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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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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 olympiafarm@att.net
  • Dee Heinrich, Iowa, phone number change. Please use (319) 360-2620.
  • Joe Schmidt, 7740 N. 100 West, Columbus, IN 47203

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Romney Ramblings – Summer 2014

by Site Admin on September 12, 2014

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Romney Ramblings Summer 2014 cover

The Summer 2014 issue of Romney Ramblings is now available. Download your own copy here:
Romney Ramblings – Summer 2014 (5.3 MB PDF).

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The annual ARBA banquet and meeting is set for Friday, October 17, at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Quality Inn & Suites in Kingston, NY, about 20 minutes from the fairgrounds. A room with two queen beds is $170/night and includes breakfast. Ask for the ARBA reservation room block when you call 1-845-339-3900. These rooms are very hard to find! Please call now to make your reservation.

The annual banquet and meeting will be held at Foster’s Coach House on Friday at 6 p.m. There will be a social hour with appetizers, followed by a sit down dinner and meeting.

For more details, or to make reservations for dinner, contact Hilary Chapin at hwchapin@hotmail.com or call 1-603-767-8826.

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NAILE 2014

by Site Admin on August 1, 2014

North American International Livestock Exposition -Louisville, KY (NAILE)

OPEN- Entries Close: October 1, 2014.
Arrival of Sheep: November 12, Noon thru November 14, 6:00 p.m.
Judging Date: November 18, 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Release Date: November 21, 3:00 p.m.

YOUTH-Entries Close: October 1, 2014.
Arrival of Sheep: November 12 at 12:00 Noon thru November 14 by 12:00 Noon.
Judging Date: Sunday, November 16.
Release Date: November 16, after breed champions unless they are entered in Open Show.
Romney youth is set to be judge as the 6 wool breed in Ring 1.
Showmanship is planned for Friday at 5 pm.
Lead class is planned for Friday 12 noon.

Entry Fee – $15.00 Per Head Junior Show Only or $30.00 Per Head Junior & Open Show

Superintendent – Willis Plank 517-437-2984 more information on the Naile website.

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Northeast Youth Sheep Show (NEYSS) 2014

by Site Admin on July 29, 2014

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Ethan Kennedy of NY with his Supreme Champion Flock

The NEYSS was a success once again. Romneys were well represented with 63 head and 17 youth. The sheep looked awesome. All were of good quality, fitted well and in good condition. Our kids are doing a great job. Every year the bar is set a little higher and our kids are taking that challenge seriously. The weekend is very busy with kids helping their friends show and then the help is reciprocated in the romney show ring. Most kids end up showing several breeds and the friendships made at this show will last a life time. The friends I have made at these shows, youth and adults, make my attendance not mandatory but a fun time that I look forward to. Many photos were taken and I tried to disperse them as best I could. Unfortunately I couldn’t identify everyone in the pictures when posting to FB. If anyone wants to tag folks or if you want any of the pics that I took, just give me a call, text or email.

I didn’t really have a lot of work to do this year at the show, so had more time to socialize. I spent a lot of time with romney breeders discussing next years shows in July….All American Jr Show will be in West Springfield, MA on July 3rd thru 5th, 2015 ….followed by the NEYSS the following weekend, both at the same facility (BigE fair grounds). Families traveling from afar or even close by will be able to leave their sheep in between shows. The idea behind this is to encourage folks to stay for both shows and travel from further distances. There will be a few days in between shows where families can relax, site see or whatever they desire. My personal hope is that we can plan some fun and educational events on these days where exhibitors, families and their siblings can participate. There should be folks around to help with your feeding if you leave for the day or need to go home etc. So most of my weekend time was spent gathering ideas from some very smart savvy exhibitors and family members. My head was swirling with ideas, now to make them happen. Information will follow as they develop.

To my knowledge, there was only one futurity lamb showed at the NEYSS. Katie Bombria purchased a very nice black ewe lamb from Ethan Kennedy in the Private Treaty Sale, held in conjunction with the NEYSS, and then showed it the following day. Congrats to Katie and family….and Ethan for consigning such a nice ewe.

Lastly, I am not going to list all the results of the shows because I was so proud of everyone, and they are all winners in my book. Results can be found on their web site. But I would like to mention that Supreme Flock was won by Ethan Kennedy of NY, this was the first time that Romneys have ever won this class and that is quite an honor.

Thanks for all the support from the youth and their families, and the folks who run this show every year.

Charlene Carlisle
Little Hooves Romneys

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