Scotland: Blackface Sheep
From Scotland George Sassoon writes: Thanks very much for your interest in blackface sheep. I have some land in Scotland and had 400 or so ewes on it at one time, but have now retired from active farming. The land is let to a neighbour who now runs the sheep on it. This is in the Isle of Mull. I suggest that you contact the Scottish Blackface Breeders Association via their web site http://www.scottish-blackface.co.uk of which I am still a member. If you would like to buy some, the main sales are in the late summer/autumn but you can always do a deal with someone privately. The industry is in a bad way at the moment due to government interference (particularly Brussels). But the breed is highly respected, even in Iceland where conditions are far worse than in Scotland. At Ronald's instigation I put a short section on sheep on my web site which is http://mysite.freeserve.co.uk/paysage but since Freeserve was taken over by the French company Wanadoo it became http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/paysage.
Both addresses still find it as far as I am aware. The camera is at 1400 ft. at the site of a wind-powered TV repeater looking down at the village. Pictures are sent down on an unused TV channel. One good thing about blackfaces is that they are highly intelligent, unlike most breeds. One of the problems we have is the sheep using the system on the hill for scratching themselves! Then of course there are the deer.I am attaching a picture from a good day last September.
The Scottish blackface breed developed some fame in my world because Dolly's gestational mother (the ewe that carried her) was Scottish blackface although Dolly herself was Finn Dorset. I'm told the researchers picked that ewe so that, if the experiment worked, they would get a picture of a lamb that looked very different from its "mother." I wonder if George Sassoon can provide more information on the differences between these two breeds. RH: George: Now it's our turn to bah!