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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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Sacramento, CA. – California Wool Growers Association (CWGA) is hosting the 101st Annual California Ram Sale on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the International Agri-Center, Tulare, CA. Please see the document below for details.

CWGA Ram Sale Press Release

ARBA Board Meeting 1-23-2021

by Site Admin on February 16, 2021

President Don Burgess called the meeting of the American Romney Breeders Association to order at 1:03 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The meeting was conducted using Zoom, and roll call was conducted by Burgess. In attendance were Burgess, Anne McIntyre-Lahner, Charlene Carlisle, Rick Trojanoski, Melissa Wubben, Emma Morton Rogers, Patty Sanville, Penny Swearingen, Zane Van Horsen, Carol Pasheilich, Ken Gossard and JoAnn Mast. Also participating in the meeting was Richard Pomeroy.

Please download this PDF for the complete minutes of the meeting.

ARBA February Article for The Banner Magazine

by Site Admin on January 30, 2021

2020 was a terrible year in so many ways. Every shepherd I talk to has mentioned how they miss either the shows, the fiber festivals, or the farmers’ markets. Hopefully, things will change by the end of 2021. While we anxiously await a return to something closer to normal life, the American Romney Breeders Association board has chosen to look for unexpected opportunities during this time. That includes looking for new ways we can connect with each other and our members. We have learned a lot from fellow board members, our junior members, and other sheep organizations.

While we had no option but to cancel our in-person annual meeting, we were able to hold an online meeting. Nothing takes the place of getting together with fellow sheep breeders at a show or festival, but we found that members from across the country – who would not have been able to attend an in-person meeting – were able to join our virtual get together, and the meeting, with their participation, was really useful. During the weekend of our annual meeting, we were able to hold two online workshops: one about understanding moorit genetics within the Romney breed; and the other about different kinds of online fiber sales opportunities and how our members can take advantage of those opportunities. We also held a youth quiz bowl using a secure platform that some of our youth members helped us to both discover and figure out how to use! It was a lot of fun, and all of the participating youth “took home” prizes!

Even as we begin to plan for future in-person events, we have learned that there is most likely an ongoing opportunity to use online meetings and events within the American Romney Breeders Association – quarterly Zoom meetings sure beat quarterly conference calls!

Committee meetings using Zoom are a great way to share, and jointly work-on, documents, and allow us to put names and faces together as we get to know our new board members whom we haven’t met in person. We will also continue to offer educational workshops and panel discussions online, and then be able to post them on our website for future reference by our members.

We have learned about other innovative online opportunities from some of the state and county sheep organizations our members belong to, and we will definitely use some of what we have learned while we remain stuck in an online world. But like the rest of you, we are really looking forward to sheep shows, farmers’ markets, fiber festivals, and our local fairs!

Please join us online this year as we give the present the latest information on a variety of sheep industry topics and conduct the essential business of governing the American Sheep Industry Association  


When:
January 28 – 29, 2021

Where: We are virtual this year! After registration, you will receive directions to login and view the event

How: Click here for the Registration Site.

Make sure to register before Jan. 15, 2021.

Sincerely,
American Sheep Industry Association