Job well done Carol.  Many thanks for all the wonderful connections with
passionate people.

Mark Wintermute

-----Original Message-----
From: Blackbelly [] On
Behalf Of Carol Elkins
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:20 PM
Subject: [Blackbelly] Times change and it is time to close the Listserv

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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