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!
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...
We have had the usual rush on lambs this year and have just 8 left available for sale: some superb breeding quality perfectly marked ram lambs and very sweet castrated pet lambs. We have some good deals on pairs and groups so do get in contact if you're interested in buying an extra special Christmas present!
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.