|Welcome to the home page of
(formerly Northern Maine Icelandics)
home of high quality purebred
one of the most hardy and useful
breeds of sheep in the world today.
This highly intelligent, interactive
breed is known for it's colorful wool,
tender fine flavored meat, easy
lambing, fast growth, and
excellent dairy capabilities.
Since 1998, Icelandics North
has specialized in offering among the very best
of the icelandic breed, and is one of a select
handful of breeders that offer the very best
available in North America.
Trained in Iceland in the Icelandic method of
evaluating for the finest examples of this
breed, we at times have used semen from
Iceland's finest rams in a state of the art
Vaginal AI procedure developed by research
scientist and veterinarian
Thorstein Olafsson, PHD.
The use of semen from the finest rams in
Iceland, coupled with the application of precise
selection methods employing ultrasound
technology and the knowledgeable use of
other aspects of breeding and animal
husbandry has given our shepherd the
distinction of having produced an
Icelandic ram with the
greatest statistical measurements known
anywhere in the world in the last twelve years,
as well as possibly the worlds meatiest EWE!
Her measurements are incredible!
Here at ICELANDICS NORTH
we specifically breed for world-class meat
conformation, with heavy muscling and as
little fat as possible, but without ignoring wool
quality, mothering, or milking abilities.
Feel free to contact us at our e-mail
address email@example.com or call us at
(207)768-7113, or (207) 425-7113
In 2005 I shut down my sheep business in
order to devote more time to my jewelry
business, and at that time I sold the whole
flock. A few months later, I missed the sheep
so much that I started up a flock again, and
over the last twelve years I have been quietly
reacquiring animals, carefully planning the
breedings, and as of 2016, started making
lambs available for purchase again. (Every
lamb I offered was sold.) I have rebuilt this
website with new pictures in the"How do Your
Animals Compare" pages, as well as the
"Breeding Ewes" and "Breeding Rams"
sections, with descriptions of who was bred to
whom this winter; and of course we will be
publishing pictures, descriptions and prices of
the lambs as they arrive mid April into June.
Visit often and see pictures of the new lambs!
Also note that I gave up my scrapie
enrollment in 2012 after I had a heart attack
because I decided to slowly reduce the flock
little by little through attrition until there
were none left, but much to my surprise I
recovered enough to be enthusiastic again
about the sheep and continued selecting and
breeding animals with the goal of being among
a handful of the best breeders out there.
The consequence of giving up my scrapie
status is that to flocks that are scrapie
enrolled, I can only sell RAMS. Aphis
does allow that without the scrapie status of
the flock being affected. But to flocks NOT in
the scrapie program, I can sell both rams and
If you are a history buff, you may be aware of
the fact that our nation's first president,
George Washington who also was a sheep
breeder, advised those who wanted to improve
the quality of their flock QUICKLY and effect
the most profound change for excellence, that
they should buy a superb RAM! Good advice
that I have followed myself!