Registration Information & Forms
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Regarding the FBA Registration of Finnsheep
Understanding this information can prevent many problems for you in the future.
A Finnsheep can ONLY be registered with the Finnsheep Breeders Association (FBA) by its breeder. As a buyer, you cannot FBA register a sheep that you have purchased. The breeder must register the sheep with the Finnsheep Breeders Association and transfer that FBA registration to you. Exceptions are made for persons acquiring the flock of an ill or deceased shepherd who was unable to properly register and transfer animals. Contact the President of FBA to learn the necessary steps to take if this is your situation.
Only the offspring of FBA registered parents are able to be FBA registered. Being a purebred and being FBA registered are not the same thing. If you want to produce and sell FBA registered Finnsheep at any time in the future, be sure to purchase breeding stock that are FBA registered and that you are entering into a contract with the seller to buy lambs/sheep with FBA registration papers.
If all four grandparents of a sheep that you wish to buy are FBA registered and the parents are not, ONLY the breeder of each of the parents may FBA register them. (Even sheep who are deceased may be FBA registered. FBA registration fees for animals over one year of age are double the usual amount.) Only after both parents are FBA registered can the resulting lamb/sheep be FBA registered.
If you are interested in purchasing a lamb/sheep in which one or both parents are not FBA registered yet, but are thought to be FBA registerable, it is strongly suggested that you ask the seller to take care of this paperwork before you purchase and take possession of the lamb/sheep that you want. The sale will be a motivating factor for the seller to take care of this paperwork in a timely manner.
For more information on purchasing Finnsheep, read our page on How to Purchase Sheep.
To register sheep with the Finnsheep Breeders’ Association please print the appropriate forms below, fill them out and mail to the address on the form along with a check or money order for the applicable fees. We do not currently take other forms of payment. The work order form helps you to work out costs.
Forms may also be obtained from the Associated Sheep Registries Office:
Finnsheep Breeders Association
PO Box 51, 222 Main St.
Milo, IA 50166
Please note: The “Breeding Up” Program, established with the origin of the association, was terminated on January 1, 1991 (for any animal born after 1/1/91). This program permitted the registration of 15/16 as purebred Finnsheep. “Breeding up” is a common practice when introducing a new breed into a country. It allows the breed to become established without becoming too inbred. By 1991, it was felt that the gene pool of purebred Finnsheep in the U.S. was large enough for inbreeding to be avoided and this program was discontinued.
The FBA continues to allow the registration of crossbred Finnsheep as Class II. Some of the new sheep breeds (such as Polypay) contain Finnsheep as one of their component breeds. This allows those interested in these new breeds to document the Finn heritage of their sheep.