This great picture taken by Sarah who works in Petrogas head office sometime over the last few days really caused me to start thinking about eating meat. The shot was taken in Ballingarry, Co.Tipperary and I was so taken by the faces of these healthy strong looking sheep that I asked Sarah if she knew anything about them. She explained they were Texel sheep and originally came from an island of the same name in the Netherlands. I decided to find out about them and did some research, however after reading a number of articles I realised that while they do provide high quality wool, they are really prized for their lean meat and are raised exclusively for food. It seems that they are ideal because they are lean and muscular and provide very high quality meat.
Something about the look in their faces intrigued me and I started to wonder if they made good pets. I thought of them being taken off to the slaughterhouse in their prime and I realised that I would never be able to eat a lamb chop or bowl of Irish stew again without thinking of those striking Texel sheep in a field in Ballingarry. I took comfort however in knowing that they at least have a pleasant life wandering the fields of Ballingarry and being well looked after until their time comes. Thanks to Sarah for the great picture and stay safe and drive extra carefully as the winter sets in and the snow falls.