At FarmGirl's Homestead Sheep, I raise Registered Finnsheep and Gulf Coast Native Sheep for their wool, milk, and breeding stock. I focus on very milky lines for milk production and good lamb growth. I hope to supply milking ewes to homesteaders. I offer lovely fleeces, yarns and breeding stock.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Frolicking Finnsheep and Icelandics! The Finn ewe is the only one not heavy with lambs. Makes a difference!
I brought home my first Finnsheep Saturday! I drove 3 hours from NC to VA to purchase her from Shari Nees. I'm in love with her! Her fleece is so soft and her disposition is so lovely. Shari had put a lot of time and energy into gentling and halter training her.
Finnsheep are in the Northern European Short Tailed family of sheep along with Icelandics and Shetlands. There are a few visual similarities in addition to the short tails: small ears that are set high, head shape, etc. The fleece is very different as it is fine to medium and a single coat. Finnsheep breed all year and can have litters of up to 7 and 8 lambs. Pretty wild!
I decided to go ahead and breed her for a fall lamb. When introduced to my young white patterned Icelandic ram, Haymitch, she immediately came in heat. I do believe she is bred! HA!