samedi 21 décembre 2013

Breeding Groups 2013

Eusa
This year, despite all my resolutions last year, has been the most lengthy for breeding groups. For various reasons, I have staggered  when the rams have gone in their groups resulting in lambs possibly being born over a considerably longer period than I would have usually. Come lambing time I will be exhausted! That said the option to be able to select a group or even a single ewe to put to a ram does have benefits that must be taken into account. Five months or possibly longer....... and counting!!

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The Ouessant Sheep originates from the island of Ouessant, part of a tiny archipelago just off the north coast of Finistere, Brittany. The island of terror as it was known to some, was swept by the full force of the atlantic’s weather, the hardy sheep adapted to survive on poor grazing from salty clifftop meadows. It was the women of the island that raised the sheep, renowned for their black wool to weave into cloth known locally as berlinge and their meat with its sweet and delicate taste.

La race "Mouton d'Ouessant" 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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