Preserving Breeds of Livestock

Many breeds of livestock that have survived for hundreds of years are in serious danger of becoming endangered or extinct

These Soay sheep are part way through losing their winter fleeces. The Soay has a natural type of wool growth, which allows the fleece to shed gradually without human intervention. Anyone wishing to use the wool could simply collect it from the land. Wool does not have the value today that it once did in the U.K. because the price of wool rarely covers the expensive and backbreaking task of shearing.