Valais Blacknose Sheep

The Valais region of Switzerland is where the Blacknose sheep come from.

The Valais (French) or Wallis ( German)  is one of 26 Cantons of Switzerland and is home to 41 mountains higher than 4000m. It is situated in the south western part of Switzerland, and extends from the source of Rhone along the Rhone Valley to Lake Geneva. It’s Pennine Alps border Italy to the south and the Bernese Alps to the north.

The black patches on the sheep’s nose, eyes, ears, knees, hocks and feet and otherwise light woolly coats make it quite unmistakeable.

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

Valais Blacknose sheep are known to be good for their meat as they are large animals, they are also well known for their wool, which is best used for felting and for carpets.

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