Raising Finnish Landrace, Cotswold, Border Leicester, and Romeldales, in the Heart of Illinois, as well as working with rescue llamas.

Friday, August 6, 2010


Hello & Welcome to Walnut Springs Farm! We are a small family farm dedicated to honoring God in all we do both on and off the farm.  This site is our quest to share the treasured itinerary of our shepherding of both our human flock and sheep. We raise registered Finnish Landrace sheep in the heart of Illinois.  We also have registered Shetland,  registered Border Leicester, and  registered Cotswold sheep but we shall save those for other posts.

The Finnsheep is a fascinating breed! They originate from Finland and are a part of the "northern rat tail" breeds of sheep. This group also includes the Shetland, Romanov, and Icelandic breeds all are thought to have descended from the wild mouflon sheep.

Why Finnsheep when there are so many other sheep out there?  The answer... family vote. Many breeds were kicked out of by sheer size. We wanted a smaller sheep, so we could all handle them without fear.  This may have been a reaction to years of large cows living here.  We researched different breeds of sheep that might fit best for us. We traveled the internet and the sheep shows.  We bought wool from each breed, I handspun each, and we all touched and wore the samples as bracelets and necklaces to see if any was something we wanted to wear against our skin. We asked other people which of these is softer to you? Great fiber is our primary goal here at Walnut Springs Farm and Finnsheep have phenomenal wool! Finnsheep wool is soft with a light luster and super loft. Along with delightful wool, Finnsheep can have litters of up to 8 lambs at a time. The family vote was unanimous, Finn sheep for us!

Check out our the links on our breed page for further information on Finnish Landrace Sheep, or our sheep for sale page.

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