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Charlotte Brock, who grew up on a deer farm at Merino Downs. near Gore, now runs a bed and breakfast business in Wanaka.
Keen to have an attraction for her guests, she had seen the publicity around the Valais Blacknose breed and her father, Eddie, encouraged her to find out more.
The pair teamed up to import 11 embryos from the United Kingdom this year, which resulted in seven lambs being born in September.
To build up numbers, they also bought a purebred ram last year to use over English Leicester ewes, and those lambs also showed many of the Valais Blacknose traits.
They had been selling those lambs, ewes in particular being popular for people wanting to have a few of their own and perhaps breed with, without the initial significant investment.
The Brocks would do their own embryo programme in April, as they had four pedigrees represented in the eight purebred animals they owned.
In Switzerland, Valais Blacknose were known for being a hardy mountain breed.