Originally, Ruusu (Rose) and Roosa (Rosa) were the dream of an 11-year-old Tuomas Mattila. These ladies were the first two finnsheep to move to Kalliomäki farm in 1996. Tuomas thought that it would be nice to have a couple of sheep around, that's all.
Year by year the sheep started to take over the farm from former inhabitants. In 2014, after 18 years, the amount of sleep lullers has multiplied to around 180.
“It was a natural shift because my father had become allergic to the cattle”, Tuomas, now in his 30s, explains.
Kalliomäki farm and the Mattila family share a history together beginning in 1739. After the first sheep moved in in 1996, the farm started replacing industrial practices with organic production. It took around two years for the soil to revive from factory farming.
“It's ironic to see how history repeats itself and you always end up in square one. In the end it's the nature that wins”, Tuomas says.
Nowadays Tuomas runs the farm together with his wife Viivi and their dogs.
"Sheep farmers in Finland are a little like sheep themselves. They are calm and work closely together toward a common goal", Viivi Mattila describes.