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Farmer installs CCTV to protect valuable Swiss sheep

A farmer has brought in CCTV and guard dogs to protect his valuable flock of rare breed sheep from thieves.
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Raymond Irvine is thought to have paid £55,000 for the 11 Valais Blacknose sheep and their veterinary and transportation costs.

 

Mr Irvine bought the sheep, which are worshipped in their native Switzerland, after seeing a photograph of the animals.

 

The farmer and his girlfriend Jenni McAllister spent several weeks researching the breed before making the trip to Valais in Switzerland to bring them back. The couple said they immediately fell in love with the sheep, which are dubbed the ‘world’s cutest’ due to their ‘black hole’ faces, shaggy coats and spiral horns’.

 

Since settling into their new home near Tomintoul, Moray, one of the ewes has given birth, making the lamb the first Valais Blacknose to be born on Scottish soil.

 

The couple hope to increase the size of the flock and are exploring market opportunities for wool.


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