27 August, 2011
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.