Shetland Sheep

Shetlands are primitive sheep and belong to the Northern short-tailed group.  As their name suggests they originated in the Shetland Isles and have been known for more than a 1000 years.

The breed is now found throughout the British Isles and is also popular in the USA where it is kept primarily for its fibre.

The sheep are very hardy and versatile and their smaller scale and ease of handling makes them ideal smallholders sheep.  Their ease of lambing and milkiness also make them suitable for commercial farmers who crossbreed them with terminal meat sires.

Shetlands have a prolificacy rate of 160% which is comparable with most modern commercial breeds.  The ewes are also excellent protective mothers.

The meat has an amazing texture and flavour and is also incredibly lean.

The sheep are browsers rather than grazers and are therefore great for conservation grazing - A word of caution though to prospective shepherds: You will need good fences and must fence off any prized trees or shrubs if you don't want them eaten or bark stripped :)

Shetlands are highly intelligent, very easy to train and make excellent pets.  Their size makes them very suitable for children to handle but the rams (like all sheep breeds) must be treated with respect and a degree of caution.

There is a wealth of information about the breed on the Shetland Sheep Society website.  There are also links on the site to breeders, meat producers and craft and wool suppliers.

I occasionally have stock for sale.  Please follow the link to the stock for sale page.  I also produce grass reared Shetland and Shetland cross lamb which is suitable for home freezing.  Please follow the link to the lamb sales page.