FINNSHEEP r.y. r.f - Finland
Founded in January 2004
The aim of this association is
• To act as a connecting link between
the Finnsheep breeders in Finland.
• Look after for the conservation of
the variation in the breed.
• Develop and promote the cooperation
between the Finnish Sheep Breeders’ Association.
• To keep the breed pure.
• To try to assist and support the measures
taken in favour of Finnsheep.
These webpages will also serve as an international
link between Finnsheep breeders through
out the world.
Finnsheep is in origin a Finnish landrace.
We have the widest genetic Finnsheep population.
Finnsheep have many production characteristics
which other sheep breeds do not have or
they do not combine in the same breed.
It is a result of longterm and local development.
It is the best suited breed to its’ own
This sheep breed belongs to the short
tailed landraces, which are genetically
nearer to the wild sheep than most of the
domestic European sheep breeds. The determined
breeding of Finnsheep started after the
foundation of the Finnish Sheep Breeding
association in 1918. The aim has been in
the improving of the meat and wool production
qualities of the breed.
Finnsheep is one of the most prolific
sheep breeds in the world.
• multiple lambs per ewe (large lamb
• early fertile maturity
• good fertility
• capability to frequent lambing
Other good qualities are
• low requirement of maintenance feed
• good use of roughage
• liveliness of the lambs comparing
to their size
• soft, lustrous and rather fine wool
• Finnsheep is not very prone to copper