By: Færøerne (Danish)
The origins of the Faeroes breed goes back to the Old Norwegian, Icelandic and
perhaps Shetland breeds. They are not gregarious and tend to be territorial.
The Faeroes will forage in small groups, spreading to cover the entire area,
behaving somewhat like the Icelandic sheep. These sheep are small and
well adapted to mountainous terrain. The color varies from white, grey, light
red, dark red, chestnut brown, to black. However, due to the low price
of wool they are sheared primarily for the comfort of the sheep.
The lambs reach slaughter weight of 20-45 pound at 5 months of age. A good
ewe will weigh about 45 pound at 6-7 years of age. The ram weighs from 45-90
pounds. Bone structure is light, but strong. These animals are seasonal breeders
with singles being the most common.
Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties.
Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.
Rasmus S. Jacobsen, The Faeroe Islands
Rasmus S. Jacobsen, Faroe Islands
Beate Milerski, Theodor-Heuss-Str. 42, D-71735 Eberdingen, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Added May 11, 1999, updated February 12, 2003