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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
We are now taking inquiries for sales of breeding rams and ewes born in 2018, as well as for ewe lambs which will be born in April 2019 and available after weening in September/October. Please fill out the form on our contact page, or email us direct: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please note: for animal welfare reasons, we will not sell single rams unless they will have companionship of other sheep on your farm, outside of breeding season. If you do not have a companion for your ram, talk to us: we can give you a deal on a pair of animals that get on well together. Ewes of any age are sold in pairs or groups.
Those of our animals who have both parents being HSS registered will also be registered before sale, and all of our sheep will have the Hirsel pedigree: genealogy and health records are available, and in most cases, sires and dams will be available for viewing.
Our sheep are regularly treated per our vet-recommended regime (they are all on the HeptavacP system), and we give them regular check-ups for foot and other health factors.
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 are happy to discuss your needs, and can 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. Note: you must have a CPH number to purchase any of our animals.
Slipperfield Donald, sire to many of our best lambs.
Slipperfield Donald, sire to many of our best lambs.
We have sold out of our 2018 farm-direct selection of Hebridean Hogget. Contact us if you’d like to join our ‘early alert’ mailing list for future sales.
There are many reasons to choose Hebridean hogget (18 month old lamb) or mutton (sheep over 2 years old): slow grown on mixed grazing, 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 the womb to the 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 in harsh winters, or during the last trimester of pregnancy. 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.
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 2017 pics. Our 2018 rugs are now available, and pictures will be posted shortly. Follow us on Facebook to be the first alerted when those pictures are available.Photo: Elizabeth Banks
Also: In the coming months, we hope to 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! Stay tuned for updates about this new Hirsel project.
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!
Hirsel Berta, modeling a nice example of the lovely shades in our fleece collection.[/caption]
We are now sorting and cleaning the 2018 fleeces, and will soon have some available for sale. Check back soon for information and pictures of our 2018 batch, or email email@example.com (subject: fleeces), or follow us on Facebook to be one of the first to hear when our 2018 batch becomes available.
All of our produce is grown organically in all but name, as we have not filed for certification. Pest and weed control, as well as fertilization, are all done using only methods accepted by the organic community. You get healthy, sustainably grown food, at affordable prices. And while the 2018 summer drought put a minor crimp in our plans to begin selling home-grown vegatables at the Hirsel, we were able to salvage our potato crop. Contact us to find local sources for our produce, or to arrange a visit to the farm to buy direct.