Clare Quandt raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW), Certified Grassfed by AGW sheep at Blue River Icelandic Sheep, nestled in the valley of the Big Blue River near Stromsburg, Nebraska.
“Our adventure with Icelandic sheep started in 2006,” explains Clare, who calls herself the ‘Chief Shepherdess’ at her farm. An interest in fiber arts and yarn led Claire to search for the ideal fiber sheep for the farm. “We were looking for a breed that would provide high-quality wool,” she explains. “When we were first introduced to the Icelandic breed, we were completely enthralled with the rugged beauty and the beautiful long locks of their natural colored fleeces. We drove home that day with an Icelandic ram and two ewes, the start of our Blue River Icelandic Sheep flock. We still have descendants of those original sheep in our flock today.”
Clare is a member of the Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America and her sheep are registered with the Canadian Livestock Registry. In addition, her sheep are now Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW and Certified Grassfed by AGW, demonstrating her commitment to high-welfare animal husbandry and environmental protection practices. Certified Grassfed by AGW, is the first—and only—food label in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100% grass and forage diet, and raised entirely outdoors on pasture.