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Welcome to

Lovers Lane

Located in Northeast Ohio, USA we are a husband and wife team passionate about raising full blood Valais Blacknose sheep and helping them grow and thrive in the US.

We fell in love with this breed the moment we went to The Blacknose Beauties Show in Carlisle, England in  2019 to see the Valais Blacknose sheep with our own eyes.

Since that time we have been committed to having fullblood Valais on our farm. With great determination, we happily achieved that goal on February 14, 2022. Our journey involved lots of research, using all our skills and knowledge from over 40 years in the livestock industry, and connecting with people in other countries as well as the US.

We work on expanding our knowledge through hands on experience, reaching out to fellow breeders and attending events featuring the Valais Blacknose breed. This year we attended the American Classic National show in New Jersey and the U.S.A. National Valais Blacknose Sheep Show held in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa show was a great opportunity to attend workshops, meet other breeders and talked to great judges as well as vendors and nutrition specialist. To help encourage youth to get involved with this breed, we donated a proven F1 ewe along with a straw of semen from renowned Parkdale Crackers.


Our experiences now include:

  • selecting quality foundation ewes for the breed-up program (experimenting with different breeds)

  • importing fullblood semen from the UK and New Zealand

  • purchasing fullblood live ewes and a ram in New Zealand

  • importing fullblood embryos from New Zealand

  • interacting with multiple veterinarians with embryo transfer experience

  • selecting quality recips

  • best prep for lambing

  • following a strict protocol to make AI successful

  • understanding a different nutrition program specifically to the Valais breed

  • maintenance program for health against disease, parasites and the weather

We have learned so much and know we have lots more to experience and learn. We're happy to answer questions and share our knowledge. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. 

Welcome to Valais Blacknose of Lovers Lane. We are Fred and Cheryl Hayes, a couple filled with lots of passion and just enough crazy to begin this journey into the Valais Blacknose Sheep breed-up program and full blood Valais Blacknose sheep. We've been married for over 43 years. With our kids grown and a history of raising livestock, we started this adventure in 2019. After researching the topic, we ventured to Scotland and attended the Valais Blacknose Sheep Show in Carlisle, England. There, we experienced firsthand why the Valais Blacknose Sheep are called "the world's cutest sheep."  And the real journey began.






We are providing the breed standard in accordance with The Swiss Breeding Association. To our knowledge and experience the "breed standard" in the US is being modeled after The Swiss Breeding Association standards.