Gotland sheep originated on Gotland Island, in Sweden. They were carefully developed (from sheep that originated with the Vikings) for their gorgeous metallic silver locks. In Sweden they are valued for pelts, but here in NA they are appreciated primarily for creating yarn and textiles.
Gotland fleece is not the softest, but its silkiness gives it a lovely hand for spinning.
Gotland sheep are a very rare breed in North America. In fact, due to import restrictions, almost all Gotland sheep in NA have been "up bred" using imported semen and domestic ewes. That means they start out at 50% Gotland. The percentage is increased over time by using more imported 100% semen, until we have sheep that are nearing 100% and look and behave like their Swedish ancestors.
The Gotland sheep here on our farm have been carefully selected to be true to the breed standard. We also select for the best mothers, and softest, curliest locks.
We are proud members of the American Gotland Sheep Society, and all of our breeding animals are registered. We typically lamb in March and April. We will list the spring lambs as they are born.
We typically offer both registered and unregistered sheep, and the lambs are weaned and ready for sale in May or June.
Watch our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute postings; www.facebook.com/ninetreesfarm.
We are avid fiber enthusiasts, and offer a variety of raw fleeces, pelts, knitwear, felted items, and whatever else might take our fancy.
Check out our Etsy Store to see what's available: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NineTreesCrafts
We also offer milled products including yarns, batts, and roving from our Nine Trees Farm Gotlands, processed in our own custom fiber mill here:
We try to get out and about several times a year.
Due to the Covid pandemic, we haven't attended any gatherings lately, but we will post in our FaceBook page if we are going anywhere!