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New ARBA Breed Standard

by Site Admin on January 4, 2017

The Board has adopted a one breed; one standard approach. This initial version, approved on 11/11/16, focuses on the White Romney. The Education Committee of the Board is currently working on language to incorporate natural colored (black) Romneys, followed by Moorit (brown) Romneys. The Board anticipates this work will be completed during the spring of 2017.

Breed Standard as Approved by the ARBA Board of Directors 11/11/16

ARBA Science Advisory Panel Findings

by Site Admin on January 3, 2017

Below are the findings of the Science Advisory Panel explaining the science behind brown versus black color and how brown could have remained hidden in the Romney population.

As the field of genetics is evolving from studying abstract alleles to knowing the specific DNA code responsible for various differences, breed associations must adapt to this continuously updated knowledge. With the recent advances in genomics, more is being discovered about the sheep genome every day to give us better insight into the DNA changes responsible for the sheep we love. These Romneys are the same as white or black Romneys except for a small piece of DNA out of three billion base pairs. We should not exclude them for registry based only on a single piece that changes their color but does not affect their health, well-being, or attributes that make them strong American Romneys.

Until such time a DNA test for moorit status is available (hopefully in the next few months), the steps for tracking moorit as recommended by the Panel and decided upon by the Board of Directors are the best course of action for the breed and association. Individual breeders can decide if they want to breed with moorit lines or not, very similar to breeders now that choose to breed solely white Romneys or specific breeding lines.

-Chris Posbergh
ARBA President

Final Moorit Romney ARBA document II

Leadership School Applications Deadline Jan 6, 2017

by Site Admin on December 21, 2016

2017 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School enrollment deadline January 6

Participants interested in all aspects of sheep production and marketing Oregon-style have until January 6, 2017, to register for the March 12 – 15, Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School. The intense three-day program features close examination of year-round lambing, grass fed operations, and unique livestock handling systems being utilized in the Willamette Valley during the sheep industry’s most active time of year in Oregon.

Tours will include Kalapooia Grass Fed Processing plant, vineyard grazing and a variety of winter lambing, shearing and working facilities. The program ends with an optional one-day tour to the Oregon Coast that ends back at the Portland airport for either a night flight or overnight stay for a flight the next day.

Participants, who must be 20 years of age and older, must submit a completed application form by January 6, 2017. Although there is no fee to apply, a registration fee of $200 is required once accepted to the school. Fee includes food, lodging and site tours. Transportation to and from Albany, Oregon is additional.

For more information, call 503-364-5462 or visit www.nlfa-sheep.org.

Romney Ramblings – Fall/Winter 2016/17

by Site Admin on December 11, 2016

The Fall/Winter 2016/17 issue of Romney Ramblings is now available. Download your own copy here:
Romney Ramblings – Fall/Winter 2016/17 (2.2 MB PDF).