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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow...

Whilst for a lot of our readership snow is a common occurrence - indeed, for the Valais Blacknose sheep it's a familiar sight in their native Switzerland - here in the New Forest in Southern England snow is a rarity.  In fact, we haven't had so much as a flutter of snow for at least 5 years, so it was exciting when it arrived and the sheep seemed to take it in their stride.  The upside for them was an extra dose of hay and sheep nuts whilst they couldn't access grass so they were happy!

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Winter lambing has begun!

We started the New Year as we mean to go on with some beautiful lambs born! We've had an amazing 50% twins vs. singles so far which is the highest proportion we've ever had and unusual for the breed.  Here are the first lambs of 2018, Ram lambs Frank and Frodo: And here's one of the (extremely cute) January single lambs, Ram lamb Felipe: The sire this time is our award winning Ram, Remus, who throws the most fantastically marked lambs.  Remus, is celebrating being a father again by being back in the tupping paddock with some more ladies.......  We have lambs available to reserve now, so do get in touch if 2018 is the year to start - or add...

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New Forest Valais Blacknose Featured in NFU Countryside Magazine's December 2017 edition!

We are absolutely delighted to be featured with some of our Valais Blacknose lambs in the December edition of the NFU Countryside magazine, out this month!  The article outlines some of the unusual characteristics of this rare and special breed, as well as the efforts we go to in order to champion the breed and ensure the bloodlines are not crossed too closely to ensure the health of the breed. You can read your copy of the magazine online here.

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A Busy Summer of Shows!

We’ve had an extremely busy Summer showing our Valais Blacknose sheep, starting in July and finishing just a week ago. We collected a total of 29 rosettes and retained the Best Longwool Ewe Lamb cup at the Ellingham & Ringwood show and Winnie won 1st place in her class at the Romsey Show for the 2nd year running.  We are absolutely thrilled with our sheep’s performance.  We also entered our sheep’s fleece in to the wool competitions for the first time this year and were pleased to be placed in the rosettes for all our entries!   New Forest Valais Blacknose were proud sponsors of the Best Gimmer born Jan 1st – July 31st class at the annual Valais Blacknose...

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Welcome to the flock.....Angora Goat kids!

They may look similar to Valais Blacknose sheep, but these are in fact a couple of (very cute) Angora Goat kids!  They too need shearing twice a year and produce the lustrous fibre mohair which we intend to blend with our sheep wool to make it more luxurious.   The kids, both males, have settled in extremely well - we don't think any of the Valais Blacknose flock have cottoned on to the fact they're any different....!  We send off our wool to be spun shortly and it will be for sale on our website so watch this space all you knitting fans!

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