Besotted, yes I am; with the Swiss Valais Blacknose. [Black and white sheep - Main photo]
Now age 17, I am asking for funding so that I can begin the journey towards
playing a part in the reintroduction of the Swiss Valais Blacknose.
The market price is £3000 for a ewe, because of the rare nature of the breed in the UK; having only been recently imported from Switzerland.
My aim is to contribute to the breeding programme, preserving and supporting the revival of the Valais Blacknose whilst indulging my own love for the breed.
When she arrives, she will hopefully bond well with the founding flock members and once she is 'with lamb' the cycle can truly begin.
I have constructed with the help of my father and brother an animal shed large enough for our goats and 20 sheep. Situated on deliciously green pasture. Preparation is already underway for winter having made our own haybales - country style!
Haybales made by hand with a homemade wooden bail compressor.
Meanwhile, as I wait for that time I now while away the days in brushing, petting, house cleaning and hoof trimming- but these are the least time-consuming activities. Time is truly spent catering to their wonderfully attention seeking nature; lying on the ground rubbing horns, scratching noses and feeding them their favoured and much sought after cuisine: willow.
Meet the founding flock !
Our Golden Guernsey
Albert is the head of the pack, he is a wether (castrated) and as a friendly as a dog as you will see by the videos. Not only is he our pet goat but a companion goat to Victoria
**Albert can see the sheep; he is considering just how good the grass is on the other side of the gate**
Our British Guernsey
Victoria (wife of the above) - Like Albert she is two years old, she is quietly friendly, owing to the fact that her horns are growing which like any growing pain does not feel great; yet her timid side goes out of the window when we bring treat feed down - butting her way into the dark thicket of the sheep, fearing no challenge of a headbutt !
Our Southdown/Ryeland Crosses
The sheep have fantastically wild and friendly natures especially now they have been shorn. They are often called a teddy bear breed owing to their tremendously thick fleeces which are astronomical in size when compared to a traditional sheep !
Thank you !