Wednesday, 22 September 2021

From Swiss mountains to Hambleden

A FLOCK of Valais Blacknose sheep will be at the show for the first time this

A FLOCK of Valais Blacknose sheep will be at the show for the first time this year after a recent appearance on the BBC’s

Countryfile
show.

Although the earliest mention of the breed dates back to the 1400s, this large-framed docile mountain sheep was first recognised as a separate breed in 1962.

The sheep are mostly found in the mountains of Switzerland, although there are a couple of breeders in Germany.

The Blacknose has adapted well to life in the 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 coat make it quite unmistakable.

These sheep are very rare and there are only a few thousand left. Their existence is currently threatened by the recent return of the wolf to Switzerland.

The sheep can be found near the Food and Farming Marquee.



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