ICELANDICS NORTH
Welcome to the home page of
ICELANDICS NORTH
(formerly Northern Maine Icelandics)
home of high quality purebred
ICELANDIC SHEEP,
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.
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
remains who was taught how to measure &
evaluate the Icelandic sheep and actually puts
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, unlike
other farms that can only speak out of
emotion or opinion, and likely have a higher
opinion of the quality of their sheep than they
should!!
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 fourteen years, as well
as
possibly the worlds meatiest Icelandic EWE! Her
leg muscling is incredible--putting even the Texel rams
advertised in the sheep industry magazines to shame!
(
CLICK HERE)
In 2017 it appears that Icelandics North has
achieved yet another milestone, and that is the
development of an amazing ram whose
BACK MUSCLING is about 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!!!
(CLICK HERE TO SEE HIS INCREDIBLE
BACKMUSCLING.)

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
, and obviously
WE ARE GOOD AT WHAT WE DO!!!


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

ICELANDICS NORTH
NOTE!!
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
RAMS.
 Aphis does allow rams to be sold without
the scrapie status of the flock being affected. But 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!
Contact Info:
Gary J. Holcombe, shepherd
Name:
Email:
Breeding Rams
KEY PAGE
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Breeding Ewes
NEW!!