r ranson wrote:
An important thing to remember is that there are breeds and there are individual flocks.
r ranson wrote: I noticed in our area, many of the reproductive traits (like twinning or easy birth) common to the breeds weren't as strong as I expected.
r ranson wrote:if so, what will you feel like when you discover your lovely lamb you sold soandso is living in a wallow up to its chest in mud and being wormed once a week with toxic dog meds?
Nissa Gadbois wrote:We have had both Icelandic and Shetland sheep.
For ease of handling, Shetland are generally friendlier. They are also quiet substantially smaller than Icelandics, therefore have less meat. Both breeds are primitive and prefer a diet that more closely resembles that of goats (which we also have). Both breeds are good mothers in my experience. Rams are always pretty horrible in tup. Icelandics are also good for milk production, so there is an additional service for you, if you are interested. Both produce valuable wool, though very different. Icelandics produce a double coat - each can be used/sold individually, or blended together. Shetlands produce a very fine wool suitable for things like blankets and outerwear, that sort. Of course, if you don't care to sell the wool it can be used (cleaned) as insulation or as a mulch.