ABOUT THE SHEEP....
Icelandic Sheep are one of the world’s oldest purebred sheep… throughout their nearly 1200 years of history they have remained one of the few multi purpose breeds. Treasured for their fiber, milk & meat – understandably held closely by Iceland as their country’s most valued & prized commodity, forbidding any exportation of live animals until the late 1990’s. Only with the scare of loosing the entire breed to a possible virus – brought in accidentally to the island by the ever increasing commerce & tourism from other countries - was the embargo lifted.
Icelandic Sheep are a very hardy grass based genetic mid-sized breed with ewes averaging 130-150 lbs. & rams 175-200 lbs. Conformation is generally short legged & stocky. The face and legs are free of wool.
Iceland is best known for their wool around the world, with colored fleece ranging from: white, browns, grays, and blacks. The wool is of dual character: a fine soft undercoat (called thel) & a long coarser coat (called tog).
WHY ICELANDIC SHEEP?
- Triple Purpose Breed: Meat/Milk/Fiber
- Thrive On Grass/Hay Alone
- Versatile, Soft, Lustrous, Dual Coated Fleece.
- 17 Natural Colors & Patterns.
- Pelts-Garment Quality, Luxurious And Soft
- Extremely Versatile Fiber
For more information and a complete list of National and International breeders, please follow this link to Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North america website: www.isbona.com
ABOUT CHERRY CREEK FARM....
Cherry Creek Farm was poised at the right time & place to take advantage for both acquiring sheep from this original exportation then later in gaining the first semen allowed out of Iceland’s finest old sheep farms. Sincee 2000, Cherry Creek Farm has had the first & the finest purebreds out of Iceland to represent the flock with names such as - Blaevar, Butur, Biskup, Dropi, Peli, Hunn, Horvi, Serkur and Moli.