Exporting to USA & Canada – August 2020

The cutest sheep in the world are breaking new ground again! Following the first export of semen to Canada and the USA last year from Valais Blacknose New Zealand (a partnership between Lindsay and Sally Strathdee near Motueka, and Christine Reed in South Wairarapa). Today the first purebred embryos are winging their way to the Northern Hemisphere. The first export of sheep embryos to the United States from a New  Zealand flock in over 25 years will be exported by this leading entrepreneurial partnership.

“We believe the opening up of this new market provides exciting opportunities for the wider New Zealand sheep industry, especially given our current competitive advantage in managing the impacts of Covid 19 on our ability to produce and trade agricultural products” said Lindsay Strathdee, spokesperson for the Valais Blacknose NZ partnership.

It has involved a long series of negotiations over almost three years between New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries and the United States Department of Agriculture to agree export conditions that would work for both countries while managing any potential biosecurity risks.

It has also meant a huge effort over a number of years by veterinarians and breeders in North America. The embryos will be imported by Dr Matthew Rolleston of Rolleston Veterinary Services in Maine, USA.  They will be implanted through Dr Rachael Weiss of Applied Reproductive Concepts, LLC along with Reni McNabb of The Valais Blacknose Sheep Association of North America who have a large Society membership offering advice, support, animal registration, breed standards and regular Zoom meetings with breeders and prospective clients, to maintain interest.

Valais Blacknose New Zealand in conjunction with Reni & Kevin Melvin of Elite Sheep Reproductive, LLC will be selling the first purebred lambs from New Zealand embryos in March 2021.

“We have a philosophy of importing embryos from only best prize-winning flocks in the United Kingdom, which maintain only the very best genetics for our North American clients” said Lindsay Strathdee.

Currently, the world’s cutest sheep enjoys has 18,000 Valais Blacknose New Zealand Facebook followers in NZ, North America, throughout the world and growing.

The cutest sheep in the world are about to become North America’s cutest sheep!

VBSANA Newsletter 1 – April 2019 issue

Click on the link below for the full article of the first VBSANA Newsletter, Issue 1 – April 2019

VBSANA Newsletter 1 – April 2019 issue


There are a number of factors contributing to fertility in any female. Some may be modified by management and nutrition changes but others are out of the control of routine farm decision making. For completeness, I have listed all those issues which I believe may impact on puberty-onset and enhanced fertility in small ruminants. It is an attempt on my part to give a greater depth of understanding to all involved and thus enhance the quality of decision making with regard to those factors under our control when we consider undertaking an artificial reproduction programme.

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