According to the chairman of the Icelandic Fur Breeder’s Association, it is likely that many mink farmers will close their operations if the government does not intervene.
Only about 1.5 percent of agriculturally usable land in Iceland is certified for organic agriculture.
Twelve thousand newly-hatched chicks were killed yesterday by a fire on a chicken farm in West Iceland.
Farmers around Iceland are showing increasing interest in breeding so-called ‘leader sheep,’ unique to the Icelandic breed.
Many Icelanders who attempted to buy red cabbage for their Christmas Eve dinner this year came home empty handed, as it was sold out across Reykjavík.
Scrapie, a fatal disease affecting sheep, has broken out on Urðir farm in Svarfaðardalur, North Iceland.
An Icelandic ‘Ram Registry,’ published yearly, has acted as a matchmaking service for Icelandic sheep for 20 years.
Mischievous sheep have caused trouble for residents of Fjarðabyggð municipality, East Iceland, this summer.
The number of sheep in Iceland may be reduced by 20 percent in order to decrease the production of lamb.
Thirteen hundred tons of lamb meat will remain unsold this fall when the slaughtering season begins.
Minister of Finance Benedikt Jóhannesson hopes that agreements with the European Union on the abolition of tariffs on agricultural imports will take effect mid-way through next year.
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.