Although the earliest mention of these sheep dates back to the 1400's this large framed docile mountain sheep was first recognised as a separate breed in 1962. It has adapted well to life in the high mountains and grazes even on the steepest, stoniest slopes. The black patches on its nose, eyes, ears, knees, hocks and feet and otherwise light woolly coats make it quite unmistakeable. They are mostly found in the mountains of Switzerland, there are a couple of breeders in Germany.
Valais Blacknose sheep are well known for their wool.
These sheep are very rare and their are only a few thousand left.
The Gloucestershire Old Spot is a large breed of pig, is white in colour with a minimum of one distinct black spot. It has large lop ears which will almost cover the face of a mature pig. The Gloucestershire Old Spot is regarded by farmers as a hardy breed of pig able to cope with most conditions. The breed also has a reputation as an excellent forager.
The meat from a pedigree Gloucestershire Old Spots is something very special. It’s not just us boasting, the EU Commission agrees!
Whether as pork, or bacon, or gammons, or sausages, or pies, genuine GOS pork is flavoursome, succulent and delicious.
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