Inaugural sale of rare Swiss sheep
The first ever auction of Swiss Valais sheep in the UK, and probably the first in the world outside Switzerland, took place in Chelford last Saturday.
The sheep were drawn from various Swiss breeders by livestock importer and exporter James Graham, Isle of Man.
Prices twice reached 2,900gns for ewes and both were bought by Richard Pilkington, Shordley, North Wales. An undisclosed Appleby buyer had already paid 2,600gns for the first ewe through the ring.
Also known as Swiss Black Nose, the sheep are considered rare and unique although a breed society is expected to be established soon.
Auctioneer Roy Waller said the breed was under threat in its native country since the return of wolves.
2 shearling rams, £2,100; 1 female born 2008, £1,050; 1 born in 2010, £1,600; 4 born in 2011, £1,247; 3 born in 2012, £2,205; 1 born in 2013, £1,890, ewes with lambs at foot, 2,400gns; empty ewes, £1,620.73.
Auctioneers: Wright Marshall.