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I received an old book on animals today and thought the photos of sheep would be of interest to some of you. Here's one:

 

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For more and info on the book, go to

 

http://atpeacewithpink.blogspot.com/2015/12/of-sheep-and-4-leafed-clovers.html

 

 

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Well not literally, but in 1933, 20 karakul sheep were imported into the country, to improve the Icelandic breed. They brought with them 5 diseases, amongst which paratuberculosis. The losses were disastrous, especially because so many people completely depended on sheep.

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Ah, okay, that makes sense. I used to raise karakuls (known as American karakuls) and I loved them. Very hardy, easy keepers, Very rare in the U.S. I'd have more if I could find any.

 

J.

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It is interesting to see how much some breeds have changed. I have a couple of Lowline Angus cows. (I love them) they are essentially what the Angus breed used to be before modern 'improvements' made them bigger and less efficient. I got some 'babydoll' Southdown sheep. To me they are closer to the Southdowns I remember when I first got into sheep-although their wool is better. And having had my first 'heritage' pork, modern pork is not 'improved-at least in flavor!

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