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Copper Poisoning in British Soay SheepThis summer (2012) two British Soay sheep died of copper toxicity. As they were not exposed to feed labeled for other species that might account for the excess copper in their systems, it became an investigation of all feed sources and discussions with veterinarians, breeders and other professionals across the country and the UK to determine the cause of the copper toxicity and the treatment.          Read more......

 

 

 

Can I use Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD) to protect my British Soay?
LGDs are a good option for protecting Soay sheep in areas where large predators are a threat. In addition to the Anatolian,Pyrenees, and Maremma being used as a LGD, the Kangal is another option. The Kangal is a rare breed originating from Turkey and has been used to protect sheep for generations. There are only a few Kangal breeders in the US and pups can be expensive. LGDs require training and maturity before they are left in with the flocks unsupervised. This playful puppy stage is the time when LGDs are socialized with family and friends. When LGDs are introduced to the sheep, a training chain can be used to prevent a young LGD from catching lambs. Kangals' are adorable and dependable as LGDs for sheep. 

For more information on Kangals or to inquire about purchasing a puppy.  Read more...

Daryl Riersgard

www.lafourranch.com

 

Why do British Soay Sheep need to be registered with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust?
Our sheep are a link to the past, embedded in British history.  Through the RBST registry, we can trace back our sheep to St. Kilda.  The diverse genetics that Soay still retain links back to the origins of the breed.  Loosing sheep through non-registration narrows the available gene pool that helps to keep the diversity of the breed.  Read more.....

Copper Poisoning in British Soay Sheep

This summer (2012) two British Soay sheep died of copper toxicity. As they were not exposed to feed labeled for other species that might account for the excess copper in their systems, it became an investigation of all feed sources and discussions with veterinarians, breeders and other professionals across the country and the UK to determine the cause of the copper toxicity and the treatment.