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Teleconference Recordings (streaming audio)

4/27/15 Nathan Griffith, Editor
Sheep! Magazine

Promoting and Marketing Barbados Blackbelly Sheep (1.5 hours)

As editor of Sheep! Magazine, Nathan has a unique view of the sheep industry because he sees it from a world-wide perspective, communicating with breeders all over the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. He is uniquely qualified to make global statements about sheep because he knows so darn much about them all. During this teleconference he discusses the U.S. sheep and lamb market and how Barbados Blackbelly breeders can position themselves in that market.

  • Defining marketing within the limitations we face as flock marketers
  • The five stages involved in marketing
  • A few insider tricks for getting free publicity
  • Determining which promotional angles are getting us the best results
  • Handling sales in a pleasing way
  • Dealing with buyer dissatisfaction

Notes from teleconference

Nathan Griffith
8/21/13 Phil Sponenberg, DVM, PhD
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC)
Professor, Pathology and Genetics
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
I have a Starter Flock: What Do I Do Now? (1 hour)

Dr. Sponenberg describes the conservation breeding plan as it pertains to a starter flock consisting of three ewes and a ram. This presentation will help Consortium members make long-term breeding plans that will help them maximize the use of their ram genetics using a linebreeding stragety while minimizing inbreeding. Used correctly, this stragegy can help a breeder develop three unrelated bloodlines from an initial starter flock of unrelated ewes.

PowerPoint slides

PDF slides

Phil Sponenberg
6/20/12 Stephan Wildeus
Research Professor - Small Ruminants
Agricultural Research Station
Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA

Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Research at Virginia State University (1.5 hours)

Dr. Wildeus discusses the history of the Barbados Blackbelly research flock at VSU and describes the results of several research projects in which the sheep were involved. The .mp3 file is large (35MB and lasts for 1.5 hours. You will need to download the Powerpoint presentation to follow along. You can download it as a PDF as well.

PowerPoint slides

PDF slides

Stephan Wildeus
3/24/2010 Carol Elkins
Consortium Founder
Pueblo, CO

Marketing Strategies for Barbados Blackbelly Sheep

This is a PowerPoint presentation and was not recorded. However, a transcript of the entire presentation is available in the Word doc linked below.

Notes that accompany the presentation

Carol Elkins
9/25/2009 Phil Sponenberg, DVM, PhD
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC)
Professor, Pathology and Genetics
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Blacksburg, VA

Building Bloodlines (75MB, 77 minutes)

OR listen in smaller chunks

Part 1 (24 MB 25 min.)    Part 2 (21 MB 22 minutes)    Part 3 (28 MB 30 minutes)   

How to use linebreeding and linecrossing techniques to build and maintain separate bloodlines in your flock

For help understanding terminology and concepts, please review the following documents:

How to Grow Your Flock with Only One Ram by Carol Elkins. A summary of the ALBC Rescue Breeding plan specifically for BB sheep.

Rescue Breeding Program by Mary Swindell provides a chart showing the breeding groups and cycles used in the ALBC rescue breeding program.

Phil Sponenberg
5/21/2008 Dr. Harvey Blackburn
National Animal Germplasm Program (NAGP)
National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation
Fort Collins, Colorado

Genetic Drift, Selection, and Inbreeding (96 MB, 95 minutes) (you will need to increase your volume settings)

Dr. Blackburn provides a basic overview of genetics and discusses the relationship between genetic drift, selection, and inbreeding. These three factors all impact genetic variation (change) in Barbados Blackbelly sheep. We learned how to calculate the degree of inbreeding in our flocks and how to manage our selection strategies to minimize the loss of genetic diversity.

Powerpoint slides that accompany the presentation

Harvey Blackburn
1/27/2008 Oogie McGuire
Secretary, American Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Association

Breeding with a Plan (1.5 hours)

OR listen in smaller chunks

Part 1 (13 min.)    Part 2 (13 min.)    Part 3 (24 minutes)   
Part 4 (21 min.)    Part 5 (20 min.)

Good discussion of breeding strategies for rare sheep breeds and how to quantify selection criteria.

Click the links below to download handouts

Oogie McGuire
6/25/2007 Don Schrider, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and
Phil Sponenberg, DVM, PhD
Professor, Pathology and Genetics
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Blacksburg, VA

Found Flocks and Percentage Breeding (60 minutes)

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Part 1 (22 min.)    Part 2 (18 min.)    Part 3 (18 min.)   

Strategies for managing and conserving the genetics of a "found flock."
How percentage breeding fits into a conservation model.

Don Schrider
11/16/2006 Dr. James Morgan, Fayetteville, AK. data coordinator for the Katahdin NSIP Breeder's Group, NSIP Board President, a contributing editor to The Shepherd magazine, and a registered Katahdin breeder

Data Collection for Measuring Specific Breed Traits in BB Performance Traits (1.5 hours)

OR listen in smaller chunks

Part 1 (29 min.)    Part 2 (29 min.)    Part 3 (30 min.)   

Collecting data on Barbados Blackbelly sheep--what kind, how much, and what the heck to do with it

Note: volume is too low for a few seconds but gets louder, so be patient)

Click the links below to download handouts

Jim Morgan
4/25/2005 Don Schrider, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

Genetic Conservation of Barbados Blackbelly Sheep

Don answers the following questions and more:

What is the best way to grow a flock from only one or two rams?
What is the best way to create starter flocks for new breeders?
What do we know about horned/polled genetics in sheep?
How is progeny testing conducted?
What should be the Consortium's top priorities?

Part 1 (16 min.)     Part 2 (14 min.)     Part 3 (31 min.)
Part 4 (21 min.)     Part 5 (51 min.)
Don Schrider