RBST Watchlist Category 3: Vulnerable (500-900)
The Boreray breed that is found mainly on Boreray Island in the St. Kilda Group in the Outer Hebrides, is a very hardy breed and able to cope with most conditions including sparse grazing. The breed experiences very few lambing problems even though the ewes can breed into their teens; the lambs are small and lively. Like many primitive breeds, Borerays can shed their fleece although not all animals do so.
Current numbers are very low. St. Kilda was evacuated in 1930 and the flock that was left on the island of Boreray have existed as a feral flock ever since. In the 1970s, a few animals were brought over to the mainland to boost numbers however the mainland population is small. Also, the Boreray is unique as the only remaining descendant of the now extinct, Scottish Tan Face breed.