In the fall of 2005 a group of six British Soay Sheep (two rams and four ewes) traveled 2300 miles across the US to join the oldest RBST registered flock in the Northeast. They literally went from one coast to the other; a bit ironic since their parents had made the same trip in the opposite direction just five years earlier when they were imported from Canada. The journey from Oregon to Maryland opened yet another chapter in the effort to get registered RBST Soay broadly disbursed around the country. Each animal was chosen for the genetics and the phenotypic characteristics that it carried. The main objective of the British Soay conservation project in which we are participating is to keep future generations of this historic relic as genetically diverse as possible and pheontypically representative of the wild flocks as they exist on St. Kilda.
Huge crowds always turn out the first full week-end of May to explore the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival which is held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. For a number of years Old Line Soays has been an exhibitor. Among other things this venue provides the public with a unique opportunity to see British registered Soay sheep in person as ours is the only farm in the USA to exhibit them.
We love sharing our knowledge of Soay Sheep with interested breeders and beginners. As you can imagine between full time jobs and full time farming we keep pretty busy, but we make every effort to return emails promptly. If you are interested in purchasing lambs or wool, or have any questions at all just e-mail us! If we don't have what you are looking for we probably know someone that does, and if we don't have the answer - we'll find someone who does.