Purebred breeding stock, meat, and fiber
We sell animals year-round and enjoy making recommendations for starter flocks – just ask.
Icelandics are an excellent all-around breed that is becoming increasingly popular around the US. Desirable traits include common multiple births, excellent mothering, abundant fleece, fast growth, delicious meat, naturally docked tails, and vigor. We like to send them out on assignment to help bring back the fertility of our land, as they love to graze where the brambles and weeds have taken over. They do well during pregnancy without supplemental grain which allows us to farm with a low footprint, feeding only grass, hay and minerals.
We offer Icelandic grass-fed meat and wool products, but mostly we love to breed animals to go on and thrive at other farms. With a breeding program in place since 2002, we have raised and sold over 500 animals, and are
excited to contribute to sheep making a comeback on small farms. Because sheep thrive on rocky, low-value land that is not well suited to growing other food, they can be an economical and ecologically smart source of food and fiber.
Starting a new flock or choosing animals to add to your farm is always a big deal. You want to be sure you are getting healthy, locally adapted breed stock that are going to make the transition well, and serve your needs. We have a track record of selecting for hardy, large Icelandics uniquely adapted to a grass-fed diet, easy lambing, and quick healthy growth. We have also kept records on our rams and offspring for parasite resistance for many years and have made great strides in our genetics in that area.
Buying From Us
We sell mature rams, yearlings and mothers with babies in May and June. Lambs are sold in late August through October after we’ve observed them thoroughly, they’ve had plenty of nursing time, and when parasite pressures are low. The best time to visit us is in the spring or early summer, when there are the most to choose from. We recommend choosing your animals in person if possible. We want to spend time answering your questions and offer advice for successful shepherding.
Included with every animal:
- Worming, vitamin shots, hoof trimming, and all vaccinations up to date
- A vet health check and papers if crossing state lines ($50 value per animal)
- A year of mentorship (Shepherding is an ongoing learning adventure, we all help each other with questions, sometimes for years)
- Delivery within Vermont or further afield (small surcharge applies).
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