Black Oak Valais Blacknose NZ
Flock #7 - Established 2018
Owned by Mark and Jane Foster, Helensville
My husband Mark and I, along with our three children live on our 140 acre ex-dairy farm on the Kaipara Harbour in the Helensville area of Auckland. The farm is predominantly used for dairy grazing and calf rearing. I saw a picture of a Valais Blacknose lamb on Facebook and was instantly smitten. I contacted Valais Blacknose NZ and joined the breeding up programme which involved buying 7 English Leicester ewes, scanned in lamb and sired by the purebred UK registered ram, Heartland Aristotle. I now have 5 F1 ewes who will go to an unrelated ram soon to produce the next generation of F2’s.
We are continuing with our breed-up programe, now having F1s and F2s.
Meanwhile, I have become a member of the newly formed Valais Blacknose Breed committee and recently imported 6 embryos from a top breeder in the UK to implant into recipients.
We now have purebred Valais Blacknose from the embryos we imported in 2019 and are breeding pure bred Valais Blacknose sheep.