farming

Farming

farming

Most of the island is a single farm with the sea as the boundary. Farming here means cattle and sheep, and selling their offspring is the main form of income. We also have an important role to play in conserving and enhancing the environment for wildlife, and this is becoming increasingly important.

Cows, 50 in number are mainly Luing, bred originally on the island of that name south of Oban and are outside all year. The rest are Luing x Friesians which are kept in the byre in winter and milked for the farmhouse. The 2 bulls are Luing (dark red) and Simmental (yellow and white).

farming

The sheep are 160 Lleyn ewes on the west end of the island and 270 Cheviot ewes on the rest of the hill ground. In the fields are Jacob x Cheviots which are black. Their lambs used to be ferried on the island launch, Wave, to Arisaig on their way to market in Fort William, but the big pier now allows the livestock haulier to travel on the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry direct to Muck to collect the livestock.

Up until 1922 there were no trees on the island but lots of small woods have been planted since, for fuel, shelter and amenity. In our extremely challenging environment it is remarkable how well they have grown!