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Block Farms - Valais Blacknose Sheep

Block Farms - Valais Blacknose Sheep We are so excited to be on the ground floor and help bring fullbred Valais Blacknose sheep to the states! We began this journey in June with Hans and Hero, our F 1 wethers and will be increasing our flock each year!

Operating as usual

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep National Show USA's post
08/13/2022

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep National Show USA's post

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep Herefordshire's post
06/23/2022

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep Herefordshire's post

Photos from Johnston Community School District's post
05/17/2022

Photos from Johnston Community School District's post

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep - Iowa's post
04/30/2022

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep - Iowa's post

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!this is so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!
04/09/2022

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!this is so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!

**UPDATED from original post. Our friends in New Zealand forwarded us comments that they have better results flushing embryos from ewes that have lambed naturally once before being flushed for embryos. This adds ANOTHER YEAR to my original timeline! 5 years to get a PUREBRED Valais Blacknose sheep to the US!!!

πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Our long-awaited first purebred Valais Blacknose was born to Valais Blacknose Sheep-Iowa!
Aimee Rueber, DVM & Jesse Stayner, Scott & Tina Starkweather

How does a PUREBRED Valais Blacknose sheep get to the US? How long does it take?
Here’s how it works…. (my disclaimer: After visiting with breeders and industry professionals in the UK, Switzerland, New Zealand and the US, this is my overview of the timeline of a complex process.)

The Valais Blacknose breed originates from the Valais canton of Switzerland.
In 2014/2015 only, Switzerland exported the sheep, and flocks were established in Europe outside of Switzerland.

Due to the sheep disease Scrapie, the US has restrictions regarding the importation of sheep, semen and embryos from the UK. As of Fall 2020, the US allows sheep and embryos to be imported from Scrapie free New Zealand (semen was imported prior to 2020).

UNITED KINGDOM
In the UK the ram & ewe are quarantined, tested, & bred. NOV-MARCH 2018
The ewe’s embryos are flushed 6 days after breeding & embryos are frozen.
Frozen embryos are exported to New Zealand.

NEW ZEALAND
Frozen embryos are imported to reproductive centers in New Zealand.
Frozen embryo(s) is thawed and implanted in recipient/surrogate ewe(s). MARCH 2019
20-70% of embryos develop into lambs.
β€οΈπŸ‘ A PUREBRED Valais Blacknose lamb is born in New Zealand. AUGUST 2019
After the ewe/ram is 12 months old, it is considered part of the New Zealand national flock and NZ allows embryos or semen from that ewe/ram to be exported from NZ. AUGUST 2020

In NZ the ram & ewe are then quarantined, tested, & bred. FEB/MARCH 2021
The ewe’s embryos are flushed 6 days after breeding & embryos are frozen.
Frozen embryos are exported to the US. AUGUST 2021

UNITED STATES
Frozen embryos are imported to reproductive centers in the United States.
Frozen embryo(s) is thawed and implanted in recipient/surrogate ewe(s). OCTOBER 2021
20-70% of embryos develop into lambs.
β€οΈπŸ‘ A PUREBRED Valais Blacknose lamb IS BORN IN THE US! MARCH 2022

It ONLY takes…
4 months for UK Breeding/export/import to NZ
PLUS the time to align with the breeding calendar in NZ
5 months gestation
12 months in NZ’s national flock
3 months for NZ Breeding/export/import to US
PLUS the time to align with the breeding calendar in US
5 months gestation

TOTAL TIME: ~4 years! It takes a significant amount of PEOPLE, DISTANCE TRAVELED, TIME, MONEY…and PASSION…to bring Purebreds to the US! Thank you to everyone involved!

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep - Iowa's post
03/13/2022

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep - Iowa's post

Our hearts are broken today as we had to say goodbye to our dear little Gummy. She came to us to be a companion to Hero ...
02/28/2022

Our hearts are broken today as we had to say goodbye to our dear little Gummy. She came to us to be a companion to Hero after the loss of Hans, and she so quickly became family and touched our hearts so much. She is no longer in pain and back to sweet pastures to play again. We will miss our sweet girl. We thank Dr. Amy so much for letting her come stay with us!❀❀❀

01/26/2022
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01/20/2022
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Merry Christmas to you all from Block Farm fiber kids! Ian, Isla, Indie, Hero and Gummy even got spoiled this Christmas ...
12/25/2021

Merry Christmas to you all from Block Farm fiber kids! Ian, Isla, Indie, Hero and Gummy even got spoiled this Christmas day!❀❀❀

12/13/2021
Teehee
11/22/2021

Teehee

10/21/2021
Silly 🐏

When it stops raining and mom opens the gate!πŸš€

Our new pens and alittle cuteness!
08/10/2021

Our new pens and alittle cuteness!

We love visitors!❀🐏❀🐏❀
07/09/2021

We love visitors!❀🐏❀🐏❀

Photos from University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's post
06/27/2021

Photos from University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's post

Welcome home kids! We are over the moon excited to have you become part of our family! We love you so much! Meet Indie, ...
06/14/2021

Welcome home kids! We are over the moon excited to have you become part of our family! We love you so much! Meet Indie, Isla and Ian! I, because they are the next year of breed up program for the Valais blacknose sheep to become fullbred here in the United States!

06/06/2021
New haircuts and new pasture!😍 thank you Jaxon Kampen for Shearing the sheepies!!!!!
05/23/2021

New haircuts and new pasture!😍 thank you Jaxon Kampen for Shearing the sheepies!!!!!

Our sweet little Hero and friend Gummy!
05/22/2021

Our sweet little Hero and friend Gummy!

Fun little find in the sheep barn!😍
05/22/2021

Fun little find in the sheep barn!😍

I make wool, what's your super power!?πŸ’œπŸ˜πŸ’œπŸ˜πŸ’œ
05/22/2021

I make wool, what's your super power!?πŸ’œπŸ˜πŸ’œπŸ˜πŸ’œ

All so very cute!
04/30/2021

All so very cute!

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep - Iowa's post
04/24/2021

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep - Iowa's post

Caution: Cuteness overload!More of our day meeting our new littles Isla and Indie! I could have stayed all day to cuddle...
04/19/2021

Caution: Cuteness overload!
More of our day meeting our new littles Isla and Indie! I could have stayed all day to cuddle these sweet babies!

Caution: Cuteness overload!Meet Indie and Isla coming home to our farm soon! We got to meet these sweetpeas today and ar...
04/19/2021

Caution: Cuteness overload!
Meet Indie and Isla coming home to our farm soon! We got to meet these sweetpeas today and are already in love!!!!😍 Thank you Tina and Scott Starkweather for having us to the farm today!❀

Photos from Katelyn Folkmann - 2021 National Miss Agriculture Advocacy Ambassador's post
04/06/2021

Photos from Katelyn Folkmann - 2021 National Miss Agriculture Advocacy Ambassador's post

Handsome 1 year oldπŸŽΆπŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽŠβ€
03/23/2021

Handsome 1 year oldπŸŽΆπŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽŠβ€

03/23/2021
Hero turns 1 today!

It's our babies first Birthday today! Give a big Baaaaaa to Hero today!

We sure wish the twins could celebrate together and we miss Hans oh so much.

We hope to spoil Hero lots and lots today and cant wait for his baby sisters to arrive this year!β€πŸŽŠπŸŽπŸŽ‚β€

It is with great sadness that this has to be our post update....Hans passed away in the night. Greyson has assured us, G...
03/03/2021

It is with great sadness that this has to be our post update....Hans passed away in the night. Greyson has assured us, Grandma Jo is waiting for him in heaven and will take good care of him for us. Hero has been very concerned over the past week, but seems to be ok today, but please say a prayer for him as I am sure he misses his twin dearly. These two quickly became family and it has hit us pretty hard. We are very concerned why this happened and are going to be researching at length, so this doesnt happen in the future. Rest and be at peace now, my sweet boy.
❀🐏❀🐏❀🐏❀🐏❀🐏❀🐏❀🐏❀🐏
Please keep our little Hans in your thoughts and prayers. Hes very sick at the moment and are doing everything we can to help him get better.❀🐏❀

Photos from Dale Family Club Lambs's post
02/28/2021

Photos from Dale Family Club Lambs's post

Playing in the straw, making the best of an inside day during a snowstorm!
02/21/2021

Playing in the straw, making the best of an inside day during a snowstorm!

02/21/2021
Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep - Iowa's post
12/31/2020

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep - Iowa's post

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep - Iowa's post
12/14/2020

Photos from Valais Blacknose Sheep - Iowa's post

Happy Thanksgiving! Maaaaaaaay you have a restful and safe holiday❀🐏❀🐏❀🐏
11/27/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! Maaaaaaaay you have a restful and safe holiday❀🐏❀🐏❀🐏

Photos from Laser Nail Center of Iowa's post
11/07/2020

Photos from Laser Nail Center of Iowa's post

11/03/2020

Most loving snugglebugs award goes to these guys!

Maaaaaaa! Happy Tuesday!!!
11/03/2020

Maaaaaaa! Happy Tuesday!!!

So exciting to be a (very, very small) part of such an amazing adventure! Best wishes for a successful fertility rate an...
11/01/2020

So exciting to be a (very, very small) part of such an amazing adventure! Best wishes for a successful fertility rate and lambing spring and hope we can increase our flock in the spring, as well!❀🐏❀🐏❀🐏❀

❀❀❀❀❀ in case you thought they couldn't get cuter!!!!
10/29/2020

❀❀❀❀❀ in case you thought they couldn't get cuter!!!!

Very exciting!
10/04/2020

Very exciting!

First shearing! They did great and feel much better!!!!❀❀❀❀ Thank you Jaxon and Chad Kampen!
09/13/2020

First shearing! They did great and feel much better!!!!❀❀❀❀ Thank you Jaxon and Chad Kampen!

08/31/2020
Hero

Make this Monday fabulous!

All the floofy vibes😍
08/31/2020

All the floofy vibes😍

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