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Fun Facts About Icelandic Sheep

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 01:12 PM Karen Hood

Icelandic Sheep Image Author: biologyfishman
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Fluffy Icelandic sheep are just one of the many animals you can see at the Petting Farm at Mountain Valley View Farm! Our petting farm is affordable family fun for all ages, and is open year-round for your enjoyment. Come out to our family farm and enjoy some homemade apple cider or delicious hot chocolate while you meet the over 80 species of animal at our petting farm, including many rare, exotic, and endangered breeds! Yes, we’re still open even though it’s December!

The Icelandic sheep is descended from the native northern European short-tailed sheep brought to Iceland by the Vikings 1100 years ago. Historically Icelandic sheep were used for milk rather than meat.

The Icelandic leader sheep is a unique phenomenon. The leader sheep are a small percentage of the population who have been bred for their alert and intelligent characteristics. Leader sheep are prominent in the flock, normally going first out of the sheep-house, looking around in all directions, watching to see if there are dangers in sight, and then walking in front of the flock when driven to or from pasture. They can guide the flock home in harsh weather, guard against predators, and even have an innate ability to predict a snowstorm, often refusing to leave shelter if a storm is on the way.

Icelandic fleece is dual-coated. In Icelandic the long outer coat is called tog and the fine inner coat thel. When separated, the outer and inner coats are used for different woolen products. Tog is generally classified as a medium wool and is good for weaving and other durable products Thel, a finer wool, is used for garments that touch the skin.

Come visit the Icelandic sheep and the other animals at Mountain Valley View Farm today! It’s a fun afternoon outing for the entire family, and a great way to kick off the holidays!

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Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc.
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Main Farm Location:

4301 South Chapman Road
Greenacres, WA 99016-8732
Tel: 509-928-1800 Fax: 509-922-9949

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8:00 a.m. – Noon; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Closed Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Other farm hours by advance appointment only.
Please call (509) 928-1800 to schedule an appointment.

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Farm Location:
4229 South Chapman Road
Greenacres, WA 99016-8732
Tel: 509-928-2858 Fax: 509-922-9949

Showroom Office Location:
507 North Sullivan Road Suite LL-3 & LL-5
Spokane Valley, WA 99037
Tel: 509-928-2042 Fax: 509-922-9949


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Greenacres, WA 99016-8731
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Directions to Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc.

From I-90 East or West
Take the Sullivan Exit (291B) – South for about 3 miles
Turn left on Saltese (east), and continue for .5 mile
Turn right on South Chapman Road (south), and proceed .9 mile
The farm will be on the left-hand side of the road – 4301 South Chapman Road


One Response to “Fun Facts About Icelandic Sheep”

  1. Chris G. Chan says:

    This year we again offered “on-farm clinics” for new shepherds. The clinic was a big success (and lots of fun )and launched several families into the adventure of lambing for the first time… with confidence! If you’re interested, please watch for the 2008 event. Covering two days, these clinics are designed to bring you up to speed quickly and efficiently, build some confidence (you can do this!). We’ve scheduled this event early enough in the spring so you can go home and apply what you’ve learned to getting ready and being prepared to deliver your own lambs in the Spring , or take delivery of your sheep /lambs in the Fall.

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