Scottish Blackface Sheep
We’ve been raising sheep since 1991. Our first breed was the Southdown. While we really enjoyed raising them, our move to a more hilly location set us on the search for a breed more suited to a varied topography and less than prime grazing. After looking at different breeds and not being “hooked” on any of them I recalled seeing sheep grazing on marginal pasture in the west of Ireland. A quick search online and they had a name – Scottish Blackface! That was in 2001 and we’ve been raising them ever since.
Scottish Blackface ewes are great mothers and easy lambers rarely requiring assistance at lambing time. Lambs are vigorous and are usually up and nursing within five minutes of birth. Our ewes mostly produce twins with occasional triplets being born. Yearling ewes who lamb out typically have singles. Ram lambs are sexually mature at about six months old, and more than capable of servicing a flock at that age.
Scottish Blackface are a very hardy breed, resistant to a number of conditions sometimes seen in sheep (including foot rot). They thrive in conditions where other breeds would have trouble surviving. They are agile and sure-footed. They will eat brambles, thistles, nettles, broom and wild roses, often ignoring grass until they’ve cleaned up the browse.
Lambing season is around the corner with lambs expected early March. We're expecting lambs from different groups of ewes all the way in to May. This year's crop have been sired by two different rams so that we can provide unrelated ewe and ram lambs for starter flocks. In 2017 we had some really lovely lambs, both breeding stock and meat animals. We already have many reservations for both breeding and meat lambs for 2018 so if you've been thinking of adding Crannog Scottish Blackface sheep to your flock, please Contact Us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We have some spectacular young ewes available this year who were kept back to grow out. They will be yearlings this spring. We would like them to go as breeding stock and can sell them with a non-related ram lamb. We will be switching rams this year so we also have a very nice three year old ram with 50% U.K. bloodlines.
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As of 25th March we are all sold out of adult sheep for 2018. There may still be one or two breeding lambs available from late lambing ewes but the majority are reserved. Thank you to all our customers. We still have some breeding rams available. Taking orders now for lamb. Sold whole or by the side. There will be some available at the end of September and more at the end of October. We will also have beef available at the end of August. Beef will be sold by the side or in mixed freezer packs. Supplies are limited so reserve early.
Prices for 2018 are as follows (breeding stock): Ewe lambs up to 6 months old - $400. Ram lambs up to 6 months old - $450. Call for information and pricing on any adult ewes that may be available. All animals are sold as Canadian Sheep Breeders' Association registered through Canadian Livestock Records Corporation. Deposits of 50% are required to reserve sheep/lambs. Deposits are non-refundable should you change your mind or go elsewhere.