Valais at Gratitude Acres

Welcome to the wonderful world of Valais Blacknose Sheep!

We bought a house on 5 acres with hills too steep to mow easily. I thought it would be wonderful to get a couple of lambs in the spring, have them graze the hills and then send them to market come fall. Naturally this didn’t happen! Having fallen in love with the Valais Blacknose Sheep years earlier, I realized that we could get our very own by participating in a Breed Up Program. We jumped in with both feet; building shelters, putting up fencing, acquiring foundation ewes, going through the AI process to finally being able to welcome our first F1’s! Along the way we also added a few pigs, chickens, fruit trees, 8 varieties of tomato plants… and the list keeps growing! It’s a labor of love, and where we once had thorny bushes we are now have (on some places at least) green grass and happy sheep!

This is Alma, one of our Cotswold foundation ewes who gave us stunning looking little girl. Buttercup has all the right markings, great bone and a wonderful fleece!


Products and Services

Along with our F1’s we also offer wool. Just look at the luster and locks of our purebred registered Cotswold in this picture! Many use these locks for doll hair or Santa beards- and I understand why. This wool is a hand spinner’s dream to work with so I’m super excited to see what it will look like combined with the VBN!

If you would like to “talk sheep”, know more, come visit or get on our waiting list for F1’s please contact us!


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