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Under The Feather Farm
Producing family friendly sheep that turn heads

We are a small farm located in Roberts Creek on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, BC Canada
 

Our Valais Blacknose x Ewes and Foundation Ewes

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Our 2021 Valais Blacknose x Babydoll (Sunshine) lamb Annie

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We are excited to be among the first breeders of "The Cutest Sheep in the World"  in Canada.

We got into breeding these sheep because they truly are the Cutest Sheep in the world. After our first lambs were born we fell in love with the personalities and friendliness of our part bred lambs and would breed them even if they weren't so adorable, not that that has been a problem because they have all been very cute and outstanding in the looks department.

The 50% Valais Blacknose have wonderful, people-oriented personalities, they follow us everywhere and will even come over to greet total strangers.  The biggest problem is trying to get anything done while surrounded by them wanting your attention. We found they are even friendlier than the Babydolls sheep which are well known for pet qualities.

Our small, friendly ewe flock includes registered Gotlands, Babydoll Southdowns and our 50% Valais Blacknose ewes. They will produce lambs perfect for pets with follow-you-around personalities. We're expecting them all to be perfect cute pets and some will be fabulous fibre (wool) producers.

 

Ben, sire of our 2025 Valais Blacknose x lambs



Ben, 75% Valais Blacknose Ram, we were lucky to be able to acquire him with his perfect Valais Blacknose markings and personality we look forward to his sure-to-be adorable lambs in spring 2025 with the ewes below. Reserve yours now!

 

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before shearing

after shearing showing the metallic lustrous wool

 

Dahlia
is a registered Gotland sheep. She is one of our first Gotlands and we find her delightful and personable with the most luxurious fleece.

When we go into the barn she will stand on the door so she can look over it and see what we're doing. She is curious as a  cat and always want to be in on the action but just like a cat it's on her terms and she's fast to leave if she doesn't think it's going to be fun or rewarding to stick around.

Dahlia had a single, Primrose aka Trouble 2 and her sister Daisy, had twins Fern and Willow. These lambs were born with fabulous curly wool coats and have only gotten better as they've grown. It's already long, soft, lustrous wool that falls into curly locks.

 


It was a Christmas party in the barn and Dahlia dressed for the occasion

 

Sunshine
triple registered white Babydoll Southdown ewe, she was our first ewe to give us Valais x lambs and she gave us triplets.

Sunshine is an amazing ewe with the typical laid-back Babydoll attitude. We kept her two Valais x ewe lambs, Claire and Annie and are so impressed by them.

She is bred to Ben for spring 2024 Valais x Babydoll lambs.

 

Callie was a lamb with presence and has grown into a yearling ewe who still stands out and that has earned her a place in our flock.

Callie's nickname is Short Stuff because she is the smallest ewe in the flock. She is the daughter of Sunshine  and Vanilla.

She is a triple registered White Babydoll Southdown ewe and has been bred to a registered black Babydoll ram for 2024 spring lambs.

She had Petunia, 50% Valais Blacknose ewe lamb in 2023.  

 

 

 


Claire wanting attention but
not able to get any closer


Marshmellow and Claire

Claire
Valais Blacknose x Babydoll Southdown, Sunshine's Valais x daughter. Her dad is Solwaybank Extra Special.

She and her full sister Annie, and full brother Marshmellow, were our introduction to the Valais Blacknose breed, only having seen them online but never in person. We fell in love with them and they with us it seemed.

They have an odd love of grabbing zippers and running them up and down. They also find the pull tabs on them quite delicious and have chewed all the soft ones off our jackets.

She will be bred to Ben for 62.5% Valais Blacknose 2025 spring lambs.


Just a couple of weeks old, Annie climbed into my lap and fell asleep

 

 

Willow and Primrose
Valais Blacknose x Gotland, Daisy  and Dahlia's lambs have adorable personalities and amazing long, lustrous fleece.

They will be bred to Ben for spring 2025 lambs.

 


Jed, 100% Purebred Valais Blacknose Ram

 Reference Sire

 Jed, Valais Blacknose ram

imported as frozen embryo

He is the father of Willow and Primrose

 

More info about our breeding program

Unlike other Valais Blacknose breeders who use the wilder Scottish Blackface ewes because they are closer in colour and have horns, we carefully selected ewes that are friendly and polled (don't have horns). All our lambs have been very friendly people lovers right from birth. None of our lambs have grown horns. Horns do add to the charming look of the Valais but they can also be be more challenging as the sheep need more space at the feeder, and if they accidentally catch you with a horn as they walk by it does hurt.

Due to Canadian regulations it is not possible to import Valais Blacknose sheep into Canada from their home country so we have been using imported frozen semen for the breed-up program. The breed up program involves using imported frozen semen from registered purebred rams to laparoscopically artificially inseminate ewes. There are only two vets in BC and Alberta that have the special skills and equipment to carry out this procedure and the cost is high with sometimes marginal results. Our first year, we bred three ewes and only one, Sunshine, our Babydoll ewe became pregnant. She delivered triplets this spring. We kept the two ewe lambs, Annie and Claire and Marshmallow went to a wonderful home on Vancouver Island. In 2022, breeding six ewes by LAI only resulted in one ram lamb, Puppy. He is such a character and really reinforced our love of the breed.


Annie

 

 

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