lundi 23 avril 2007

Bubbles and Squeak

The second set of twins this year, born to Rosie

Not everyones a winner

Tonight my young ewe, Prima, lost her first lamb. He was a big strapping ram lamb and was born still born. Very sad for all concerned, she was calling for him even though we gave her the chance to check him over. This is the first time I have lost a lamb and I am sure it won't be the last but it hits hard when there seems to be no reason and mum is understandably upset. There are still a couple more ewes to lamb so lets hope we can end things on a high note.

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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