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 our 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
It's quick and easy to become a member, email the breed secretary , or downloand the form here.
Membership is £50 for full members
Associate members £30
For Non UK members please download the Word document or contact the secretary.
The breed pedigree database is run by Grassroots LTD please follow the link below to access http://www.grassroots.co.uk/valais
Society Events and Shows 2020
Miss VISP 2020 - The Valais ewe show held annually in Visp, Switzerland.
Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times, we appreciate all the effort that our members have gone to, to keep safe over the last few months.
We as the committee have been working hard in the back ground to put thing in place for a successful 2021.
With the current situation in mind, and still very much un-clear on how events and gatherings will proceed. We have taken the decision to postpone our Annual Training day, so that we can be better prepared and give you the best experience.
A new date will be announced once we have considered all our options and we have assessed how the relaxing of lockdown continues.
However we are very excited to be able to bring you The Annual Show and Sale in some form, which will be happening on the 3rd of September at Sedgemoor Market.
We look forward to seeing as many of you there as it will be a lovely opportunity to see some friendly Valais breeders.
All the best and please continue to stay safe
The Valais Breed society committee.