Our Autumn 2017 New Forest Valais Blacknose Newsletter is out! This edition is full of news of Valais Blacknose world domination, as lambs are born in New Zealand and sperm can now be exported to America; we show a novel new use for wool, and much more! Request your copy of our newsletter by mailing us.
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.
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...
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!
We felt privileged to be given the reins of the popular @SmallholdersUK Twitter account for a week last week to talk about what we do here at New Forest Valais Blacknose. The Valais Blacknoses were ever popular with the followers, some of whom hadn't heard of the breed before. We talked about how and why we got into the unusual breed and how we've diversified our smallholdings into a profitable business through breeding our sheep. It was great fun and we enjoyed sharing experiences with fellow smallholders. It's a great opportunity if you fancy sharing your world as a smallholder with like-minded folk! Check out the @SmallholdersUK handle for more info.