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About Golden Spiral Icelandics

When settling our farm, we choose icelandics for their exceptional triple-purpose qualities. My thriving flock has outstanding genetics and the yearlings that I have available have been carefully selected for excellence. I also have homestead flocks available. Please see our sheep for sale, or learn more on our about page.

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The Icelandic sheep is one of the world’s oldest and purest breeds of sheep. Throughout its 1100 years of history, the Icelandic sheep has been used as a triple-purpose breed; treasured for its meat, fiber, and milk. Icelandic wool is amongst some of the warmest on earth, and comes in a variety of colors and textures.

My Maremma’s guard my flock of Icelandic sheep and I have never had a predation problem with their presence. If you are interested in purchasing one of our dogs, please call and always know I’m happy to answer any questions. I’m looking for great working homes for these wonderful guardians, and for all to be happy.

The isolation of living on an island has made the Icelandic sheep one of the purest breeds of sheep in the world. They are hardy with large rumens and feed efficient.

The Icelandic breed is in the North European short-tailed group of sheep, which exhibits a fluke-shaped, naturally short tail. This prevents the need for tail docking.

Due to their large rumens, and the selective pressures of their history in Iceland, the breed is feed efficient. The animals are cold hardy and have a strong, reactive immune system.

The icelandic sheep has two distinct wool lengths, when combined it is called lopi. The external coat is water shedding and coarser, the internal coat is very fine and soft.

Conformation is generally short legged and stocky. The face and legs are free of wool. The fleece is dual-coated and comes in white as well as a range of browns, grays and blacks.

In North America, Icelandics are used for personal milk production by many shepherds for yogurt and soap. Some farms also make gourmet artisan cheeses.

Their long external fleece coat is called tog (tow) and the fine internal coat þel (thel). When separated, they are used for different woolen products for different purposes.

A gene has been found in the Icelandic breed that causes multiple births of triplets, quads, quints and even sextuplets, if the ewe carries two copies of the gene.

Icelandic sheep come in a variety of colors and patterns. These include colors and patterns like; white, gray, badgerface, mouflon, single gene gray mouflon and solid.