Devon Life Collecting our new Swiss Valais Blacknose Sheep

11th April 2019

We are lucky enough to have been able to look after some Swiss Valais sheep belonging to our good friends ‘Woolley Animals’ who live near us. They have been with us for a while now and we (well, mainly me to be honest) have become quite attached to them. Anyone who has visited us will know ‘April’ (the sheep) and what a wonderful charactor she is.

Trip to Cumbra

Woolley Animals will be moving soon and they may want their sheep back, they too have a business to run! So we (once again, that should be ‘I’ rather than ‘we’) decided to buy our own Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep, just in case.
Finding two Valais ewe lambs is not an easy task, everyone seems to want them at the moment and I had to put my name down on many waiting lists. Luckily for me, I spotted a Facebook post where someone mentioned he had two for sale. I contacted him immediately with my best buying ‘pitch’ explaining what a wonderful place they would be coming to.
Next time I may pay a little more attention to where in the county I have to go to collect sheep, but it may have been these or nothing.

So, here I am at the start of a 700+mile round trip to collect our two new Swiss Valais Blacknose ewes, Gloria and Gracie. The things I do for Michele 🤭.
I decided to find a B&B for the night near the Farm i was collecting from as it was such a long journey. The B&B was about 370 miles from home and the farm a little further.

Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep Devon, Gracie
A long journey made even longer by having to go in a Land Rover, not the most comfortable of vehicles. We were lucky enough to be able to borrow a small trailer from friends Gary and Andy, a blessing as our larger (and older) trailer would have rattled and probably meant a much longer journey. Seven hours on the M5 and M6 😱 and I was at the farm checking out the two ewe lambs.
The lambs are great, after a nights sleep I collected them and headed back home. The journey back was longer as I had to stop so many times to feed,water and check the girls. Now we are back home and enjoying having them here. After a quarantine period we have introduced them to the other sheep and alpacas and are settling in well. If you are lucky you will stop them on one of the web cams.
Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep Devon, Gloria