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ICELANDIC SHEEP

Just like Icelandic chickens and horses, Icelandic sheep are known for being hardy, resilient and untainted by other breeds for thousands of years. They are a tri-purpose breed, meaning they are valued for their meat, milk and wool.  They are also the only kind of sheep in the world to have a sub-breed, called leader sheep.

We are proud to have started an Icelandic sheep flock at Heritage Haus, and have selected stock for their meaty builds and quality fleece. Their lambs will produce mild but flavorful meat in addition to wool and pelts. We are excited to be able to offer these new products on our farm!

We are members of ISBONA, and CLRC, the official registry association for Icelandic Sheep in North America. 

 


ICELANDIC SHEEP PRODUCTS

Meat

Icelandic lambs reach slaughter weight in 4-5 months. They generally do not require grain if fed quality hay and pasture. Their meat is fine grained, mild in flavor and has excellent texture. Icelandic Lamb is now available for reservation by the whole or half. Click here to reserve.

2019 ICELANDIC LAMB IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR RESERVATION

We are now accepting reservations for Icelandic Lamb by the whole or half. This is a great way to experience the lovely, mild taste of Icelandic Lamb at the best price possible! Bulk ordering allows you to get a wide variety of cuts all at once for a good price. It eliminates a lot of trips to the store or farmer’s market, and you can control what you get. Don’t like roasts? No problem! Love stew meat? Can do.

First you choose how big a portion you want. Icelandic lambs average around 50lbs hanging weight (how much the carcass hangs up at the processor), which is what the price is based off of. Yield of meat is around 60-65% of hanging weight depending on how many bone-in or boneless cuts you get. So for a half you are looking at around 30lbs of meat. One caveat to this is that if you get most of your lamb turned into boneless cuts or ground the yield will be much lower.

Wool

Icelandic Sheep have a double layered coat.  The inner layer, or thel, is insulating, superlight and very airy, while the outer layer, or tog, is long, strong and water repellent. Carded together, these two layers make lopi, versatile wool used to knit lopapeysa, the distinctive traditional Icelandic sweater of concentric rings. We are just learning all about the intricacies of wool, but hope to offer quality wool (and pelts) from our sheep in the future. 


BREEDING STOCK

HORNED EWES

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BRANDY - 2014
Birthing Record: 2,2,2,2,2 Moorit Ewe with great, stocky build and good parasite resistance.
Registration

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DELANEY - 2016
Birthing Record: 1, 1, 2. Nice white ewe with gorgeous fleece and the best horns in the flock. Very nice udder, easy to hand milk.
Registration.

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FEMKE - 2014
Birthing Record: 2,2,2,2,2 Large black grey ewe. Carries moorit from her dam. Prolific with strong mothering instincts & great milk.
Registration

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HEDI - 2016
Birthing Record, 2,2 Solidly built black grey ewe. From a prolific line with lots of nice fleece and a good disposition. AI genetics incl. Bambi, Raftur, Grani, Kani & Flotti. 
Registration

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CASCADE - 2015
Birthing Record: 1,1,2.2 White Ewe with muscular build and great mothering instincts. Carries spotting.
Registration

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DRIFA - 2018
White Ewe out of Cascade
Registration Pending
”Dot” had a bit of a rough start, but is coming along now! Her fleece is very soft and fine. We are looking forward to watching her continue to mature.

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GAVA - 2015
Birthing Record: 2,2,2,2 A lovely large black mouflon ewe. Abundant fleece and excellent conformation. AI genetics include Smyrill, Bambi, Peli, Mango. Registration

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FRIGG - 2018

Horned Spotted Moorit Ewe Lamb.  A huge lamb and a triplet! We can’t wait to see her offspring next year!


HORNED RAMS

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RAGNAROCK - 2018 (BEL 016F)
Black-gray badger ram lamb. We are very  excited to bring an AI Kornelius son to our farm! A nicely-growing boy with excellent fleece and a meaty build.  He may carry moorit and/or spotting.

AI sire is Kornelius; dam is DL 213B (Arna)

Genotype: Ag/Ab BB/B- SS/S-

AI genetics: 1/2 Kornelius, 3/16 Flotti, ~1/8 Kani, and 1/64 Aboti (69% AI)

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TORBOR - 2017

Black 2 year-old ram, nice soft fleece, and solid build. Easy to manage, offspring showing good parasite resistance and growth rates. Registration

 

POLLED

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LEIF - 2013

Ram

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GRACE - 2013

Ewe

 

WHY CHOOSE ICELANDIC SHEEP?

  • Icelandic sheep are aggressive foragers that graze longer and forage widely, utilizing all of the available pasture. They do not generally lose body condition even during the hot humid temperatures of summer. We value resourceful, resilient animals so this is a big plus for us.

  • Icelandics are seasonal breeders, coming into season in the fall, with lambs arriving in mid-late spring. This means that rams and ewes can run together in other times of the year.

  • Icelandic are a tri-purpose breed, producing excellent meat, quality wool and milk.


SHEEP FOR SALE

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