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2020 the letter H

A new year, a new starting letter for lambs born this year. This year the letter H is what names should start with. January also means that it is time for Membership renewals, if you have not received your renewal email, please let us know. It is also a great time to become a member [...]

Christmas Shopping!

We have our 2020 Society Calendars online now to purchase, you can also buy ties and more merchandise will be added, including Swiss Bells which are on their way from Switzerland. Please visit the shop which has free shipping the UK.

Our Top Three Events for those who love Valais Blacknose Sheep!

Blacknose Shows in Switzerland There are a number of shows held throughout the year in Valais but the most prestigious Miss Visp (ewes only) and Widdermarkt (rams only), which are held annually in February and March.  Both of these shows are hosted by the Swiss Sheep Breeding Association: Oberwalliser Schwarznasen Schafzuchtverband, they also provide judges to [...]

When to start breeding

Ideal Age to Start Breeding πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘The Swiss Society advise that the best age to start breeding from Valais Blacknose Ewes is at about 18 months at which point the animal is mature enough to cope with both pregnancy and labour. As ewes need time to recondition post lambing its vital to condition score at weaning, or [...]

Hoof Care

This weeks top tips is on Hoof-care πŸπŸŒŸ The Healthy Hoof – Know what is β€˜normal’Knowing how a healthy foot should look will make it easier to recognise abnormalities and disease.  A normal foot has a hard wall of horn around two claws, each with a softer sole horn at the base. In healthy sheep, the [...]

Fly Strike

With the lovely weather we have been having over the last couple of days here is this weeks top tips on the dreaded Fly Strike πŸ¦Ÿβ˜€οΈπŸ Don’t take any chances especially when sheep are in full fleece for showing during the Summer months. As soon as the weather starts to warm up take measures to protect [...]

Lamb Weaning

🌟 Lamb Weaning πŸŒŸ The timing of weaning is dictated by the development of the lamb’s rumen – wean too early and the animal will be unable to digest pasture or other feeds. Even when the rumen is sufficiently developed, withdrawing nutrients dese-milk could affect lamb growth. As animals age, their efficiency at converting feed into growth [...]

Shearing

This weeks top tip... πŸŒŸβœ‚οΈ SHEARING βœ‚οΈπŸŒŸ Due to their longwool and fast growing fleeces Valais Blacknose Sheep require shearing twice a year for optimal health and wool quality. We find the best time for this is late February which coincides with show season and enables fleeces to achieve the minimum 10cm staple length that is required [...]

September Breeder Focus

September Breeder Focus of the Month, The Polsons Swiss Findon from Aberdeen πŸ΄σ §σ ’󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 1.Tell us a bit about yourself? We are Shannon and Christina Polson and our parents are Andrew and Kerry. Our Dad grew up on a croft in Caithness and his passion for sheep has continued. We run a flock of 200 breeding ewes in [...]

August Breeder Focus of the Month

August Breeder Focus of the Month - Jo and Symon Jacobsen πŸ΄σ §σ ’σ ³σ £σ ΄σ ΏπŸ‘ 1. Tell us a bit about yourself?We are Jo and Symon Jacobsen along with our three children Jake, Izzy and Angus (who are all actively involved in caring for our Valais). We live and work on our 540 acre farm on the coast of [...]