The American Romney Breeders Association (ARBA), is the registrar for and promoter of Romney sheep in the United States and Canada. ARBA registers both white and natural colored Romneys. We welcome your visit!
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Please make the following edits to your 2013 ARBA membership directory:
- Back Cover – email for Anne McIntyre-Lahner: delete Anne@ctsheep.com and replace with firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dee Heinrich, Iowa, phone number change. Please use (319) 360-2620.
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The Big E runs Sept. 12 – 28, 2014.
Things are gearing up fast for the 2014 Big E and we are now working on several new things for the upcoming Fair.
Online entry is now live and available for use.
Premium Book Online: Click here for the 2014 Premium Book or copy and paste this url into your browser:
If you have any questions with this process, please call us for assistance at 413-205-5011. Entries are also accepted by mail or fax (413-205-5104). Entries postmarked or sent after August 15 will be considered late and only accepted at the higher fee. All entries must be submitted prior to September 1.
Reminder: the entire 2014 Eastern States Exposition Premium Book, including entry forms, is now posted on our website. An actual book for distribution will NOT be printed; therefore we are unable to mass mail it this year. If you do not have access to the web and need a copy of your section or entry blanks please contact the office, aginfo@TheBigE.com or 413-205-5011.
New 50 amp electrical service available!
An upgrade of electrical service is being completed for September. A limited number of 50 amp electrical hookups are being installed in the Mallary camping area and all hookups are being upgraded to 30 amp.
50 amp service will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To upgrade to 50 amp service, please see the camper superintendent for availability and pay in the Agriculture Office upon arrival. 2014 Big E camper rates will be $15 per evening for 30 amps and $25 per evening for 50 amps. Slide outs are still $10 per slide.
2014 will find Romney breeders gathering at the New York Bred Ewe and Ewe Lamb Show and Sale in Rhinebeck, New York. Activities will take place October 17 – 19. Friday, October 17 will be a day of animal preparation, vendor shopping and association meetings. The current ARBA board will meet and make final preparations for the evening banquet and annual meeting to be held at Foster’s Coach House. Saturday, October 18 is the day to attend the sheep sale and secure those Romneys needed to complete your flock. It is also the day for showing white Romneys in the long wool show. Sunday, October 19 is set for the black Romneys to take part in the long wool black show. Sunday will also be a time for the newly elected board members to meet with continuing officers and work on projects for the membership.
Watch for further details regarding the banquet location and cost. Information will be included in the summer edition of the Ramblings and on this website.
Two sales, with white and natural colored Romney entries, were held in May. The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival included a sale this year, with 20% of the entries being Romneys. The sale average for white spring ewe lambs was $433 for six lots sold. Natural colored ewe lambs averaged $425, with one fall and one spring lamb entered for sale. A single entry in the yearling ewe division sold for $375. Total sales of natural colored Romneys was $1,225 for an average of $408.
The Romney Specialty Sale held during the Great Lakes Sale in Wooster, Ohio, found buyers for twenty seven Romneys. The average price for the seventeen white animals was $531, and the ten natural colored Romneys sold for an average price of $400. The overall average for the sale of 245 animals was $483.50, very close to the average for all Romney entries.
Both of these sales were managed by Banner Sale Management, and results of both can be reviewed in the Banner magazine and on the Banner website. Watch for some of the Romneys sold in these sales to be identified as futurity animals and shown by our junior members at upcoming youth and open shows.
Romney breeders entering sheep for sale in Maryland and Ohio have provided the initial funds to support the first year of the Futurity For Youth program. Seven animals sold in Maryland were nominated as futurity animals, at a cost of $20 per entry to the seller. At the Romney Specialty Sale in Wooster, Ohio, twenty two animals were included in the line-up for futurity shoppers.
The program received $580 from these two sales, giving the program funds to use as youth show Romney sheep at local, regional and national shows. At the end of the show season, reports will be compiled and funds will be distributed to those youth who have submitted the futurity reports to the ARBA secretary. Reports from shows need to be completed by the exhibitor, signed by the show superintendent and sent to the ARBA secretary within 14 days of the show.