Sheep under the polar circle
August 2005 Sheep-Isle visited the Swedish Lapland Region. The polar
circle comes in just under Lofoten (Norway), passes the northernmost
regions of Sweden and Finland only to disappear into the enormous arctic
are rare in this cold and desolate territory, where the sun in wintertime
never shows up for a month or more. Nevertheless the southern part of
Lapland is rich in natural recourses such as waste forestland and
minerals. Known around the world is LKAB, the state-owned company mining
in Kiruna and transporting the ore to Narvik (Norway) and to Luleå by
rail for further refining into high quality iron.
At Carin Arvidssons farm a little flock of
Gute was grazing on a mix area of meadow scrub and birch trees. Night
frost had just descended and the grass was not of high quality. But Gute
Sheep is eminent browsing scrub and smaller trees.
Another problem is the lack of older Gute
rams in the Lappland Region. The Gute Sheep is under protection of NGH (The
Nordic Gene Bank, Animals). A well-planed circulation of rams among
farmers in the region is necessary to keep inbreeding at a low level.
In order to deal with
this problem Lars Steinwall, another Gute Sheep owner in Lapland, bought a
two years old ram from Lilla Karlsö
(link) some 700 miles in the south of Sweden.
This ram came up two years ago, but unfortunately died after one year in
Courious on Gute Sheep?
Or the Gute Sheep website:
(summary in English)
http://www.algonet.se/~gutefar/ (summary in English)