Southern Oregon Soay Sheep Farms: Soay Sheep Literature

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                                                        selected bibliography of

                           DVDs & Videos, Books, Magazine Articles and Journals 
                    Soay sheep, the Care of Sheep, Livestock Protection Animals, the Conservation of                                                Endangered Livestock Breeds, St. Kilda

                       A number of the books listed are out of print, but may be available through  used book dealers.

                                  DVDs & Videos

DVD of Soay Sheep on St. Kilda
Darlow, Michael, SOAY Sheep on the Island at the Edge of the World 
22 minutes packed with pictures and facts about the oldest type of sheep in the world and the remote, stunningly beautiful North Atlantic islands they come from – St Kilda. available in both NTSC (US)  and PAL (UK) formats.   Direct Inquiries to: (UK):  (US)

Soay Sheep Photo collection by Beth Maxwell Doyle
wonderful photos and video of the Soay sheep on St. Kilda taken in 2007

Books on  Soay Sheep
Buchanan, Meg, ed. St. Kilda: the Continuing Story of the Islands. Edinburgh: Glasgow Museums, 1995 ISBN# 0-11-495172-1 (chapter on Soay on St. Kilda)

Clutton-Brock, Tim and Pemberton, Josephine, Soay Sheep Dynamics and Selection in an Island Population, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004.

Darlow, Michael, Sam’s Soay Sheep Book. Bradford On Avon: BOA MS Ltd., October 2005  Stories, facts and lots of pictures about the most mysterious and loveable of all sheep. A book for children that grown-ups love. For information contact

Jewell, P.A., Milner, C. and Boyd, J. Morton. , ed. Island Survivors: the Ecology of the Soay Sheep of St.Kilda. London: Athlone Press, 1974. (out of print)
ISBN 0 485 1114 1
(The seminal work on Soay sheep)

Kinsman, David. Black Sheep of Windermere, A History Of the St. Kilda or Hebridean Sheep. Windermere, Cumbria: Windy Hall Publications, 2001.
ISBN 0-9540283-0-9 
(some mention of Soay sheep)

Ryder, M.L. Sheep and Man, London: Gerald Duckworth & Co., Ltd. 1983, ISBN 00-7156-1655-2  
(the history of sheep, important information about Soay sheep)

Books on Care of sheep
American Sheep Industry Association. SID Sheep Production Handbook

6911 South Yosemite, Englewood, CO 80112-1414

Castell, Mary. Starting With Sheep available from Country Smallholding,
Tel: 08700 718 817 (7 days a week, 24 hour)

Postal Book Orders: Country Smallholding Bookshop, PO Box 60, Helston, TR13 0TP ISBN 906 137 28 4     Email:

Frazer, C.M.ed. The Merk Veterinary Manual. Rahway, N.J.: Merck and Company, Inc.

Henderson, David C. The Veterinary Book for Sheep Farmers. Ipswich, UK: Old Pond Publishing, 2002  ISBN1-903366-30-5

Parker, Ron. The Sheep Book, A Handbook for the Modern Shepherd, Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press, U. of Ohio Press, 2001 ISBN# 0-08040-1032-3

Simmons, Paula & Ekarius, Carol. Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep, Breeding, Care, Facilities, Pownal, Vermont: Storey Communications ISBN 1-5-8017-262-8

Weathers, Shirley A.. Field Guide to Plants Poisonous to Livestock, Western U.S, Fruitland, Utah: Rosebud Press, 1998, ISBN0-9-660397-3-4 
Weaver, Sue,. Storey's Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock, North Adams,MA
Storey Publications, 2010. ISBN 978-1-60342-481-3          includes Soay sheep

Winter, Agnes C. and Hill, Cicely W.A Manual of Lambing Techniques. Ramsbury, Marlborough: The Crowood Press Ltd. 2003   ISNB1-86126-574-3

Books on Livestock Protection Animals, Dogs, Donkeys, llamas
Dawydiak, Orysia, Sims, David E.  Livestock Protection Dogs, Selection, Care and Training, second edition. Loveland, Colorado (P.O. Box 7027). Alpine Blue Ribbon Books 2004    ISBN1-57779-062-6

Dohner, Janet Vorwald, Storey's Working Animals, Livestock Guardians, Using Dogs, Donkeys and Llamas to Protect Your Herd. North Adams, MA. Storey Publishing 2007  ISBN 978-1-58017-695-8

Books on Conservation of Endangered Breeds and Related Topics
Alderson, Lawrence.  The Chance to Survive, Rare Breeds in a Changing World. London: Cameron & Tayleur, 1978 (this is the first edition, there have been two reprints)

Bixby, Donald E., Christman, Carolyn J., Ehrman, Cynthia J., Sponenberg, D. Phillip. Taking Stock, The North American Livestock Census, Blacksburge, Virginia: The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Co., 1994  ISBN 0-939923-35-1

Clutton-Brock, Juliet, A Natural History of Domesticated Mammals.Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 1999, ISBN 0-521-63495-4

Dohner, Janet Vorwald.
The Encyclopedia of Historic and Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds
, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-300-08880-9

Erskine, Kent, ed. Colored Sheep and Wool: Exploring their Beauty and Function. Ashland, OR: Blacksheep Press, 1989  ISBN 0-9608736-2-7

Lundie, Roger S. and Wilkinson, Elspeth, ed.The World of Coloured Sheep, New Zealand, Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders' Association of New Zealand, November 2004.   ISBN 0-476-00928-6

Sponenberg, D. Phillip and Christman, Carolyn J. A Conservation Breeding Handbook, Pittsboro, North Carolina: The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, 1995, ISBN 1-887316-00-0

Sponenberg. D. Phillip and Bixby, Donald E. Managing Breeds For A Secure Future Strategies For Breeders And Breed Associations, Pittsboro, North Carolina: The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, 2007, ISBN 978-1-887316-07-1

Books on  St. Kilda
Fleming, Andrew. St. Kilda and the Wider World, Tales of an Iconic Island. Macclesfield, Cheshire: Windgather Press, 2005  ISBN 1-905119-00-3

Harman, Mary. An Isle called Hirte, A History and Culture of St. Kilda to 1930. Isle of Skye IV55 8GD: Maclean Press, 1997 ISBN 1  899272  03 8

Love, John A., A Natural History of St. Kilda, Edinburgh: Berlinn. Ltd., 2009
ISBN 978 1 84158 797 4

Maclean, Charles. Island on the Edge of the World, the Story of St. Kilda, New York: Taplinger Publishing Company, 1972 ISBN# 0-8008-4263-4

Steel, Tom. The Life and Death of St. Kilda, the Moving Story of a vanished Community, Glasgow: William Collins Sons & Co., Ltd. 1975.
ISBN # 0-00-637340-2

Books on Fiber and Cooking
Simmons, Paula. Turning Wool into a Cottage Industry, Pownal, Vermont: Storey Communications, Inc., 1991  ISBN: 0880890045


                                         Magazine Articles
"Ancient Treasure: Soay Sheep", Sue Weaver, Hobby Farms, Rural Living for Pleasure and Profit, January/February 2008

"History on the Hoof", Steve Werblow, Homestead Life Beyond City Lights, published by John Deere, winter 2006.

"History on the Hoof, Steve Werblow, The Furrow, published by John Deere, November 2006
Two lovely articles about saving endangered livestock breeds from extinction

"The Need to Conserve Different Types of Shetland Sheep", Sponenberg, D. Phillip, D.V.M., Ph.d., NASSA NEWS, vol.3, no. 3, Summer, July 1993
An article written about Shetland Sheep that can equally apply to the Soay

"Counting Sheep", Clutton-Brock, Tim, Natural History, 3/94

                                Magazines/Journals (US and UK)
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy Newsletter
P.O. Box 477, Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312
Phone: (919) 542-5704 

The Ark, Journal of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust
National Agricultural Center, Stoneleigh Park
Warwickshire, CV8 2LG   England
024 7669 6551

Wild Fibers
Rockland, ME 040841

Hobby Farms

P.O. Box 37188,
Boone, IA 50037-0188

Countryside and Small Stock Journal (USA)
W11564 Hwy 64
Withee,WI 54498

Country Smallholding,   ( UK)
Archant Devon, Fair Oak Close,
Exeter Airport Business Park, Clyst Honiton,Near Exeter, EX5 2UL
Subscriptions: Linda James   Tel: (01392) 444274

Smallholder   (UK)
Katie Short, (Newsquest) South West
3 Falmouth Business Park, Bickland Water Road, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4SZ
Telephone (01326) 213333


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