Farm Products

For more information about any of our farm products, contact Donna: 07985661682 / info@thehirsel.com

Live animal sales

Our 2017 batch of rams and ewes (born in April 2017) are now available for sale. All of them have HSS registered pedigree sires (Slipperfield Donald & Cairnmorrie Aidan), and some of them also have registered dams.  The full pedigrees are registered with HSS, and all dams and sires are on the farm, and available for viewing. We have individual pictures of all rams and ewes for sale.

Hirsel males can be sold singly to farms where they will be joining a flock, and females can be purchased as pairs or in multiples of four. We are happy to discuss your needs, and put together a collection which suits you. If this will be a ‘starter flock’ for you, we will be happy to stay in touch for support and advice during your first year(s), if you like. We sell our live sheep only for breeders, grazers or pets, not for your freezer. If you are looking for Hebridean meat, please see below.

If purchase one of our Hebs, they will usually be 1 1/2 years old and bucket trained. They will have no experience of working with a dog – they ignore ours, which can be very useful on a mixed species farm. Many of them will be used to human contact, with a few more suited as pets than others. Some will be a little ‘wild’, and better suited to classic, dog herded, low human-contact life than others. Be sure you purchase the right one for your needs. As you can deduce, the welfare of our animals is of high importance to us, here and at their future homes.  ♥

You must have a CPH number to purchase our sheep. Click here for pics of available rams, pics for available ewes will be posted soon. Email (info@thehirsel.com) or phone (0798.566.1682) for more information.

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The 2016 boys, waiting for their monthly manicures.

Hebridean meat

There are many reasons to choose Hebridean hogget (18 month old lamb) or mutton (sheep over 2 years old): the breed itself is leaner, healthier, and more flavorful than many breeds, and as it’s not mass-marketed, provenance is easy to establish. In fact, if you’re eating Hirsel hogget, we may even be able to tell you its name  – although that may be a bit too much information for most people!

At the Hirsel, we are careful not to overstock, and so our animals have plenty of ranging area, grazing on grass and other pesticide/herbicide free greenery during the majority of their lives, with their diet supplemented by grains and home-grown (pest/herbicide free) fodder in the winter. We use only the minimum vet-recommended medicinal regimes (they are all on the Heptavac system), and give them regular check-ups for foot and other health factors. And the close relationship we have with all our animals means you can be sure that when it’s time for them to go to the butcher, it will be handled as humanely as possible. The Hebridean Sheep Society has more to say about why you should choose Hebridean over other breeds of sheep for your table.

We have sold out our 2017 farm-direct selection of Hebridean Hogget. Check back with us in August 2018, when we will be taking orders for this year’s batch.

Sheepskin Rugs

Our 2017 batch of sheepskin rugs, processed for us by Skyeskyns, is sold out. Visit this page for information and pics, and follow us on Facebook to receive early alerts about the next batch.

Wool 

With its high lanolin content and thick fibres, Hebridean fleece is known for for its weather resistant qualities, and is becoming highly prized by hand crafters too. While the breed is normally known for coming in shades of black and grey, The Hirsel’s flock has several latte-coloured ewes, as well as a few sheep that run towards red tints. We even have a ewe that gives us white lambs!

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One of the lovely fleeces that will be available after being shorn in July 2018.

We are now entering the 2018 shearing season, and will soon have fleeces available for sale. Check back soon for information and pictures of our 2018 batch, or email info@thehirsel.com (subject: fleeces), or follow us on Facebook to be one of the first to hear when our 2018 batch is in.

 

Produce

Up until now, The Hirsel has only grown fodder crops for our own animals. However, this year (2018), we’re experimenting with a variety of vegetable crops to see how they respond to our particular soil and farming style. If all goes well, we’ll soon be offering our produce for sale at local farm shops, as well as selling direct from The Hirsel.