France's Congress on Coloured Sheep
|Natural color sheep in repose at the North American Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Kate Larson.|
In 1979, the first World Congress on Coloured Sheep convened in Adelaide, Australia. Since then, the group has gathered to share information on sheep genetics and breeding, health and management, marketing, and fiber arts. Past events have been held all over the world: New Zealand, Great Britain, the United States, and Brazil. This year, colored sheep enthusiasts are preparing to meet in Paris and Rambouillet, France, on May 19-22, 2014. A seven-day tour of France following the gathering will include visiting several sheep-related museum exhibits, Roquefort cheese caves, French flocks, and more! Details about this year's congress are available on the organizer's website. Unable to attend? Follow the conference on Facebook!
Rolly Thompson, contact person for the United States, spread news about the gathering in the Black Sheep Newsletter and the Winter 2014 issue of Spin-Off. Rolly is a fantastic handspinner and dyer living in Eugene, Oregon. She and her husband, Wayne, are great supporters of the famous Black Sheep Gathering held in Eugene each June.