I is for Icelandic Sheep…

Of course!  My favorite farm obsession…














Dew and Reykur




Dawn and Drifa



As if their beautiful colors and patterns weren’t enough, we love our sheep for their wonderful and unique personalities.  They are constantly teaching us new ways to shepherd our farm.  These are some of the other lovely aspects of Icelandic Sheep.

Directly from the ISBONA  (Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America’s)  website…

  • Triple purpose breed: fiber/meat/milk 
  • Soft lustrous dual coated fleece 
  • Mild flavored, lean meat 
  • Farmstead milk and cheese 
  • Luxurious soft pelts 
  • Many color and pattern combinations 
  • Medium sized, early maturing, long lived 
  • Excellent mothers and vigorous lambs 
  • Suitable for pasture lambing 
  • Highly prolific, reliable twinners 
  • Thrive on good pasture and hay 
  • Finish on good pasture in 4 to 5 months 
  • High value products for niche markets

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19 comments on “I is for Icelandic Sheep…

  1. Brona says:

    Just as well they have such warm wooly coats to keep them warm 🙂

  2. Pat says:

    Beautiful animals!

  3. Jo Ann says:

    A healthy looking crew. What breed of chickens are those in one of the pictures?

  4. Monica says:

    I love your sheep! They are beautiful. Have you named ALL of them??

  5. Bee says:

    I’ve never been near sheep before. Thanks for bringing them so “close”!

  6. How beautiful they are! Lovely shots…

  7. Yep, they alll have names!

  8. What a lovely series of photos.
    I’ve got some iris photos for my choice today.

  9. I believe the one on the left is a Welsummer and the other is a Copper Maran.

  10. Iris’ are one of my favorites!

  11. storybeader says:

    sheep are so … utilitarian! Mary’s eyes look like a human! They must love the cold weather! {:-Deb

  12. They really do love the colder weather! Not so much the hot weather though, that gets pretty hard on them.

  13. For some reason I like sheep (I’m a city girl). The second headshot is amazing!

  14. pamela says:

    Oh wow, they are beautiful shots! Lucky they have nice wooly coats to keep them warm 🙂

  15. Yep, they have several shelters as well as a barn but they prefer to just hang out in the snow!

  16. great photo treatments — these critters are quite handsome!

  17. Teresa says:

    What a great post! It’s a good thing they have all that wool to keep them warm with the snow.

  18. Wow. The texture in their coats is just incredible!

    That is one seriously woolly coat!

    Thanks for sharing them with us.


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