"Schaapskooi - "Drenths Heideschaap"" Hoogeveen Off The Beaten Path Tip by Jerelis
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The Drenths Heideschaap is the oldest breed of sheep in the western part of Europe. Immigrants brought the breed to the Netherlands in which it appears ever since 4000 BC, especially in the provence of Drenthe. Characteristics of the sheep are its slender structure, a long wooly tail that can reach untill its heel, stiff and lank wool and fianally dull hair on its head and paws. All kinds of combinations of colours are possible, but variegated black and white sheep are not officially recognized.
In the old days the Drenthes Heideschaap were held for its dung which was indispensable for the agriculture in the region. The long and stiff hair is inadequate and can't ne used for wool and besides that the meat of the sheep is inferior for the meat market. Due to the invention of fertilizer lots of sheep hurdes were made superfluous. The current hurdes are kept for historical means and for the maintainance of the dunes and moorland.
In the months of May until September the lambs will leave the Schaapskooi at 10:00 am and will return at 17:00 pm.
Benderse 38, 7963 RA Ruinen
Follow the signs Ruinen and once you’re in the centre of this little village follow the sign “Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld”. Park the car right there and it will be a 5 minute walk to the edge of the moorland.
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