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Valasis Blacknose Sheep

Valasis Blacknose Sheep

Photo Credit Valasis Blacknose Sheep Scotland

ALL ABOUT VALASIS BLACKNOSE SHEEP

The Valais region is where the Blacknose sheep come from.

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

Its Pennine Alps border the Italian Po Plain to the south and the Bernese Alps to the north. This Canton in the central Rhone Valley is simultaneously one of the driest regions of Switzerland and amongst the wettest, having large amounts of snow nearly all year round up on the highest peaks of Switzerland.

The Canton of Valais is widely known for the Matterhorn and resort towns such as Saas Fee, Verbier, and Zermatt. It is composed of 13 districts and it's capital is Sion.

 Valais Blacknose Sheep - Although the earliest mention of these sheep dates back to the 1400's this large framed docile mountain sheep was first recognized as a separate breed in 1962.

It has adapted well to life in the high 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 coats make it quite unmistakable.

They are mostly found in the mountains of Switzerland, there are a couple of breeders in Germany and more recently England.

 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.

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.

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CARING FOR SHEEP - ADULT BOOKS

Living With Sheep Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Flock by Chuck Wooster

Your Sheep A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing by Paula Simmons and Darrell L. Salsbury, DMV

Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep, 4th Edition: Breeding, Care, Facilities by Carol Ekarius

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CHRISTIAN ADULT BOOKS

Lessons from a Sheep Dog by Phillip Keller

A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller

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CHILDREN'S SHEEP BOOKS
Christian

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
 
The Sheep That No One Could Find by Anthony DeStefano
 
One Lost Sheep by Rhonda Gowler Green

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CHILDREN'S SHEEP BOOKS
General Audience

Ten Sleepy Sheep by Phyllis Root

Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton

Sheep Take a Hike by Nancy E. Shaw

No Sleep For The Sheep by Karen Beaumont

Simpson Won't Go To Sleep by Bruce Arant

Weaving The Rainbow by George Ella Lyon "If you are a weaver, you can make a rainbow. If you are sheep, you can BE a rainbow." 

Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski "He runs with dogs. He cards with wool. He rides a spinning wheel. And he NEVER follows the flock."

Can't Sleep Without Sheep by Susanna Leonard Hill

No Sleep For The Sheep by Karen Beaumont

Where Is the Green Sheep? / Donde esta la oveja verde? (English and Spanish Edition)  by Mem Fox

The Quest of The Warrior Sheep by Christine & Christopher Russell Juvenile Fiction ages 9 and up

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CHILDREN'S DVD/Video
Christian

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado 30 min.

Valasis Blacknose Sheep

Photo Credit Valasis Blacknose Sheep Scotland

Great Spirit Australian Shepherds would like to import #4 unrelated pedigreed, & registered Valais Blacknose sheep to Seattle, WA USA.


Please contact me if you have Valais Blacknose sheep ewes and rams available under 6 months to ship to USA:


Steve and Linda
email:
australian.shepherds.us@gmail.com 

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Requirements TO IMPORT Valais Blacknose Sheep To Washington State, USA
• DNA testing
• Ewe and ram need to be genotyped tested
• Test male for Scrapie. Test Female scrapie gene receptor test (no QQ sheep)
• Test males 6 mos and above for Brucellosis (ship under 6 months)
• ID each individual with ear tag or radio frequency ID
• Health Certificate issued from veterinarian
• Only need to quarantine new sheep if other sheep are already on the property. (No other sheep)
*Import rams that are RR and ewes of resistant genotype.

Health Tests & Import Requirments

Scrapie USDA

 http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_diseases/scrapie/downloads/national_scrapie_surv_plan.pdf

Scrapie Explained

http://www.bergamascosbabydollbrigade.com/scrapie.php

Scrapie Health Test

HerdChek* BSE-Scrapie Ag Test male for Scrapie Test Female scrapie gene receptor test (no QQ sheep) https://www.idexx.com/pdf/en_us/livestock-poultry/bse-scrapie-ag-brochure.pdf 

Sheep Breeding Services http://www.innovis.org.uk/breedingservices/sheep/embryotransfer.asp Innovis is the leading supplier of sheep breeding technologies to the UK livestock industry.

IMPORT REQUIREMENTS WA STATE

Washington State Department of Agriculture WSDA http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/AnimalHealth/ImportRequirements.aspx

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Photo Credit Valasis Blacknose Sheep Scotland

Great Spirit Australian Shepherds would like to import #4 unrelated pedigreed, & registered Valais Blacknose sheep to Seattle, WA USA.


Please contact me if you have Valais Blacknose sheep ewes and rams available under 6 months to ship to USA:


Steve and Linda
email:
australian.shepherds.us@gmail.com 

Facebook FB message
:
Linda Reaü GreatSpirit Aussies