Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds partner:
Hermit Thrush Hill Farm, Fonda NY
Adult Weight: 50-80 lbs
Temperament: Alert and wary
Soay, pronounced so-eye, sheep are a very rare breed of sheep that originated off the west coast of Scotland. They are thought to be the first ancestor of modern domestic sheep. Soays are a hardy breed with a shy temperament and great variety of colors.
Males (rams) develop horns with a full curl, females (ewes) can have smaller horns in varying shapes including button horns, or scurs, or they may have no horns at all. Soay sheep shed their wool in the spring so they do not need shearing, which makes them an attractive breed for farmers. They also make very good lawn mowers! For more information on Soay sheep, visit the Saltmarsh Ranch Soay sheep.
Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke partner Hermit Thrush Hill Farm raises these critically rare sheep in an effort to help educate the public about their many positive attributes to help save the breed.
Activity: Download and print the Soay sheep coloing pages (PDF) from the Strawbery Banke Museum Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke Coloring Book. Note, both pages are in a single pdf.
Do Soay sheep need to be shorn in the spring?
Do both rams and ewe Soay sheep have horns?
Do you think baby is with mom or dad?
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NEW & NOTEWORTHY
2021 Historic House Season
Daily through Sunday, October 17, 2021,
10 AM-5 PM.
Explore over 300+ years of history, from Indigenous history to the present day, in the Puddle Dock neighborhood. Tour historic houses on original foundations, meet costumed roleplayers, watch traditional crafts demonstrations and explore heirloom gardens.
Vintage & Vine Online Auction
Now through Sunday, October 10, 2021
Browse, Bid, and Buy popular and exclusive items in the 2021 Vintage & Vine Online Silent Auction. Whether shopping for yourself or getting a headstart on the holidays, there is something for everyone.
Ghosts on the Banke - A Family-Friendly Halloween Event
BOTH NIGHTS SOLD OUT!
Trick-or-treat safely outdoors from house to historic house with Jack-o'-lanterns lighting the way of Portsmouth's oldest waterfront neighborhood. COVID-19 precautions followed.
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10 AM-6 PM
Strawbery Banke Museum hosts the 2021 Dawnland StoryFest, New Hampshire's Annual Indigenous Storytelling Festival. This year's festival is held online via Zoom and is dedicated in memory of Wolf Song, a well-respected and much loved Vermont Abenaki traditional storyteller. Free to attend. Suggested donation of $10. Preregistration required.
Historical Fiction Writing Virtual Homeschool Program
Tuesdays, Nov. 2-30, 2021, 9-10 AM
Learn the art of creative writing through the lens of history. Working with a professional author, students hone their writing skills, use real historical primary and secondary sources, and develop their imaginations.