Oessant sheep - first in an Irish theme-park, now in a French book
By Judy Evans
July 29, 2017 1:23am CST
Most of the camp-sites we’ve been have ‘little libraries’ where you can exchange books you’ve finished with for ‘new’ ones. Quite often, there are a least a few in English as well as German and Dutch. One I picked up yesterday is really enjoyable and tells the story of an English man who buys an old house and few acres in France. He purchases some Oessant sheep. I remember seeing these at a theme park in Ireland and thought they were really cute. They are named after the island where they originated which is off the coast of Brittany. They are a short-tailed breeds, sometimes called the Breton Dwarf as they are one of the smallest breeds around. Rams are around 49 cms (19 inches) at the shoulder and ewes very slightly smaller. Most are black or dark brown but white ones are also found. The rams usually have impressive horns. It is regarded as a rare breed and usually just a single lamb is born. Wikipedia say that the Paris city government is now using a small herd of these quaint sheep to graze public lands. The photo is from the theme park in Ireland and it looks like they are a self-shedding breed. And the book is called ‘C’est La Folie’ by Michael Wright.
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The use of sheep and goats to graze lawn and public areas are becoming more and more popular, in France they call this "écopâturage" (ecologic grazing). In Switzerland goats are used instead of sheep, due to the steep hills and mountains.
@JudyEv I still remember when my demanding little girl saw a program on TV about some cute miniature horses. She begged and she begged, 'please mom, can we have one as a pet!'. I am glad she understood at the time that we couldn't afford it, and that even if we had afforded one, it would be pinched so fast by someone else.