Please see below a list of some of the posts available on this page, some are for members only and can only be seen by signing in to the website. Posts cover, Scrapie and Genotyping, Shearing, Hoof Care, Breeding, MV Accredition, Buyers Guide, Getting Show Ready, Abortion Vaccinations, Fly Strike, Horn Springs, Immunising, Weaning.
*Scrapie & Genotyping* With increased discussion and confusion surrounding scrapie genotyping within the Valais Blacknose Sheep breed we would like to draw your attention to a few main points. What is Scrapie? Scrapie is an infectious wasting disease affecting the nervous system of adult sheep and is very difficult to control. It has been a [...]
When purchasing pedigree Valais Blacknose stock there are several things to be aware of, hopefully this guide will help you buy with confidence. Pedigree Certificate & Registry Every pedigree Valais Blacknose should have a Grassroots registration certificate Always check that the animal matches the details on the Grassroots registry certificate – if no certificate is [...]
MV update 🐑 The MVAS/CAEAS is a voluntary scheme which allows you to demonstrate that your animals have been tested and are accredited free of MV/CAE.What is Maedi Visna/Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis?Maedi Visna (MV) is a chronic infectious viral disease affecting the lungs and nervous system of sheep which can be transmitted between individual sheep and flocks. [...]
Ideal Age to Start Breeding 🐑🐑🐑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 [...]
This weeks top tips is on Hoof-care 🐏🌟 The Healthy Hoof – Know what is ‘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 [...]
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 🦟☀️🐏 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 🌟 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 [...]
This weeks top tip... 🌟✂️ SHEARING ✂️🌟 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 [...]
It is advised that sheep are shorn at the end of February / beginning of March in order to have a full fleece for the Society show. The sheep can then be sheared again at the end of August as you don't want more than six months growth.