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SOAY Raw Imported Pedigree Soay

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Sold by: Queen Conch Rare Breed Fibers

Sold by the ounce. 100% pure Soay imported from Scotland. RBST reg. Flock
The Soay’s are particularly hardy and have been allowed to become largely feral. They are particularly useful for Soay’s ecosystem because they are very agile and sure-footed and so graze places that domesticated sheep can’t. The breed is listed in “Category 4: At Risk” by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, because there are only between 900 and 1500 registered breeding Soay ewes

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The Soay sheep is a breed of domestic sheep (Ovis aries) descended from a population of feral sheep on the 100-hectare (250-acre) island of Soay in the St Kilda Archipelago, about 65 kilometres (40 mi) from the Western Isles of Scotland. It is one of the Northern European short-tailed sheep breeds. It remains physically similar to the wild ancestors of domestic sheep, the Mediterranean mouflon and the horned urial sheep of Central Asia. It is much smaller than modern domesticated sheep but hardier, and is extraordinarily agile, tending to take refuge amongst the cliffs when frightened. Soays may be solid black or brown, or more often blonde or dark brown with buffish-white underbelly and rump (known as lachdann in Scottish Gaelic, which is cognate to the Manx Loaghtan); a few have white markings on the face.

 

This wool comes from a flock of  True Soay from St Kilda! Having spent about 2 yrs sourcing fiber,  I had the privilege to meet and now work with an amazing group of shepgerds from North of North Scotland. The flock were both”roo’ed” and shorn this past summer. The fiber has some of VM as this is a large “wild” uncoated flock. This fiber has been shorn versus roo’ed. Rooing means naturally shed from the sheep & collected by hand off sheep or often off grounds. Since these are a Primitive Ancient “unimproved” breed they retain the advances of old heritage sheep before human breeding required shearing.

I have processed a 4oz batch for myself. While combing raw the VM fell away very quickly. After its suint bath it was combed again and is just perfect. THIS is actually some of the nicest Soay Fleece I’ve had.

I will post photos before and after.

 

The term “British Soay Sheep” refers a specific group of Soay sheep which descended from six Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) registered animals exported from England to Montreal, Canada on January 10, 1990. Their surviving progeny were imported into the US between 1998 and 2000. Those offspring were reinstated in the British registry in 1999.

 

All “British” Soay are registered with the Combined Flock Book (CFB) of the RBST in Great Britain, hence their name. The Combined Flock Book is their only registry and is internationally recognized. If a sheep is not registered by the Trust it is not recognized as British Soay. Both parents must be members of the CFB for a lamb to be registered.

 

http://britishsoaysheep.com

 

The term British Soay is used only in the US and Canada to distinguish this authentic pedigree of registered sheep from the so called North American Soay which originated in the United States. Unlike Registered British Soay, North American Soay are a hybrid of Soay and a variety of American breeds of sheep. American Soay are not part of the RBST Conservation program. So if your Wool isnt from a registered Sheep its not “REAL” Soay.

In England during the early twentieth century, some Soay sheep were relocated to establish exotic flocks, such as the flock of “Park Soay” at Woburn Abbey, established by the Duke of Bedford in 1910, and selected for “primitive” characteristics. A number of Soay sheep were translocated from Soay to another of the St Kilda group, the island of Hirta by the Marquess of Bute in the 1930s, after the human population and their sheep were evacuated. The name of the island is from Old Norse Seyðoy, meaning “Island of Sheep“. The breed was introduced to and live wild on Holy Isle off Arran. Soay sheep were introduced from St. Kilda to Lundy, an island in the Bristol Channel, by Martin Coles Harman soon after he purchased the island in 1924. There is also a small population living wild in and around the Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.

The Soays are particularly hardy and have been allowed to become largely feral. They are particularly useful for Soay’s ecosystem because they are very agile and sure-footed and so graze places that domesticated sheep can’t. The breed is listed in “Category 4: At Risk” by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, because there are only between 900 and 1500 registered breeding Soay ewes

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Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 3 in

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Sold by: Queen Conch Rare Breed Fibers
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