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Widdermarkt 2019

Widdermarkt 2019 - by Kerry Costello-Jones Trains, planes and automobiles (but in the reverse order) is exactly how you get to Visp in Switzerland and boy it takes time. The reason for our recent travels was due to one very disgruntled 6 year old, and I quote who was “very disappointed in you as parents” [...]

February Member Focus of the Month

Heather Adams from Derbyshire 1. TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELFMy name is Heather Adams, I live on the family farm near Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The farm has 550 beef cattle and 800 commercial breeding ewes. I bought my first Valais Blacknose simply because I wanted to look [...]

2019 – The Letter G

It is a new year and so we need a new letter for the names of this years lambs, 2019 is the letter G. Memberships are also due if you haven't renewed yet, it is also a good time of year to become a member as membership runs annually from January of each year. We [...]

Breeder Focus of the Month January 2019

From now on, we will have a Breeder Focus of the  Month. For the first month, I thought it best to start with two of the founders of the Society, Jenni Mcallister and Raymond Irvine 1. TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELVES  We are Jenni McAllister and Raymond Irvine.   We live on a farm [...]

Dates for Blacknose Beauties 2019

After the huge success of this year's Blacknose Beauties, the date has been set for next year, which will be the fourth National Valais Blacknose Sheep Show in the UK.  Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August 2019 is the date for your diary.  Valais Blacknose Sheep have been in the UK for just over four [...]

Blacknose Beauties Report 2018

Supreme Champion Highland Eric What a fantastic two days we have just had in Carlisle, with 195 entries of Valais Blacknose Sheep, on show were some of the best of the breed ever seen in the UK.  Raymond Irvine and Jenni McAllister triumphed again, this time with their Ram Highland Eric who was [...]

The Biggest Gathering of Valais Blacknose Sheep in the UK to date.

It is two weeks until our National Show and we have been inundated with entries. 191 sheep are entered to the show to be graded by the Oberwalliser Schwarznasen Schafzuchverband Judges Josef Eyer and Stefan Schnidrig. Grading of the sheep will take place on the afternoon of Friday 24th August, followed by the Society AGM and [...]

Blacknose Beauties 2018

Blacknose Beauties will be back in 2018 on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August and will again be held at Harrison and Hetherington in Carlisle. We hope that like the previous two years, we will have sheep from all over the UK on show. If any member would like to join the show committee, please [...]

Review of Blacknose Beauties 2017

On Friday 18th and Saturday 19th we held our second national show, Blacknose Beauties at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.  It was a huge success with 138 sheep being graded by the Swiss Society Oberwalliser Schwarznasenzuchtverband, who also kindly sponsored a class. The best sheep in each category were then put forward to the final show on Saturday [...]

Blacknose Beauties Show

The first ever show and sale dedicated to the rare Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep attracted in hundreds of visitors, all intrigued to find out more about the ‘cutest sheep in the world’. The Supreme Overall Champion title was taken by Raymond Irvine and Jenni McAllister with Highland Breeze, who was also awarded Female Champion. Hosted [...]