Photo: John Pierce

Photo: John Pierce

Nigerian dwarf goats, brush eaters

Maggie (right) is a retired Nigerian Dwarf/Alpine cross and keeps everyone on the farm in line through her troubleshooting expertise. She is particularly skilled in finding flaws in fencing.

Icelandic sheep

Muni, our Icelandic ram

Muni, our Icelandic ram

Muni and Hvanna together will hopefully provide us with lambs, milk, and fleece. 

 

Shetland Sheep

shorn shetlands 2017

Rubba and Duin have a lot of personality and gorgeous fleece.

The Livestock Conservancy says: 
Sheep have lived on the Shetland Islands for well over 1,000 years, adapting to the harsh environment and thriving in the cold, wet climate. The sheep of Shetland were an important part of subsistence agriculture of the islands, and the rugged habitat and geographical isolation produced a breed that is distinct and significant.

The Shetland breed likely descends from ancient Scandinavian sheep, and it is a member of the northern short tailed sheep breed family. Historically, only a few Shetland sheep were exported, and it was not until recently that large populations were established on the British mainland and in other countries ... Shetland sheep are calm and charming in disposition, docile, and intelligent. The Shetland breed is especially prized for its wool, which is fine, soft, and strong.