About Our Sheep
We raise our Icelandic sheep without vaccination, chemical dewormers or antibiotics. This yields healthy sheep, beautiful fleeces, plenty of rich milk for us or the lambs and tender meat - Naturally!! Just the way God intended. Have a question about our methods, just ask. We're always glad to share what we've learned and why we do things the way we do.
If you need more information, more pictures, or just a friendly exchange of ideas, please contact us for prices and fiber availability.
After spending a few years spinning llama fiber, I wanted to add wool to my fiber bag but wanted to raise the sheep and process the fiber myself. My husband and I started looking for a breed of sheep that was multi-purpose, adapted to a harsh climate like northern Minnesota and would be able to thrive with minimal care.
Icelandic sheep seemed to be the breed of our dreams. A primitive breed, the Icelandic has changed little since the Vikings introduced them to the island of Iceland around 1100 A. D. They have a double coat with a long silky guard hair to repel rain and snow (called tog) and a soft crimpy undercoat for insulation from the cold (called thel). The Vikings needed a sheep that was useful for many items and the Icelanders also value this in their sheep. Since Iceland doesn't grow much grain, the sheep have survived and thrived on a grass diet with only minimal protein added during lactation. The Vikings and Icelanders couldn't afford to feed larger cattle and so were limited to milk and meat from sheep. As it turns out, the milk is much better for you than cow's milk and the meat is now considered gourmet. Along with these attributes, a lovely fleece just rounds out a wonderful sheep. We have started a small flock of purebred Icelandic sheep and are amazed at the ease of care and the wonderful fiber and milk we are getting. Icelandic sheep do not have a strong flock instinct and seem to function as individuals more than other breeds of sheep. This is an advantage in an area where there are predators (including the neighbor's dogs) since the sheep don't run blindly from any noise or movement and the ram especially will often walk or charge over to the disturbance.
Documentary film on Icelandic Leader Sheep, directed by Guðný Halldórsdóttir, edited by Stefanía Thors.