Gotland Sheep


About Gotland Sheep

Gotland sheep are native to the Swedish island of Gotland. Gotlands are new to the U.S. The first Gotland genetics were introduced into the U.S. in 2003 with the importation of pure Gotland semen. Gotlands are currently being established in the U.S. through an upbreeding program. Gotlands are a fine-boned, medium sized sheep. They are known for their beautiful soft, lustrous, curly grey to black fleeces. Gotland ewes are good mothers, lambing easily with high lambing rates. Lambs are vigorous at birth and grow quickly. Gotlands tend to be friendly and inquisitive which make them enjoyable sheep for small farms.

High Hill Gotlands

We established a small flock of Gotlands here at The Homestead at High Hill with the purchase of five ewe lambs and one bred ewe in 2015, ranging from 81-85% Gotland. All of our Gotlands are registered with both the American Gotland Sheep Society and the Gotland Sheep Breeders of North America. We had our first Gotland lambs born when Efa had twin ewe lambs, Kai and Kia in April of 2016. We currently have 7 Gotland ewes bred to Otto, our 95.3% ram, that should lamb from mid March to mid April, 2017. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of these lambs and can’t wait to see what our 5 yearling ewes will have for their first time as well as what traits Efa and Otto’s lambs will have. Otto has grown into a beautiful fleeced, very thick, very correct Gotland ram. We can’t wait to see what his lambs will look like and hope that they are stamped with these traits from their sire. Kai and Kia, as well as Kali, another ewe lamb that we purchased in December are growing well and enjoying life. They will not be bred to lamb until spring of 2018. While I am new to Gotlands, I am not new to sheep. I have been raising and showing registered sheep for most of my life (over 40 years). I am excited to help establish this neat little breed of sheep here in the U.S. We have quality Gotland lambs ranging from 88-90% for sale in 2017. Contact us for details or just to talk sheep. Further details about lambs for sale on For Sale page.

Ladies in Waiting

Tahra’s twins, ewe and ram, born March 17, 2017

Tahra and her twins, ram and ewe 88%, born 3/17/2017.

Tilda’s twins, both ewes 88%, born March 21, 2017

Lilly and twins, ram and ewe 89.65%, born March 22, 20171.

Adele and twin ewe lambs 89.65%, born March 22, 2017.

Efa and triplet born ram lamb, 89.65%, born March 31, 2017.

Enna and twins ram and ewe (white spot on head), 90.1%, born April 3, 2017.

Otto, 95.3% Gotland ram

Otto, 95.3% Gotland ram, sire of 2017 lambs.

2017 Gotland lambs having fun, first day on pasture.

2017 Gotland lambs taken, April 9, 2017.

Kai, Kali and Kia, 2016 Gotland ewes.

Efa, with Kai and Kia-April 2016

Efa playing in the snow.