Bienvenue chez Spered Breizh Ouessants. La race est originaire de l’île d’’Ouessant qui fait parti d’un petit archipel au large du Finistère, Bretagne. L’île de l'épouvante comme c'était connu par certains était balayé par les intempéries de l’atlantique, ces moutons rustiques s'adaptaient à survivre sur les pâturages pauvres des falaises salées. C’était les femmes de l’île qui élevaient les moutons réputés pour leur laine noire à tisser « la berlinge » une étoffe régionale et leur viande avec un goût doux et délicat.
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- Rennes GEMO 2012 Slideshow / Diaporama
- GEMO National Competition Results 2012/ Palmarès Concours National 2012
- GEMO National Competition Results 2012/ Palmarès Concours National 2012 (2)
- St Rivoal GEMO 2011 Slideshow / Diaporama
- GEMO National Competition Results 2011/ Palmarès Concours National 2011
- The Breton Sheep / Le Mouton Breton
jeudi 23 mai 2013
lundi 20 mai 2013
It is easy to view these colour variations as mere surface changes, benign changes that can provide the fancier with a pleasing effect. The reasons behind the colour change can however sometimes be due to real and potentially harmful biological change. A mineral imbalance induced colour change is an indicator that the imbalance is having a deleterious effect on the body's systems. Genetic mutations are a fact of life and renewal of life but those changes so sort after by the collector of the rare and unusual may come with a heavy price.
The merle gene in dogs is known to have seriously debilitating and potentially lethal characteristics in homozygous animals. The lethal white gene known in horses produces foals that rarely live beyond a few hours. There are colour genetics changes in all species that come with lifelong or life limiting effects. The view that colour change is only on the outside is an incorrect one. The genetic changes that result in colour change may come through a number of different pathways affecting a number of different body systems but for the affected individual there is no cure. In the sheep one gene identified is the lethal roan LINK This paper discusses both the external and internal changes in a graphically illustrated discussion ( there are pictures of dissection).
This ewe was born a black lamb with no apparent colour change, is the colour change a vitiligo type of disorder or something else? Should I breed from her? I would need a good reason and one that is not related to her colour change.
samedi 18 mai 2013
It has been one of those weeks I'd rather forget , I've seen loads of photos I wanted to take and topics to cover but not enough time to think, let alone stop to ruminate on, next week.
jeudi 9 mai 2013
All of the trees seen here have grown since the property was bought, the intention has been to consider not just the sheep but the eco-system as a whole. This isn't easy nor would I consider my efforts a success but a learning curve. I have learnt providing shade, additional forage and a wind break for the sheep can go hand in hand with increasing diversity and offering a variety of habitats of interest to wildlife.
From the macro-management of the pasture by ensuring there is enough variety in habitat to offer not just sheep but wildlife a welcome spot to micro-management and such things as worming, your choices will affect how hospitable your pastures are.
mardi 7 mai 2013
dimanche 5 mai 2013
samedi 4 mai 2013
dimanche 28 avril 2013
samedi 27 avril 2013
You go girl!
vendredi 26 avril 2013
mercredi 24 avril 2013
mardi 23 avril 2013
The breed name of Mouton d'Ouessant is a recent appellation and considered to have been first published in a text from Les Races Ovines Francaises in 1950. Even at that point the sheep on the island no longer represented those that gave birth to the breeds name. The name was a reference to the islands past association with large numbers of small black sheep and was coined to differentiate between the smallest and most primitive sheep of the region and those that were larger and heavier and particularly those that were known laterly as Les Moutons des Landes de Bretagne.
Even when the breeds name and standard was formalised it was a breed whose reference was to a period in the regions history and not to the present day. This historical reference is one of the main tenants of the breed, an immutable association with a period of time upon which the breed name has been built.
The sheep on the island today of which numbers are dwindling still have a tie to the past for the islanders. A video from this years "Foire aux moutons" LINK in which islanders reflect on the potential loss of a tradition.
The two Moutons d'Ouessant each have in their own distinct way links with tradition and history and each represents a different chapter in the same book.
vendredi 19 avril 2013
samedi 13 avril 2013
jeudi 11 avril 2013
mercredi 10 avril 2013
vendredi 5 avril 2013
For me its more like the Ouessant sheep is returning full circle to its former role. After all they did used to graze the lawns of Paris in another century and at another time, why not bring them back.
mercredi 3 avril 2013
lundi 1 avril 2013
Ah Well the lambs are probably better off warm and snuggly inside rather than experiencing the cold nights even if the days are sunny and warm..ish.
Pic of primroses taken yesterday morning at least they are on time.