Hebridean sheep wintering on Tanera

27 January 2013

A hungry cargo aboard PatriciaWe recently welcomed 18 Hebridean sheep from Achnahaird, belonging to Angus Macleod. They are on loan to us for the winter to undertake some much needed grazing. We brought them over one sunny Sunday on Patricia. Space was not a problem on this outward trip, but will they all fit back on Patricia in the Spring following a winter's happy grazing?!

Unloading the Hebrideans at Ard-an-agoineFollowing the departure of our lone Highland steer last April we have been considering the best approach for grazing the species rich grassland at Ard-na-goine. Highlanders fit the bill extremely well, but transporting beasts of their size is not straightforward! We therefore decided to turn our focus to sheep, not least because the Island has excellent fencing infrastructure that remains from the Frampton era.

Cluster grazing on arrival... they have now spread out a little more!We had been very keen to have Hebridean sheep if possible and were delighted that the opportunity has arisen to have Angus' Hebrideans with us for a few months. Hebrideans are renowned 'conservation grazers' have being succesfully used in a variety of situations to graze fauna not normally touched by other sheep. More information about them can be found here; http://www.hebrideansheep.org.uk/conservation_grazing.html

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