samedi 31 octobre 2009
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samedi 24 octobre 2009
With long hair all over and a very fetching set of bushy eyebrows, I found them hugely appealing. If only I had the space................
And finally at the end of a long day and with a two hour drive home ahead of me, the awarding of the prizes, the book I received curtesy of the Ecomusée Monts d'Aree was a real treasure.
dimanche 4 octobre 2009
mercredi 30 septembre 2009
Solaia and Koudou were not entirely thrilled with the crack of dawn start but at least they travelled comfortably. Health and transport regs mean that the flock must meet the legal requirements including brucellosis testing, vaccinations for Blue Tongue 1 and 8 as well as ensuring all the relevant treatments to prevent any transport of extra midges or other disease vectors. A little bit of an effort for the paperwork but on arrival everything is checked.
Tag numbers, next year we move to microchipping ( plenty of discussion on that topic!)
and of course for Ouessants the inevitable height measurement, care is taken to place the sheep correctly. Here one of Koudou's competitiors looking really nice.
Entrants have stalls for their sheep, the sheep are on view to the public and there are always plenty of curious people with lots of questions.
TV was there too. This ram entered by a first time competitor did very well.
The ubiquitous 2 hour french lunch. Here some members of the public enjoying some of the many stalls catering for a variety of tastes. Breeders, many of whom had travelled quite some distance were able enjoy a good meal curtesy of the Parc Regional National d'Armorique.
And so to the judges, the judges had travelled far and wide, here along with two french judges Lawrent Wynant BOV ( Vice- President Belgian breed society) and Horst Roller IGOU ( Head of the German breed club)
And then to the showing, this guy took Prix d'honneur or Champion white ram (adult) .
and this guy was champion of champions and a very worthy winner he looked stunning.
So how did we do?
Koudou des Lutins du Montana Prix d'Honneur
Yearling white ram
Solaia (Billes) Prix d'Honneur
Yearling black ewe
I had to use a previous photo of Solaia she is extremely difficult to photograph and as usual I just got a shot of her peering out from hiding behind others, shes the second one in.
I am chuffed to bits, it is with HUGE thanks to their breeders, Dominique Morzynski once again for trusting me with one of his rams. To have taken the prix d'honneur two years on the trot with one of Dominique's just goes to show the consistancy in his breeding.
And to Claude Billes I was struck with his breeding the very first time I saw his sheep and he never disappoints. Solaia beat one of Claudes own ewes for first place but it was a close thing both were very nice . I'm just pleased he was gracious enough to let me have Solaia.
More to follow.............
lundi 12 janvier 2009
Ronan at Spered Breizh
The date for the next Annual General Meeting of GEMO (the French Ouessant Breed Society) will be Saturday the 18th of April.
There will as usual be a number of issues on the agenda but I think for me the highlight has to be a presentation by Prof JJ Lauvergne on the subject of the genetics of colour in wool. Later followed by a further discussion during a visit to Paul Leducs flock of prize winning ouessants. I can't wait and I look forward to meeting some new faces at the meeting and after. Should you wish to attend the meeting all members of GEMO will be notified by mail of the details and how to register their wish to attend in a letter to be sent out shortly If you are not already a member of GEMO it may be a good idea to subscribe.
How to Join GEMO
vendredi 9 janvier 2009
Paul Leduc with his prize winning Yearling Black Ram. Paul pretty much swept the board winning or being placed in virtually every category. Well done to him and all the other participants!
CATEGORY - WHITE OUESSANT SHEEP
Béliers Adultes et Antenais / Yearling and Adult Rams
Prix d’Honneur R HEMMING Height 45 cm
1er Prix PARC d’ARMORIQUE Height 47,5cm
2ème Prix H VAILLANT Height 44 cm
Brebis Adultes / Adult Ewes
Prix d’Honneur P LEDUC Height 43 cm
1er Prix P CARRÉ Height 41 cm
2ème Prix P ROYER Height 43 cm
Jeunes Brebis (Antenaises) / Young Ewes (yearlings)
Prix d’Honneur P LEDUC Height 42 cm
1er Prix H VAILLANT Height 41 cm
2ème Prix PARC d’ARMORIQUE Height 43 cm
CATEGORY - BLACK OUESSANT SHEEP
Béliers Adultes / Adult Rams
Prix d’Honneur P ROYER Height 45 cm
1er Prix P LEDUC Height 45 cm
2ème Prix R HEMMING Height 46 cm
Jeunes Béliers (Antenais) / Young Rams (Yearlings)
Prix d’Honneur P LEDUC Height 45 cm
1er Prix P CARRÉ Height 44 cm
2ème Prix ÉCOMUSÉE de RENNES Height 45 cm
Brebis Adultes / Adult Ewes
Prix d’Honneur P ROYER Height 41 cm
1er Prix ÉCOMUSÉE de RENNES Height 42 cm
2ème Prix P LEDUC Height 42 cm
Jeunes Brebis (Antenaises) Young Ewes (yearlings)
Prix d’Honneur P LEDUC Height 40 cm
1er Prix P ROYER Height 41 cm
2ème Prix C BILLES Height 42 cm
CATEGORY - OUESSANT SHEEP OTHER COLOURS Grey/ Noisette
Béliers / Rams
1er Prix C BILLES Height 42 cm
Brebis / Ewes
Prix d’Honneur P ROYER Height 43 cm
CATEGORY - OUESSANT SHEEP CHAMPION ALL COLOURS
Brebis / Ewe
Grand Prix d’Honneur H VAILLANT Height 41 cm
CATEGORY - OUESSANT SHEEP BEST GROUP
Prix d’Honneur P LEDUC
1er Prix P ROYER
2ème Prix H VAILLANT
CATEGORY - SPECIAL MENTION
Qualité de l’organisation B CHASTELLIER
Diversité des types H VAILLANT
Qualité de la présentation R HEMMING
How to Join GEMO
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.