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Welcome to the NASSA website!

The mission of the North American Shetland Sheepbreeders Association is to preserve, promote, and protect the Shetland breed in its full diversity of colors, patterns, and fleece types.

Shetland sheep roots go back more than 1,000 years, probably to sheep brought to the Shetland Islands by Viking settlers. The North American Shetland Sheepbreeders Association, or NASSA, assists breeders of Shetlands in maintaining the purity and quality of this unique and colorful breed. NASSA provides registration and pedigree records for informed breeding decisions. If you are a current Shetland Sheep breeder, you’ll find resources on this page including NASSA forms and the breed standard.

If you are considering purchasing sheep, now is the time to take a closer look at the colorful Shetland sheep breed. Shetland wool is soft, fine, silky, and durable and a delight to spin, knit or crochet. Shetland sheep are considered a primitive or “unimproved” breed. This means that although they are small and relatively slow-growing, they maintain their natural hardiness, thriftiness, easy lambing, adaptability and longevity. Having retained most of their primitive survival instincts, Shetlands are easier to care for than many of the “improved” breeds seen today.

How to Buy a Shetland Sheep
Sample Bill of Sale

Use the navigation links above to find more information about NASSA and Shetland sheep. Our latest articles are shown below. Enjoy your visit!


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NASSA 2021 AGM

by Site Admin on October 3, 2021

Online and readily accessible from any location via Zoom

Saturday November 6th 10:00 AM Pacific time

For a $10 registration fee you can join fellow Shetland sheep and wool enthusiasts to learn about:

  • Jeane deCoster – Shetland Fleece — Not just for Handspinners
  • Stephany Wilkes – By hook or by crook: Starting a fiber marketing co-op
  • Woody Lane, PhD – Pasture Improvement and Pasture Management for Small Flocks

Register here and pay fee using PayPal

After registration, you will get a Zoom invite by email the week before the big event.

Hope to see you there!

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Fall 2021 NASSA News

by Site Admin on September 30, 2021

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The Fall 2021 issue of NASSA News is now available to download from the Members Area of the Online Database website. If you are a NASSA member and have already set up your Members Area account, go to the NASSA News page and log in to see the link for downloading the latest issue. Or if you are a current NASSA member without an account for the Online Database site, go to the Membership Info page and click the “… become a Search Site member” link near the bottom of the page to set up your account. You will need to have a valid email address in your NASSA member information in order to set up your account.

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Summer 2021 NASSA News

July 7, 2021

The Summer 2021 issue of NASSA News is now available to download from the Members Area of the Online Database website. If you are a NASSA member and have already set up your Members Area account, go to the NASSA News page and log in to see the link for downloading the latest issue. Or […]

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Revised AI Policy

June 16, 2021

The NASSA Board has revised the Artificial Insemination policy. You can find the new AI Policy on the Policies page or here.

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Spring 2021 NASSA News

April 1, 2021

The Spring 2021 issue of NASSA News is now available to download from the Members Area of the Online Database website. If you are a NASSA member and have already set up your Members Area account, go to the NASSA News page and log in to see the link for downloading the latest issue. Or […]

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Winter 2021 NASSA News

January 1, 2021
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The Winter 2021 issue of NASSA News is now available to download from the Members Area of the Online Database website. If you are a NASSA member and have already set up your Members Area account, go to the NASSA News page and log in to see the link for downloading the latest issue. Or […]

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NASSA 2020 AGM

October 8, 2020

Online and readily accessible from any location via Zoom Saturday November 7th 1PM EST For a $10 registration fee you can join fellow Shetland sheep and wool enthusiasts to learn about: Much Ado About Mutton-by Robert Kennard Shetland Color & Marking Genetics-by Jonathon Loftin Shetland: The most complicated wools on the planet?-by Deb Robson NASSA: […]

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Summer 2020 NASSA News

July 3, 2020
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The Summer 2020 issue of NASSA News is now available to download from the Members Area of the Online Database website. If you are a NASSA member and have already set up your Members Area account, go to the NASSA News page and log in to see the link for downloading the latest issue. Or […]

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Spring 2020 NASSA News

April 4, 2020
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The Spring 2020 issue of NASSA News is now available to download from the Members Area of the Online Database website. If you are a NASSA member and have already set up your Members Area account, go to the NASSA News page and log in to see the link for downloading the latest issue. Or […]

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Winter 2020 NASSA News

January 1, 2020
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The Winter 2020 issue of NASSA News is now available to download from the Members Area of the Online Database website. If you are a NASSA member and have already set up your Members Area account, go to the NASSA News page and log in to see the link for downloading the latest issue. Or […]

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