Bond sheep were imported from Australia by a farm in Colorado. There are a limited number of these wonderful animals in the states. Bond sheep come from Saxon-Peppin Merino ewes and Lincoln rams. They are fast growing with fine wool, 22-28 microns. Bond sheep can be moorit, black, white and an occasional rare gray.
Cormo sheep originated in Tasmania, Australia and were imported to the US in 1976. There are a limited number of these wonderful
animals in the states and we are fortunate enough to have a small breeding flock with good genetic diversity.
Cormo sheep are a hearty breed adaptable to a range of climates. They produce long stapled (2.5-4 inches), high yielding (up to 65%) fine white wool with a high degree of unifomity. Average fiber diameter is 17-23 microns with USDA wool grade 46s-56s. The average raw ewe fleece is between 5-8 lbs.
Rams weigh between 160 and 200 lbs. Ewes 120 to 160 lbs.
We traveled all the way to Montana to pick out our ewes and drive them home. There were so many nice ewes to pick from, it was a difficult choice, but we are happy we made the trek.
Although we breed several fine wool sheep (and goats) we chose Icelandic sheep for their unique combination of traits.
VERSATILITY When farming or ranching it is always a good idea to have multiple outlets for your product. We chose Icelandic sheep because they are a true triple purpose animal, offering sweet creamy milk that is perfect for drinking and making cheeses; they are a fiber producing animal that is sheared twice each year; they also can be used for meat. It is important to have all three avenues when farming or rather ranching for profit.
HEARTINESS Icelandic sheep have heavy coats that help them stay comfortable in cold climates. Their impressive horns act as a cooling mechanism in warmer climates.
LOW MAINTENANCE With naturally short tails, no docking is required. Mothers frequently lamb and raise triplets and quads with no additional assistance. Several lines have good parasite resistance. Hooves remain solid even after extended growth.
BEAUTY There is not much prettier than a flock of Icelandics out in your pasture in the morning. With their colorful fleeces that hand spinners desire and their several different patterns an Icelandic Sheep flock is a beautiful sight. Their open faces are sculpted, small ears sit behind impressive horns and intelligent eyes watch every move.
IMPROVED Improved Icelandic Sheep have been breed for good frame and bone structure as well as superior fiber production, excellent mothering instincts and good milk production. We have seen (and even owned) some “pot belly sheep”. I call them this because their frame did not support their body structure well. There is nothing wrong with unimproved sheep if you are just looking for strictly fiber animals, but we prefer to breed for true triple purpose sheep.
If you are interested in purchasing fleece or breeding stock, visit the For Sale page. Follow the links below to see our flock.