Information About Sales

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Sheep for sale at this link: Click here.

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Sales Policies

In our time as Icelandic breeders, with respect to both buying and selling of sheep, we have encountered several “situations” that have arisen from confusion created by somewhat unclear or unspecific policies regarding terms of sales. To try to avoid confusion and complications, we are trying to think of as many of these potential situations as possible and prevent them from happening by having a very clearly (hopefully) outlined policy.

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Our general prices for registered stock: (Unless otherwise noted.)

Ram lambs: $300 (birth until Nov. 1)
Ewe lambs: $400 (birth until Nov. 1)
Mature ewes (unbred): $450 (ewes that have at least passed their first Nov. 1)
Mature ewes (bred): $450 + $100 breeding fee
Mature rams (untested): $400 (rams that have at least passed their first Nov. 1)
Proven rams: $450 and up.

(We raise prices of lambs on Nov. 1 to account for the hay that we have already purchased to overwinter that lamb.)
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Deposits

If you are interested in purchasing a sheep, a $50 nonrefundable deposit will hold that sheep for you.

Your word will hold first right of refusal. This means if you express verbal interest in a sheep, and after you someone else expresses verbal interest in the same sheep, we will contact you first, notifying you and giving you the opportunity to make a decision. You will have 48 hours from the time we email you to make a decision. If no decision has been made after 48 hours, then right of refusal goes to the next person in line. If you choose to put down a deposit on the sheep, you will have 7 days for us to receive the deposit. If a deposit is not received within 7 days, right of refusal passes to the next interested party. If a deposit is received after 7 days, and no one else has claimed the sheep, the deposit will be counted and the sheep will be held in your name. If the deposit is received after 7 days and someone else has expressed interest in the sheep and begun their 7 day window to send a deposit, your deposit will be returned. If nobody manages to get their deposit here within the 7 day window, we tear our hair out and everyone starts over.

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Payment

The balance of the final purchase price for any sheep is due upon pickup.

If the full price of the sheep is paid in advance, and the buyer backs out or one of the contingencies listed below occurs, the $50 deposit will be kept and the balance will be returned.

We accept personal checks on the date of pickup with a valid driver’s license. If you want to pay in advance, you can pay through PayPal. A 3% fee will be added to the total purchase price if payment is made through PayPal to cover PayPal’s fees.

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Out of State Sales

Due to the varying requirements and costs in each state for a sheep to cross its borders legally, fees associated with out of state sales will be the responsibility of the buyer. Most states require just a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), which runs about $30. Some states also require blood tests for various diseases in order for a sheep to enter. If you are in a state and don’t know the requirements for bringing sheep in, I’d be happy find out the requirements and costs for you before you purchase a sheep, so there will be no cost surprises.

***Disclaimer: The following are subject to change if the state changes its requirements.***

Select state regulations for sheep entering their borders, and appx. costs based on what we have been billed, if known:

Illinois: CVI ($30)
Iowa: CVI ($30)
Michigan: CVI ($30)
North Dakota: CVI ($30) + Brucella ovis test for rams over 6 mo. old ($100)
Ohio: CVI ($30) + copy mailed to Animal Health Chief
South Dakota: CVI ($30) + Brucella ovis test for rams over 6 mo. old ($100)
Wisconsin: CVI ($30)

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Lambs

Lambs will be available for pickup at three months of age. We will request that all lambs that have been purchased or have had a deposit placed on them be picked up by November 1, otherwise a $2 per day per head boarding fee will be charged until the lamb or lambs are picked up. The total boarding fee per head will not exceed $50. So this means if you place your deposit on October 31st, you will still start incurring a boarding fee beginning November 1st. After November 1st the price of all ram lambs and ewe lambs will increase by $50 if they have not been claimed by a deposit.

If in an extreme circumstance, the lambs (rams or ewes) are unable to be picked up by November 1st the following year, the $50 deposit will be considered lost to pay the boarding fee, and the sheep is no longer considered held. Ewes will go into the breeding pen and either be retained as breeding stock or put up for sale as a bred ewe. We do not like keeping young rams around beyond their second fall, as having too many rams around during rut season tends to cause problems. Any ram lamb not picked up by November 1st of his second year (his second breeding season) will either be retained and potentially put back up for sale or sent to butcher at our discretion.

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Mature Ewes (Unbred)

Mature ewes, which are ewes that are at least a year old, may be picked up at any time unless she has a lamb at her side, in which case she will be available once the lamb is weaned at three months old. Any mature ewe that is not picked up by the following breeding season beginning November 1st will incur a $2 per day per head boarding fee, not to exceed $50.

In extreme circumstances, if the unbred mature ewe is not picked up by the second breeding season (November 1st) after a deposit is placed, then the $50 deposit will be considered lost to pay the boarding fee and the ewe will no longer be held. The ewe will be either placed in the breeding pen and retained for our own purposes or else put up for sale, at our discretion.

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Mature Ewes (Bred)

We on occasion may sell ewes that have been bred but not lambed. She will be available for pickup no sooner than 30 days after she has been bred. She needs to be picked up no later than 30 days before her due date for the safety of the ewe and lambs. The actual pickup window will be based on the date we believe she was bred and her projected lambing date. We will keep in contact with the purchaser about dates.

We are selling our bred ewes as “exposed”, meaning they have been in with a ram for several heat cycles and been marked as bred with raddle powder. If you would like the sheep ultrasounded to confirm pregnancy, the cost is the responsibility of the purchaser and will be equal to the vet bill for the test.

The breeding fee is $100 on top of the purchase price of the ewe.

If you wish to purchase an unbred ewe and have her bred by one of our farm rams, the cost will be a $100 breeding fee. You may choose the sire.

In both cases, whether buying a bred ewe or having a ewe bred, the $100 breeding fee includes the $50 boarding fee.

If the ewe is not picked up within the safe window, and she must lamb on our farm, then $50 of the breeding fee will be refunded, and the other $50 will be retained as a boarding fee. The lambs will remain our property, and the ewe will be reclassified as unclaimed and unbred. This means to put a hold on her again, a new $50 deposit is required.

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Mature Rams

These are rams that are at least one year of age but untested in the breeding pen. We ask that all mature rams be picked up by November 1st, as we do not like keeping too many mature rams around during rut. Any mature rams not picked up by November 1st will have their deposit lost, and are no longer held. Each ram may be retained and resold by us or else sent to the butcher at our discretion. The likelihood is the ram will end up at the butcher.

Note: We may on occasion sell proven rams, which will be sold based on their merits and likely be more expensive than untested mature rams. Same policies apply as the untested mature rams.

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Thank you for your interest. Once again, this policy is not meant to be big and scary. It’s just our attempt to try to address things that sometimes happen. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and get some clarification. Or just chat sheep. I (the shepherdess) especially love to share my knowledge if I can.

If you would like references as to our integrity, I would be happy to email you a list of contacts of people from whom we have purchased sheep.

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What you get with each sheep purchased:

Records

I’ll be keeping detailed records on each sheep pertaining to performance, and provide this record with each sheep that is sold as breeding stock. Some of the things I will include:

-Weight records, plus the birth weight, so you can see how the sheep grew.

-Parasite records; how well the sheep handled parasites for the summer, especially H. contortus. This will primarily be eyelid membrane color, but will also include any fecals done as well. This includes when/if the sheep needed worming.

-Health records; any illnesses, medications, vaccines, etc.

-Photos; included from lambhood on, for a detailed visual record of how the horns grew out, how the proportions filled in, etc, to help with future breeding decisions.

Registration papers

All of our breeding stock are or will be registered, and transfer of papers into the buyer’s name will be included in the price of the sheep. We will take care of the transfer. It may take a few months for us to receive the papers.

If the buyer wants the sheep sold as unregistered, we are happy to do that, though the sheep will still cost the registered price, as all of our sheep leaving the farm as breeding stock will be of similar quality.

If the sheep is not of a quality good enough to be registered, it will not be sold for breeding. However, these can still be purchased as fiber pets for less than registered stock. All non-breeding quality rams will be wethered before leaving the farm as a fiber pet.

Support

Every sheep purchase comes with the support of the breeder, me! I love to spend a great deal of time researching and learning about all things Icelandic sheep. I also haunt and regularly contribute to several large Icelandic sheep forums. I have been a shepherd long enough to have seen plenty of interesting (some good, some not so good) things. All this combined, I have amassed a fair amount of information over the years, and I love to share it. Livestock raising is not an exact science. I have found the more I know, the better equipped I am to help my sheep reach their potential. And I am happy to share what I have learned, and help you to become successful in your sheep raising venture too.

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Sheep for Sale!

I will maintain a sheep for sale page as we have them available. Just use the drop down menu under “For Sale”, or click any of the following links:

Breeding Ewes for Sale

Breeding Rams for Sale …None at this time…

Thank you for your interest in our stock!