We still have enough adult ewes and lambs, and enough matching rams, for one or two more diverse starter flocks to join the other Soay sheep headed east from our farm on Ron Keener’s truck this fall, but the window for getting your order set and your animals included in the necessary vet inspection for interstate travel will close before the end of August. If you live anywhere along a line starting in Oregon and heading east to Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina, and you are pondering whether to take advantage of our half-price flock reduction sale, please contact us immediately!
For those living in the Pacific Northwest, i.e., within driving distance, you have more time to mull over whether to use our sale to start a flock of British Soay sheep or add to your existing flock, but the selection is narrowing and we hope to hear from you soon.
Half Price Sale
With the number “70” getting perilously close for Priscilla, we have concluded we can no longer maintain a flock of the size we are accustomed to and that we love. We realize we need to cut back our flock of 140 heritage British Soay sheep, perhaps by as much as half, and we hope you will help us out.
We have reduced the price of our RBST-registered purebred sheep by half – to $250 per ewe and $175 per ram — until we reach the “right” size flock.
Much as we hate having to make this move, we also look forward to working with
new breeders who are considering a small or medium-sized starter flock
existing breeders wanting to expand their flocks
people looking for a few ewes only, or rams only, to keep their small pastures or large yards mowed without using gas or electric power mowers
As always, we will help buyers locate transportation if they live too far to pick up their sheep on our farm in southern Oregon. We have
adult, yearling and lamb rams ready to breed
a few adult ewes who already have proven they are good lambers
some yearling ewes all grown up and ready to breed for the first time
a passel of irresistible ewe lambs that should be raised for another year before being bred
One thing has not changed at all: we still can offer the most genetically diverse starter flocks of British Soay sheep in North America and our greatest joy is helping new breeders get started with this marvelous heritage breed.
We look forward to working with you to find the right mix of Soay sheep for your property and your needs. Half price for you, half flock for us, almost a win-win situation! Sigh.
Historic Ranch, Historic Sheep
The old Saltmarsh Ranch is nestled at two thousand feet among the northern foothills
of the Siskiyou Mountains in southwestern Oregon, astride the Little Applegate River.
Arthur B. Saltmarsh, the original homesteader who settled in the 1880's, built the
barn and several other outbuildings still in use. He and his heirs lived here for
almost a century.
Soay sheep have a much longer history. They are descendants of a feral population of
primitive sheep living for at least hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years in complete
isolation on the island of Soay in the St. Kilda archipelago located off the
northwestern coast of Scotland in the North Atlantic Ocean, some 4581 miles from here.
Today's Soay sheep at Saltmarsh Ranch provide us with many satisfactions, foremost
among them the rare opportunity to help preserve an endangered variety of attractive small
Small Sheep for Small Acreage
Many of us who have chosen to live in a rural setting with a few acres of green pastures,
some trees, clean air, perhaps an outbuilding or two, tranquility and so on made our
choice in part because we wanted to be able to keep animals of one sort or another, or
will come around to the notion sooner or later. Odds are you already
have thought about Soay sheep, or you would not be here reading these words. You are on
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the right track. These small, gentle, easily kept heritage sheep can enrich your life
and improve your land.
Frequently Asked Questions
Finally it has dawned on us to add a FAQ list to this site. Check it out via the nearby
link. We hope to add new entries as
they come up in phone calls and emails.
Choosing your Soay Sheep
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about getting a flock of Soay, but feeling a bit bewildered? Here is a guide to the common types of Soay sheep flocks
we and other breeders have put together to meet our varying goals.
Soay Sheep Husbandry
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We continue to add pages on how we keep our Soay sheep. We write them as
we go forward on the Soay Calendar, scrambling to get our thoughts together enough in
advance so that you may may find them useful as the seasons progress.
Keeping Sheep as a Lifestyle
Our city friends ask us all the time, “Why on earth do you live way out in the
country and burden yourselves with a big flock of Soay sheep?” The answers could
fill a book, but we think the following thoughts put to paper thirty years ago by a
In the words of Mme
renowned Canadian food writer, editor, chef, and shepherd capture the essence of the
better than we can express it anew.