Icelandic sheep trace their roots to the Norse settlers that came to Iceland over 1,000 years ago. Because few sheep were imported to Iceland after that time, Icelandics are a very pure breed. They are also very hardy, able to withstand our cold winters here in Fabius. Icelandics were first brought to North America in 1985, by Stefania Sveinbjarnardottir-Dignum. She dreamed of importing the sheep of her childhood to her home in Canada.
Icelandic sheep are medium sized. Ewes can reach 150 pounds, and rams 200 pounds. They have long, silky fleece which comes in a variety of colors. Horned and polled (no horns) sheep are both part of our flock. This breed has excellent meat, with a fine texture and mild flavor.
Ewes are wonderful mothers. They usually lamb in our pasture in April, and the little ones are up and nursing in no time. Lambs generally weigh 5 to 10 pounds at birth. Icelandics often have twins or triplets, and are milky enough to support all their lambs.
Our animals are raised on pasture, and our own hay in the winter. We do not grain them, or use any antibiotics in their feed. We are also part of the Scrapie program, and are members of ISBONA, Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America.