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Did you know? Our sheep enjoy eating pine and spruce needles in the winter.

Our Icelandic Sheep

We keep a small flock of Icelandic sheep for wool, pasture improvement and fertilizer. Thanks to a grazing plan from ANCA (Adirondack North Country Association), we have been using rotational grazing to allow pasture regrowth and manage parasites. Some of the paddocks include stone walls with browse and a young organically managed cider apple orchard, where the sheep help to clip the grass and reduce the need for mowing. Most of the flock are unregistered, although we have used registered rams for breeding to bring in genetics from Iceland, improve conformation and wool quality. Our sheep are not certified organic, but are pasture fed, humanely raised, receive supplemental vitamins, minerals and probiotics as needed, and are current on all vaccinations. We also share surplus seasonal garden produce with them--garlic scapes, chicory and other greens, apples, carrots, squash and pumpkins--for their vitamins and potential natural deworming properties. This is in addition to regular fecal testing at home and by a laboratory and deworming as necessary. We are members of ISBONA (Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America).

A 2014 photo of our ewes and ewe lambs under the hop ramada:

Ewes and Hops 2014