Valais Blacknose

The breed originates in the mountains of the Swiss Canton of Valais and the Bernese Oberland and were first documented in the 15th Century.

They are a mountain breed, well adapted to grazing on stony pastures. Both rams and ewes have horns; are classed as a dual purpose breed and have been reared for meat and wool.

Our Red Kite Farms Blacknose Swiss Valais are bred to the highest level, in order to produce pedigree breeding stock. This is our focus.

We breed at the topmost quality and our lambs are usually purchased to improve the pedigree of other flocks. However, our wool is sold and is used for felting and carpeting. The breed has a very placid nature and they are easily trained. Combined with their striking appearance and intelligence they make perfect pet sheep.

They are a large breed, their height is: Ewes: 72-78cm, Rams: 75-83cm. The range of purchase prices are £1,000 to £15,000. They live for 10 to 12 years similar to dogs.

How to look after a Valais Blacknose Sheep

They are used to dry conditions on the mountain sides and so do not suit wet pasture. Foot scald or foot rot can be a problem so when it’s very wet it’s best to bring them in.

In Switzerland they are out on the mountains in the summer but then in during the winter – they are used to being indoors.

They require shearing twice a year for optimal health and wool quality.

They need all the regular sheep treatments for “flystrike”, foot rot, worming and vaccinations. They must be checked daily, as are all sheep.

The more attention you give them the more they are able to behave in a similar way to domesticated dogs.

So to have a sheep who provides companionship and cuts the lawn, must be very ecological and heart warming.

Marley the blacknose sheep thinks he’s a dog, writes Emily Rothery

When deciding between a ride on lawnmower or a sheep to keep the grass short, it’s no surprise that Ali Vaughn went for the animal option. ‘Since childhood I’ve had a menagerie of animals including chipmunks, chinchillas and a leopard gecko. You name it, I’ve had it, but my latest pet didn’t quite turn out as expected,’ Alison cheerfully admits. ‘Recently, when we moved onto our smallholding with three acres of land, I decided to get a sheep to eat the grass.’

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