Rams, lambs, and Gimmers

Note:
The health regime for our flock was created under consult with our vet. All of our sheep are on the HeptavacP system, lambs are vaccinated against Orf, 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.
Important: You must have a CPH number to purchase any of our animals. 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. Ewes of any age are sold in pairs or groups.

Our Working Rams (“Tups“)

Slipperfield Donald, sire to Cairnmorrie Aidan and most of our HSS registered lambs. Note: this ram passed away early in 2020. But his line is still active on the Hirsel, so we keep him on this page for reference…and to honor his contribution to our breeding success.
528516-00001 (Cairnmorrie Aidan) Sire: Slipperfield Donald, Dam: Bryland Elephant [Hirsel working tup, not for Sale]
528516-00001 (Cairnorrie Aidan)/ b. 12.04.2015 / S: Slipperfield Donald / D: Bryland Elephant / Weight: 80+kg
510466-00001 (Hirsel Aramis), our firstborn, and our non-pedigree working tup. Dam: Beauty / Sire unknown (Burnside Croft)

Our Rental Rams/Tups

Hirsel Bowen is our registered (HSS# 1039/17) rental ram. Sire: Slipperfield Donald; Dam: Bryland Eliza. Born: 2 April 2017. Weight September 2019: 60k. During the 2018 breeding season, his first working season, he delivered 3 lambs to 3 gimmers, and in 2019 he was rented for the same 3 ewes, who were by then owned by a new farmer. He is extremely calm with humans, and good with ram lambs, teaching them how to belong to the flock.

Hirsel Bowen

Hirsel Malin is the son of HSS registered Cairnorrie 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. He’s easy-going, bucket trained, comes to the hand, and likes a bit of grooming. Joining our rental team in 2019, Malin was sent off-farm to work for the first time. We await news of his first lambs.

Our 2019 sale of rams, lambs, and gimmers…

Our first sale of a starter flock, getting along well with their new humans.

…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.

Rams sold in 2019

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.

Available for sale

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 will be assessed for sale in March 2020.]

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, and will be assessed for sale in March 2020.]

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