About Finnsheep

The Finnsheep breed is one of the best production improvement breeds in the world today. While there are other breeds that have production standards similar to the Finnsheep, none of them also provide the producer with a sheep with an outstanding, easy to manage temperament and the capability to enhance the quality of the wool clip.


Purebred Finnsheep are capable of producing a 300% lamb crop with average crossbred lamb crops ranging from 180% to 230% depending on percentage of Finnsheep genetics. With proper nutrition, Finnsheep ewes are excellent milk producers and they can raise triplets on their own.  Finn ewes cycle out of season allowing for spring and fall lamb crops and three crops in two years if this production method is selected.  Wool Finnsheep wool is very unique among other Northern European short-tailed breeds.  It is  medium-fine to medium in class, single coated, ranges from 21.5 to 31 microns and possesses a very well-defined crimp.  Its luster is comparable to that usually found only in longwools. Finnsheep wool comes in a wide array of colors and patterns.  The IFR has adopted an expanded version of the Finnsheep Color and Pattern Guidelines that are used by the Finnsheep Breeders association of Finland.  Colors are listed below in Finnish and English.  Base Colors:  Finnsheep carry the genetic color coding for two base colors, ruskea/brown and musta/black.  Brown is always recessive to black and it will not express unless two color genes for brown are inherited.  All shades of brown and black  are determined by two pigments for color:  eumelanin and phoemelanin. You can see and read about wool color and quality on the IFRwebsite.  Meat The Finnsheep is not a big sheep but it produces a lean, succulent meat with a light delicate flavor. The meat is sought after by many a gastronome. Due to this breed's year round lambing ability, Finn lamb is perfect for any holiday celebration. Multiple lambs Renowned as prolific breeders producing multiple births, the Finnsheep regulary has triplets and quadruplets. Purebred Finnsheep are capable of producing a 300% lamb crop with average crossbred lamb crops ranging from 180% to 230% depending on percentage of Finnsheep genetics. With proper nutrition, Finnsheep ewes are excellent milk producers and they can raise triplets on their own.  Finn ewes cycle out of season allowing for spring and fall lamb crops and three crops in two years if this production method is selected.   Early maturity Unlike many other breeds, the Finnsheep matures very early. Rams mature at four to eight months and ewes are bred to lamb by 12 months of age. Always be careful if you have a 4 month old ram lamb around any ewes. They can breed!


(Information Provided by the International Finnsheep Registry