This farm in New Zealand is showing off its Valais sheep herd and the photos show you how adorable they really are!
The Valais Black Sheep are an internet sensation. So much that when you Google the term 'World's Cutest Sheep,' the first few pages you are going to find are these fluffy furry creatures with black noses. Their noses have actually become their most defining and standout feature and have made them the most sought after sheep in the world, and according to Daily Mail even fetch a handsome £10,000 pounds —40 times more than a normal sheep. Due to their unique aesthetic features and limited supply, the Valais sheep are in very high demand everywhere, hence the high price. The Valais Blacknose farm in New Zealand has a whole herd of the magnificent black noses they just can't help themselves but show off. They are originally from the mountainous regions of the canton of Valais and Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. They are popular as a dual-purpose breed as they provide the best of wool as well as meat, hence the high valuation. The origins of these magnificent creatures are well documented and are said to go as far back as the fifteenth century. However, it is said that the usage of the present German name only came into the picture after 1884 with the breed's standard dating back from 1962. The black nose sheep are so furry and fluffy, it's impossible to tell them apart from a stuffed toy.
This little guy is called Little Benny, a triplet born through the crossbreeding between Valais and English Leicester F1. When born, this little sheep is as big as a small cat but as years roll on, it gathers considerable heft to live up to its expensive billing. A Facebook user name Kim Hsiang couldn't contain her excitement looking at this young lamb and wrote: "He is just fabulous! Do you have any babies for sale to an excellent home with a vet nurse as a mum and a house goat for a best friend? Thank you."
For now, they're seen goofing around on a bed, biding their time, building muscle and growing wool.
There are several other Valais breeds at this farm like the Valais and Dorset cross such as this one relaxing with a little girl.