Rare Swiss breed arrives in Stow Bardolph

Swiss Valais Sheep at Church Farm Stow Bardolph, with them is Wayne Cooper (Farmyard Assistant) ANL-150519-082938009
Swiss Valais Sheep at Church Farm Stow Bardolph, with them is Wayne Cooper (Farmyard Assistant) ANL-150519-082938009
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A West Norfolk farm is among a handful in the country to have its own flock of a unique breed of sheep.

Visitors to Church Farm in Stow Bardolph will be able to admire the incredibly cute Valais Blacknose Sheep from tomorrow.

The breed is normally found in the Valais region of Switzerland and is becoming quite rare.

There are less than 10 flocks of Valais in this country, and Church Farm now has four ewes.

Edelweiss, Yodel, Heidi and Emmental, which were all born in Switzerland, arrived two weeks ago and are settling into life in Stow Bardolph.

Livestock manager Paul Furness said: “They are really the most fantastic looking sheep.

“They are incredibly good natured and really docile.

“They are going to be a fantastic animal for children and adults to get close to.

“They do look amazing and are really rare. You could travel all over East Anglia and not come across another flock.”

There are less than 200 Valais in this country and the team at Church Farm plan to breed from their new arrivals using artificial insemination.

Valais are able to lamb three times in two years and Mr Furness has high hopes of increasing the flock to about 20 animals.

He first came across the breed in farming press and was able to buy the flock at an auction in Cheshire recently.

Mr Furness said: “We are hoping to they are going to be a big attraction.

“There are only a handful in this country and they have a massive following on social media.”