keep and conserve this breed. Since the goal for us has always been to preserve and conserve these wonderful heritage sheep by distributing them, going forward we will be charging $400 per ewe and $325 per ram (with additional discounts for starter flocks).
To reserve a starter flock, we ask for a deposit of $200 per animal. This deposit is non-refundable unless we are unable to fill your order. Once the lambs are on the ground in the spring, we will ask for the balance of the purchase price. Lambs can leave for new homes in late August or later depending on the summer heat.
Please contact us if you are interested in reserving a starter flock for 2017 delivery.
All of our Soay sheep are healthy and should be consistently successful breeders for you. Our lambs are vaccinated with Covexin-8 at about six weeks and again four weeks later. We administer our adult ewes' annual booster immunizations about a month before lambing begins. The rams are vaccinated annually.
We use pasture rotation practices to minimize the buildup of parasites in our flock, and we worm strategically from time to time. Our Soay sheep have access to sheep-specific mineral, including selenium, at all times.
Our flock has been enrolled in the USDA Voluntary Scrapie Control Program since we began raising sheep. In July 2012, the USDA APHIS program certified our flock and premises as scrapie-free according to their guidelines for this program; in 2014 we achieved scrapie-free certification as well for exporting sheep to Canada. All sheep born on our farm carry a round numbered eartag that uniquely identifies each of them and their flock of origin, OR119.
Even if you are buying a twin from us, you will know which one you are getting because we also identify each lamb at birth with a little lamb-sized, numbered green ear tag.
As of July 2014, our flock is certified scrapie-free for export purposes and we are able to sell both rams and breeding ewes to Canadian customers, as we have for the last several years while we achieved full certification. We are eager to help restore a robust nationwide flock of authentic Soay sheep in Canada, where the North-American-based Soay sheep population began.
The Open Flockbook Project has an on-line database you are welcome to use to check out the lineage of the animals you are purchasing from us. You can also run test matings of the rams and ewes you have selected. We pride ourselves in providing customers with starter flocks of maximum genetic diversity. If you are buying individual animals to add to your existing flock, we will assist you in confirming that the new animals are suitable for breeding to your other Soay sheep.
We provide detailed pedigrees and related genetic information for each of the Soay sheep we sell. All of them are registered with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the U.K. Their pedigrees can be viewed by other RBST members on the RBST/Grassroots website. Their pedigrees are also available for anyone to peruse on the Open Flockbook Project website. We arrange for transfers of ownership with the RBST upon delivery.
We will provide you with a copy of our records of tetanus vaccination and most recent worming and the dosage and wormer used, as well as each animal's USDA Voluntary Scrapie Program identification number for its flock of origin, the animal's full pedigree and known phenotypic characteristics, and any other pertinent health information.
If you live outside of Oregon, we will obtain health certificates required for transport to your state; any fee associated with this will be the responsibility of the purchaser.