Links

GOVERNMENT GROUPS – Agriculture

USDA, US Department of Agriculture
www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome

APHIS, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (part of USDA)
www.aphis.usda.gov

DEFRA, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (UK)
ww2.defra.gov.uk

BLUEFACED LEICESTERS – International

Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Breeders’ Association (UK)
www.blueleicester.co.uk

Bluefaced Leicester Progressive Breeders (UK)                                                                                                       http://www.progressivebreeders.co.uk/

MULES & RELATED HILL BREEDS – International

UK Mules
www.ukmules.co.uk

NAMSS, North American Mule Sheep Society
www.mulesheep.com

North of England Mule Sheep Association (UK)
www.nemsa.co.uk

SBBU, Scottish Blackface Breeders Union (USA)
www.sbbu.org

The Blackface Breeders’ Association (UK)
www.scottish-blackface.co.uk

BREEDS RELATED TO BFL – International

English Leicester Longwool
www.leicesterlongwool.org
www.leicesterlongwoolsheepassociation.co.uk

Teeswater
www.teeswater-sheep.co.uk
www.americanteeswatersheep.com

Border Leicester
www.ablasheep.org
www.borderleicesters.co.uk
www.borderleicester.com

Wensleydale
www.wensleydale-sheep.com
www.wensleydalesheep.org

Bleu du Maine
The Bleu du Maine is a French breed. It shares some of the same genetics with the BFL, through their ancestors the Leicester Longwool, and the Wensleydale. It is likely that the Wensleydale, Bluefaced Leicester and the Bleu du Maine share the same base of color genetic factors for “blue skin/white wool.”
www.bleudumaine.co.uk

Rouge de l’Ouest
The Rouge de l’Ouest is a French breed. It was developed using Bluefaced Leicester, Wensleydale, and local landrace sheep. It also shares similar genetics with the Bleu du Maine.
www.rouge-society.co.uk

NATURAL COLORED SHEEP ORGANIZATIONS – International

NCWGA, Natural Colored Wool Growers Association (USA)
www.ncwga.org

BCSBA, British Coloured Sheep Breeders Association
www.bcsba.org.uk

Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders’ Association of New Zealand
www.colouredsheep.org.nz

Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders’ Association of Australia, Inc.
www.blackandcolouredsheep.com.au

PERIODICALS – United States

Sheep!
www.sheepmagazine.com

Banner
www.bannersheepmagazine.com

Small Farmers Journal
www.smallfarmersjournal.com

Hobby Farms Magazine
www.hobbyfarms.com

ACRES Magazine
www.acresusa.com

PERIODICALS – Canada

Sheep Canada
www.sheepcanada.com

PERIODICALS – United Kingdom

Some of these periodicals are online.

The Scottish Farmer
www.thescottishfarmer.co.uk

Farmer’s Guardian
www.farmersguardian.com

Farmer’s Weekly Interactive
www.fwi.co.uk

Smallholder
www.smallholder.co.uk

The Stackyard
www.stackyard.com

ART, PHOTOGRAPHY & BOOKS – International

Trafficking In Sheep: A Memoir: From Off-Broadway, New York to Blue Island, Nova Scotia
By Anne Priest. Can be purchased directly from the Amazon website.
http://www.amazon.com/Trafficking-Sheep-Memoir-Off-Broadway-Island/dp/0881506362

The Shepherd’s Rug: A Braided Wool Rug from Roving
Informative how-to book by Letty Klein and Ann Brown. Can be purchased directly from Letty Klein’s website, Pine Lane Farm Karakuls.
http://www.plfkarakuls.com/book.html

Wayne Hutchinson Photography
Leading photographer of livestock and agriculture in the UK, and official photographer of the Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Breeders’ Association.
www.farm-images.co.uk

Stef’s Sheep
Charming BFL sculpture by Stef Ottevanger!
www.stefottevanger.co.uk

BFL notecards by Kristen Barndt
Colored pencil illustration was created for the 2007 NYS Sheep & Wool Festival, Featured Breed. Notecards with envelopes available for sale at this link.
http://pointythings.com/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=catshow&ref=KABS

BFL ewe sculpture by Carol M. Herden
Contact Jolene Vezzetti for this very limited edition sculpture of a lovely and long BFL ewe. It was created especially for our first National BFL Show in 2007. There are still a few left!
www.breezymeadowsfarm.com

Castle Sculptures
Beautiful BFL Ram sculpture by Jean Fowler
www.castlesculptures.co.uk

Border Fine Arts
The Border Fine Arts BFL sculptures have been retired, but sometimes you can find them for sale online if you search. BFA creates beautiful livestock and agricultural-related collectible sculpture.
www.borderfinearts.com

Phenotype Books
Penrith, Cumbria, England. Dealing in all books agricultural; rare, collectible, and everything in between.
www.phenotypebooks.co.uk

AUCTION & SALE COMPANIES – United Kingdom

These make for some interesting browsing! The UK is fortunate in that it has a great many sales venues for sheep available in a much smaller radius!

Harrison & Hetherington
Livestock auctioneers.
www.livestock-auction.co.uk

CCM Auctions
UK auction company in the Pennines.
www.ccmauctions.com

Clitheroe Auction Mart
www.auctionmart.co.uk

Welshpool Livestock Sales
www.welshpoolsmithfield.co.uk

United Auctions
Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers.
www.uagroup.co.uk

AUCTION & SALE COMPANIES – United States

Banner Sale Management Service
For more information go to their website and click on Auction Block, and Sale Entry Form.
www.bannersheepmagazine.com

LIVESTOCK RECORDS – Canada

Canadian Livestock Records Corporation
www.clrc.ca

REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES & PRODUCTS – United States

Agtech Inc.
An AI products store in the US.
www.agtechinc.com

Bio Tracking
Idaho company specializing in pregnancy detection.
www.biotracking.com

Heritage Genetics
Kim Caulfield, Tennessee.
www.heritagegenetics.com

Reproductive Enterprises, Inc.
Oklahoma.
www.reproductiveenterprises.com

Super Sires, Ltd.
Martin Dally, Oregon.
www.toprams.com

Small Ruminant Reproduction
Dr. Jeff Burroughs, North Carolina. Full service small ruminant reproductive services.
www.smallruminrepro.com

REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES – Canada

Small Ruminant (SR) Genetics
Ontario, Canada
www.srgenetics.com

Polar Genetics, Inc.
http://www.polargenetics.com/sheep.htm

Polar Genetics PDF brochure:
http://www.polargenetics.com/Include/Docs/brochureENG2006.pdf

Ovigene Canada
www.ovigenecanada.ca

REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES – United Kingdom

Innovis
www.innovis.org.uk

Signet Breeding Services
Their website is currently being redeveloped, but there is access to an online database to look at EBVs for recorded animals.
www.signetfbc.co.uk

D&C Fawcett, Ltd.
Full service small ruminant reproductive services.
www.sheepbreeding.co.uk

British Livestock Genetics Consortium
www.britishlivestockgenetics.com

DISEASE AWARENESS ORGANIZATIONS – United States

OPP Concerned Sheep Breeders Society
www.oppsociety.org

University of Wisconsin Johnes Information Center
www.johnes.org

GENETICS & DISEASE TESTING – United States

Biogenetic Services, Inc.
South Dakota.
www.biogeneticservices.com

Diagonostic Center for Population and Animal Health
Michigan State University.
www.dcpah.msu.edu

GenAlysis Laboratory, Inc.
Ohio.
www.genalysislaboratory.com

Gene Check, Inc.
Colorado.
www.genecheck.com

Neogen Corporation, and GeneSeek
www.neogen.com

Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at UC Davis
www.vgl.ucdavis.edu

MICRON TESTING – United States

Yocum-McColl Wool Testing
www.ymccoll.com

COMMERCIAL FIBER MILLS – United States

These are some of the best mills for processing Bluefaced Leicester fleece. If you know of other mills who excel at handling BFL fiber, please let us know and we’ll post their link here.

Stonehedge Farm and Fiber Mill
Debbie McDermott, East Jordan, Michigan.
www.stonehedgefibermill.com

Zeilinger Wool Co.
Frankenmuth, Michigan. One of the few places that does combed top… absolutely divine for Bluefaced Leicester fleece!
www.zwool.com

MARKETING – United States

Mid-States Wool Growers Cooperative Association
Cooperative owned by 6,000 sheep producers in over 20 states who join together to market their wool. Serving the American sheep industry since 1918.
www.midstateswoolgrowers.com

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Services – ATTRA
www.attra.org
Articles on direct marketing, and alternative meat marketing:
http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/directmkt.html
http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/altmeat.html

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Direct marketing for grass-based meat.
http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/marketing_files/grassfed.htm

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
www.ams.usda.gov

SheepGoatMarketing.Info
www.sheepgoatmarketing.info

Maryland Small Ruminant Pages
Small Ruminant Info Sheet

Marketing claims for sheep and goat products:
http://www.sheepandgoat.com/articles/marketingclaims.html

Grass-fed lamb and goat:
http://www.sheepandgoat.com/articles/grassfed.html

Producing and Selling Sheep and Goats to the Ethnic Meat Markets:
http://www.sheepandgoat.com/articles/ethnicmarkets.html

MARKETING & PROMOTION/INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS – International

American Sheep Industry
www.sheepusa.org

American Lamb Board
www.americanlamb.com
www.lambcheckoff.com

Fresh Canadian Lamb
www.freshcanadianlamb.ca

HCC, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales
www.hybucigcymru.org

Eat Welsh Lamb – Welsh Lamb & Beef Promotion
www.eatwelshlamb.co.uk

New Zealand Lamb – A National Obsession
www.national-obsession.com

Australian Lamb
www.australian-lamb.com

British Wool Marketing Board
www.britishwool.org.uk

GRASS-FED INFORMATION & ORGANIZATIONS – United States

ConsumerReports Greener Choices
Article about USDA grass-fed labeling on meats:
http://www.greenerchoices.org/eco-labels/label.cfm?LabelID=303

Maryland Small Ruminant Pages
Small Ruminant Info Sheet
Maryland Grass-fed lamb and goat:
http://www.sheepandgoat.com/articles/grassfed.html

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Direct marketing for grass-based meat.
http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/marketing_files/grassfed.htm

UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES – International

Nova Scotia Agricultural College
www.nsac.ca
Link to the MacRae Library, located on the NSAC campus in Truro, NS. It is the largest repository of agricultural resource material in Atlantic Canada. Home to the Agricola Collections, and the Edith Zillig Sheep Fonds (Sheep and Wool Archives).
http://www.nsac.ca/library/