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Icelandic Sheep

Icelandic Sheep

Icelandic sheep are a triple purpose breed, producing fiber, meat and milk. Their dual coated fleece is soft and lustrous. The fine soft undercoat is called thel and the coarser outercoat is called tog. Many knitters know icelandic wool as "Lopi". Icelandics come in a wide range of colors and markings -- one of the first things to attract us! Their meat is mild and lean. Lambs finished on good pasture can reach 100 pounds in as little as 4-5 months. Icelandics can also be milked. Their milk is rich, smooth and creamy and produces wonderful cheeses, yougurt and soap.

Our focus here at the farm is to raise healthy, productive stock. We focus on all of the above tributes in addtion to raising sheep that are parisite and heat resistant - a must here in the sunny south. We also focus on raising calm and mild mannered animals. When raising animals for breeding stock, I have always culled heavily, in an effort to raise the healthiest animals possible with the least amount "help" from the shepherdess. Those not meeting my standards are usually butchered or sold as pets to non-breeding homes.

Our flock thus far consists of 11 ewes and 3 rams. We have been able to purchase sheep with a wide variety of genetics including those Tamarck Farm in Pennsyvania, Green Fence Farm in Virginia and Tongue River Farm in Missouri. Our 2009 flock sires are Tongue River Neptune and Tamack Pegasus. Lambs are due to arrive in May of '09. All of our sheep are registered with the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association and we are members of Icelandic Sheep Breeders Association.