I’ve been to the Devon County Show today – my favourite place is always the sheep marquees. Lots and lots of local and not so local breeds on show. I never cease to be amazed at the passion and dedication that goes into looking after, breeding and showing these breeds. Here are a few pictures.
This is a Devon and Cornwall Longwool – a sheep originally bred for its wool not its meat – a sheep responsible for much of the prosperity now seen in cities like Exeter in the days when wool was king.
A Whiteface Dartmoor
A Greyface Dartmoor
An Exmoor Horn
A Devon Closewool
A Scotch Blackface – the commonest sheep on Dartmoor
A Valais Blacknose – there is a sheep in there somewhere.
A Border Leicester – amazing ears!
A Bluefaced Leicester
A Black Hebridean Sheep – an ancient breed but rather camera shy.
A Shetland Sheep
A Jacob Sheep
The next three types of sheep are recent breeds, bred specifically for their meat production and originating from Holland and Belgium.
This is a Texel
I don’t think he will take any nonsense
This is a Blue Texel
And this is a Beltex – his legs hardly look strong enough to support his body!
As is this one
Sadly though no multi-horned Manx Loaghtan….
This is a great book which tells the history of sheep in Britain and how that made the country rich