RBST CATEGORY : AT RISK numbers between 900-1500
The Soay Sheep is the most primitive breed of sheep dating back to the Bronze Age and hail from the St Kilda Isle.
A sturdy little sheep, they come in Blonde or Brown coloured fleece. The fleece itself varies in texture and quality from coarse almost hair like through to extremely soft and all variences inbetween. A shorter length fleece breed and the fleece is naturally shed in the springtime as a norm.
The rams as a rule are set with pair of heavy curled horns although they can occasionally occur scurred (small stubs) though this is considered to be rare. The ewes on the other hand can be horned, scurred or polled (no horns).
Soay are fun little sheep with heaps of character and with a proud stance. They make excellent mothers and are very sure footed and agile. The lambs being quick to their feet after birth and fast to follow the herd. They also make excellent Conservation Grazers being able to graze from woodland through to steep pasture.
Soay produce a flavoursome lean carcass being naturally low in cholesterol and the meat is sought after by many a Chef.