Why We Raise Gotland Sheep at Appletree Farm
Our family started raising Gotland sheep in 2013 after our oldest son saw his first Gotlands at Black Sheep Gathering. He researched the breed and we decided that they were worth a serious inquiry. We started our flock with a 50% Gotland ewe bought on Craigslist, she turned out to be an amazing animal, giving us triplets and quads (she is now retired on our farm). We selected a breeder, learned more about the breed and bought a starter flock, 2 ewes, 1bottle-fed ewe lamb and a high percentage ram. At the time we were looking to raise lambs for meat whilst having the benefits of a small docile breed on our homestead. Little did we know that we would completely fall in love with the Gotlands! We are now upbreeding our flock using imported Swedish semen available in the US and rams of Swedish genetics, having decided to focus on the Swedish genetics as much as they are available.