Friday, May 22, 2009

2009 Bluefaced Leicester Breeder's Survey

Once again this year, I am involved with collecting data from all breeders of purebred Bluefaced Leicesters. We (myself and other interested BFL breeders), in collaboration with the Bluefaced Leicester Union Breed Registry, are hoping to find the actual lambing precentages of BFLs here in North America.

The short questionnaire we developed was distributed with the 2008 BLU Registry Flockbook to all members of the BLU, which includes breeders registering BFLs in 2008.

Already we've gotten replies from all over the US and some from Canada - about 15% response rate so far. But we need to hear from as many breeders using purebred BFLs as possible to get the most accurate picture.

So if you used purebred BFLs for breeding or crossbreeding last fall, please take a minute to fill in the form and return it to me by email or snail mail. No farm is too small to reply and none are too big, we want to hear from everyone!

You can download the questionnaire file from my website. It is also available at the website for the BFLFriends yahoo group in the files section.

By the way, if you're a BFL breeder or fan and haven't discovered the BFLFriends list, you're missing out! It's the place to go for friendly, informative conversation about a very peaceful, docile breed of sheep. If only people could be as peaceful, this world would be a better place.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Becky - I downloaded the info. and will get it sent back to you. Have a great weekend!

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  2. That's great Terri! Thanks. This is our first year collecting data on crossbred BFL-sired lambs. I know there are a lot of Shetland breeders using BFL sires these days.

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