Nirs-Pers farm

August 16, 2017
Brunflo, Sweden

The first stop in sourcing material from Sweden involves a stop at Nirs Pers farm which keep a breed of sheep unique to Sweden—the Jämtland sheep.

At 07.02 AM, I step out of the night train from Stockholm in Krokom, Jämtland. With a list of Jämtland sheep farmers in my hand, Krokom is where I’ve decided to start my journey to visit them all.

My sister Emma picks me up from the station. I am lucky to have a sister that believes in my vision of creating a new way of producing natural clothing. She is dedicating her time and skills to help me on my journey through Sweden.

Emma had prepared a breakfast that we enjoyed in an empty parking lot as the rain is falling outside the car while I outlined the plan to her.

The first stop was Nirs-Pers farm in Brunflo, a 30 minute drive away. The owner, Nils Hultin, meets us in the rain and tells us about how he participated in the original initiative to create the Jämtlands sheep. A Jämtland sheep is a cross of a Svea ewe and a Merino ram.

Nils Hultin has only five Jämtlands ewes now, and many more Texel. Texel is a breed from the Netherlands and famous for its strong, heavy muscles.

These muscles make it ideal for meat production, which is what Nils Hultin mainly breeds sheep for. At the start of the project of the merino-cross Jämtlands sheep he had high hopes for the demand of the fine wool that could be obtained from this mix of sheep.

Unfortunately, the demand for this wool hasn’t taken off in the way he had hoped. In Sweden it is meat production that is most profitable so it is very common for farmers to focus on sheep breeds that gives the most meat.

Over a cup of tea and some Swedish cheese sandwiches we find out that Nils Hultin grew up in a village not far from where we grew up, in the north of Sweden. His father was the principal of the agriculture university where our parents attended.

After an insightful visit, we continue onto the next farm.