dimanche 24 novembre 2013

Horn Comparisons Autumn 2013

I have tried a number of time to get this rams horns from a head on view, without success. This is Minimax. I wanted to make a comparison not with another of this years rams but one of the earlier posts on development of rams horns. LINK This post from  2009 features Faolan as a youngster.

 There are some noticeable differences particularly the spread of Minimax's horns which are far more horizontal to each other and they have a rotation which gives them greater starting height than those of Faolan. However there are sufficient similarities to make a comparison. As I still have Faolan today I am able to compare not just on the early development but also on the possible outcome as an adult. On a number of points I think there is an improvement.  However there is still a long way to go towards producing reliable hornsets with the right attributes. This years rams and their range of horn variations have given me a much broader base to work from. Not withstanding luck which is always a nice bonus, finally I can see some direction to take. 

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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