Our 28 acre farm is home to heritage breed animals including Icelandic sheep, Tamworth pigs and a variety of heritage breed chickens. We prefer heritage breeds, that is, those breeds that existed before the advent of industrial agriculture. This is in contrast to breeds used on many farms today that have been selected for rapid growth and for continuous production despite their natural cycle. Further, we believe the heritage breeds are better foragers and more suited to pasture based operations like ours.
The centerpiece of our operation is our flock of Icelandic Sheep. We love the story of the Icelandic Sheep and its rich history.
The Icelandic Sheep is one the oldest and purest breeds of sheep in existence. Brought to Iceland by Viking settlers, the sheep played a vital role in the survival of those settling there. As a triple purpose breed, it was used for its fiber, milk and meat. In order to preserve the purity of the breed, no other breed of sheep is permitted in Iceland. All efforts to improve the breed have been done strictly by selective breeding, which is why the breed is basically unchanged for more than 1000 years.
Icelandic sheep are a medium sized sheep with ewes weighing between 130-160 pounds and rams weighing between 180-220 pounds. Ewes generally produce twins, although the breed contains the Thoka gene which can result in as many as six births in a single lambing.
Icelandic sheep come in 2 base colors black or moorit (brown) and five different pattern combinations: white, gray, badgerface, mouflon and solid. This variation of colors and patterns results in a beautiful array of fleeces.
ABOUT ICELANDIC SHEEP