Origin of Sheep
Valais Blacknose Sheep
Although the earliest mention of these sheep dates back to the 1400's this large framed docile mountain sheep was first recognised as a separate breed in 1962. It has adapted well to life in the high mountains and grazes even on the steepest, stoniest slopes. The black patches on its nose, eyes, ears, knees, hocks and feet and otherwise light woolly coats make it quite unmistakeable. They are mostly found in the mountains of Switzerland, there are a couple of breeders in Germany.
Valais Blacknose sheep are known to be good for their meat as they are large animals, they are also well known for their wool, which is best used for felting and for carpets.
These sheep are very rare and their are only a few thousand left. Their existence is currently threatened by the recent return of the Wolf to Switzerland.
You can now Adopt our Valais Blacknose sheep... Head over to the 'how to get yours' page for more infomation on our Adoption animals and prices.
Valais Blacknose sheep landing in the UK
We were the first people in the UK to import the Valais Blacknose sheep from Switzerland. We spent 2 years trying to find a breeder and working to get them here. After a long struggle and a lot of hard work and red tape our 27 sheep 25 ewes and 2 rams arrived on 14th Febuary 2014.
By April we had 8 lambs born, we have been looking after these amazing sheep and have been spreading the word.
Since they arrived we have worked with Grassroots Ltd and set up a flock book so breeders can keep track of sheep around the country.
We have also set up the Valais Blacknose sheep society which links breeders and people with interest to the sheep. We will be sending out newsletters regularly and keeping people upto date.
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