How much is a Blacknose sheep?

Purchase costs can vary from $1,000 to $10,000, depending on the level of bloodline purity F1 – F5 (see chart below). Valais Blacknose are herd animals and do best in a purchase of two or more if prospective owners do not already have companion sheep.

Are Valais sheep friendly?

Valais Blacknose sheep are a naturally docile, friendly breed of sheep, unlike many other breeds, making them such perfect pets. They get their name from their beautiful black noses, with the black colour extending up the face to the eyes and surrounding them.

Are Valais Blacknose sheep good pets?

Valais are particularly kind and gentle with children, so they make a great addition to any family farm or 4-H family. They are often regarded as prized pets and also make an impactful contribution to any farm animal conservatory or national petting zoo.

Are Valais Blacknose sheep available in the US?

Valais Blacknose Sheep: you’ll have to agree, they’re the cutest sheep in the world! And now, they’re available right here, in the United States!

How big do Valais Blacknose sheep get?

Valais Blacknose

Country of origin Switzerland
Use dual-purpose, meat and wool
Weight Male: 80–130 kg Female: 70–90 kg
Height Male: 75–83 cm Female: 72–78 cm

How do you keep Valais Blacknose sheep?

What you will need to care for your Valais Blacknose Sheep

  1. Water trough – there must be fresh water at all times.
  2. Hay racks with good quality hay, especially important in Winter when the grass is not as good – N.B not hayliage or silage which can be fatal to sheep.

What are Valais sheep good for?

The Valais Blacknose sheep are very hardy and strong animals. They are mainly a dual purpose animal, good for both meat and wool. But today the breed is raised mainly for meat production purpose. It is a very beautiful breed of domestic sheep and popular in it’s native area.

Can I own a sheep?

Any breed of sheep can be kept as a pet. Breed choice is usually a matter of personal preference or circumstance. Pet sheep should should be females (ewes) or neutered males (wethers). As sheep are a social animal, you should get at least two, preferably a small flock (5-6).

How much does it cost to buy a sheep?

While this will vary, a younger (two-to-four-year-old) productive commercial (non-registered) ewe can usually be purchased for $200 to $250. Depending on their age, lambs can be bought for $75 to $150. Older ewes (five years and up) are usually less, but they will have fewer productive years left.

Is there a way to import Valais Blacknose sheep?

Back in 2014, we came across a “Countryfile” documentary of Valais Blacknose Sheep in their native Swiss Alps, and it was love at first sight! Only problem was, USDA does not allow import of live sheep or embryos from Europe. Undaunted, we began working on “finding a way” to acquire them!

What kind of sheep do they have in Switzerland?

If you won’t be making your way to Switzerland anytime soon, take in photographs of the adorable lambs and scroll down to see how one woman in the UK fell in love with her pet Valais. Valais Blacknose sheep are an adorable breed native to Switzerland. They’re known for their black faces and markings…

What can I use for sheep fly control?

Non-organic farmers may also use Organophosphate plunge dips to control fly strike but these are not permitted under Soil Association standards. Iodine, Stockholm tar and maggot oil may also be used to treat minor attacks for individual sheep and for discouraging further problems.

How many sheep are on sale at Shepherds Lane?

The following represents a selection of our current inventory of sale animals. More pictures and background information are available upon request or give us a call. As 2021 lambs are arriving we will be adding new sheep to the sales list so please check back periodically.