samedi 30 juillet 2011

Heritage Flocks - Vaillant

It is always a priviledge to visit with other breeders, and to see their flocks, a view which is not always possible, even  when at a show you can only really get a glimpse of a breeders direction. To be able  to see their flock at home gives so much more of an impression and today I got a real blast!:-) The Vaillant flock has been in the family since the very early days of the breed and can certainly be considered amongst one of the pioneers. These flocks are so vital to the breed as a reference for breed identity, heritage and diversity.


Photos do not do this flock justice!!
These photos were taken at higher resolution than usual so click to enlarge.


Inspite of  the wire I think you can get an idea of the quality across these ewes.
The Vaillant bloodlines underpin a wide range of flocks  notable ones in France and they feature abroad in particular in Germany and Holland having been snapped up  by the cognoscenti. The flock which exclusively concentrates on its own well developed bloodlines provides genuine colour and breeding which  can be hard to find outside of a few flocks. For this reason I have started a new label on the blog ( eyes to the right!) Heritage flocks. I hope to be able to add to the list of flocks that I believe offer the genuine article with 100% ouessant stamped on them and through them. Thank you the the flocks owner for  an insightful view and for making me feel like I have such a long way to go:-)

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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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