dimanche 6 mai 2007

All done

For this year everyone has lambed and now I need to decide just how to look forward to the next year, one or two exciting additions to the breeding programme in the pipeline but more about them a little later. For now this years progeny.

Sire Dumpling. Dam Rosie
Rosie produced a pair of lovely twins Bubbles and Squeak.
Bubbles has already been castrated but will be staying more about him later.
Squeak is just adorable. The tiniest of lambs but Rosie is such a good and experienced mother she needed no help from me. I have very high hopes for Squeak having seen Rosies breeding previously.

Sire Dumpling Dam Twiglet.
Twiglet also produced twins ( its been a bumper year!) Bella and Beau who remains entire and will be staying for the moment. Bella another exciting prospect who will be staying

Sire Dumpling and Dam Honey
Honeys lamb was an unexpected bonus she has turned out to be a real beauty.Stella as she is now named has a wonderful and loving home to go to but I am hoping in time to have one of her lambs.

Sire Dumpling Dam MugetteMugette always produces surprises, this year is no exception, Guiness a nice ram lamb unusual texture to his fleece we will wait and see. I have an interesting mating planned for her next time.

So that makes six healthy lambs from five ewes. Prima will be mated next time to a different ram and I hope she has an easier time of the birth.

I hope to have more news in the not too distant future don't forget to check out the photos as they grow.

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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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