August 27, 2011

Sheep Spotting

Saw some local sheep while on Vancouver Island.  I am looking up pictures of breeds, trying to identify these two.  Strikes me this exercise is something akin to bird watching.  Hampshire Down sheep, probably?

Back in Virginia, I amused myself by trying to identify breeds as assorted sheep milled around in a temporary corral and ring set up for a Mutton Bustin' event.  I recognized the distinctive Roman nose of some sort of Leicester and a curly topknot that looked like Cotswold.  Mutton Bustin' is part rodeo, part kiddie ride: a child in a vest and helmet holds on to the back of a sheep as long as possible.  Have a look on YouTube for videos if you like.

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