ICELANDIC SHEEP




Although Icelandic sheep are relatively new to North America it is a very old Nordic short tail breed. The Icelandics are both horned and polled but are mainly horned. Since Vikings first settled in Iceland sheep have been central to the culture there. As Iceland is not a grain producing country the sheep have developed the distinct quality of thriving on grass and hay alone. As their flocking instinct is poor they tend to spread out and that makes them good users of sparse pasture. The sheep sure enjoy the buck brush, sage and other wild grasses as well as the weeds.

Our breeding program is aimed at maintaining the hardiness that made them successful in Iceland for over 1200 years – a triple purpose breed that can handle the extremes of hot and cold we experience here in Canada. We lamb out in the beginning of May in the fresh spring air and sunshine, just when the grass is turning green and the lambs are ready for slaughter in October when the grass cycle is finished. The variety of colours and personality make them a true pleasure to shepherd.