Although the earliest mention of the breed we no know as the Valais Blacknose dates back to the 1400's, this large framed docile mountain sheep was first recognised as a separate breed in 1962. It has adapted well to life in the high mountains and grazes even on the steepest, stoniest slopes. The black patches on its nose, eyes, ears, knees, hocks and feet and otherwise light woolly coats make it quite unmistakable. They are mostly still found in the mountains of Switzerland, there are a couple of breeders in Germany.
Valais Blacknose sheep are known to be good for meat production as they are large animals. They are also well known for their wool, which is best used for felting and for carpets.
These sheep are now very rare and there are only a few thousand left. Their existence is currently threatened by the recent return of the Wolf to Switzerland.
We hope our small contribution to help breed and introduce the breed in the UK will go a small way to secure the future of a truly special animal.
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