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Friday, May 14, 2010

Racka~ Hungarian Sheep

Timi from Hungary has e-mailed me some pictures of her amazing sheep. She and her little girl enjoy their sheep very much. The picture of the sheep above is taken from Wikipedia* which Timi referred me to . The name of this breed of sheep is Racka.Look at those horns!
Here is Timi's older ewe, Rozi. Timi sent me a picture awhile back before Rozi was sheared. I think Rozi is pretty. This breed is known for it's spiral horns, unlike any other domestic sheep horns and the horns may grow up to 2 feet long. The breed does originate in Hungary and "existed since at least 1800, when the first registry was established. It is a hardy, multi-purpose breed used for milking, wool, and meat. Their wool is long and coarse....ewes weigh around 88 lbs. and rams 132 lbs. The breed unique appearance and quiet disposition would make it a desirable animal for hobby situations." Wikipedia I wonder if there are any being kept in America?
Timi and her family bought a lamb of the same breed and named her Dora, because she was born on Dora's ( a Saint) Day. Thank-you Timi for allowing me to share your sheep on my blog! The weather has warmed up and I find I am spending most of my time outside catching up on the weeding in my herb and flower gardens. The animal pens all need cleaning and daylight is obliging by sticking around longer. When I take a break from working outside I just want to sit on the porch and soak up the sunshine while I watch the beautiful Goldfinches, red and purple finches, grosbeaks and many other small birds flitting and flying around , almost within arm's length. Hummingbirds are everywhere, buzzing so close to my face , lovely days to revel in the many small miracles we have here at home. "When I consider Thy heavens , the work of Thy fingers.....what is man that Thou art mindful of him.. yet Thous hast made him a little lower than God, and crown him with glory and majesty! Thou dost make him to rule over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes through the paths of the seas. Oh Lord , our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth!" Psalm 7 : 3-9


Anonymous said...

Timi's sheep are pretty. How wonderful that she and her daughter enjoy them so. These Spring days are filled with beauty and wonder, aren't they? Hope you have a nice weekend and get to enjoy sipping tea on the porch and watching the birds.

Karen said...

Lord, how majestic is Thy name! Beautiful.

Susie said...

Wow! Those are some big horns! Who knew there were so many different kinds of sheep!?!?

Vickie said...

Now those are really interesting looking sheep! Yes, I think you should have one of those, Kathy!

I'm so thankful that the Lord created us such a beautiful place to live our lives - how people can look at all His handiwork and not believe in Him is just beyond me!

myletterstoemily said...

i just love your blog so much!

"sheep safely grazing" is playing
in my mind right now.

it made me chuckle that vickie at
sandflat farms is keeping a poll of
which of you has killed the most
voles. :)

Claudia said...

Oh my goodness ! These are some of the coolest sheep i have EVER seen!

Thanks for sharing-- I stumbled upon your blog from another and would love to extend an invitation to you to come join us some Friday to Finding Beauty. Obviously you have that knack!


Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I do love sheep! I love wool and to work with wool.
I can't wait to school is out (I work there) so I can sit out on the porch in the early morning drinking my coffee and watching the birds. I love to pull weeds and water my little garden. Hopefully I'll get my fence up there soon!

Mary said...

Apparently, and I am just guessing, there are a lot more breeds of sheep than there are goats. Interesting.

When I saw the first photo I thought of a beautiful unbleached blanket. Or perhaps an afghan.

Thank the Lord for the beauty that He provides!

Connie said...

What interesting sheep! Those horns are really unique. All that God has created is so amazing.

Julie Harward said...

They are so cool! I have not seen ones like this...maybe in Israel..once I saw a type of mountain goat there with horns like that! Come say hi ::D

Anonymous said...

Their horns remind me of a unicorn! I ran across this breed on Etsy awhile ago. The owner of this site lives in Hungary and raises Racka sheep - http://www.etsy.com/shop/Fibrillaria

Timi's sheep are beautiful, thank you for sharing!

Wobegon Cottage said...

Wow!! those horns are very interesting. I wish I was In the garden weeding. I miss it more than I thought I would.

Dolores said...

Oh, the beauty of God's blessings HE's given us...and such a big variety of different breeds.

One of my special memories in New Zealand, was all the beautiful sheep, and so many of them....

Have a good weekend!

Flower said...

That is quite a big horned breed of sheep!! It so fun to connect with people around the world and share your love of sheep!!
This is weeding weather!! One foot at a time..easy does it! I bought some Cat Nip today and it only took Bart about two minutes to find it!! The trick is going to be allowing it to grow...out of his way. At least for a little while. What do you have in your herb garden?

LindaSue said...

I had to read your post closely - first thing I thought of was the verse in Matthew 5:22 (New King James Version)
22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause[a] shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.
So obviously these fascinating sheep are anything but a foolish matter - strange how a little knowledge on my part is such a dangerous thing! God made so many fascinating creatures for us to share earth with - and I'm grateful

KathyB. said...

Mildred, Timi and her daughter share a love of many things we do and I have enjoyed some of the things she has shared with me.

Karen, when I see the many amazing creatures God has created I am amazed , constantly !

Susie, I was surprised by the horns too. And to think, she has them in her back yard!

Vickie, I think if I could find one around here I would! The wool looks very interesting.

My Letters To Emily, I am wondering which of us will win the competition, Miss Vickie or my husband Jim~ at the end of the year we'll find out!

Claudia, thank-you for visiting. I will visit you and see what that is all about, sounds interesting.

Stickhorsecowgirls,YES!! the porch on a sunny morning with a cup of coffee~ one of the best ways to start the morning. THEN you get the energy to weed and work in the garden!

Mary, I'm not sure there are more varieties of sheep, but they do appear much more "different" don't they? Many of the sheep breeds, including mine, appear to be goats.

Daisy, the horns are like unicorn horns, aren't they? I would love to have some of the horns to display.

KathyB. said...

Julie, I think I have seen Animal Planet programs with sheep or goats with horns like these, still amazing.

Shannon ( Kenleigh Acres), Timi lives in Hungary and has these sheep in her backyard. I will check out that ETSY site.

Alice, ( Wobegon Cottage), I often think it would be nice not to have to worry about keeping the gardens weeded, but know I wold miss the gardens much more than I would enjoy the freedom from them. Knowing you I KNOW you miss your garden. Pots on the patio?

Dolores, you have been to New Zealand? I think that must be one of the most beautiful places on earth, and most definitely the sheep capital of the earth!I think I would like to visit it someday.

Flower, catnip never survives in my herb garden. Cats find it and roll in it til it is demolished. I have even put cages over the catnip, doesn't work. I have sage, chives, lovage, rosemary, thyme,germander, fennel, rue, feverfew,and more herbs I have forgotten to mention. And you are so right, one step at a time. I am hurting and worn out from all the gardening I have done this past week.

LindaSue, I had not even thought about that verse, but it should have come to mind. I wonder what the name of the sheep means? It could very well be that the name of the sheep does hold some of that in it.

Robin said...

Those sheep are beautiful. It seems like every year i hear about new breeds of sheep

Mormotabárány said...

Wow this is an amzingly beautiful , interesting blog with marvellous pics ! I love it and will follow it from now on! Congrats and thankyou, I am so happy I found it. Yours: Monika from Hungary (absolutely fond of sheep)

Mormotabárány said...

Wow this is an absolutely beautiful blog with marvelous pics and interesting and lovely! lovelier is impossible! I love it! Thank you thank you! I will follow it from now on. Yours: Monika from Hungary (fond of sheep)