Variation of Color in rusty midsides fleeces

Variation of Color in rusty midsides fleeces

Variation de la couleur de la toison rusty midsides It must be said that the rusty midsides Ouessant sheep is exceptional from every point of view! First, the rusty midsides gene or allele is exclusive to Ouessant sheep.  In other words, this gene or allele only...
Two Beautiful Faded Black Ewes

Two Beautiful Faded Black Ewes

Deux belles brebis noires décolorées Ever so beautiful, these two pretty little ewes. Qu’elles sont belles, ces deux jolies petites brebis. They’re only 42cm tall at 20 months. As for the fleeces … Elles ne mesurent que 42cm à 20 mois. Quant aux...
Rusty Midsides & Ouessant Swiss Fleece Color

Rusty Midsides & Ouessant Swiss Fleece Color

La Coloration de la Toison rusty midsides & ouessant swiss This article is the 1st in a series about fleece color – and to a lesser extent pattern – in ouessant swiss and rusty midsides sheep. Before we start, I want to to be very clear that I will be speaking...
White Sheep ??

White Sheep ??

Mouton blanc ?? After shearing, a white sheep has the most beautiful pure white fleece. That being said, what did I find in my flock yesterday ? A little white sheep that was really quite grey ! Après la tonte, un mouton blanc se montre dans une robe blanche...
It makes everything darker …

It makes everything darker …

Il assombrit tout … As we’ve already seen, the darkening modifier produces a very real visual difference in both black and white Ouessant sheep. But it doesn’t stop there ! The presence of the darkening modifier also impacts pattern display of the intermediate...
Dots & Spots

Dots & Spots

Les taches et les bavures A few weeks ago I discussed the subject of intense black Ouessant sheep and how they are visibly different from brownish black Ouessant sheep. In this article I also suggested that this difference was due to a modifier that intensified the...
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