VBSSUK would like to express a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of our sponsors for their continued input and generous support. Without you Blacknose Beauties would not be the successful event that it is.
Blacknose Beauties are delighted to have GSC Grays as the show's mainline sponsor!
GSC Grays is an independent firm of Chartered Surveyors, Land and Estate Agents operating throughout the UK, but principally within the North of England. They offer a dynamic and professional approach to provide quality, innovative advice across seven different service sectors:
- Property Agency
- Estates & Sporting Management
- Rural Land & Business
- Residential Management
- Valuations and Surveys
- Planning and Development
A team of qualified chartered surveyors, agricultural valuers, auctioneers and estate agents are extremely well placed to offer comprehensive advice and guidance on all property related matters.
GSC Grays strive to combine integrity and energy with expertise in order to provide their clients with a quality service that they cannot find elsewhere.
OBERWALLISER SCHWARZNASEN SCHAFZUCHTVERBAND Sponsor of Class 1 Ewe 3 years +
The Swiss Society not only sponsor a class but also come over to grade and judge our sheep, both very much appreciated.
NEW ZEALAND VALAIS BLACKNOSE New Zealand Valais Blacknose Sponsor of Class 2, Ewe 2-3 years old as well as Class 12 Ram 8 -12 months old.
Valais Blacknose New Zealand are proud to be one of the first partnerships to bring these beautiful sheep to New Zealand. Our flocks are based in the lower North Island and Upper South Island. We are also proud to be initiators of a new breed society in New Zealand.
We have set our breed standards to match the stringent Swiss Breed Society ones and we are currently exporting semen to North America. Embryos will be available soon.
We are incredibly grateful to our top UK breeders supplying us and we are looking to continue imports of high quality genetics from the UK.
It has been an incredible journey so far. We feel so privileged to be supporting the breed by providing top quality genetics as seen on display at this show.
Animal Breeding Europe (AB Europe) offers a wide range of artificial breeding and associated services for livestock and domestic animals. Operating from purpose built centres across the UK, our highly experienced and friendly staff offer you professional and reliable services, as well as access to the latest breeding technologies tailored to your individual needs.
TETON VALAIS BLACKNOSE Class 4, Ewe 12-18 Months
The Teton Valais Sheep Company (TVSC) is a US breeder of the very special Swiss descended Valais Blacknose Sheep. Teton Valais Blacknose Sheep Company, a partnership between Wendy Artzt and Cindy Brasfield, operates a Valais Blacknose Sheep breeding program in Robertsdale, Alabama. The sheep breeding operation is overseen by Dr. Cindy Brasfield DVM who has 35 years of sheep breeding experience. A founding member of the Dorper Sheep Association, Cindy has been instrumental in the founding of the Valais Blacknose Sheep Association of North America Registry.
TVBSC is the Valais frozen semen agent for Valais Blacknose Sheep Scotland and Valais Blacknose Sheep New Zealand offering the most diverse genetics from top quality purebred Valais Blacknose rams available in North America. TVBSC assists breeders in acquiring foundation ewes and provides advice regarding North American breeding programs.
Dr. Mathew Rolleston DVM, ACT and theriogenologist, specializing in ruminants and Dr. Greg Stewart DVM, and ACT of Southern Veterinary Services are assisting us in our unique breeding up program in order to produce genetically and physically correct Valais Blacknose sheep.
CARRS BILLINGTON Sponsor of Class 5 Ewe lamb 8-12 months old
Welcome to Carrs Billington, a company at the forefront of innovation in the supply of proven products and services to farming and rural communities. More about us A network of 30 Country Stores with 8 Sub-Stores, field sales specialists and advisers provide support and friendly service wherever needed within our trading area. Find your local Country Store These branches facilitate easy access to a very wide range of products (including feed, machinery parts, fertiliser, animal health, agrochemicals, seeds, pet and equine products, gardening, clothing and sundry retail). Browse our product range Visit our Online Shop for a comprehensive range of animal health and equine products, along side a number of Champion feed mixtures that are specifically designed to achieve optimum performance and show-ring bloom in pedigree cattle and sheep.
HUTS IN THE HILLS Sponsor of Class 6, Ewe Lamb 6-8 months.
Set in the heart of the rugged Cheviot Hills. Located amidst beautiful farmland and rolling hills in the Northumberland National Park we have three luxury shepherds huts. The ultimate retreat for those looking to get away from it all and relax in tranquil surroundings.We are a traditional working hill farm and we produce pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle together with a commercial flock of Suffolk-cross sheep in addition to our special rare breed Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep.
Ideally situated to explore the many attractions Northumberland has to offer many only a short drive away.
CWTCHICOO Sponsor of Class 7, Ewe lamb 4-6 months
CwtchiCoo is a family-run company based in Tywyn, Wales who specialise in newborn photography and produce original handmade woven blankets and bespoke props from a vast variety of British sourced fleeces. Founder Holly has worked with many of our society members over the past year transforming Valais fleeces into wonderful woolly creations which have been sold and shipped worldwide.
VALAIS BLACKNOSE IRELAND Class 8, Ram 3 years and over
Valais Blacknose Sheep Ireland are delighted to be sponsoring Class 8 (Ram 3 years plus) at the Blacknose Beauties 2019 Show and Sale. We are very proud to have had the first breeding flock of Valais Blacknose sheep in Ireland and to have achieved maximum points for OakClose Errigal following our first successful breeding season, by the Swiss judges. We have an established breeding flock and are passionate about breeding quality stock meeting the breed standard.
Please contact Michael or Elaine Boyle for further information; https://www.facebook.com/valaisblacknosesheepIreland/
USK VALLEY VALLEY VALAIS BLACKNOSE SHEEP Sponsor of Class 9, Ram 2-3 years old
LAKELAND VALAIS BLACKNOSE Class 10 - Ram 18-24 months
VALAIS BLACKNOSE SHEEP ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA Sponsors of Class 11 Ram 12-18 months and Class 13 Ram lamb 6-8 months.
The Valais Blacknose Sheep Association of North America (VBSANA) was formed in October 2017. VBSANA is the largest Valais Blacknose Sheep Registry in North America with 70+ breeders. The VBSANA Board of Directors includes breeders with decades of breeding and Registry experience, vets who are acclaimed industry experts in sheep and small ruminants and USDA experience in order to navigate the challenges of introducing a new breed.
It was important to form a Valais Blacknose sheep breed Association in order to record the breeding up programs that began in 2017 and the offspring produced, to create standards as to what are acceptable sheep breeds for breeding up programs and methodology, and to provide registration papers for crossbreds that meet Association and breed standards. Our goal is to maintain the wonderful Valais Blacknose Sheep type and genetics that the Swiss have worked so hard to perfect over centuries. VBSANA educates breeders about this amazing breed, is committed to preserving the type and continue to produce quality stock for the North American Market.
Flock Book Registration is provided through Associated Registry, an online sheep registry database currently serving 50+ breed associations.
BOOKLIGHT LEARNING Class 14, Ram lamb 4-6 months
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CROOKEDSTANE VALAIS BLACKNOSE Class 15 and 16 Sponsor of Young Handlers classes
Crookedstane is a traditional hill farm at 1000 ft above sea level in the Clyde Valley, situated amongst the Lowther hills. We are supporters of the Valais Blacknose Sheep Society UK and are active in it's running and organisation of the annual show and sale.
Our Valais Blacknose sheep are MV accredited as well as vaccinated and medicated to a high veterinary standard. We also breed strictly to the Society breed standards, this helps ensure the continuation of this rare breed of Swiss sheep.
We sell stock and wool throughout the UK and will export where regulations allow. Please contact Jemma Knowles-Brown for any further details.
THE LITTLE ABODES Class 17, Spitti Ewe Class
Escape to The Little Abodes and take a break from the hustle and bustle in our two Glaming pods "Rula" and "Flora" nestled on our croft in the beautiful North West Scottish Highlands.Both pods has their own private hot tubs and front deck overlooking the breathtaking panoramic sea views. Glamping with us provides you with an opportunity to relax and reacharge when life becomes hectic and lets you experience nature in an unforgettable way. Its a moment by yourself or with loved ones to make memories. Fresh air, beautiful beaches, absolute leisure and soaking in a warm bubbling hot tub after that long walk....what more could you ask for?
TERRY DEARY Class 18, Fancy Dress Class - Kindly sponsored and judged by Terry Deary.
Terry is the author of over 300 fiction and non-fiction books, which have been published in 32 languages. Terry's non-fiction has been consistently in the bestseller lists since 1994. His Horrible Histories celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2018, having sold over 25 million copies worldwide and been adapted as a television series, theatre tours as well as a new film coming out in July 2019. Terry's new book, An Unlikely Spy a World War II thriller for 8s-13s will be available from bookstores in September 2019.
Thank you again for sponsoring the Supreme Champion Trophy.