What should you be paying for in a Valais Blacknose sheep?

They are the cutest sheep in the world with the most fabulous dog-like personalities and let’s face it, we all love them! There are still not many worldwide, especially in Australia , so they are, and will continue to be, expensive to buy.
It’s a big investment if you are lucky enough to own purebreds or are starting up a cross bred flock. So buyers need to be aware of what they are buying

But aren’t all sheep equal?

There is a huge variation in quality of Valais Blacknose on the market at present and unfortunately similar money is being asked for a bad sheep as a good one. You can’t beat original Swiss stock although there are also animals now in other parts of Europe as well. The original imports into the UK were mixed in quality. We recommend following the National “Black beauties” Valais Blacknose show in Carlisle, England held every August to see what top breeders are presenting.

Do Valais Blacknose sheep make good pets?

Valais Blacknose sheep have become quite fashionable and are in high demand. They make wonderful pets due to their friendly disposition and calm nature. But, of course, it’s their appearance that really sets them apart. Their distinctive black faces are set off by the white curls of their wool. Aside from their face, they also have black ears, knees, hocks, and feet.

The importance of good conformation

There’s a good reason for strong conformation. Like us, it’s hard to walk or run well if your bones are not well lined up! It places stress and strain on ligaments and tendons and ultimately ends in lameness! Have you heard the phrases cow hocked? Pigeon toed? Knock-kneed? Watch out for it in the animals you buy. And if you are new to sheep, or still developing an “eye” for a good one, then ask an old sheep farmer or a judge at the local show. Ask us if we can help you when assessing an animal.

How much do Valais Blacknose sheep cost? 

The prices of sheep vary greatly depending on bloodlines, grading scores, and overall quality of animals. It’s important to do your research first and speak to breeders directly and remember not all sheep are worthy of the higher price tag.