RBST : ENDANGERED 300-500 numbers left
Boreray sheep originate from a very small island of Boreray they are direct decendants of the domestic sheep kept by the people of St. Kilda back in the 1930’s. A small number were left behind on Boreray when the inhabitants of St. Kilda where evacuated. They have survived here living Feral ever since and all mainland UK stock originate from these few survivors. They are thought to originate from a cross between a Hebridean Black Face and the now Extinct Scottish Black Tan Face.
A small petit breed they have a thick hairy fleece with a softer undercoat to protect them from the the extreme conditions they had to survive under on the Island. The fleece is shed naturally as a norm in the Spring time. Both the ewes and the rams are horned. The fleece colour is either a creamy colour or can also come in a dark brown black. Sometimes with a darker brown / black neck collar on the cream fleece. Speckled black/ brown legs and face are also seen.
Produces a lovely lean carcass that is very flavoursome.