Welcome To Fair Weather Farm Gotland Sheep
5 Ewes: Madaline, Astrid, Hanna, Lilli-belle and Starla
1 Ram (Bentley 92.19%) - For Sale $800 (Bentley just sheared - photo to left)
Sired 7 offspring in Spring 2016 .. upcoming offspring Spring 2017
They have become quite the star attractions here on the farm.
All are registered through the American Gotland Sheep Society
Gotland sheep originate from the small island of Gotland, set in the middle of the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Sweden. One of the Northern short-tailed breeds, their bloodlines date back to the Viking era.
Gotland sheep are fine-boned and of medium size. Gotlands are polled and have no wool on their black heads and legs. There may be white markings on the top of the head or around the nose and mouth. They have alert medium sized ears that stand outwards with a small neat muzzle, an even jaw and even teeth. Their slender neck and shoulders set smoothly into a level back with good depth and reasonable breadth of body. The slender legs are well spaced and upright. The tail is short with a hair covered tip.
Gotlands are a bright, active, and friendly sheep full of curiosity. Ewes generally weigh from 120-155 kg. Rams are heavier, weighing in at 165-190 kg. Lambs are born with lush black birth coat and are very active and quick to suckle. They make rapid summer growth: 30-50 kg at 6-7 months old, dependent on litter size.
Gotland fleece grows 10 to 12 inches a year, requiring shepherds to shear them twice a year. The fleece is fine, long, lustrous and dense and can be all shades of grey from silver to charcoal grey and dark enough to be almost black. They have a clearly defined even curl (purl) and staple that is soft to the touch. Their disposition is docile and friendly. Bright, active and full of curiosity. The fleece is typically 29 to 34 micrometres in diameter. Lambs wool can be in the low to mid 20’s micrometre range. The fleece is prized in the United States by handspinners. In Europe they are most desired for their pelts.
Gotland yarn, when knit, has a lovely drape. When over-dyed it has gives deep heathered shades of color. Gotland wool also felts quite easily making it an excellent choice for felters. Fiber artists and doll makers find their curly locks of wool amazing to work with, often using them as embellishments or for hair.
WE SELL WOOL and FLEECES
CONTACT US to see what shades are available, and also to see what is available for sale at this time.