In Norway, most sheep graze freely on open pasture – often in the mountain areas – in the summer. As the areas where the sheep graze are also open for hiking and other outdoor activities for humans, this provides an opportunity for animals and humans to meet to a greater extent than when the sheep are inside the barn. My kids (aged 9 and 12) loved meeting sheep when we went to a cabin during the holidays, and the sheep seemed quite happy to meet us too! I’m not a sheep expert, but I assume that we met both Spælsau and the more common Norwegian White Sheep.
Later, I went to Trøndelag (Inland’s neighbouring county in the north), where I met more sheep – they are almost everywhere in the summer
Do sheep in Finland roam freely on open pastures? Do you see any pros and cons about this? In Norway, this is a great way of using natural resources in areas which cannot be used for other agriculture, but there is always some sheep lost to predators and accidents – which causes financial loss to the farmer and potential suffering for the animals.