Located in Northeast Ohio, USA we are a husband and wife team passionate about raising fullblood 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.
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 fullblood Valais Blacknose sheep. We've been married for over 42 years. With our kids grown and a history of raising livestock, we're excited to start this adventure in 2019. After researching the topic, we planned a trip 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.