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We have our first SUPER-RARE Valais Blacknose Spitti Lamb born!

A rare phenomenon when breeding Valais Blacknose sheep is that once in a blue moon (well, once in over 150 lambs, to be more exact...) you get what's called a 'Spitti' lamb, which is a purebred Valais Blacknose sheep, but with mostly black instead of white wool.  Some are almost entirely black and others, like our lamb, have attractive random splodges of black all over, a bit like a Jacob sheep. Not only is he a Spitti lamb, he's also a rare Type 2 genotype (ARR/ARQ) which refers to his resistance to Scrapie. So this makes him SUPER-RARE!  We have named our special Spitti lamb "New Forest Fosco" which means 'dark'.  Spittis can go on to breed perfectly marked offspring,...

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2018 Show Success!

We had to reduce the number of shows we did this year due to Abby having had a baby in July.  Although we only made it to one show, the Ellingham & Ringwood Show in August, we were delighted with the results, winning 11 rosettes, retaining the Best Longwool Ewe Lamb cup for a third consecutive year, as well as winning Reserve Champion with our Ewe! It's always very pleasing to win rosettes when in mixed classes, against popular native breeds, especially when the Valais Blacknose breed is still so unknown by many of the judges.   The prizes included 1st & 2nd in the Longwool Ewe class; 1st in the Longwool Ewe Lamb class; 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the...

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Winter New Forest Valais Blacknose Newsletter Is Here!

Our Winter 2017 New Forest Valais Blacknose Newsletter is out!   This edition is full of news of Valais Blacknose enjoying the snow we've had, our extraordinary Winter lambing, our new original Swiss style sheep show collars, Valais Blacknose lambs for sale, and much more! Request your copy of our newsletter by mailing us.

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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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