Here comes the 2016 Annual LLSBA Conference!





Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association

Fall Conference November 2 – 4, 2018

Colonial Willamsburg, Virginia


Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

10 am to 4 pm

Location: By-Pass Stables

Karen Clancy, Colonial Williamsburg’s Master Weaver will be giving a dyeing workshop on Friday November 2 before the conference. The workshop will be about the ins and outs of natural dyeing.

Participants can have a maximum of 2 pounds of wool items dyed as part of the workshop, yarn, finished items, clean wool can all be dyed. The items need to be mailed to Karen ahead of the workshop to be prepped for dyeing. The workshop will be 10 am to 4 pm in Williamsburg at the By-Pass stables. The price is $80.00 which includes the materials and your lunch ( a cheese shop sandwich, chips, drink and dessert). The workshop will have a limited enrollment to the first 12 people who remit $80 to Joan Henry. More information will be sent to the participants who sign up.

This will be on a First come, first PAID basis. This class will fill up quickly, so get your class fee in as soon as possible!!

Payment for the class can be made by check, sent to the Secretary, Joan Henry, 1795 Sugar Valley Rd, Albright, WV 26519


Meet and Greet
7 pm to 9 pm

Location: CW Fife and Drum

This will be held at Fife and Drum from 7 to 9 pm. The LLSBA will provide meat, cheese and fruit trays and drinks. We ask that each member bring some kind of dessert. 

We will be having a Silent Auction. Please bring your items that you wish to donate to the auction. They do not have to be sheep related.

We also ask that you bring something for the Show and Tell, that you produce from your farm that is related to Leicester Longwools. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your items and skills on how you promote our breed. If you don’t have an article to bring, then please bring photos of what you do.


Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018

Conference Sessions

Location: Bruton Heights School Auditorium

8 am to 10:45 am

Elaine Shirley, Kelly Miller and Joan Henry will be giving a talk on the pros and cons of all of the breeding lines, past and present, including AI lines. This will be a very informative talk on how to improve the bad qualities and enhance the good ones by Breeding Line selection. Bring your registrations if you have questions or need advice on which direction to proceed with your breeding program. They will try to help you.
Kelly Miller, our Registrar, will also talk about the state of the Leicester Longwools, our numbers and our classification worldwide.

11 am to 4:30pm

Field Trip to Mt. Pleasant Plantation

We will be traveling to Mt. Pleasant Plantation for a tour and our “Hands on Sheep” class, using the sheep from Mt. Pleasant.

The schedule will be:
We will ride a bus to Mt. Pleasant. This will be from 11 am to noon.
Once there, we will have lunch from 12 to 1 pm.
Tour of the plantation from 1 to 2 pm.
Hands on Sheep from 2 to 4:30
We will be leaving around 4:30 and hope to be back no later than 6

There will be a $30 fee for this which will include your lunch and bus ride to Mt. Pleasant and must be paid in advance.

We will be taking orders for lunch which will include your choice of a turkey, ham or egg salad sandwich along with drinks.  (A lunch order sheet will be sent out later.)

Group Dinner
7 pm
Location: The Whaling Company
494 McLaws Cir, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Dinner will be Saturday night at the Whaling Company at 7 pm. Directions will follow at later date.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018

Conference Sessions

Location: Bruton Heights School Auditorium

9 am to 11 am

We will be having a panel discussion by some of our members who will speak on how they have found their niche in the Leicester Longwool Market. This will cover a wide variety of subjects and they will give their secrets to their successes on what they have done. They will also offer advice to other members on how to make the Leicester’s profitable and how to market them.

LLSBA Annual Meeting
11 am to Noon

We encourage everyone to please stay for the meeting!!

Conference dismissal: Noon




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The Best Western Historic District

351 York St
Williamsburg, Va 23185

The hotel for the conference is the same hotel we have used for many years but it has changed names again. The hotel has been entirely remodeled so the issues with things not working in the rooms have been resolved. The rate for Friday night Nov 2 and Sat night Nov 3 is $69.00 a night plus tax. You are responsible for your own hotel reservations. You must identify yourself as a member of the Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association to get this rate. There will be rooms available for the cheap rate until Oct 19 2018. So, call soon to guarantee your rate. Breakfast is not included in the rate. There are a number of pancake houses close to the hotel, a Starbucks, a McDonald’s and a 7-11 all within a mile down York Street.


The Williamsburg Inn
(888) 965-7254
The Williamsburg Inn is an alternative to the Clarion. It is within walking distance of the conference events, being situated in Colonial Williamsburg, nearby the main shopping strip. It has four and a half stars on trip advisor, and comes highly recommended for the history buffs as well as the more discriminating travelers.