BLU Library

BLU Library Director: Kris Barndt

The Bluefaced Leicester Union of North America has a small, but growing historical library. It consists of books, articles, magazines, newspaper clippings, and newsletters, as well as photographs, and other collected information or ephemera.

In order to narrow the focus of the collection, the items and information are related to:

  • the Bluefaced Leicester sheep breed
  • very closely related breeds (including Mules)
  • BLU
  • other Bluefaced Leicester associations
  • breeders
  • genetics and breeding (general livestock, sheep color, vintage books and articles)
  • history (BFL history, information on Bakewell, the Culley Brothers, etc.)

The Beginning

The library was started in early 2006 with the acquisition of a complete collection (from 1963 to 2004) of Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Breeders’ Association flock books from the United Kingdom. We were extremely fortunate to be able to acquire such a complete collection. The collection was purchased privately and is on permanent loan to BLU.

It was named the Lower Heights Farm Flock Book Collection, and was dedicated to its previous owners, Thomas & Dorothy Armer of Lower Heights Farm, Clitheroe, Lancashire, in honor of their retirement from farming, and their 30 years of involvement with the Bluefaced Leicester breed in the United Kingdom. This collection kicked off our BLU Library, and contains Volumes 1 to 42 (registrations from 1963 to 2004).

More recent UK flock books, and other items have been collected since then.

Funding & Donations

The BLU Library is funded entirely through donations, and not by BLU treasury funds or grants. We appreciate any donations to the library that have to do with the Bluefaced Leicester! BLU is a 501c3 non-profit corporation; donations may be tax deductible.

Cataloging & Documenting

Although the library is not housed in a permanent facility owned by BLU, it belongs to the entire membership. It is an ongoing process to organize and catalog the items, and find the best way of sharing it with the membership. We are exploring various ways of how the membership can best appreciate and view some of this collection, through digitizing certain items.