Welcome to Waving Pines Farm, specializing in Icelandic sheep!
The farm that my husband and I call home is located in the heart of farm country, in the plains of Southern Minnesota. This farm has been in his family for six generations, my husband being the latest in a long line of farmers. And I, his wife, am an aspiring new shepherdess who bought her first two Icelandic ewes in spring of 2011, with the dream of growing her own little flock into a respectable breeding program that grows nice stout hardy sheep that produce beautiful, soft fiber in a variety of natural colors.
For ease of navigating this site, you can either use the drop down menus that appear when the mouse is hovered over the above headings, or else you can click each heading for links instead. Each heading is an active page, even if it has pages linked below it.
Here in these pages you will get to know the sheep of our little flock as can be see under the heading “The Flock”; as well as stories from the farm as told on the blog page “News From the Farm”; and many articles about sheep care and topics of interest as featured in “The Library”. There is a page for “Breeding Groups”, where you can see which ram and ewe pairs are expecting lambs the coming spring. And of course, visit the “For Sale” page if you are interested in purchasing any of our sheep. We only sell sheep that we would be willing to use in our own flock. You can also meet “The Other Critters” of Waving Pines Farm of the non-sheepy persuasion, and if you want to learn more about the farm than what I have presented on the home page, then the “About” page is where you go, or else you can just plain “Contact” me. I have an active Facebook page too, with lots of pictures! Click here for that.
The focus of this farm, and thus this website, is the Icelandic sheep that I am breeding, and the products and breeding stock that will be available as our farm matures. They are a wonderful triple purpose breed, bred for over 1100 years uncrossed in Iceland to produce fiber, milk, and gourmet meat. There, they grew to be hardy and efficient grazers, being able to be raised on good hay and pasture alone without the need for grains. They are available in a wide variety of color and pattern combinations for both a diverse flock and many natural color choices when it comes to yarn and roving. They have a beautiful long-stapled double coated wool that is great for felting and handspinning. They come in a choice of either horned or naturally polled, though this farm will focus on raising horned stock. They also tend to be good mothers, with a propensity for producing twins. Even triplets are not uncommon. For more information on the breed, see the page “Why Icelandics?”
One of my favorite aspects is that these sheep have a lot of personality, in many shapes and forms. I especially enjoy the friendly, I-love-to-be-pet personality that I see in several of my ewes. One such ewe would even come up to me and tug on my shirt, or paw at my boot, just to get some attention. (Or maybe a treat!) I have sheep that are just very laid back, not disturbed by much; easy to handle, but not overly interested in human affection. There are also sheep that are cautious about people, recognizing us for the predators we are; these can be won over too, with patience and gentleness. One such ewe has even become quite affectionate. The list goes on, but these are just some examples from my flock. I love how individual these sheep are. This is truly a fun and interesting breed.
Thanks for visiting the home page of our little farm!
For more information about the history of Icelandics, here is a wonderful article provided by the ISBONA (Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America) website.
For Breed Standards, click here.
I’m a member of ISBONA, and very happy for it! The members-only forum and newsletter are a wealth of information, and there are many useful articles available on their website for nonmembers.