mercredi 22 août 2007

Rosie's Colour

As promised a few photos of Rosie after shearing and in full fleece. I have always presumed her grey appearance was due to her aging she is an older ewe and I would think at least six. Shes also a fantastic mum

So here she is in here first year here in full fleece with Twiglet she was by this time already an experienced mum.

As time has gone on it has been possible to pick her out from the rest of the flock by the colour of her fleece as its been getting lighter and lighter.

This is her in 2007 having been recently sheared. her head legs and belly stay black whilst her body is clearly grey. She has a small white star on her forehead but she has always had that.


She has only ever had black lambs who have shown no signs of doing anything other than remaining black. This year she has coped amazingly well with the twins bringing them up to be sturdy well fed lambs. Rosie is also the most wiley of the flock and takes every opportunity to avoid handlng or being caught if at all possible! This year I will mate her to Doddy also spotted I hope for some interesting results.

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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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