Dear Listserv members,

The Blackbelly Listserv was first created in 2001, and it has served a vital role in helping stabilize both the Barbados Blackbelly and American Blackbelly sheep breeds. It has provided a meeting place for a friendly community of breeders to discuss problems, answer questions, and generally provide support to each other.

Messages have decreased considerably during the last two years, largely due to newer social media tools such as Facebook that can better serve member needs. This is as it should be---after all, this Listserv was born because in 2001 the only resource available to breeders was a clunky bulletin board.

It is time to move on, so I will be shutting the Blackbelly Listserv down on October 1, 2017. You will always be able to search the group's archives at

It has been a privilege working with the oldtimers who have contributed their time by responding to list messages and the newbies who were courageous enough to ask questions. It has been a joy working with such a great group of friendly and helpful people. We have never had a serious disagreement; no one has ever been flamed or gotten out of line. What a great group of people you are!

So my heartfelt thank you to each of the 265 current members in this list. I wish you continued success with your blackbelly sheep. There is no more beautiful sheep in this world than a blackbelly sheep--regardless of which blackbelly breed it is.

Carol Elkins
List owner

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