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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 2020 AGM

by Site Admin on 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: Current Numbers and Plans-by Angela King

Register here and pay fee using PayPal

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

In addition to great speakers, the results of the NASSA photo contest will be announced and drawings for door prizes will occur at the end of the first three talks. Hope to see you there!

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Summer 2020 NASSA News

by Site Admin on 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 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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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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Fall 2019 NASSA News

October 1, 2019
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The Fall 2019 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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Summer 2019 NASSA News

July 1, 2019
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The Summer 2019 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 Fees to Increase on September

May 10, 2019

For the first time in many years, the NASSA Board of Directors has voted to increase fees for transfers and registrations. Memberships, annual dues, and all other fees will remain the same. The fees for all registrations and transfers will increase by $1 starting on September 1. Costs for postage, advertising, printing, and the purchase […]

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2019 All-American Junior Sheep Show

May 4, 2019

The 2019 All-American Junior Sheep Show is going to be held at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, KS from July 4-7, 2019. This will be the second time the All American has visited Kansas and the show looks forward to going back to the Sunflower State. The All-American is the premier and largest junior breeding […]

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Spring 2019 NASSA News

April 1, 2019
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The Spring 2019 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 2019 NASSA News

January 6, 2019
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The Winter 2019 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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