Vaginal AI
trip, page 3
Lopi Sweaters at Thingborg Craft Center
The seminar was over as of that mid-afternoon when we left the semen station, but that night we
were served dinner at a nice restaurant,  diplomas were handed out to the participants,
thank-you's were expressed, Isbona president Elaine Clark gave a short but empassioned
mini-speech, and we finished the night with a celebration at Dr. Olafsson's home.
The next morning we were up early for some sightseeing and to visit three more farms;
Heidarbaer Farm, Hestur Experimental Station, and Haafelli Farm at Borgarnes.  The distinctive
features of these particular farms were that Heidarbaer Farm was run by a man & wife team,
Olof B. Einarsdottir, and Johannes Sveinbjornsson.  Probably the most highly educated
shepherds in Iceland, both received their MSc degrees at Ultuna University in Sweden, her
degree in Animal Breeding, his in Animal Nutrition, and his Phd thesis is also in Animal Nutrition
at Ultuna University.  He has developed a system by which he and his wife could feed their 600
ewes only once every 4 days by cutting round bales & distributing them to the ewes by an
overhead rail system. (see below.)
After an enjoyable time at Thingborg, some of us went horseback riding on 5-gaited Icelandic
horses.  The ride is somewhat unusual in that when the Icelandic horse "tolts," (Yes, that IS
spelled correctly!) it doesn't bounce the rider up and down like a normally gaited horse, and
you do not "post," but the ride is very smooth, with all the bumps removed. Our horses were
too smart though, and decided for the most part that they were not going to give us the
priviledge of experiencing their unusual gait, sensing immediately that they had not been
mounted by any great horsemen (except
Racheal was quite experienced,) and for the most part, our independant-minded steeds abused
us with the normal "jounce-the-tourists-as-hard-as-you-can" gait.
    Oddgeirsholar ewes                                                                    A Visir son
Cutting the plastic off the bale
Retrieving the rope to tie the bale
Tying the bale, preparing to
lift off floor via motorized
winch on overhead rail
Pushing suspended bale down the corridor to
put in long hay feeders
Getting ready to hit the electrical button to
lower bale into feeder corridor