THE Northern Ireland Valais Blacknose Club looks back on a successful year which has saw interest in the world’s cutest sheep continue to soar.
Back in May it was brilliant to see the Valais Blacknose on the sheep lawns of Balmoral Show for the very first time and to watch a great group of breeders enjoy their first show together since Covid.
The committee worked hard and Sunday, June 5, was the culmination of hours of work and planning as the very first Breed Information and Prep Day took place in County Antrim.
Summer rolled on and Valais Blacknose classes popped up across the agricultural show scene as local agricultural societies welcome the breed to their sheep sections.
A wet October morning didn’t quell the spirits of a dedicated team that arrived early at Swatragh Livestock Mart to eagerly await the arrival of star guests all the way from TV’s Cannon Hall Farm. Robert and Roger thrilled the crowd that travelled to hear their farming story and how Valais Blacknose sheep, which are often featured on their ‘on the farm’ programme, are a special part of their family.
Also joining them at a spectacular demo day was Marita Tauni all the way from Sweden. Members were so proud to benefit from her wealth of knowledge about the breed and get detailed information on Valais Blacknose grading which will be happening in NI for the very first time on July 8, 2023. Further details will be released in coming weeks.
The club is blessed with a great team of hard working committee members and it wants to make 2023 even better. If you would like to give a special gift to a Valais enthusiast please visit website www.ni.valaisblacknoseclub.co.uk where, for a limited time, you can benefit from New Year savings on an annual membership of this great club. You can also purchase merchandise to keep you cosy in January and be the first to know about exciting plans for 2023.
The club wishes to sincerely thank all its sponsors, guests, club members and breeders who supported its vision this year and enabled it to hold events, promote the breed and enjoy friendship and farming along the way.
Good luck for lambing and best wishes for a Prosperous New Year.
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