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
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.
As far as we know, Icelandics North is  only
one of two Icelandic sheep breeders in North
America that use ultrasound technology to
precisely measure the thickness of the back
muscling of this breed. Icelandics North is
also one of
only two breeders in North America that
remain who were taught how to measure &
evaluate the Icelandic sheep and actually put
that knowledge to use, allowing an accuracy
based assessment of the true quality of the
sheep at Icelandics North, and can compare
them directly to the finest in Iceland.
The sheep at Icelandics North are among the
most genetically consistent Icelandic sheep in
the world, with results which prove that fact.
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 fifteen years, as well
possibly the worlds meatiest Icelandic EWE! Her
leg muscling is incredible--putting even the Texel rams
advertised in the sheep industry magazines to shame!
(To see her fantastic muscling,
Also, in 2017 it appears that Icelandics North
achieved yet another milestone, and that is the
development of an amazing ram whose
BACK MUSCLING is 45% thicker than the finest rams
taken to the semen collection facilities of Iceland for
the purpose of improving the national flock.
Unless there is a ram in the history books that no-one
has ever mentioned, this ram is hands down the finest
that the world has EVER seen of the Icelandic breed!!!
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, and obviously

Feel free to contact us at our e-mail
address or call us at  
(207)768-7113, or (207) 425-7113

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
in North America..
The consequence of giving up my scrapie status is that
to flocks that are enrolled in the
"voluntary scrapie program,"
in order to not
affect your scrapie status,
I can only sell
 To flocks NOT in the voluntary scrapie
program, I can sell
both rams and ewes.

If you are a history buff, you may be aware of the fact
that our nation's first president, George Washington
who was also 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!
The last issue is that I have started to close
down the flock.
Only three ramlambs
remain unsold. I
f you want animals of
exceptional quality, I suggest you contact
me NOW at
Contact Info:
Gary J. Holcombe, shepherd
Breeding Rams
Breeding Ewes
Caesar I, son of Blackidottir and Green Ears