The inaugural meeting of the N.S.W. Branch of this Australia wide association took place at Cowra on the 11th February 1978. From here, the Association expanded throughout the State, forming 5 regional groups: Northern N.S.W, Central Tablelands & Central West, the Hawkesbury Region, the South Coast and Southern Tablelands and the Monaro - South West Slopes. In 2014 the Central Tablelands region took over management of the Northern region.

 

​The main aims and objectives of the Association are to encourage the owning, breeding and improvement of black and naturally coloured sheep; to produce and promote quality wool suitable for hand spinning, weaving and allied crafts; to provide communication and encourage co-operation between those involved with coloured sheep; and to increase members' knowledge of sheep husbandry, selection and appraisal of sheep.

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The Association also organises and sponsors classes for sheep and fleece at local agricultural shows and provides information and encouragement to secondary schools which teach Agriculture.​

 

Membership is open to any person interested in Black & Coloured Sheep and their products and the Association publishes the newsletter "Black Sheep Rising", three times per annum, as well as Regional newsletters on a regular basis.​

 

Regional meetings are held 4 times a year and the Branch's involvement in local shows and field days is planned as well as marketing strategies for members' fleece and handcrafted products.

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