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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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Northeast Youth Sheep Show July 14 – 17, 2016

by Site Admin on May 20, 2016

The 32nd annual Northeast Youth Sheep Show (NEYSS) will be held July 14th-17th at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. The NEYSS is the premier all-breed junior sheep show in the northeast, attracting over 200 youth exhibitors showing close to 800 head of sheep. The show is open to all youth 21 years old and younger.

Highlights of the NEYSS include:

  • Breeding Sheep Show
  • Market Lamb Show
  • Fleece Show
  • Fitting & Showmanship Classes
  • Skill-a-thon, Quiz Bowl & Clinics
  • Family Fun Night, Pizza Party & Ice Cream Social
  • New England Private Treaty Sale & Used Equipment Auction

Class winner and participation awards are given, as well as Supreme Champion and Reserve Champion Awards. The NEYSS is sponsored by New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association (NESWGA) and is supported by individual, local, and national breed associations and sponsors.

The NEYSS entry deadline is June 15th.

For more information about this event, or to learn about New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association, please visit www.nesheep.org.

New Hampshire’s Sheep Comeback

by Site Admin on May 13, 2016

Article from New Hampshire Business Review

Industry picks up steam as a niche business

“Go back to the 1850s and ‘60s, the mainstay of agriculture in New England was sheep,” said David Kennard, owner of Wellscroft Farm in Chesham and co-founder of the NH Sheep and Wool Growers Association.

Stonewalls seen lining properties and, now wooded, areas across New Hampshire are the lasting symbol of the sheep industry’s heyday in the state.

“There were more sheep in Cheshire County alone then there are in New England today,” said Kennard.

But the post-Civil War era opened up the Midwest, which offered richer soil and open plains, propelling the beef industry. And, over time, New Hampshire’s thriving mills dried up as a result of cheap labor in the South, strikes and the Depression.

Today, there are about 42,000 lambs and sheep in New England – the U.S. Department of Agriculture only tracks the six New England states collectively. To provide some perspective, in 2015, there were 5.28 million sheep and lambs in the U.S., with 720,000 in Texas and 600,000 in California. For 2016, market lambs in New England are expected to fetch $4.86 million, while the U.S. market will hit $607 million, according to USDA estimates.

Read the full article

ARBA Board Meeting 4-2-2016

by Site Admin on May 5, 2016

Roll call was taken by Chris Posbergh, president. In attendance were JoAnn Mast, Randy Thompson, Charlene Carlisle, Anne McIntyre Lahner, Scott Culver, Katherine Moore, Carolynn Harwell and Betsy McPherson. Unavailable for the conference call were Allison Seyfert Streaker, Don Burgess and Karen Nichols.

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

ARBA District 1 Meeting – May 14, 2016

by Site Admin on May 5, 2016

ARBA District 1 Meeting
Saturday May 14, 2016
Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH
Building A Lower Level Conference Room

Agenda

  • Meet and greet with appetizers
  • Review board minutes from this Fiscal Year (July 2015-present)
  • How To’s of Registration, Membership, Amnesty Program
  • Romney products “Branding”
  • Junior Writers for Banner
  • No Coloring Policy to Pass
  • New Breed Standards being worked on – headed by Randy Thompson, Washington
  • Fund Raising for Northeast Youth and Big E
  • Sharing of info about stock for sale
  • Other Business