‘Cutest sheep in the world’ are born in Australia after a THREE-year process


‘Cutest sheep in the world’ is born in Australia after embryos and semen were sent over from the UK – and they make an excellent pet

  • Frothe Swiss Alps, Valais Blacknose were traditionally bred for meat and wool
  • Adorable looks and gentle temperament have seen them become popular pets
  • Recently sheep were born on Australian soil for the first time after UK assistance










Lambs from a breed of sheep described as ‘the cutest in the world’ have been born in Australia for the first time, after embryos and semen were imported from the UK.

Hailing from the Swiss Alps in Europe, the Valais Blacknose were traditionally bred for meat and wool, but their looks and gentle temperaments have since made them popular as pets.

The breed has never been on Australian soil before according to Head of Biosecurity, Andrew Tongue, from the federal agriculture department.

Dubbed the 'cutest sheep in the world', the breed Valais Blacknose were recently born on Australian soil for the first time

Dubbed the ‘cutest sheep in the world’, the breed Valais Blacknose were recently born on Australian soil for the first time

Hailing from the Swiss Alps, the sheep were traditionally bred for meat and wool - but their good looks have seen a surge in interest for people to keep them as pets

Hailing from the Swiss Alps, the sheep were traditionally bred for meat and wool – but their good looks have seen a surge in interest for people to keep them as pets

‘The breed has now spread to Europe, the UK, and the US, and this year the first Valais reached Australia,’ he said.

‘Farmers and pet lovers have been interested in getting the Valais Blacknose breed into Australia for many years.’

The embryos and semen were imported to Australia this year by specialist company Caprotek after it applied to the department.

Strict biosecurity arrangements had to be put in place because genetic material from sheep can pose disease risks, including scrapie – the ovine equivalent of Mad Cow disease.

‘Following a long process over three years, complicated by Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, the frozen embryos and semen were approved by the department and were able to make their way to Australia,’ Mr Tongue said.

‘The importer was able to meet all biosecurity requirements to allow the import, and as you can see from the photos, the result was worth the effort.’

The sheep were recently born in Australia after embryos and semen were imported from the United Kingdom

The sheep were recently born in Australia after embryos and semen were imported from the United Kingdom

The gentle temperament of the Valais Blacknose sheep has also seen them in demand globally

The gentle temperament of the Valais Blacknose sheep has also seen them in demand globally



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