Juniata Icarus is our RBST British registered Soay ram.
Available to outside ewes.
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Soay Sheep are listed as At Risk with the RBST (Rare Breed Survival Trust). All of our Soays are RBST registered
Soay Sheep originate from the islands of St.Kilda, off the Scottish coast. Kilda is the Norse word for sheep island, suggesting this breed was brought to the remote islands by the vikings. Soays may be one of the only living examples of mans earliest domesticated sheep. Because of their isolation, they have remained genetically unaltered, a primitive breed frozen in time. Soay Sheep are a rare breed recognized by the Rare Breed Survival Trust.
A feral population of Soay Sheep still remain on St Kilda Island. This herd has been the subject of a long term scientific study researching evolution, population dynamics and demography.
Size and Uses
The breed is much smaller than most modern breeds, making them an ideal choice for small land holders or beginner livestock owners. Rams generally weigh between 70-80lbs, while ewes top out around 40-50lbs. Box sexes are horned, although naturally polled animals do occur.
Soays naturally shed or "roo" their fleece each year and do not need to be sheared, adding to their easy keeping. Although small, their meat is known for its unusual flavour.
They are hardy, worm-resistant, and exceptionally easy keepers and lambers.
Preserving the Past, for the Future
This remarkable and adorable rare breed resembles a small deer or goat more so than a sheep - so we aren't surprised when people mistake them for anything BUT sheep.
With less than 1500 known breeding ewes left in the world, conservation is a huge part of being a steward to the breed.
Contact us today to learn how you can back in time with a breed destined for the future.
The Soay Sheep, a bronze age marvel for the modern farmer..
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