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Registered Icelandic Sheep

At Rolling Hill Farm, we are working to improve the quality of the bloodlines of Nova Scotia's Icelandic sheep.  We have imported bloodlines from Le Biscornu in Quebec and will be aiming to have strong, healthy sheep with excellent fleeces, good lambing qualities and beautifully tender meat. Icelandic sheep have been bred for thousands of years in Iceland, a very harsh environment. They are naturally a hardy breed, needing little extra forage. The ewes typically produce twin lambs each year without assistance, and the lambs grow strongly and quickly. Both ewe and ram lambs are available as breeding stock in the autumn of each year, depending on the stock born in the spring.

Proudly Presenting Rolling Hill Wool

Rolling Hill Farm are proud to introduce our range of home-grown, home-sheared, Icelandic yarn. The wool is sold in 100 gram balls, 2 ply yarn, and is available in white, gray, brown and black. The balls are $35 each inclusive of HST but exclusive of shipping.

The Icelandic sheep is mid-sized, short-legged and stocky, most known for its wonderful dual-coated fleece, where the undercoat (called the Thel) is super soft and can be used for garments that touch the skin, and the outercoat (called the Tog) is a medium wool perfect for weaving and knitting alike. Both male and female sheep for breeding purposes are often available.  Please ask ​if you are interested.  We will happily put you on a list if no stock is ready at the time.

What our customers are saying

The wool was natural and newly-minted, spun at the local mill, out of Icelandic sheep fleece from Rolling Hill Farm.

Handling the wool is a pleasure as it is quite strong. I never had a strand break even when subjected to tugging. It is not the least bit prickly as some homespun types of wool tend to be. Its softness is remarkable, and likewise is the warmth it provides on a chilly day.

Happy knitting with this premium-quality wool!

Karen Molson

Sheepskin Rugs For Sale

Super soft and warm, our lamb rugs are very popular. Icelandic sheep sport a variety of fleece colours, including the black and white seen on many other breeds of sheep, but also grey, mouflon and moorit, sometimes uni-coloured and sometimes multi-coloured. We frequently have raw fleeces available, as well as processed wool (locally spun) and sheepskins.

Lamb Meat

Icelandic lamb meat is known for its tenderness and great flavour. The meat of the Icelandic sheep is considered gourmet style, with a fine grain and a distinct, delicate flavour. The lambs are smaller than some, but more than make up for it by their wonderful taste. Lambs are available to buy as whole carcases or halves, and occasionally in their separate chops and roasts.

Customer Rev​iew - Lamb Chops

"What truly omnivorous person doesn’t love a lamb chop and its many sensual pleasures? Especially when they belonged to a happy, healthy lamb, who frolicked in a nearby pasture with its family, and was lovingly cared for? Especially when their chops are as beautifully marbled as these, as tender, as tasty?

First, you unwrap them from their snug enclosure of old-fashioned butcher’s paper and let them slowly thaw. Left undisturbed, a few hours coax them to relax until their supple meatiness is discerned with only the barest touch of the fingertip. It is then that they welcome an aromatic and even more tenderizing caress, a lick of olive oil, a scattering of garlic slivers and fresh rosemary


After a couple of hours of being nudged around their marinade, by this time they have completely surrendered to your touch, and they

happily snuggle together into the prepared cast-iron pan. Your mouth waters as you contemplate what will complement your meal. Some braised vegetables, a glass of red wine. So good you will want to chew on the bones!"

Customer Rev​iew - Mince

"It all started with a craving for lamb, and the quickest and easiest way to satisfy that craving was to start with a package of Rolling Hill Farm’s beautifully prepared ground lamb. I wasn’t surprised to see its lovely colour, and thought I’d turn it into meatballs with some bright, east Asian flavours!

Lamb tikka is normally prepared with strips of lamb, not minced, but I thought the flavours would work in meatballs. So I mixed the lamb together in a bowl with an egg, a handful of Panko breadcrumbs, some garam masala and cumin.

Simple, simple. Next, I sautéed some onions and garlic, then added tomatoes to create a flavourful sauce, and after it had started to cook and simmer, I added the meatballs. I served it up with a wild mushroom and asparagus risotto…and voila, a complete, satisfying and delicious supper!"

GenOvis Program

The GenOvis program is an on-farm sheep genetic evaluation program that makes it possible to effectively evaluate the genetic value of sheep based on important economic traits as expressed by relatives and other animals within the breed or cross.

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