Farmer Erla Þórey Ólafsdóttir has one sheep who stands out from the crowd. He Has one double-thick horn coming from the middle of his head—just like a unicorn. He does not have the body of a horse, however.
The number of dairy farmers in Iceland has gone down by around 200 in the last 13 years—at the same time as milk production has hit an all-time high. 40 dairy farmers quit the trade last year alone.
Last year saw record sales in dairy products in Iceland, although the number of dairy farms went down by 40 during the same period.
The only female contestant participating in machine shearing at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in New Zealand, February 8-11, is from Iceland.
The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) has prohibited the egg producer Brúnegg from bringing new hens into their farm in Mosfellsbær, near Reykjavík.
Following the egg farm scandal last week, in which a farm marketed as eco-friendly was found to be over-crowded and infested with mice, some Icelanders expressed their anger Friday by using eggs as weapons.
The Kastljós news analysis program which aired Monday night and revealed deplorable conditions at egg farms owned Brúnegg, has sparked discussion in Iceland about whether consumers can trust marketing labels.
Last night, the news analysis program Kastljós revealed deplorable conditions at an egg farm, which for years has been marketed as taking exceptionally good care of its hens and being environmentally friendly.
If you’re planning to take part in the sheep roundups in Iceland, there is now a tool available to make your life easier.
The first sheep herders headed for the mountains yesterday for the annual réttir, roundups of horses and sheep. The first réttir will take place in the Húnavatnssýsla and Eyjafjörður regions tomorrow.
“I thought my days were numbered,” stated María Jóhannsdóttir, cattle farmer at the farm Kúskerpi in Skagafjörður, North Iceland, after being attacked by a cow, which was about to calve.
For the first time in the thirteen year history of the Icelandic National Championship in Ram Groping, a woman has won the contest.
On their first official visit yesterday, President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and his wife Eliza Reid went to Sólheimar, a sustainable community in South Iceland. Guðni commented that he “felt like a rock star” as everybody wanted to take their picture with him.
A handsome ram lamb was born at the farm Árbæjarhjáleiga 2, near Hella, South Iceland, Monday night.
Yesterday, farmers and rescue workers from Grýtubakkahreppur district, North Iceland, picked up 16 sheep by boat from an uninhabited inlet on the east side of Eyjafjörður fjord.
Three dogs have been on the loose on and around Mosfellsheiði heath outside Reykjavík since mid-June, where sheep were grazed in the summer, and killed 65 sheep from seven farms in Mosfellsdalur, Þingvallasveit and Ölfus. Many more are missing.