Tagmaster is a company supplying equipment to read the EID tags in sheeps ears as they pass through pearly gates – now being used at marts and slaughterhouses. Copper antenna loop over them, concealed within white plastic. The gate’s design is light with windows, making it less intimidating for the animals.
A Cheviot Gimmer won the day, with a Blackface Ram in second place. There were many contenders.
Shetlands: the sheep come in the same tones as the judge’s jumper.
Small enough you can pick them up. Submission and sleep, rumination.
Zwartbles: have collars and leads.
Blue-faced Leicester: the ram draws attention. “Like a cow! enormous!”
Texels: She is eating grass, lying down, gentle, timid. “They look like a dog!”
I take a closer look at Jessie Jacob and her relatives
Using Jacob Sheep Society breeding Standard notes, I start to see them as a carefully cultivated product. What does ‘upstanding’ mean in a sheep?
“the head should be clear of wool forward of the horns”
“Mottled skin and wool is undesirable”
Well, I think she is lovely …
Finally she comes to have a look at me – and pisses