Sheep breeders in a spin

by Kent Caddick

Selwyn members of the Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Association have celebrated the association’s 40th birthday, taking part in the group’s annual conference in Oamaru.

The conference was organised and hosted by the South Canterbury/Waitaki Branch of the BCSBA and featured displays of coloured fleeces, craft work, sheepskins and photography. 

The association was formed with the aims of helping farmers and lifestyle block owners produce the best possible sheep and wool, and promoting natural coloured wool for its special qualities.

BCSBA promotions officer Georgie Fairless said in the 12 months leading into this year’s conference members were busy preparing fleeces, spinning yarn and knitting bed socks and fingerless mittens as a donation to the residents of the Northanjer Rest Home in Oamaru.

“Our members enjoy creating natural wool gifts for our annual charity,” Mrs Fairless said.

“We know that wool is a natural, sustainable and comfortable fibre to work with, wear and keep us warm.”

She said members of the public were invited to see the displays of fleece and craft work at the conference while others attended seminars on spinning and weaving which were given on the different breeds of sheep, the type of wool they produce and which wool to spin and use for a craft project.

More information on the Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Association can be found at or on Facebook.