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Blue Lamb Owner Icelandic Ram Groping Champion

Sheep farmer Gudbrandur Sverrisson from Bassastadir in the West Fjords’ Strandir district stood up as winner at the Icelandic Ram Judging Championship, which commonly goes by ram groping, in Hólmavík last weekend.


Icelandic rams. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In the spring he made the news for spraying newborn lambs that had been rejected by their mothers with a blue color to confuse the ewes and make them accept the lambs.

Sverrisson received ram semen as a prize and the trophy “Horft til himins” (“Looking skywards”), which is dedicated to the memory of sheep farming consultant Brynjólfur Saemundsson, to keep for one year, as stated on

Last year’s champion, Elvar Stefánsson from Bolungarvík in the West Fjords, placed second and Gudlaug Sigurdardóttir, farmer at Hraunháls in Helgafellssveit on Snaefellsnes peninsula, placed third.

They competed in the category of experienced ram evaluators, where 20 contestants registered, while 30 people competed in the laymen category, which mother and daughter Gudrún Hauksdóttir and Elín Inga Lárusdóttir from Ögur on Snaefellsnes won.

Linda Jónsdóttir placed second and Margrét Vera Mánadóttir from Heidabaer in Tungusveit and three-year-old Gudmundur Björgvin Thórólfsson from Innri-Ós by Steingrímsfjördur shared the third place, the youngster was assisted by his mother, Ragnheidur Birna Gudmundsdóttir, in writing down his evaluation.

Click here to read more about the Ram Groping Championship.


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