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Shetland sheep originate on the Shetland Islands off of Scotland.
They come in one of the widest ranges of color of any sheep. They also come in a variety of color patterns. They are considered a "primitive" breed, as they are just as they were centuries ago, unchanged as many modern sheep breeds are. They are small and very hardy. They are good foragers and are easy to keep and work with.Their fleeces are soft and an excellent choice for handspinning.
By far my favorite sheep breed!
Cobblerock's Black Jack,
Emsket ewe (2015)
Light grey ewe (2016)
Moorit yearling ewe
2015 Hebron Fair Champion Shetland ewe
2012 Musket ewe
Finnsheep are a primitive breed of sheep first imported to North America in 1966. They have a beautiful fleece the averages 24-31 microns and is popular with handspinners because it blends well with other fibers and has a long staple length. As with other primitive breeds, Finns are good foragers and adapt well to both cold and warm temperatures. They mature early and ewes can be bred to lamb as yearlings, rams are ready to breed as early as 4 months of age. They are also known for having multiple births, with triplets common and some having 4, 5 or even 6 lambs at one time. Ewes mature to 130-180 lbs and Rams mature to 170-240 lbs.
Cedriik (silver yearling ram)
Riina (white finn x ewe)
Elise (brown finn ewe)
above: Mr. Silver, black 2014 ram
right: TMF Dorita, brown 2016 ewe