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...
The Blackest Black

The Blackest Black

Le Plus Noir des Noirs ! Even though many other fleece colors exist in Ouessant sheep, such as white, brown, rusty midsides, and ouessant swiss, it is often said that Ouessant sheep are a breed of black sheep. To a certain degree this is true as the vast majority of...
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