Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Icelandic Sheep Horns

"Ember's" Horns: 2 year old Stark Hollow Farm Icelandic Ram

The Icelandic sheep breed comes both horned and polled, with the horned animals tracing their ancestry back to ancient times. The male's horns curl similar to those of wild North American mountain sheep such as the Big Horn or Dall sheep. Icelandic ram horns will begin their second "curl" by three years of age.

Sheep have always been in important relationship with human beings. This can be seen throughout history in the mythologies and religious symbolism that the sheep held in most cultures. Horned deities are prevalent throughout many of the ancient cultures. Historically, the ram has been revered in many cultures as representing creative energy, fertility and strength. In astrology, the ram is associated with the constellation Aries, the first sign from 0 to 30 degrees in the zodiac. The is the birthing energy, the springing forth, the emergence of new forms and potentiality.

Today, folks use the horns of the ram for display, creative purposes and for Renaissance helmets and accouterments, such as drinking horns. Modern crafters use Icelandic horns to make particularly beautiful horn buttons for sweaters, coats and bags.

Ember's horns are for sale at $45.00 each or $85.00 for the pair. E-mail us at farmer@starkhollowfarm.com if interested.

Samples of other uses for sheep horns:

Sheep Horns used for costume

Horn Votive

Horn Candle Holders

Horn Hair Pieces

Decorative Horn Drinking Vessel



Decorative Horn Buttons

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Farmer's Field Journal

A farmer's field journal...filled with exotic and subtler nuances of farm life, it can contain everything from notes about the weather, natural remedies for animal care, feed resources, and the mood of a particular animal on a given day. The well thumbed pages and chicken scratched observations of Vanessa's field journal will serve as the memory of days past and seasons gone by in the endless cycle of life on the farm.

Vanessa's Field Journal



Vanessa's Chicken Scratch























On the left, notes about hay resources. On the right, ear notch designations and names of this year's Tamworth piggies.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Icelandic Breeding Ram Off to New Home

The final Icelandic breeding ram of our 2012 season traveled to his new home in Jaffrey, NH last week. Driscoll, a handsome, well built ram with and strong AI lines, and of excellent lineage, including Tongue River Farm and Jager Farm, will be used for breeding.
Driscoll

Driscoll with his new harem!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall Shearing at Stark Hollow Farm

Fall shearing is an exciting time on any sheep farm. It's a chance to see how everyone is looking. Are the sheep looking healthy? Are they thin? How have the lambs grown out?

With our wonderful Icelandic breed, it's a chance to assess their fleece color/pattern more fully. We love the opportunity for real handling of the animals. Laying hands on each animal is a way to be in deep connection with them as well as assess their overall health.

We have lovely raw Icelandic fleeces for sale from this fall's shearing. If you are interested in a fleece, feel free to contact us or visit our website: http://starkhollowfarm.com/id70.html for more information. (see photos below.)

Jim & Liz work their magic!

Codina Before Shearing







Codina After Shearing (on left)
Dipper Before Shearing
Dipper After Shearing


Notice the interesting "dappling" pattern under Dipper's white fleece...very cool...

RAW ICELANDIC FLEECES:
Black Grey Fleece

Moorit Badger-Face Fleece