Wool Yarn... welcome to our Maine Icelandic Sheep Farm
As members of the ISBONA, the Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North
America, Frelsi Farm is dedicated to introducing this wonderful
old breed to American farmers, both here in the northeast and across
the country. This breed is particularly well suited and adapted
for integrating into a small commercial farming operation, and what
the industry calls a "small" or "hobby" farm.
The sheep is marvelously versatile, an easy keeper, a thrifty forager,
with a wool which lends itself to handspinning and commercial processing.
To learn more about the Icelandic Sheep, or our farm, please browse
through the links offered below:
Our Maine Farm: How
we got started, and ended up here!
The Icelandic Sheep: A breed
for the next millennium: Why this breed? It
is surprisingly versatile!
Sheep Genetics: The colors, the patterns... what makes an Icelandic
Sheep look the way it does?
Sheep Genetics: the PDFdocument,
a more in depth look at the genetics of an Icelandic
The Shepherd's Glossary: Confused
by all the terminology? So were we once! A guide to the terms you'll
hear when learning to speak sheep.
Bookshelf: helpful books on sheep: Our list
of the most battered (and therefore loved) books on our self.
Building a Flock
on a Shoestring: Not everyone can afford to buy a large
flock right away... see how one farm manages their resources and
gains the Icelandic flock they wanted at a price they could afford.
Picking the Right Stock for
Your Farm: An overview of how sheep are classified
and priced so you can start building your flock.
Bringing Your Flock Home:
Planning ahead will keep everyone safe, healthy, and happy.
Icelandic Sheep: Flock
Health: Tips on maintaining your sheep in top form
Lambing season: The Lambing
Jug.. how we use a lambing jug to build strong mother-lamb families
Lambing season: Building a Lambing
Jug: materials and directions
Lambing season: Tubing a lamb:
its a skill by it isn't hard.
Lambing season: Grafting
or Adopting a lamb: step by step instructions in case you need
to put a lamb with a new ewe.
Washing your Fleece: felting
is good.. just not when washing!
Spinning the Icelandic
Fleece: Not just one fleece, three possibilities. Learn
more about this unique fiber.
Entering Your Fleece: A guide
to entering your fleece in a competition.
A Flock of Your Own: Want
your own flock of these sheep? Details here.
Can Farm: An inspired piece by the people at WoolandFeathers.com
who believe anyone who dreams of having their own small farm...
Sheep Breeders of North America Home Page Good general overview
of the breed, and some in depth articles on genetics. Database of
all member farms.
1 Fence Systems. We bought our fencing from Wellscroft
Fence Systems of Marlborough NH, the Northeaster Rep. (603) 827-3464
but the web site is worth a visit if only for the bulletin board
system. We learned where to have our raw fleece turned into blankets
on this system. Worth checking out for more than just good fencing
Web Works sites for Farms: A comprehensive overview of what
you need to know to produce a professional presence online, even
if you decide to DIY. Bootstrap marketing, search engine help, even
a downloadable form for designing your site over a cup of coffee.
Their ecommerce site hosting fees start at 20.00/month for a full
featured, fully customizable, store and farm site.