Bring a Hirsel Hebridean into your flock, and help support this amazing breed!
On-farm sale of available breeding rams
Our Working Rams (“Tups“)
These boys deliver big beautiful ewe and ram lambs for our future breeding program – and yours.
Our Rental Rams
This year’s rental rams are all proven, either at the Hirsel, or via previous rentals.
Prices: £80-£100. Call or email for more info/pictures/testimonials.
Hirsel Bowen is our registered (HSS# 1039/17) rental ram. Sire: Slipperfield Donald; Dam: Bryland Eliza. Born: 2 April 2017. Weight July 2020: 62k. His first rental was for the 2018 breeding season, and in 2019 he was rented for the same ewes, who were by then owned by a new farmer. He is extremely calm with humans, and good with our ram lambs, teaching them how to belong to the flock. He will be looking for work again in the upcoming (2020) season. £80 (+) transport, or trade for a comparable tup.
Hirsel Malin is the son of HSS registered Cairnnorrie Aidan (pictured above) and our favorite Ewe from our ‘traditional’ flock, Hirsel Agnes. Born in April 2018, he weighed in at 40k on 30 October 2019. His weight in July 2020 was 57.5Kg. He’s easy-going, bucket trained, comes to the hand, and likes a bit of grooming. He joined our rental team in 2019, going to the Summer Isles, and received very positive reviews. £80 (+) transport, or trade for a comparable tup.
Hirsel Aramis was our firstborn in 2016, and is our non-pedigree working tup. (from Burnside Beauty & Burnside unknown). Weight 01/08/2020: 59kg. He’ll be offered for rent or trade this year, so we can bring some fresh blood into our lines. He is very good with the ewes, and has never delivered an empty. We like to give our gimmers to him, especially the small ones, as his lambs (mostly twins) are initially smaller than delivered by our pedigree tups Donald and Aidan, though they grow just as large later. And when bred with our white line, he’s delivered white lambs. We can’t say he’ll deliver a rare white Hebridean to you – that result needs a ewe with the gene – but it does tell us that this is a very special boy, with a long career still ahead of him. We will rent him for £100 (+) transport, or trade for a comparable tup (HSS or non).
(Recent picture of Aramis to come soon)
Our 2020 sale Rams and Shearlings
These animals were born in 2018 – 2020, and are available for sale: £50-£75.
(Note, 09/10/2020, Douglas, #97 is reserved for sale, pending confirmation)
* You must have a CPH number to purchase or rent/trade one of our animals.
* The health regime for our flock was created after consultation with our vet. All of our sheep are on the HeptavacP system (boosters given in March), the flock are given regular tick treatments during the summer months, and any other treatments are given per vet testing and advice. Health histories and notes re specific animals are available on request. Animals are sent off the farm ‘as is’, in the best health we can give them. We expect normal wear and tear on our rental rams, but will ask you to place a deposit pending live return.
*For animal welfare reasons, we recommend you do not purchase single rams, unless they will have the companionship of other sheep on your farm, all year round. Sheep are social animals and do not thrive on their own. 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, or arrange a rental instead. Ewes of any age are only sold in pairs or groups.
* Please let us know if you will be wanting to take your purchase home with you on the day of the sale. If not, upon receipt of a deposit, we will be happy to care for your animal until a mutually agreed pickup date.
*Prices will vary according to registration status, age, and quality of the animal. A minimum (tba) will be set per animal, and best offer/future will purchase.
* We will have hand sanitizer available, and ask that you bring a mask in case close contact while assessing an animal is necessary.
* All available ewes and ewe lambs have currently been spoken for. Let us know if you’d like to be on the waiting list for 2021 ewes or ewe lambs.
Our 2019 sale of rams, lambs, and gimmers…
…started with a bang: our first ‘starter flock’ of 4 gimmers and 12 ewe lambs went to Tohorrie farm in Dunbeath on September 12th, and our other 4 available gimmers moved to their new home in time for tupping 2019. We also sold 3 breeding rams at Dingwall Auction Mart in November 2019. While we still have a pair of breeding rams available, we are now sold out of the currently available ewe lambs and gimmers. However, we expect to have more ram and ewe lambs on offer in September 2020.
An overview for reference
Hirsel Cassanova (HSS 0977/18), from Sire Slipperfield Donald (HSS 1548/15) and dam Bryland Eliza (HSS 0252/13), was born in April 2018, and weighed 37.k on 30 October 2019. Like most of our sheep, he was bucket trained and used to human contact, liking a sheep nut or a scratch now and then. But he’s also lively and independently minded, and will do well in a traditional large flock. Cassanova was sold at Dingwall Auction Mart in November 2019
Ram #86 is the progeny of Cairnorrie Aidan (HSS 1548/15) and Hirsel Brownie, one of the most dependable breeding ewes from our ‘traditional’ flock. He weighed in at 37.5k on 30 October 2019, and his big, rangy frame indicates he’ll follow in his sire’s footsteps for size and build. He’s friendly and placid during treatment, but not dependent, and will fit well into any style flock. This ram was sold at Dingwall in November 2019.
Ram #70 is the son of Slipperfield Donald (HSS2186/13) and Hirsel Hookie (from our traditional flock). A smaller ram, he was initially assigned to the abattoir list, but won through to the sales team upon his second assessment, due to his lively nature and good condition. His adult teeth are coming in strong and straight, his horns are nicely formed, and his feet are good. He weighed 36K on 30 October, but his long term growth potential is positive, as his parents tend to produce large progeny. This ram was sold at Dingwall Mart in November 2019.
Ram #52 is the son of Hirsel Aramis, our home bred Tup, and Hirsel Ailsa (HSS 0805/16) from our Slipperfield/Bryland lines. This boy weighed 38.5K on 30 October, so he’s no slouch in the size department. But he still has most of his potential ahead of him, as evidenced by the fact that he still has all of his baby teeth. He’s been frequently remarked for his beauty and good temperament during treatment and assessment days. [Note: Ram #52 stayed on The Hirsel for the winter, to watch his further development as his adult teeth come in, and is shown above, in the 2020 sale crop.]
Not yet pictured here:
Ram #60, sired by Slipperfield Donald and Hirsel Eostre. This ram weighed 39k on 30 October 2019, and has one adult tooth coming in. His potential is yet to be fully assessed, but his weight, form, and good feet are very promising. [Note: Ram #60 stayed on The Hirsel for the winter, to watch his further development as his adult teeth come in; they did not come in well, and he is no longer on the sale list]