Finnsheep - A Multi-Purpose Sheep Breed
Finnsheep, Highly Versatile Sheep
Finnsheep, originally known as Finnish Landrace in their native land of Finland, first came to North America in 1966. Finns are an old breed, thought to have descended several hundred years ago from flocks in the mountains of Sardinia and Corsica. Finns are related to other Scandinavian short tailed sheep. They are a highly adaptable, docile sheep of a medium size. The fleece is soft and luxurious, coming in several natural colors and sought after by hand spinners. Although not large, the sheep produce a lean succulent meat with a light delicate flavor. Finnish Landrace sheep are also known for being very reliable breeders, excellent mothers with lots of milk and it is common to have a minimum of triplets from each ewe.
Here on AJ’s Happy Chick Farm we raise a small flock of 20+ Finn sheep. Ram and ewe lambs are available in June, and lamb meat in October. Our Finns are bred for temperament, fiber, overall health and resistance to disease. They are pasture raised using twice weekly rotational grazing all season. Annual individual fecal testing is done for selective worming. Our pastures and hay are certified organic with Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), and supplemental grain is also organic.
AJ’s Happy Chick Farm is registered with the Finnsheep Breeders Association and available lambs have USDA scrapie tags. All lambs are at ease with livestock guardian dogs (LGD), adults and children. Those culled from breeding stock make wonderful pet/fiber family members. We love pairing up people with compatible lambs.