Please note, all of our superior ewes are bred with the highest quality genetics imported from the best representation of rams in Europe! We ensure that all imported semen used for our program is ARR/ARR (most scrapie resistant genotype). Only semen from rams with superior conformation and impeccable markings are used in artificial insemination in our premium breeding program. All of our lambs and sheep are DNA verified, registered and vaccinated prior to your purchase. Our flock is under the care and consultation of not one – but four outstanding veterinarians! We are a current member of many prestigious Valais and Sheep Breeders Associations. NJ Valais also participates and has our entire flock enrolled in the USDA’s Voluntary Scrapie Free Flock Certification Program (Export-Monitored).
But perhaps most importantly – We Love Our Sheep! This means we are not a mass producer/breeder, rather we keep a small flock of the very best! This allows us to not only closely monitor our breeding program and its results, but also to love and interact daily with our sheep and lambs. Our entire herd is socialized and exposed to other animals, children and interested visitors that stop by for a look. On our family farm, it is imperative that all NJ Valais are loved and treasured here — and ALSO that they remain friendly, honored and valued when they leave to go to your home!
In 2018, the Ballybofey, Co. Donegal native established her own flock of registered pedigree Valais Blacknose sheep. She “instantly fell in love with this breed” after seeing it at Omagh Show in 2018. Later that year, she acquired her foundation ewe, and her Trusk Valais Blacknose flock has grown ever since. Muldoon is a part-time sheep farmer who works as a scientific officer clean drinking water microbiologist for Northern Ireland Water. Cliodhna chose the Valais Blacknose sheep breed as “they have presented a sense of uniqueness within the flock”. “These sheep stand to their name as ‘the cutest sheep in the world’ because of their distinctive gentle nature, their beauty and elegance, as well as their distinct features.”
“The Valais Blacknose Sheep enjoy and thrive off human interaction. I feel privileged to be one of a few breeders in Ireland to own Valais Blacknose sheep.” “I find that the Valais are a naturally docile, friendly breed of sheep, making them such perfect pets The Valais Blacknose Sheep originates from the Valais canton of Switzerland. The Blacknose graze in the Alps in the summer months and are housed during winter. The Blacknose is a sturdy breed that has adapted well to the mountain’s harsh conditions.
“Over time, characteristics have evolved to the majestic sheep that we see today. Valais Blacknose sheep have a black nose that extends up to the centre of the head, connecting and encompassing the black surrounding the eyes.” “Their ears are black to the point where they meet the head. Knees and hocks have black spots, and the hoof/ankle area is black, creating the impression of black boots.” “Ewes have a black tail spot; rams do not. Horns are helical or spiral and grow outwards from the head in both the ewes and rams. The wool is an important characteristic, and the whole body, head and legs are evenly well-covered, exhibiting the sheep’s robust frame.”
They may look small and cute, but Christine says everyone is surprised at just how big the animals are in real life.
Males: 80-130kg, 75-83cm at shoulder
Females: 70-90kg, 72-78cm at shoulder
The breed has been mentioned in the Swiss Alps since the 1400s, but was only officially recognised with its own breed standard in the 1960s. In Switzerland, the Valais are used for wool and prized for their lean meat.
“I don’t think you’d want to overplay them (as a meat breed in NZ) because they are too cute,” says Christine Reed. “No-one is going to eat these things, and they’re way too expensive anyway.”
The colouring on a Valais is quite specific. All the spots must be in the right place on the knees and hocks. Females have black bottom spots, and both sexes need the right amount of black on their face.
Blacknose Sheep Cost
$1,000 – $10,000