Canada has issued two stamps to mark the Lunar New Year.
|Canada - Year of the Ram 2015|
The domestic stamp shows three rams welcoming spring. Hopefully someone else will be able to show us that.
The Merino is a famous breed of sheep and it appears on stamps from -
|South Africa - 1972|
|Australia - Poll Dorset and the Merino 1989|
These were two of a set of four issued to commemorate the World Sheep and Wool Congress held in Tasmania that year.
I have had some close encounters with sheep - well their fleeces at least. In school summer holidays I had the pleasure of baling fleeces at a Central Wool Growers plant where fleeces were graded according to the quality of their wool. My hand have never ever been as soft since then - thanks to all the lanolin they contained.
I'll draw a line under the effect of baling dags - the clippings from sheep's behinds.
There have been some articles in the UK newspapers this week on whether this should be the year of the sheep, or as they are too meek, the year of the goat instead. I don't think I would argue with a Merino ram.
But just in case here's a -
|Goat from Norway - 1981|
There's no need to be sheepish when you can see more at Sunday-stamps-ii-10. and where I've just discovered both the Canadian stamps and more about goats.