Welcome to Crannog Farm
Scottish Blackface Sheep
and Shiloh Shepherds
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 began in early March. All of this year's lambs are spoken for. We always sell out of breeding lambs for the following year before Christmas 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. Please note that we require a 50% deposit to reserve lambs. Deposits are only refundable if we don't have available lambs - they are not refundable if you change your mind or go elsewhere.
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*********27th July 2021.
We will be taking a break of at least a year from breeding to assess the viability of continuing to try to breed sheep in this area due to the ongoing annual forest fires which seem to get worse with each year. While we examine options for future relocation we have sold our remaining flock to Joy Fugler in Alberta. Joy hopes to have some nice breeding quality registered lambs available for sale next summer. Joy's number to reserve your 2022 lambs 587-877-1296
Prices for 2021 are as follows (breeding stock): Ewe lambs up to 6 months old - $550. Ram lambs up to 6 months old - $600. 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.