Hey flock! Sorry for the brief delay in posts recently. I’m finishing up moving right now and it’s sucking all my attention. When I get back (in a couple days) there will be more posts, including some research based posts about sheep. If you have any burning questions about sheep feel free to drop them in the answer box and I’ll do my best to answer them!
Anonymous said: cn you get black nosed swiss sheep in canada
I did some research, and because they are banned in many countries due to their carrying the Schmallenberg virus which is rampant throughout Western Europe and the british isles, I do not believe they are available in Canada. According to the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation and the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association there are currently no breeders, or owners of this breed of sheep in any of the Canadian provinces. Infact the import of this breed is strictly banned in parts of Eastern Europe, Egypt, Mexico and the US.
As sad as it makes me that there are no Valais Blacknose sheep in North America (or any way for me to “make” one since the US banned all imports of any genetic material since 2011) I’m glad the government has been proactive and created this ban. By doing so, they have protected the thousands of sheep of many different breeds that already live in the US, Canada, and Mexico from a debilitating virus that causes everything from fever and diarrhea, to still births and birth defects that often result in the death of the lamb.
Hopefully someday a vaccine or treatment for it will be foundt!
Anonymous said: Is there any progress on the availability of Valais Blacknose sheep here in the US?
Unfortunately I’ve checked on the progress of that and it’s slow to non existent. There is a new US Fan Club on Facebook, and through there you can keep up to date on fun stuff about Valais Blacknose Sheep. But to date I think there is still a ban on them in the US.