vendredi 22 juin 2007

GEMO 19th National Competition

What a fun day! Loads of sheep and sheepie people. For now a few pics to be getting on with I'll write up the day when I have a bit more time on my hands. Heres a few things to savour for the moment.

First off was the measuring. The breed has a height standard and is strictly adhered to, no entrants allowed that don't meet the criteria Rams 49 cms Ewes 46cms at maturity. This ram was judged over height and not allowed to compete. He wasn't the only one but on the whole the size and standard of the sheep at the show was excellent.

Measured, registered and settling in for the day.

Judgely Huddle

Good day!

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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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