A little blog about hats, cycling, art, bushcraft and homesteading by Shaun Deller
Saturday, March 31, 2012
We bought two new sheep this week. An Icelandic ewe and a Shetland ram. The ewe is the newly shorn one with brown and white coloring and the ram, well he's the handsome guy with the curly horns. They seem to be getting along well with our other ewe and wether. We will be shearing those two next week.
We decided that we prefer sheep to goats and would rather focus on just keeping sheep for now, so we traded our goats to a farmer for some pigs, which we should be getting in early summer.
I found this info online about the Viking roots of Shetland and Icelandic sheep:
"The Shetland's roots go back over a thousand years, probably to sheep brought to the Shetland Islands by Viking settlers. They belong to the Northern European short-tailed group of sheep, which also includes Finn sheep, Icelandic sheep, and Romanovs. The Shetland is a primitive, unimproved breed noted for its natural hardiness, lambing ease, longevity, and ability to survive under harsh conditions. It is one of the smallest breeds of sheep."