Carol, thanks for all you've done for your association as well as your help with ours when we went through our split, several years ago. Doug Meyer has been wonderful.
Gary Keibler, St Croix Hair Sheep  International Assn.
PS- If anyone is looking to diversify into other breeds we have some excellent St Croix for sale in KY. -----Original Message----- From:
Sent: 09/20/2017 8:43 PM
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Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:19:49 -0600
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Subject: [Blackbelly] Times change and it is time to close the

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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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