Originating from Switzerland, the Valais Blacknose were first imported into the UK in 2014. They are becoming increasingly popular because of their distinctive markings which has earned them the title "The Worlds' cutest sheep!" and their pleasant nature which makes them good to handle.
The Valais are a long wool sheep which require shearing twice a year. The main use of the fleece is for felting and carpets. In Switzerland the Valais are a dual purpose sheep, bred for their meat and wool. However in the UK because of their high value they are rarely on the menu!
Aims of the Society
The Valais Blacknose Sheep Breed Society aim to promote this unique breed for the benefit of its members and to protect the characteristics of the sheep. To do this we:
Arrange for breed classes at agricultural shows
Organise educational and training days
Hold an AGM to bring members together
Run an annual show and sale
Represent the Breed at NSA events