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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Irish Valais Blacknose Sheep Society to launch at Bonniconlon Show

The Irish Valais Blacknose Sheep Society, established in 2021, will officially launch with a showcase of four classes for their inaugural national final at this year’s Bonniconlon show on August 1st, 2022.

Irish breeders will present the ‘world’s cutest sheep’ from their respective flocks for “the very first” Valais Blacknose-specific classes in Ireland.

Valais Blacknose Classes

A spokesperson for the society told That’s Farming that entries are now open for pedigree sheep registered with the society for the following 4 classes:

  • Class 257: Valais Blacknose ewe lamb 1 year and under sponsored by Mullinahone Co-Op;
  • Class 260: Valais Blacknose ram lamb 1 year and under sponsored by Mullinahone Co-Op;
  • Class 263: Valais Blacknose ewe over 1 year sponsored by Broadhaven Bay Hotel;
  • Class 266: Valais Blacknose ram over 1 year sponsored by Mayo Animal Healthcare.

How to enter

Champion and reserve Valais Blacknose of the show will receive the authentic Swiss Bells sponsored by Bonniconlon Valais Blacknose.

The closing date for entries is Thursday, July 28th, 2022. You can make entries via post, over the phone or by email to Bonniconlon Show.

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A society spokesperson concluded:

“Visitors are invited to come along to learn more about the Valais Blacknose Breed, meet the world’s cutest sheep in person and even take some pictures at the sheep selfie station.”

Authentic Swiss Bells

Other initiatives 

In an interview earlier this year, Melissa Walsh, the flock shepherdess at Bonniconlon Valais Blacknose and Irish Valais Blacknose Sheep Society secretary, said:

“Along with a small but dedicated committee, we have got the new society up and running.”

“The society is looking to ensure that all Valais breeders in the south of Ireland are aware of the group and join the team to become members and protect the pedigree status of their Valais Blacknose sheep.”

“As well as the challenging task of creating the new flock book, which is hosted by Sheep Ireland, the committee is working hard on other initiatives too.”

“These include EU approval, breed standard guidance and most excitingly, the first-ever dedicated Valais Blacknose showing classes in the south of Ireland,” she concluded.

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