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Lot: in Espédaillac, the sheep festival is reborn tomorrow and invites the Ouessant sheep

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Stands, events, demonstrations, tastings… the sheep will be celebrated this Thursday, May 26 in Espédaillac. The eleventh edition of the event puts the small dishes in the big ones.

After two years of absence, it is this Thursday, May 26th that the eleventh sheep festival takes place in Espédaillac. And for this eleventh edition, the Caussenarde invites Ouessan sheep. The festival and culture committee and its volunteers, the municipality, the breeders, but also the animator Michel Fraux, the sponsors and many actors worked to make the success of this festival.

The wool village

The entertainment will run throughout the day and, from 9:30 am, with the start of the walk on the sheep’s path, commented by J. Fontanié. The stands and the animations, them, open from 10 am.

First of all, there is the wool village with its fifteen stands, run by craftsmen, breeders, associations like La Caussenarde. Sheep’s wool will not be the only featured since the Quercy Alpacas will be present. Visitors will discover sheep from the Causses du Lot and sheep from Ouessant. Muriel Lacan will sign her books including “La Brebis Galeuses”.

Les Récré’actives will present workshops and events; A. Hirondelle his wood carvings; S. Rossignol the Espédaillac knife. S. Boileau and the Causses du Quercy regional natural park will present an experiment in wool washing by methanation. As for the Le Bourg photo club, it will exhibit its photos on the theme “Of Sheep and Men”.

A catering by regional producers will take place from noon, with grilled lamb, bread, pastries and many cheeses.

Activities and a “Come dress my sheep” challenge

Several activities and appointments are on the program in the afternoon: at 2 p.m., a working demonstration of sheepdogs by Elisa Bontet, René Valéry and Alain Rochefort; and an exhibition with six breeds of sheepdogs. At 2:45 p.m., breeders’ words will bring in the breeders of the Ouessant Gemo sheep breeders’ group (M. Dardennes de Lauzès) and the breeders of the Causses of the lot. At 4 p.m., Jérémy Muraro with the electric mower and LoÏc Jauberthie with the forces (scissors) will demonstrate mowing. The La Caussenarde association will present wool sorting. At 5 p.m., the public will be able to participate in a tasting of free-range Quercy lamb and attend the Caussenardes parade with the La Rotule company and the Causses du Quercy regional natural park.

And for this rebirth, the organizers challenge the participants: “Come and dress my sheep”. Everyone can participate, 5 minutes, 15 minutes or more…

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And a flower market

On the occasion of the sheep festival, this Thursday, May 26, a flower and plant market will be held on the Caussanel offered by the Serres de Bouillac, in Aveyron.

A rural history book

Created in 2008, Édicausse editions devote their entire editorial line to Quercy and more particularly to heritage (characters, history, emblematic places, villages, economy, etc.). After the history of ewes’ wool from the Causses in 2020, the editor Gilles Chevriau quite naturally retained the proposal of Jacqueline Bazagères, doctor of Roman studies – resident of Couzou – on the history of Cabécou du Quercy since the war of One hundred years to the present day with Rocamadour AOP.
It is the village of Espédaillac – whose history was put into pages by Édicausse in 2021 – and its sheep festival which will host the official presentation of the new title on May 26: “From cabécou du Quercy to Rocamadour AOP . Goats, men, women… throughout history”.

The book is fully part of rural history and informs us about all aspects of daily life.

Closer to home, newspapers report the presence of goats on the fairgrounds and in the markets, as well as in their news items. They are also very present in the regulations relating to living conditions during the wars of 1914 and 1940.

If in the past goats, kids and goats were visible in the landscape, intimately involved in the daily lives of families, they not only participated in their material subsistence, they sought their presence and became familiar with them. The links thus created have fed the imagination, hence an important literary and artistic production that can be found in these pages.

After a few references to its creation, the Syndicate of Rocamadour cheese producers will present its actions and the place of its sector.

The book, published this month of May, is prefaced by Serge Rigal, president of the Lot departmental council.

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