New This Fall: Pre-Bred Ewes for Sale
What’s this about? We will sell you two or more of our yearling ewes now, then keep them here to breed until the end of December, at which time you will take them home, expecting lambs in late March or in April or early May.
Why are we doing this? Although we have sold older bred ewes a couple of times over the years, this is the first time we have several yearlings available. And because our flock is smaller after downsizing last year, we have extra room in our breeding pens.
How does it work? We ask that you select at least two ewes and purchase them now. We will put them with genetically diverse rams for 9-10 weeks, affording the ewes either four or five estrus cycles (about every 17 days) in which to get pregnant. In late December or early January, you will pick them up and move them to your premises. Although we cannot, of course, guarantee the ewes will have conceived, our track record is excellent. We have bred 74 yearling ewes in eleven years, and 70 of them lambed. That's 95%.
How much will it cost? There is no extra boarding charge or stud fee; our rams cheerfully work for free. But you will have to purchase the ewes at our normal price ($400 each) in advance. If you live outside Oregon, you will need interstate travel papers. Our vet will inspect your ewes and prepare the paperwork, and you will reimburse us for her charges.
Why might you be interested in this option?
- You are ready to start a small flock of Soay sheep, but you do not yet have facilities to house rams(s) separate from your ewes, or
- You know you want to have the fun of lambing but you are reluctant to purchase and deal with rams, or
- It’s your first time owning sheep and you would like to get your “sea legs” before you start breeding on your own, or
- You want to have the fun of lambing next spring without waiting a full year for newly-purchased ewe lambs to mature enough to breed, or
- You already have Soay sheep and you have used your ram(s) enough, but you are not ready to trade them in for a new ram on your farm, or
- [fill in the blank with your own reasons!]
What about transportation? It is important to bring your bred ewes home in early January before they reach late gestation. Our farm is in southwest Oregon, close to Medford. If you live within a half-day’s drive, you can pick up your ewes mid-day and be home that evening. If you live within a full day’s drive, you can drive to and stay overnight in nearby Jacksonville or Medford, pick up your ewes at first light the next morning, and return home that second day. Roughly speaking, you can get here in a day if you live no farther than, for example, Seattle, Spokane, Boise, Twin Falls, Battle Mountain, Reno, or Fresno. And of course if you use a commercial livestock hauler that’s fine, too, as long as the hauler is available before mid-January.
Interested? Want to know more? Pick up the phone and call us (541-899-1672). Or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.