The Gotland sheep breed is an indigenous Swedish breed belonging to the North European short-tailed group. It originates from an ancient horned type from which breeding has resulted in a loss of horns and a production of fleece that is uniform in structure and colour.
Selection for an improved curly fleece started around 1930 and today Gotland lambs are characterised by natural shades of grey and an unrivalled lustrous, curly fleece.
To ensure the maintenance and continued evolution of Gotland sheep, In Sweden each year, 20,000 lambs are inspected whereby the deepest two centimetres of the fleece is studied on one side of the lamb and six pelt characteristics are judged:
Today in New Zealand, Tawhai Gotland Stud is proud to continue the Gotland breed evolution and offers an opportunity for like-minded farmers to purchase genetics to begin their own breeding programmes. In addition, the pelts and wool that the Gotland sheep are famous for are offered for sale. For more information about Gotland sheep, please contact us or visit our online shop.