Thanks for all of your kind words, everyone. Before I bring down the Blackbelly Listerv next weekend, I wanted to point you to an alternative resource for blackbelly sheep people. Those of you who use Facebook can follow the Blackbelly Sheep group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1546546692334878/

It has 264 members and, like the Blackbelly Listserv, is open to all blackbelly breeders irrespective of breed or any affiliation with a registry or association. There are many active contributors from all over the world, and it is a good place to go to get questions answered, share experiences, and upload pics of your beautiful sheep.


I'm sorry that there really isn't another email-based group for blackbelly sheep, so if you don't use Facebook, you are pretty much out of luck as far as I know. Feel free to post alternatives that you are aware of to this Blackbelly Listserv before next weekend.

Happy shepherding, everyone!

Carol Elkins
List owner

At 05:19 PM 9/20/2017, you wrote:
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 https://www.mail-archive.com/blackbelly@lists.blackbellysheep.info/

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