If you are looking for a breed of sheep that has
retained its true primitive nature,
that is beautiful to look at,
is intelligent and friendly - consider Icelandic sheep. They are hardy and
efficient, thriving on grass and hay (good quality goes without saying) without
expensive graining. They make excellent mothers, often twinning (sometimes as
ewe lambs). They come in a myriad of colors and patterns, horned or polled.
If you want a spinner's flock and want a truly versatile and
lovely wool to work with, consider the Icelandic fleece. Dual coated, this
fleece
can be prepared three different ways. If you already have a spinner's flock,
consider crossbreeding an Icelandic ram on some of your ewes. The resulting
fleeces, fast growing lambs and great personalities can make for some lovely
animals and great new fleeces. If you don't want to bother with lambing and
rams, Icelandic wethers make great additions to any spinners flock.
If you want to experience rare sheep that are
highly intelligent,
Icelandics are the only breed to have documented
leadersheep. These rare, tall, elegant sheep with a dairy conformation are
said to have a special gene for high intelligence and DNA testing is expected to
validate the history and lore of this unique phenomenon.
If you have considered miking sheep, be sure to check out
Icelandics. Icelandics are easy to milk, well behaved, and train easily to the
milking parlor. Icelandic sheep have been used for centuries for cheese
production in Iceland and interest in using them for milk and cheese in North
America is fast gaining attention. They are especially well suited for
homestead/farmstead cheese making operations because of the high fat content of
the milk.
If you are raising sheep for the commercial
market,
consider an Icelandic ram for improving your market lambs.
Icelandic lambs can gain .75 to 1 lb. (or more!) per day on grass and mother's
milk alone. Icelandic meat is mild and sweet tasting, has a true gourmet flavor and
excellent meat conformation to bone ratio. The carcass dresses out at about 45%.
Additionally, Icelandic sheep are sexually mature by 7 months and can be bred as
lambs if they have reached a good weight; we prefer them to be at least 90-100
lbs. before they are bred.
Why Icelandic sheep?
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