Valais sheep

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by Wardy0902, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Wardy0902

    Wardy0902 Member

    Wanting to start me own flock has anyone out there got any ewes or gimmer for sale.?
     
  2. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    Chap on farming life tv show maybe???
     
  3. Chae1

    Chae1 Member

    Location:
    Aberdeenshire
  4. lloyd

    lloyd Member

    Location:
    Herefordshire
    Think i saw some on preloved.
    Can't see why they are worth what was suggested on said tv program though!
     
  5. Wazmos

    Wazmos Member

    Where abouts are you? We did some work for a farm in the Peak District, they had a good size flock, could probably put you in touch if that’s any use??
     
  6. unlacedgecko

    unlacedgecko Member

    Location:
    North Lincolnshire
    You’ve missed the boat with this particular pyramid scheme...
     
  7. Cowman338

    Cowman338 Member

    Plenty for sale on sell my livestock, ridiculous prices I wouldn't want to pay, all the rage at the moment as "posh pets" but I think novelty will wear off and prices will too
     
  8. Longlowdog

    Longlowdog Member

    Location:
    Aberdeenshire
    Think Angora goats, fine wool Merinos, Llamas and Alpacas. In first make a mint, have a production sale, get out while the goings good and laugh all the way to the bank.
    When the petting farms and smallholders have had their fill they will be selling at Thainstone rare breeds sale on a Saturday for less than feeder ring prices through the week.
    If you want cute pets good on you go for it but the bubble is not forever.
     
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  9. Wardy0902

    Wardy0902 Member

     
  10. I saw young wedder lambs advertised on Facebook... £300 each :confused:

    You have no idea how close I was to commenting ripping them a new one for the extortionate asking price for what can only ever be a fat lamb :censored::oops:


    The bubble hasn't burst yet, but it won't be long til you can pick them up for 10 a penny, like you can Zwartbles...
     
  11. delilah

    delilah Member

    The thing that intrigues me, watching the tv programme, is what happens with regards rules and regulations, vet etc. OK folks have to get a cph to buy one as a pet, but that then puts you on the system as a livestock keeper with allsorts of agencies potentially having to inspect, see records etc, PITA for all concerned. If the pet sheep needs the vet where do folks go; our farm vet wont look at our dog, and the vet we take the dog to wont look at a sheep. There must be Valais sheep ending up in households many miles away from a livestock vet.
     
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  12. Kelso690

    Kelso690 Member

    Get a good fat lamb out of a Zwartble though put to the right Tup, that will perform and sell as well as anything else in the Mart. Can’t imagine pens of valais x fat lambs at the mart fetching Much.
     
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  13. beefandsleep

    beefandsleep Member

    Location:
    Staffordshire
    The ones I saw born on the telly didn’t look very vigorous.
     
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  14. Formatted

    Formatted Member

    Location:
    Sussex
    Ostriches are a good example of occasional livestock pyramid scheme that pops up, everyone was having a go buying a breeding female for £2,000. They'd be busy converting a few paddocks to keep a couple, thinking they were going to make a fortune selling breeding stock.

    Then people stopped by breeding stock and the breeders who had invested heavily worked out ostrich meat is only worth £75 a bird.
     
  15. Wardy0902

    Wardy0902 Member

    We already have comercial ewes there for little lad. just seeing if any one had some to sell
     
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  16. Nah. Govt doesn't bother checking up on you unless you're claiming subs.

    If you were found doing something wrong, it'd cost them to get a fine out of you... if you claim subs they just dock your next payment - easy money.
     
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  17. I can see the appeal. Can't deny they are different and a bit eye catching... potentially great for kids.
    But be prepared to (at the moment) pay through the nose for them. It'll be dead money with no return.

    As far as I'm aware, for all they come from the Swiss mountain regions - they are not particularly hardy and you need a shed/shelter for them to handle typical UK winters.


    Theres 2 flocks very close to me. I can't see your location... 1 would charge stupid money, they other may be more realistic
     
  18. VMD100

    VMD100 Member

    Location:
    Cumbria
    Sure I saw something about them in the UK and a guy was claiming each fleece to be worth £50, no doubt because they're a 'cute' popular looking sheep for the facebook generation - could be a decent earner though if you can appeal to the right markets
     
  19. andybk

    andybk Member

    Location:
    Mendips Somerset
    yes agree , a good texel or blocky charollais will give you a superb fat lamb and quick ,such is quality and quantity of milk , and they (the lambs) are as hardy as hell
    The only thing you need to know about any new breed is , does it offer something over and above commercially than whats on the market now , i havnt seen anything the valis offers so far , other than looks , You only need to look around essex nightclubs to draw comparisons of pretty but thick useless snowflakes of both sexes that the public buy into
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2019
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  20. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    I wouldn’t pay a fiver for one let alone £500
     

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