MOSS HOLLOWE FARMS, LLC

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The Swedish Gotland Sheep

The Sheep of a Different Color

Metallic silver, steel blue, shining charcoal, and, in certain light, even purple and lilac!


Gotlands are known for their soft, lustrous curls with high metallic sheen and unusual color. As J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in describing the Gotland wool:  "the hue of twilight… or dusk-silver as water under the stars." 




The ram lamb to the right may retain the purplish 

hue, or may change to steel blue as he matures. 

Either way, his fleece will be gorgeous!

(above) 2014 ewe lamb and ram lamb, 87.5% pure Gotland, 3 weeks old. Lambs out of "Rolls Royce" and "Lilac." Beautiful silver grey.

(above) 2014 ewe lamb, Ivy, 87.5% pure Gotland. Daughter of "The Dane" and "Hyacinth." Silver blue!

We are proud to be part of the Gotland Sheep breeding program. Due to import restrictions, there are no purebred Gotlands in the United Sates. Only Great Britain, Scandinavia, and New Zealand have that honor. However, an up-breeding program has begun in America, and our farm is proud to be part of it! For more on the up-breeding program and the history of this fascinating breed, check out the American Gotland Sheep Society website, here.

photo courtesy of the American Gotland Sheep Society


ABOUT THE BREED


The ancient breed, a descendent of Gute landrace sheep, traces back to the Isle of Gotland off the coast of Sweden. The Gotland pelt is prized for its unique metallic silver grey color, soft curling locks ("purling") and high lustre. It is the only known truly grey fleeced breed.


The Gotland is a medium-sized, hardy, naturally polled (hornless), very maternal sheep, very milky with few lambing or breeding problems, and excellent meat quality. Unlike many sheep, the Gotland is also known to be very friendly and inquisitive by nature. Even the rams are gentle.


Handspinners love the soft, long-stapled, lustrous fleece, and felters have discovered how quickly and easily it felts into a next-to-the-skin soft fabric with a lovely sheen. Colors range from pale silver to steel blue to charcoal. Lambs are typically born black and silver out over time.

 


J.R.R. TOLKIEN'S GOTLAND


Their color and luster is so unique, that when J.R.R. Tolkien was writing his Lord of the Rings trilogy, he encountered the rare breed in the remote hills of northern England. He was so smitten with them, that they were his inspiration for the cloaks made by the Elves which are described as follows: 


"It was hard to say of what colour they were: gray with the hue of twilight under the trees… and, yet, if set in 

another light… dusk-silver as water under the stars…. And you will find them a great aid in keeping out of the 

sight of unfriendly eyes" 


You can make your own elvish cloak! Buy Gotland fleece here. ...While we can't guarantee their fleece will render you invisible, we can certainly guarantee it will be stunning and unique.


We are proud members of the American Gotland Sheep Society. Please check out the AGSS website for more extensive information on this magnificent rare breed and the up-breeding program in the United States.

OUR FOUNDATION EWES


All three of our new ewes are 75% pure Gotland, artificially inseminated with 100% pure imported Gotland semen. These lambs will be 87.5% pure! So exciting! Check out our 2014 lambs and sheep for sale here


AGSS 1007 GOG OR147-125(5)

"Hyacinth" 75%


Sire:  UK G2050 Rover/1266

Dam: AGSS R929 GOG 1176 

DOB: 03/01/2009


Artificially Inseminated

Due Date: March 5, 2014


Delivered single ewe lamb, 87.5% pure, March 4, 2014. See photos and info

AGSS 1855 Ewe GOG OR147-472 (1241)

"Violet" 75%


Sire:  UK G2050 Rover/1266

Dam: AGSS R1373 GOG OR 147-312 

DOB: 03/03/2012


Insemination did not take. Bred to registered back-up ram, 87.5% pure



Delivered twin ram-lings, 81.25% pure, April 25, 2014. See photos and info here.

AGSS 1425 GOG OR147-367 (1006)

"Lilac" 75%


Sire:  UK G2050 Rover/1266

Dam: AGSS R770 GOG OR147-002 

DOB: 02/12/2011


Artificially Inseminated

Due Date: April 9, 2014


Delivered twins, ram-ling and ewe-ling, 87.5% pure, April 8, 2014. See photos and info here.

Moss Hollowe Julep


87.5%

DOB: March 8, 2014

Sire:  Rolls Royce / 1232 AGSS G2031

Dam: AGSS 1425 GOG OR147-367 (1006) "Lilac"




Moss Hollowe Ivy


87.5%
DOB: 03/04/2014
Sire: The Dane / NG427 LB - The Dane
Dam: AGSS 1007 GOG OR147-125(5) "Hyacinth"

Moss Hollowe Derby


87.5%

DOB: March 8, 2014

Sire:  Rolls Royce / 1232 AGSS G2031

Dam: AGSS 1425 GOG OR147-367 (1006) "Lilac"