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Rachael’s Rare Breeds.

Hello it has been along time, I have been so busy but I am now ready to sell my Rare and Native Breed produce straight to the consumer.

 

Next year I will be able to supply Hebridean  , British Saddleback Pork  direct to the consumer/ restaurateur, cutting out the middle man to keep prices low and with the benefit of knowing all meat is locally produced and are cared for under the Five Freedoms on animal husbandry.

 

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Boreray Sheep

Boreray sheep

Boreray Sheep have a close geographical and social link with Soay Sheep but the two breeds are genetically different. Boreray Sheep are the descendants of the domestic sheep which were kept by the St. Kildans. When the inhabitants evacuated Hirta, (the main island of St. Kilda), in 1930, all their domestic stock was evacuated with them. Any stock left on the island was killed. But a replacement flock of domestic sheep had been kept on the island of Boreray. These sheep were left there after the evacuation and have lived feral on the island since 1930. In recent years a small group was taken off the island and the descendants of that small group are now registered with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.  Boreray sheep are classified as “critically endangered” on the RBST Survival Watch list.

The sheep are a unique breed, being descendants of the now extinct Scottish Tan Face with some infusion of Hebridean Blackface. They are a small short-tailed breed which naturally sheds its fleece under normal breeding conditions. Most animals are a creamy white colour with various black, tan or speckled markings on the face and legs and sometimes also on the body and shoulders. A few dark animals occur.

Taken from Soay and Boreray sheep society

Happy New Year

Happy New Year.

First job of the year or last as we did it on the 31st was to administer Heptivac – P Plus to the expecting ewes.

Our small Boreray flock

Our small Boreray flock

Heptavac-P Plus provides effective pasteurella and clostridial protection for breeding sheep.. A booster dose is required pre-lambing to maintain the ewe’s immunity and to provide high levels of antibodies that can be passed on to her lambs via the colostrum forst milk.

Pasteurella pneumonia is the biggest killer of sheep. Clostridial diseases can also strike without warning. The organisms responsible for these are widespread in the soil. The diseases are invariably fatal and all sheep are at risk, it also helps to prevent development problems in lambs it boost their immune systems.

Hebrideans

Hebrideans

I managed to stab myself twice, no harm done just a sore finger it may even help my immune system LOL. In two weeks we will drench them for worms and fluke. This is done orally so I hope I will, not miss their mouths.

 

 

We have three flocks of sheep Borerays the rarest species of sheep in the UK, Hebrideans and Lleyns.

Rare and Native Sheep Breeds

BORERAY
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As stated by RBST
The Boreray is a very hardy breed and will do well on sparse grazing and is able to cope with most conditions. Anecdotal evidence suggests a high level of resistance to foot rot and flystrike. The breed is long lived, with ewes often lambing into their teens. The average lambing percentage of lowland flocks is around 140% (meaning each ewe averages 1.4 lambs a year) however in the feral flocks the average is less. The breed experiences very few lambing problems and lambs are small and lively. The breed can shed its fleece although not all animals do so.

Uses
Conservation Grazing
The Boreray’s extreme hardiness makes it a useful breed for some grazing sites where other sheep would struggle. However numbers are very low so this market hasn’t been fully exploited.

Meat
The Boreray has an excellent flavour and in common with most primitive breeds is generally slaughtered as hogget or mutton for a bigger carcass. With such a small population there is little evidence of any crossbreeding programmes using Borerays.

Wool
Staple length- 10-15 cm. Fleece weight- 1.25kg.