Valais Blacknose Society would like to express a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of our sponsors for their continued input and generous support.
Without you Blacknose Beauties would not be the successful event that it is.
Blacknose Beauties are delighted to announce
Mainline Show Sponsor!
GSC Grays is a firm of chartered surveyors, land and estate agents operating throughout the UK, but principally within the North of England. We offer a fresh, dynamic and professional approach when it comes to providing you with quality advice. We operate across five different service sectors:
- Estates, Farms & Land
- Environment and Sustainability
- Planning & Development
- Estate Agency
- Dispute Resolution
Our team of qualified chartered surveyors, planners, farm business advisors, environmental management consultants and estate agents are extremely well placed to offer comprehensive advice and guidance on all property related matters.
Website – GSCGRAYS.CO.UK
Facebook – @gscgrays
Instagram – @gscgrays
Twitter – @GSC_Grays
TOMINTOUL WHISKY: Donator of the Supreme Champion Trophy.
GOLDIES VALAIS BLACKNOSE: Sponsor of Class 1 Ewe 3 years +
The Goldies Valais Blacknose flock was established in May 2016 to complement our other pedigree enterprises of Limousin cattle, Texel and Zwartbles sheep which date back to 1977. All stock at our farm, Townfoot near Dumfries in Scotland are High Health and export qualified. Our pedigree enterprises on our family farm are ran by Bruce and Linda alongside their children Thomas and Isla. The Goldies Valais Blacknose flock has successfully sold sheep all around the UK and Eire. Semen has been sent to the USA, Canada and Norway and embryos have been exported to New Zealand. We have been fortunate to have many repeat customers in all these countries.
Class 2: Ewe 2-3 years old
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Animal Breeding Europe (AB Europe) offers a wide range of artificial breeding and associated services for livestock and domestic animals. Operating from purpose built centres across the UK, our highly experienced and friendly staff offer you professional and reliable services, as well as access to the latest breeding technologies tailored to your individual needs.
WINDFOLD FARM: Class 4: Ewe 12-18 Months
Established in 2019 Windfold Farm are a small rare breed hobby farm situated in the north east of Scotland where their premise is to provide a loving and caring home to all of their animals where they can lead a happy life in the country. Windfold Farm have an online farm shop with everything from activity books to chutney, animal sales and an online blog with all things farming.
Youtube link https://www.youtube.com/c/WindfoldFarm/videos
CARRS BILLINGTON Sponsor of Class 5 Ewe lamb 8-12 months old
Welcome to Carrs Billington, a company at the forefront of innovation in the supply of proven products and services to farming and rural communities. More about us A network of 30 Country Stores with 8 Sub-Stores, field sales specialists and advisers provide support and friendly service wherever needed within our trading area. Find your local Country Store These branches facilitate easy access to a very wide range of products (including feed, machinery parts, fertiliser, animal health, agrochemicals, seeds, pet and equine products, gardening, clothing and sundry retail). Browse our product range Visit our Online Shop for a comprehensive range of animal health and equine products, along side a number of Champion feed mixtures that are specifically designed to achieve optimum performance and show-ring bloom in pedigree cattle and sheep.
VERM-X: Sponsor of Class 6: Ewe Lamb 6-8 months.
Verm-X is a 100% natural, active formulation that helps restore and maintain gut vitality, a foundation for good animal health. We’ve harnessed a unique combination of herbs to cultivate a healthy digestive system and support intestinal hygiene – an effective alternative to using artificial chemicals. We really believe in making responsible choices for the wellbeing of animals, as well as the environment. Our complete smallholder range is OF&G certified and suitable for use on organic farms. Verm-X Original is gentle enough to be used everyday because it works over a more natural timescale, rather than acting as an immediate purge. Verm-X is proud to produce naturally effective herbal blends that are kinder to animals and kinder to the planet.
SPECIALIST MARINE CONSULTANTS LTD: Sponsor of Class 7: Ewe lamb 4-6 months
Formed in 2006, based on a small farm in North Yorkshire Specialist Marine Consultants has fifteen years of experience in Offshore Renewable Energy and Oil & Gas sectors. From the outset, SMC has been involved in Vessel and Asset Inspections, Marine Coordination and HSEQ across these sectors, globally. Since then, SMC has become a market leader in supplying specialist services to the Offshore Renewable energy sector across an array of projects globally. With offices in the UK, Netherlands and Taiwan.
SMC specialists have a wealth of experience working in the Offshore Renewable energy, Marine, Utilities and Oil & Gas sectors. This experience gives our Clients insights and skills that result in strong safety practices, a lower rate of incidents and cost-efficient projects.
At SMC we believe in offering our clients a superior service. In order to maintain this standard, we undergo a cycle of continuous improvement via feedback and implementation. Honesty and integrity are paramount to our business. We gain clients’ trust by being clear in the way we do business and taking responsibility for our actions. We believe we can use all our experience and knowledge of the industry to help our clients on a project by project basis and therefore provide them with the best possible service.
CAMBRIAN VALAIS BLACKNOSE Class 8, Ram 3 years and over
Cambrian Valais Blacknose is based in the heart of the Cambrian mountains. Our farm is high in a mountain with beautiful views and is almost like a home from home for our beautiful Valais sheep. Marc comes from a sheep and cattle farming background stretching back over seven generations. Growing up he would spend all his spare time and school holidays on the family sheep farm learning the old ways from his aunt. These old ways of care and compassion have continued down to our family farm. Our farm is a family run affair, along Marc the farm is run with Rebecca our two sons Samuel and Benjamin and we are all passionate about sheep. We also farm a flock of pedigree poll Dorset sheep We have a strong ethos of care and compassion, and animal welfare is at the centre of all we do. Combined with the privilege of being custodians of this beautiful part of Wales. If you would like to get in touch, our contact details can be found on our website: www.vbn.wales
USK VALLEY VALLEY VALAIS BLACKNOSE SHEEP Sponsor of Class 9, Ram 2-3 years old
Home to the Black Beauties Champion ram 2017, Usk Valley Valais Blacknose Sheep is the ideal breeder to either start a quality flock or pick additions to aid you breeding program. Both ewe and ram Lambs, Shearlings and breeding age Rams are always available from our extensive stock. Based in the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside we can deliver anywhere in the UK if required. Full pre and after sale advice is available from our years of experience working with this wonderful breed.
VALAIS BLACKNOSE SHEEP ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA: Sponsor of Class 11: Ram 12-18 months
The Valais Blacknose Society of North America (VBSANA) was formed in 2017 by sheep breeders Wendy Artzt and Dr. Cindy Brasfield, USDA veterinarian. Together Wendy and Cindy have 20 years of Breed Registry experience and 40 years of sheep breeding experience.
The goal of VBSANA is to maintain the wonderful Valais Blacknose Sheep type and genetics that the Swiss have worked so hard to perfect over several centuries. VBSANA is managed according to the rules of the Valais Blacknose Sheep Society UK and the Swiss Oberwalliser Schwarznasenzuchtverband,
For the past 4 years, VBSANA has educated prospective breeders and members about the Valais Blacknose breed in order to preserve the unique Swiss type and produce premium quality North American stock.
The role of VBSANA is to record/register the offspring produced by breeding up or importation, to create standards as to what is acceptable in a Valais Blacknose Registry, and support breeders in introducing this new breed to North America.
ICEIILAB: Sponsor of Class 12: Ram 8 -12 months old.
At ICEiiLAB we provide high quality, low price animal semen extenders. This allows breeders to freeze & store, chill and post within the UK and Northern Ireland. With new methods post thaw quality is of standard where veterinarian or surgical intervention is not required for insemination. Going forward, we hope that this will encourage breeding to be as natural as possible.
TETON VALAIS BLACKNOSE: Sponsor of Class 13: Ram 6-8 lamb Months Old
The Teton Valley Sheep Company (TVBSC) was launched in 2017 by Wendy Artzt and Dr. Cindy Brasfield to import Valais Blacknose semen to North America acting as agent for Valais Blacknose Scotland. TVBSC is a leading importer of Valais Blacknose frozen semen and embryos from the UK and New Zealand. Wendy has been a leading frozen semen importer since 2006. Dr. Brasfield was a USDA veterinarian who supervised the importation of livestock from South Africa, New Zealand and Peru. Cindy exported her own purebred sheep throughout Central America.
TVBSC imports frozen semen and embryos from the best Valais Blacknose bloodlines and breeders in Switzerland. In 2020 TVBSC partnered with Highland Valais to bring Highland’s best Swiss genetics to North America via New Zealand. Most UK based embryo donors had been awarded Maximum Points. Highland Valais Blacknose has been awarded the most number of Maximum Points outside of Switzerland.
TVBSC imports and breeds using only Maximum Points genetics.
THE WOOLLY FARM: Sponsor of Class 14: Ram lamb 4-6 months
Amy and Dan have lived in the Lake District for 10 years. Amy spent most weekends and holidays tramping up mountains in the Lakes with her family growing up and Dan has done many a Three Peaks Challenge. The phrase ‘It’s just over the next hill’ has been proudly passed from Amy’s dad down to her, and she uses it as often as possible with their three children.
Amy’s been involved with animals since her first pony trek when she was three years old and Dan has become a willing partner in crime (mostly – Amy recently forgot to mention she’d bought four kune kune weanlings…). It’s been a slippery slope since then; ponies, horses, guinea pigs, dogs, pygmy goats, sheep, chickens, pigs and in the last few years, alpacas and llamas.
The original plan was to ‘have a look’ at a couple of llamas. Two years later we’re up to 30 llamas and alpacas and we have no doubt we will continue gathering them as they are such special, unique animals.
The Woolly Farm combines Amy and Dan’s two loves: walking and animals, and they can’t quite believe their luck that they get to spend their days sharing their fantastic animals and this beautiful corner of the Lake District with visitors.
CROOKEDSTANE VALAIS BLACKNOSE: Sponsors of Young Handlers Classes 8 YO & Under and Young Handlers 9 YO & Over
Crookedstane is a traditional hill farm at 1000 ft above sea level in the Clyde Valley, situated amongst the Lowther hills. We are supporters of the Valais Blacknose Sheep Society UK and are active in it’s running and organisation of the annual show and sale.
Our Valais Blacknose sheep are MV accredited as well as vaccinated and medicated to a high veterinary standard. We also breed strictly to the Society breed standards, this helps ensure the continuation of this rare breed of Swiss sheep.
We sell stock and wool throughout the UK and will export where regulations allow. Please contact Jemma Knowles-Brown for any further details.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS