Bred ewe purchase information
Cutest sheep in the world
alert!!! We are excited to offer a rare opportunity to own three
ewes, Jane, Hanna and Selene, bred to a purebred 100% Valais Blacknose
ram. Valais Blacknose sheep make great pets, they are so friendly they
can easily become family members, they have wonderful fleece and are
used as meat animals in their native home.
The Valais Blacknose are new
to Canada. This is only the third year lambs sired by VBN rams have
been born here and breeders are keeping all their ewe lambs so it is
hard to get ewe lambs unless you go through the expensive and not very
successful procedure of laparascopic artificial insemination. I spent
$2500 to breed three ewes in 2020 and only Sunshine became pregnant,
happily she delivered triplets including Annie and Claire. Last fall
for $5000 I had six ewes laiíd and only Hanna became pregnant and had
a single ram lamb, Puppy this spring.
Valais Blacknose sheep canít
be imported live into Canada so they are being bred here through a
breed up program where you breed the partbred ewes to a 100% Valais
Blacknose ram and by the 5th generation they are 96.25% and
considered purebred. Some are also being born here from imported
frozen embryos. These are rare and expensive.
Hanna, Selene and Jane will
have been bred by live cover. I use a marking harness with a coloured
crayon that leaves a mark on their rump when the ram mounts to breed.
They will be left in with the ram through their next expected heat
cycle at about 17 days, and if she isnít marked by the ram again, it
means she hasnít come into heat again. This means sheís pregnant*.
This has always resulted in lambs on schedule in the past for me.
There is no guarantee of
lambs. Due to conditions outside of our control we cannot guarantee
you will have any lambs born. Pregnancies can be lost if the ewe
is stressed, malnourished or gets sick. Once the ewe leaves our
property, we have no control over her health or care so we don't offer
Having said that they are
ideal breeding ewes because they are:
Prime breeding age - Hanna and Selene are yearlings and Jane is
Proven Ė have had lambs and great Selene and Jane had triplets
last year by live cover and Hanna had a single VBN ram lamb by lai
Big ewes - VBN are big sheep so these ewes will easily be able
to carry them
Good udders - no mastitis
*There are exceptions which
can include the ewes not cycling because:
- itís late in the breeding
season, this happens after December for some short season breeds,
these are long season breeds and will have an extended breeding season
- they are old or sick, these
three are all young and in perfect breeding condition