dimanche 1 décembre 2013

2013 - A Little Later...

Spered Breizh Ushant
Around this time last year I found myself speeding across Europe and an appointment with a ram in Germany for a selection of ewes from my flock. A one way trip was over 1000kms and it was necessary to do there and back in two days.........twice!  Yuk!! The driving was a headache, the paperwork was officious  but necessary,  it must have been some ram!!

 Christian de Brioux - owner J Schneider - photo courtesy  J Schneider
Meet Christian de Brioux, a much loved ram, originally bred in France by C Coutant and exported to Germany some three years later. Aside from being a dual champion GEMO and IGOU, he is one of a rare few  individuals whose origins can be traced back to the very earliest beginings of the restoration of the breed. Yep he is definately some ram!

I am grateful to both his owner J Schneider and also A Bergmann for accommodating my ewes in Germany to allow for this mating to be possible.

Ushants dam Spered Breizh Nimue, a home bred ewe was selected for her origins and type to go to Germany, she was narrowly placed ahead  of a very nice ewe at the GEMO national show at Brécé this year to be given Prix d'honneur brebis blanches.

To be able to reach deeper into the breeding of Ouessant Sheep than purely the aesthetic and to be in the fortunate position to look towards conservation of the heritage of the breed and its Breton roots is a priviledge. I am grateful to everyone who has helped me along that road. 





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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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