This week we drove up to Holliberry farms in northwestern Illinois to purchase our “starter flock” of Icelandics. Perhaps “flock” is a bit generous as there are just two yearlings, a male and female. We were referred to Holliberry Farm by another Icelandic shepherd who suggested that Holly was an expert shepherd and really understood the Icelandics and their genetics.
Indeed, their farm was abustle with activity. I counted at least 50 Icelandics, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out the real number was double that. Although Holliberry Farm is focused on meat production, they have sheep from 4 bloodlines, and some of their rams have high quality medium-fine wool. Holly help us choose an unrelated ram and ewe that would maximize our potential for wood production.
Our goal is to have about 10 Icelandics this time next year. We will keep you posted.