Farm Shop

For general information about our farm products, read below.

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Pictures and info, live sales – Rams
Pictures and info, live sales – Ewes
Hebridean Hogget, 2018 availability and prices
Limited edition Sheepskin Rugs
Limited edition ‘vegetarian’ rugs (coming soon)
Wool, pics and prices (coming soon)

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 sires (Slipperfield Donald & Cairnorrie Aidan), and some of them also have registered dams.  Those with both parents being HSS registered are also registered, and all of our sheep have the Hirsel pedigree: all dams and sires are recorded, on the farm, and available for viewing. We have individual pictures of all the rams for sale, and pictures of the females will be available soon.

Our sheep are regularly treated only per our vet-recommended medicinal regime (they are all on the Heptavac system), and we give them regular check-ups for foot and other health factors.

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, or jump to this page.

If purchasing one of our Hebs, they will usually be 1 1/2 years old and bucket trained, some also come to the call – we don’t use a dog at the Hirsel. They are used to human contact, with a few well suited as pets. Some will be a little more ‘wild’, and better suited to classic, dog herded, low human-contact life than others. We will help you purchase the right one(s) for your needs.

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Slipperfield Donald,  our eldest working tup, and father to many of our sale tups.  b. 07.04.2013 / S: Skipwith Portree / D: Slipperfield Bella  [Working Tup, not for sale]

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

Hebridean Hogget

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. If you purchase the Hirsel’s hogget, you’ll also know that the animal you buy has been given excellent care and much affection during its entire journey from prenatal to abattoir.

At the Hirsel, we’re careful to only grow our flock to levels sustainable on our small Highland farm, 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 only needing supplemented by grains and home-grown (pest/herbicide free) fodder during the last trimester of pregnancy, and in the winter. 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 – we do not sell sheep intended for the butcher at auction – they go straight from the Hirsel to the abattoir, assuring the minimum of stress in their last days.

Read more on the Hebridean Sheep Society website about why you should choose Hebridean over other breeds of sheep for your table.

We are now taking orders for our 2018 farm-direct selection of Hebridean Hogget.  Click here for more information/prices.

Sheepskin Rugs

Our limited edition rugs are processed for us by Skyeskyns; you can read all about their process here.  We have one rug available from our 2017 batch, visit this page for information and pics, and follow us on Facebook to receive early alerts about the 2018 batch, which should arrive in time for the winter holiday gift-giving season.

Photo: Elizabeth Banks

Also: we’ll soon be able to offer limited numbers of ‘vegetarian’ rugs: made from the whole fleece of one or more sheep, the rug is felted and/or lined on the back side, and the best thing is: no sheep is harmed in the making of these rugs! This project is on hold, as the fleece washing and felting process requires large amounts of water, and we’re still recovering our sources after a dry summer (we supply our own water). But stay tuned, as soon as our spring has recovered, these will be on the go…

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 August 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.