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Tail Docking

May 17, 2017

The attached article is from the Feb. issue of The Shepherd (posted with author & publisher permissions). The attached letter was recently sent to the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) from the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP) regarding the practice of tail docking. The recent raised awareness led to tail docking being discussed [...]

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ARBA Board Meeting 4-8-2017

April 24, 2017

The spring meeting of the American Romney Breeders Association board was called to order April 8, 2017 at 1:07 p.m. Eastern Daylight time by president, Chris Posbergh. Participating in the conference call were Posbergh, Charlene Carlisle, Scott Culver, Anne McIntyre-Lahner, Allison Seyfert, Sue Kalina, Betsy McPherson and JoAnn Mast. Joining the call at 1:35 p.m. [...]

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Washington County (NY) Fiber Tour

April 20, 2017

Since the 1800’s, Washington County, New York, has been a welcoming home for production of wool. In the mid-1800s the County was one New York’s major producers of Merino wool. Now wool and other fiber production is enjoying a renaissance, you can see on the Washington County Fiber Tour. Join us as we celebrate the [...]

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New Romney Breed Standard & Score Card

April 11, 2017

The ARBA board recently approved the following Breed Standard and Score Card: Romney Breed Standard Romney Score Card

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Junior Column for the Banner magazine

March 25, 2017

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! I am a junior member with the American Romney Breeders Association (ARBA) and with the Oregon Romney Breeders Association (ORBA). I have a flock of 28 Romney ewes, both white and natural colored. I began raising Romneys when I was ten years old and have been active for many years [...]

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ARBA Board Meeting 1-7-2017

February 19, 2017

The winter board meeting of the American Romney Breeders Association was called to order at 1:03 p.m. EST by president, Chris Posbergh. Participating in the conference call were Posbergh, Randy Thompson, Charlene Carlisle, Scott Culver, Anne McIntyre-Lahner, Allison Seyfert, Katherine Moore, Don Burgess, Sue Kalina, Carolynn Harwell, Betsy McPherson and JoAnn Mast. Please download this [...]

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New ARBA Breed Standard

January 4, 2017

The Board has adopted a one breed; one standard approach. This initial version, approved on 11/11/16, focuses on the White Romney. The Education Committee of the Board is currently working on language to incorporate natural colored (black) Romneys, followed by Moorit (brown) Romneys. The Board anticipates this work will be completed during the spring of [...]

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ARBA Science Advisory Panel Findings

January 3, 2017

Below are the findings of the Science Advisory Panel explaining the science behind brown versus black color and how brown could have remained hidden in the Romney population. As the field of genetics is evolving from studying abstract alleles to knowing the specific DNA code responsible for various differences, breed associations must adapt to this [...]

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