The Cape Wools 9th World Merino Conference was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 29 April to 1 May 2014. For further information visit the website of Merino 2014, the South African organising committee at www.merino2014.com
The Sociedad Criadores de Merino Australiano del Uruguay will conduct the 10th World Merino Conference in 2018. Further details are pending.
2015 Marlborough (New Zealand) Merino Field Days
Visit photos and news from the Marlborough (New Zealand) Merino Field Days held in April 2015 https://www.facebook.com/Marlborough-Merino-Stud-Breeders-672118936240015/timeline/
The Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders hosted the First World Merino Conference in Melbourne in July 1982, and delegates from 12 countries attended. Following this, the World Federation of Merino Breeders was established in April 1986 during the Second World Merino Conference held in Madrid, Spain. It was agreed that the Secretariat should be established in Australia and this was located at The Australian Merino Centre in Sydney until late 2013. Presently it is located at the office of the Executive Officer in Condobolin in the New South Wales central west. The finances of the federation are managed from this office and also from the office of the Executive Director of the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders in Drysdale in the State of Victoria.
The current members of the Federation are Argentina, Australia, France, Hungary, Lesotho, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay and the USA. Conferences are held every four years and since Spain in 1986 they have been held in South Africa in 1990, Uruguay in 1994, New Zealand in 1998, Hungary in 2002, Western Australia in 2006, France in 2010, and South Africa in 2014.
Office Bearers that were elected at a general meeting on 1st May 2014 for the 2014-2018 term:
||Mr. Tom Ashby, Australia
||Miss Carol-Ann Malouf OAM, Australia
Europe/Asia: Mikhail Vasilivich Egorov, Russian Federation
South Africa: Julian Southey, South Africa
South America: Juan Carlos Tafernaberry, Uruguay
North America: Tom Filbin, USA
1986 – 1992
D.S. Vanrenen AO (Died August 1992)
1992 – 2002
S.D. Beveridge OAM
2002 – 2010
G.L. Keamy OAM
2010 – 2014
R.J. Ashby AM
The aims of the Federation are:
• To facilitate and promote the breeding of Merino sheep and the use of Merino wool, meat and other products through the world.
• To create and maintain an awareness of the merits and benefits of Merino sheep.
• To improve communication and disseminate information in regard to Merino sheep.
• To initiate the holding of conferences at regular intervals and to determine the location and host nation in each case.
• To establish and maintain a Secretariat for the purpose of achieving the objectives stated above.
Member countries feel the WFMB is serving a very valuable purpose in bringing them together every four years and at the same time exchanging information as it comes to hand by email and other correspondence, as well as via the newsletter Merino World. They are able to meet in friendship to make and maintain contact, compare their own particular environments and learn from each other. As well, they are able to keep up with trends and developments in the world wool and sheepmeat industries.
C O N S T I T U T I O N
WORLD FEDERATION OF MERINO BREEDERS
As adopted at the 2nd World Merino Conference, Madrid, Spain, 23rd April, 1986.
- 1. NAME: The name of the organisation shall be:
- 1.1 “WORLD FEDERATION OF MERINO BREEDERS”
- 2.1 To facilitate and promote the breeding of Merino sheep and the use of Merino wool, meat and other products throughout the world.
- 2.2 To create and maintain an awareness of the merits and benefits of Merino sheep.
- 2.3 To improve communication and disseminate information in relation to Merino sheep.
- 2.4 To initiate the holding of conferences at regular intervals and determine the location and host nation in each case.
- 2.5 To establish and maintain a Secretariat for the purpose of achieving the objects stated above.
- 3. MEMBERSHIP:
- 3.1 Membership will be open to those Merino breeders’ organizations considered by the members to properly represent the Merino sheep industry in any country.
- 3.2 Organisations may be submitted for membership at the commencement of any duly constituted meeting of the Federation and will be accepted by vote of that meeting.
- 3.3 Each member shall nominate two persons to be its delegates for the purpose of this Constitution and such persons shall remain such member’s delegates until such time as the member shall nominate substitute delegates.
- 3.4 All members participating in the First or Second World Merino Conference will be deemed to constitute the foundation membership of the Federation subject to confirmation by the meeting of delegates held in conjunction with the Second World Merino Conference in Madrid in 1986.
- 3.5 Membership may be terminated by either –
- a) The request of a member wishing to terminate membership.
- b) By a ballot held at any duly constituted meeting being passed by a two thirds majority of those present and entitled to vote.
- 4. OFFICE BEARERS:
- 4.1 PRESIDENT: The members shall elect a President being a delegate who shall remain in office until the meeting held at the conclusion of the next conference.
- 4.2 A President may be re-elected only once.
- 4.3 Upon a delegate being elected as President, he or she shall cease to be a delegate and the member he or she represents shall nominate a substitute delegate.
- 4.4 VICE PRESIDENT: The members shall elect four Vice Presidents who shall hold office for the same period as the President.
- 4.5 The President and Vice Presidents will constitute the World Executive.
- 4.6 Should any member of the executive be unable to function for any reason, he or she will be replaced by another delegate representing the same member.
- 5. MEETINGS:
- 5.1 Meetings of members will be held in conjunction with and immediately following the conclusion of each World Merino Conference.
- 5.2 The quorum for each meeting will be one third of those entitled to attend that meeting.
- 5.3 Each member shall have two votes at meetings.
- 5.4 The President shall have a casting vote.
- 5.5 In the absence of the President, the Vice Presidents present will elect one of their number to act as Chairman at that meeting.
- 5.6 Each member shall be permitted to have one observer at each duly constituted meeting, such observer having no right of vote.
- 5.7 The costs associated with the attendance of delegates at duly constituted meetings shall be the responsibility of the members and not the Secretariat.
- 6. SECRETARIAT:
- 6.1 The Secretariat shall consist of such full or part-time staff who shall be paid such remuneration, if any, as determined from time to time by the Executive.
- 6.2 The Secretariat shall be responsible for the administration of the Federation including:
- a) Dissemination of information to and from all members;
- b) Assistance to the host in the preparation for each World Conference;
- c) The maintenance of literature and information in relation to Merino sheep;
- d) The preparation and distribution of newsletters as required;
- e) The promotion of the exchange of information and material between members of the Federation in the field of the selection and breeding of Merino sheep;
- f) The administration of and proper accounting for all funds of the Federation and the maintenance of a Federation Bank Account;
- g) Financial Statements shall be provided to members at such intervals as they shall determine.
- 7. FINANCE:
- 7.1 The Federation will be a non-profit making organisation, and no dividends of any type will be paid.
- 7.2 Annual subscription will be as determined by the Federation from time to time, but will be sufficient to ensure the continuity of the Secretariat.
- 7.3 Apart from annual fees, the Federation has the right to collect fees for services from individuals, organizations or countries.
- 7.4 The Federation can also accept gifts, legacies or payments from any source provided they will be used directly or indirectly for the promotion or improvement of the Merino breed.
- 7.5 A per-capita fee will be included in the registration fee for a World Conference.
- 7.6 The Executive shall have the right to make investments as it sees fit.
- 8. WORLD CONFERENCES:
- 8.1 World Merino Conferences will be held at four (4) yearly intervals following the conclusion of the First World Merino Conference in Australia in 1982 and must be held during the period of the calendar year so determined.
- 8.2 At the meeting of delegates held at the conclusion of each World Merino Conference, the Host Country for the subsequent conference will be determined, office bearers will be elected and all normal business of the Association will be conducted.
- 8.3 The immediate past Host Country will be responsible to provide every possible assistance and advice to the Country conducting the next conference including full details of the mailing lists from the previous conference.
||REP. FED. ALEMANA