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The sheep is a part of the activities of Hyltorna Farm. Since 2003, we have a crew Ryafår and since 2009 we also breed up Värmlandsfår. Both Ryafåren and Värmland The sheep belong to the "Northern European short-tail sheep" and belongs to the native breed sheep previously been included in a program to preserve the original native breed animals.

Rya sheep (Ryafår)

Our breeding Rya sheep focuses on animals typical for the breed looks and long glossy wool consisting of both undercoat and top coat.

We are focused on such a natural breeding as possible where all the colors are allowed. We are still trying to have a part of our pack consisting of pure white sheep with no other color genes.

Vermland sheep (Värmlandsfår)

We also have a flock Värmlandsfår in different beige and brown shades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our sheep graze on natural pastures, not fertilized but from the sheep themselves and where the flora is allowed to set seed before next year's greenery. On our meadows, one can find both quaking grass and butterfly orchid.

Lambs are born in March-May, a natural birth for our Rya sheep as brown stathey rut in the late autumn, October to December. Vermland sheep has no season specific heat and therefore can lamb whole year if the ram is allowed to be with the ewes. The breeding of the lamb occurs naturally where the lambs follow the ewe and graze grass and herbs, leaves from trees and shrubs as well as get winter employment with rubbing bark from felled spruce and pine trunks. The young ewes is bred usually the year after the year of birth when they grown up.

 

From the sheep, we get both meat, wool and pelts. We have deliberately conceived our Ryafår to produce the finest, shiniest wool that is sheared, sorted, washed and carded for sale in the online store or to be spun into yarn in the old way with the spinning wheel, and used for fabric in the farm's weaving studio.

The fells are prepared as uncut or cutfor plaids. Most of our skins can be washed in 30-degree Celsius water.

Together with hand-woven back they become trolley-fells, bench cushions etc.