Past Icelandic Sheep

Peaceful Valley Rams

Past Rams

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Glacier

Breed: Icelandic
Breeding Farm:
The Creeks Edge
Gender: Ram
Birth: April 09, 2015
Sire:
Al Skrauti
Dam: The Creeks Edge 630475
Horns: Polled
Color/Pattern: White, and carries moorit, solid, and spotting (O1P)
Registration: TCE AI RAM O1P 026C

Glacier has a very sturdy, correct frame and curly, thick fleece that is heavy with lanolin an roos amazingly well. His is the fleece that taught us that rooing was possible and very enjoyable. His temperament is calm, gentle and trusting, and he consistently passes that trait on to his lambs. Most rams you have to watch during breeding season regardless of how nice they are the rest of the year. Not so Glacier: he is a gentleman in all seasons!

Glacier throws lambs that have stunning fleece: they are lustrous, with great quantity and quality, and they roo nicely. His lambs also have sturdy frames and grow well. His daughters have great dairy strength. They all have inherited Glacier's calm temperament: we haven't had a butty ram out of Glacier yet.

We lost Glacier the summer of 2023. He was loved and appreciated till he passed, and will always hold a legacy in our hearts and our flock.

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Thor

Breed: Icelandic
Breeding Farm:
Linger Fold
Gender: Ram
Birth: May 07, 2021
Sire:
The Creeks Edge Tog
Dam: Linger Fold Ulla
Horns: Horned
Color/Pattern: Black grey mouflon, carrying spotting (B24H)
Registration: LINGER RAM B2SH 360J THOR

We miss our Thor boy, he was a gentle, loving ram and he was delightful to interact with! Thor was with us for only one breeding season. As he grew beyond lambhood he developed some physical traits that made him not as stunning as we thought he would be: his jaw had an underbite, and his backlegs were not as straight and strong as could be desired. As we approached his next breeding season, we started asking ourselves which ewes we could put him with who had the strength to overcome his weaknesses and who could benefit from his strengths: grey coloring, great horns, fun flashing, great fleece. Then Thor took the issue out of our hands. We headed out to pasture one morning and found him laying down while others were happily eating away in the new pasture we'd opened up. Not normal! We took him back to the barn with us for specialized care, but he passed away a few days later. We have learned over time to accept the natural culling that occurs in a fold, painful though it is, and Thor's passing was no exception. We do have a number of his lambs in our fold who have inherited his strengths and not his weaknesses so the Thor's flash will continue. 

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Kopur

Breed: Icelandic
Breeding Farm:
Hestholl
Gender: Ram
Birth: April 02, 2018
Sire:
Shincracker Magnus
Dam: Hestholl Klara
Horns: Heterozygous Polled
Color/Pattern: Solid moorit (M5P)
Registration: HLL RAM M5P 07F KOPUR

Kopur was one of our first two rams and was part of our very first breeding season. He taught us a lot about ram management, including when it's time to retire a ram for aggressive ramming behavior. His second breeding season, he developed an aggressive attitude toward everyone and everything. Not fun! It was convenient that we had our gentleman Glacier to compare him against so that we knew aggressive behavior wasn't "normal" or "acceptable." His genetics are still in our fold today so his dense, fine thel carries on, but thankfully he kept his cranky attitude to himself. His son William is actually one of our most gentle rams. Go figure. 

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Past Ewes

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Skyre

Breed: Icelandic
Breeding Farm:
Linger Fold
Gender: Ewe
Birth: May 13, 2017
Sire:
The Creeks Edge Glacier
Dam: North Coast Mallow
Horns: Polled
Color/Pattern: White, carrying solid moorit and possibly spotting (O1P)
Registration: LINGER SKYR 01P 257E

Skyre is a really lovely ewe and has thrown some of our best dairy ewes. Her udder has fairly high attachments, with a softly rounded shape and good teat placement, and she throws large, tight, and well conforming udders with very reliable consistency. Her fleece is mostly thel, and is curly and soft, although with only average density and length. Her frame is well muscled and thick boned, with a long and deep body and squared legs. She roos easily and cleanly.

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Flower

Breed: Icelandic
Breeding Farm:
Peaceful Valley
Gender: Ewe
Birth: April 03, 2019
Sire:
The Creeks Edge Glacier
Dam: North Coast Fern
Horns: Heterozygous Polled
Color/Pattern: Black mouflon, carrying solid moorit and spotting (B4P)
Registration: PEACEFUL VALLEY EWE B4P 1G FLOWER

Flower is one of the first lambs ever born on our farm, and she's a triplet. She has a nice udder, beautiful fleece, and a strong frame. Her udder has great capacity, overall shape, and incredible teats. She does need improvement in the udder attachment zone, since her udder has pretty weak attachments. Her fleece is long, curly, and incredibly thick! Her frame is stocky, long bodied, and squared. Flower was the first lamb to be born on our farm, and grew really fast. She throws incredibly stocky lambs with great structure and stunning fleece! We're retaining one of her sons for a flock sire, and are super exited to see how his genetics build our flock further, since his dam is such an incredible ewe!

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Mallow

Breed: Icelandic
Breeding Farm:
North Coast
Gender: Ewe
Birth: March 13, 2014
Sire:
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Dam: North Coast 677270
Horns: Heterozygous Polled
Color/Pattern: Solid Moorit (M5P)
Registration: NORTH COAST EWE M5P 600B

Mallow had an udder to be reckoned with and her udder genetics are a strong influence in our fold. Of our original 8 foundation ewes, 5 of them are Mallow's daughters! She had great capacity, fantastic hand milking teats and strong connections. Her body was long and deep with wide hips and a nice flat topline. Her daughter Mora resembles her more and more every year and sometimes looking at her, it's possible to imagine that Mallow isn't really gone.

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Losia

Breed: Icelandic
Breeding Farm:
North Coast
Gender: Ewe
Birth: March 30, 2016
Sire:
North Coast 705714
Dam: North Coast Mallow
Horns: Heterozygous Polled
Color/Pattern: White, carrying solid black and moorit (01P)
Registration: CELTIC CELOSIA O1P 102D

Losia passed away our very first year as shepherds. She gave us a lovely set of twins, one of whom passed only a few hours after birth due to a twisted bowel. Then, a few months after lambing, one day she suddenly stopped eating and drinking and within a day she was gone. We had our vet do a necropsy because she was severely anemic right before her death. The vet saw no evidence of a parasite load that would have resulted in that level of anemia, however Losia's kidneys were splotchy and problematic. Her best diagnosis was chronic kidney disease, something we knew nothing about. It was a good lesson as a new shepherd that sometimes, despite doing the best you can, you can't control everything and death is a part of the job. Love them, care for them, and protect them the best you can and then be at peace when it is time to say goodbye. 

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