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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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Moorit Romneys

by Site Admin on June 30, 2016

As some breeders may have noticed at Black Sheep Gathering this year, there were Moorit Romneys exhibited. These sheep originate from semen imported from New Zealand romney breeders and passed inspection prior to importation several years ago. These were registered in ARBA via the amnesty program and at that time it was not known to the board that they were moorit. At this time these sheep will remain registered as purebred romneys through ARBA. Moving forward there will be a designation at the beginning of the registration numbers to keep track of moorit within the American Romney population. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Chris Posbergh
ARBA President

ARBA Elects New Board Members

by Site Admin on June 29, 2016

The results of the recent election are in. Returning to serve on the board are Director at Large, Anne McIntyre Lahner; District 2 Director, Allison Seyfert Streaker; and District 6 Director, Betsy McPherson. Joining the board as District 4 Director is Sue Kalina.

District 4 Regional Show – July 13, 2016

by Site Admin on June 24, 2016

District 4 Regional Show is happening during the Linn County Fair in Albany, OR. Romney classes will be judged Wednesday, July 13 in the afternoon.

Sponsors are needed to make this an event comparable to those held previously. A $25 donation will support special recognition for one class in the open or junior show. If you would like to be listed as an award donor, please send payment and information to:

ARBA sec/treas JoAnn Mast
58221 Lee Valley Road
Coquille, OR 97423

New Logo From the American Wool Council

by Site Admin on June 4, 2016

DENVER, Colo. – As American consumers embrace the natural magic of homegrown wool, the American Wool Council has adopted a new look that brings the industry’s image up to par with the products being created everyday with this innovative, sustainable fiber.

A division of the American Sheep Industry Association, the American Wool Council developed a new logo after months of consultation with the Sterling-Rice Group of Boulder, Colo. American wool is vigorous enough to support the U.S. military on the frontlines of battle, yet elegant enough to grace red carpets and magazine covers.

From the most comfortable socks imaginable to outdoor apparel capable of standing up to the toughest conditions, modern-day American wool is an all-natural product that can even be worn next to the skin. It was imperative to develop a logo that captured such strength and refinement in one recognizable mark.

“It’s vital for the wool industry that consumers recognize the value of American wool,” said ASI Director of Wool Marketing Rita Kourlis Samuelson. “When you look at wool and its values, you come back to a natural, premium product that performs at a high level in a variety of circumstances. It can be sophisticated and beautiful, but it can also be innovative and dynamic. American wool is known for its unparalleled loft and versatility. The benefits of wool simply can’t be matched by any other natural fiber.”

The American wool logo will be featured on product tags, as well as in advertising to the international wool trade community. The logo will also appear in promotions for wool consumers. The American Wool Council will offer two logos, one for products made in America and one for products made elsewhere using American wool. Soon to come is a new consumer-oriented website at AmericanWool.org.

“The American spirit is alive in the fiber, fleece and fabric of natural American Wool,” states an international advertisement featuring the new logo. “This is where happy, healthy sheep are raised to thrive in vast, open ranchlands. It’s where bold shepherds and ranchers are genuine stewards of the earth – constantly seeking sustainable ways to ensure the future of this invaluable industry. This is America, where innovation is celebrated, tradition is respected and high performance reigns.”

ASI is an equal opportunity employer. It is the national trade organization supported by 45 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of more than 85,000 sheep producers.

For Additional Information, contact:
Rita Kourlis Samuelson, 303-771-3500, ext. 29, rita@sheepusa.org
Christa Rochford, 303-771-3500, ext. 18 or christa@sheepusa.org