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Have you ever heard of the Valais Blacknose sheep? Well, if you have heard of them then you know they are one of the world’s cutest sheep!! They are very fluffy and cute. Valais Blacknose is a type of long haired (wool) domestic sheep that originated from Switzerland. Their wool is mostly white on their body with black on their face. Sometimes a Valais Blacknose may be born with all black wool and a little white wool here and there on their body.
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Quick facts about the Valais Blacknose sheep:
1. The Valais Blacknose sheep’s scientific name is Ovis aries. There are well over 100 different breeds of sheep. Here is a list of some of the different types of sheep:
- Askanian Sheep
- Dorset Sheep
- Lincoln Sheep
- Southdown Sheep
- Valais Blacknose Sheep
2. The Valais blacknose sheep is an herbivore. Herbivore means they do not eat meat. They eat plants, grasses, hay, and other plant matter. They love to graze in fields.
3. The Valais blacknose sheep can weigh as much as 200 pounds depending on its gender.
4. A group of sheep is referred to as a flock, herd, and/or fold. A female sheep is called an ewe. A male sheep is called a ram. Baby sheep are called a lamb, cosset, or lambkin.
5. The Valais blacknose sheep are very social and friendly. They would make a good pet for an experienced handler.
6. Sheep are diurnal. Diurnal means that they do most of their activities during the daytime hours.
7. Both the rams (Valais blacknose sheep) and the ewes have horns.
8. The Valais blacknose sheep is a rare breed of sheep with about 14,000 in existence living in Valais, Switzerland.
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Books about Valais Blacknose/sheep:
1. Baa-Baa Blacknose Sheep: The Blacknose Sheep from Valais by Fabienne Truffer
2. Homesteading Animals (5) Valais Blacknose Sheep by Norman J. Stone
3. Snoopy the Sheep by Helga Moser
4. Agnes and the Sheep by Elle Rowley
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Short story alert:
Once upon a time there was a big fluffy white and very adorable sheep named Florence. Florence was a Valais Blacknose sheep. Florence loved to graze the field she lived on. She could eat grass and other plant matter for hours a day. One day while she was grazing in the field, she spotted another sheep. This sheep was different looking though. The sheep was beautiful. Florence slowly made her way over to the sheep. When she finally got close enough, she stood there patiently watching the other sheep. The other sheep said, “Hello, my name is Fluffy, nice to meet you.” Florence said, “Hello there; I was just admiring your beauty.” Fluffy told Florence that she too was admiring her beauty! Fluffy was an Askanian sheep. They would graze together and talk to each other about their sheep lives. Fluffy told Florence that one day there was a very scary coyote who tried to eat her. Thankfully her friend who was a dog chased the coyote away. Florence told Fluffy that she too was almost eaten by a scary coyote one day. Florence said, “Thankfully the farmer chased it away.” They were both very happy and thankful sheep. The two sheep spent a lot of time together over the years and grew to love one another. They became the best of sheep friends!! THE END! By Mimi Jones
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