The 8th World Congress on Coloured Sheep
Paris and Rambouillet France
- 21 May 2014
1. Review: Timeless Coloured Sheep. Phil Sponenberg
2.. Review: Congress & Timeless Coloured Sheep, Bruce Tinnock
3. How to order the Congress Book, Timeless Coloured Sheep
by Dawie Du Toit
Imhof Verlag, Petersberg, Germany (2014)
Review by D. P.
Sponenberg DVM PhD
is a useful and beautiful book, and is useful to sheep breeders,
geneticists, conservationists, and also to fiber artists. The book was
expertly edited by Dawie du Toit, and his impeccable work shines through
the organization of the book as well as the final product which is a
delight to read.
Bruce M Tinnock
This 2014 event, held at the Paris Mercure Hotel Porte d’Orleans,
was the first of its kind to be hosted on the European continent.
Co-ordinated by Dawie
a breeder of coloured sheep from Prieska, South Africa, in
association with travel and conference organiser Amélie Quenet of Paris, it attracted
near 85 registered participants
from countries including UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, continental
Europe and Scandinavia. Pierre Delporto of
Paris, also played a pivotal role in organizing both the Congress and
the Post Congress Tour.
With English as the official Congress language, thirty three papers were
presented during the first two days of Congress sessions.
Topics included genetics of coloured sheep, sheep production and
management, fleece biology, wool handcrafts, wool processing and
Several presentations were supplemented by colour projections,
particularly appropriate when discussing coat colour patterns, but also
providing excellent visual impressions of the various environments in
which sheep are raised.
The third day of Congress featured an excursion by all delegates to the
national sheep farm at Rambouillet, to hear presentations
on the history of Rambouillet
merinos and of management of the present day flocks viewed.
These are direct descendants of the original 380 Spanish merino sheep
bought by Louis XVI of France from the King of Spain in 1786 and which
were established on the Rambouillet
Estate, an experimental Government farm.
The excursion later continued to Versailles, where time was
available for walks to visit the historic Chateau of Versailles
and the vast expanse of parkland and gardens in which it is situated.
The Congress book
published at the time [Timeless Coloured Sheep:
edited by Dawie du Toit, Michael Imhof Verlag, Petersberg, Germany]
includes all Congress papers presented, with additional special articles
on various European sheep breeds.
Hard bound and printed on high quality paper, it features 558 colour
photos of sheep breeds and coat colour patterns and some wool end
products of handcraft and industry.
Other illustrations comprise monochrome photos and diagrams. Edited by Dawie du Toit, its layout and the emphasis on various details by utilising a variety of typefaces in both captions and text is impressive. Digital technology has ensured an even consistency of quality in colour reproduction throughout. The three contributions by coloured sheep breeder and geneticist Roger Lundie of New Zealand on The Agouti Locus of the Sheep are regarded as the most authoritative and comprehensive reference on sheep coat colour genetics yet published. This book is an attractive and prominent work which will be appreciated world-wide by all people with an interest or involvement in coloured sheep and their wool.
of the Congress Book can be
Louis XV1 Sheep Arch, at the Bergerie, Rambouillet
Aerial Photo of the Bergerie Nationale, Rambouillet
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