Delegations from 19 countries are already registered for the 8th World Merino Congress, but registration is still open until the Congress begins and at the venue. Are you sure to have sent in your registration?

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Spanish Merinos in Rambouillet again!

A new  lot of rams and ewes coming directly from the RCA (The Research Centre for Agriculture in Badajoz) is going to make the trip to Rambouillet at the end of April by lorry, retracing the path of the very first flock that arrived on the hoof in 1786. These breeding animals will be presented by the Spanish Association from May 3rd on, along with 17 French sheep breeds, in the Bergerie Nationale and for all three days of the 8WMC. Don’t miss it!

The pre-Congress trip left Sunday, April 24th, to discover Provence, Spain and Portugal with representatives from 6 countries. During the trip, the group will visit five different types of Merino, participate in the launching of the book Le mérinos d’Arles, passion des bergers (The Arles Merino, a shepherd’s passion), celebrate the official  twin cities inauguration between Rambouillet and the Spanish town of Zafra on April 28th. Zafra is the cradle of the Merino breed and all this will take place during the breed’s national competitions. The group will also visit some ten Merino breeding flocks and the specialized Ovibeja fair in Portugal before returning to Rambouillet on May 1st.

A few places are still left for the post-Congress tour (Lorraine, Alsace, Germany and Rumania) and for the professional and tourism day in the Beauce region on May 6th (Sheep station with 420 ewes, Ile-de-France breed, the Agricultural Museum in Chartres, the Cathedral of Chartres and the Regional Products Buffet, and back for the Woolmark seminar)

Don’t miss :

Sunday, May 2nd at 5:00 p.m., the grand opening of the exhibit and lecture on “Rambouillet and the Bergerie Nationale: the history of a unique relationship”

Special Collector’s Stamp

The temporary “First Issue Day” post office will be open Saturday, May 1st , and Sunday, May 2nd.

Rambouillet Merino and the Bergerie Nationale  began 2010 under a nice white coat !


Please note  an interesting change in our calendar : 28 th February 2010 !

Is the reported  maximum date to share the low rate for your registration at the 8 WMC (550 euros), to request for an eventual grant (see  « General informations ») , and to submit a Poster to the Scientific Committe ( see  « posters »).

But may we advise you to  register right now and use the direct and easy registration form on this website (go to “Registrations”), to be sure to have the right booking for pre and post Conference tours, hotels reservations, visits, Paris evenings, etc. First arrived, first served !

Conference Brochure Programme de la Conference

The 32 colors pages  programme has been dispatched worlwide in more than 40 sheep producing countries and breeders associations . Can also be directly downloaded ( see our homepage « Download the complete 8 WMC brochure » or requested  by mail with complete post address to merinoscope2010(at)


Photo 1  : Bergerie Nationale /Preparations
Two important agreements have been signed concerning the preparations for our Congress and its activities.

The first, signed October 4th, 2009, between the Societe HEINIGER (world leader in shearing equipment for sheep, cattle and horses), the FAIR Association, organizer of the Conference 8WMC, and the Bergerie Nationale. This partnership agreement concerns financing for activities of the SHEARING section that will be proposed during the international shearing contest on “Merinoscope Show Day”, May 2nd, 2010 and during the FAL (see below). The ATM (French Association of Sheep-shearers) will take part in this very professional and highly spectacular event.

The second agreement was signed December 3rd, 2009, between the CREDIT AGRICOLE bank (Rambouillet local and l’Ile de France regional branches), the Bergerie Nationale and the FAIR Association. The Crédit Agricole will finance purchase of the shearing platform and the trophies that will be awarded the shearers participating in the SHEARING part of the FAL (Festival des Arts de la Laine / Wool Arts Festival) on Saturday and Sunday, May 1st and 2nd, and on Monday, May 3rd, for the “Merinoscope Show Day”. This partnership with the Bergerie Nationale will be continued after the Conference.

Photo 2 : Restoration of the Bergerie Impériale
Extensive renovation work, financed by the town of Rambouillet, has been undertaken at the Bergerie Impériale, built in 1803-1805, in order to rehabilitate the building that accommodates the Rambouillet merino. The permanent presentation of merino breeding stock will be reorganized for the Conference to utilize some of the historical tools and equipment, and put on a reconstitution of the life of the Shepherd who was in charge of this prestige flock from its arrival in Rambouillet in 1786. This exhibit, in a truly “Living museum for Rambouillet merino sheep”, will subsequently be opened to the public. Renovation of the facades of the three buildings around the Cour Impériale will also be undertaken and funded by the town.


A “Bergerie Nationale” stamp
Especially for the 8WMC, the French Postal Service will bring out a stamp celebrating the Bergerie Nationale and the Rambouillet Merino Sheep breed. A temporary “First Day” post office will be open on Saturday, May 1st, and probably on Sunday, May 2nd, in front of the Bergerie’s Cour d’Honneur for sale of the stamp and to affix the famous “First Day” postmark, sought after by philatelists the world over. A commemorative document (“First Day” envelope) will be published by the Bergerie Nationale.

These souvenirs will be available during the Congress.
Please remember your friends who enjoy collecting stamps.



Delegations from 19 countries are already registered for the 8th World Merino Congress, but registration is still open until the Congress begins and at the venue. Are you sure to have sent in your registration?

See the Registration (inscription) page on this website

Message of the President

Glen Keamy's message.



During the Paris International Agricultural Show in March 2009, which had over 700,000 visitors, 145,000 of whom were professionals, several prominent people* requested information about the Merinos breed and especially about the program and organization of the 8th World Merinos Congress.... [see more information]

Every year, the Bergerie Nationale is visited by more than 80,000 people interested in its farming activities, its heritage, history, flocks, genetics studies and its products.

The April 2009 visit by two Merinos specialists from Middlehurst Station in Marlborough in New Zealand, who are specialists in quality wool... [see more information]

Visit over several days by Mr. Glen Keamy, President of the 8th WMC, who came specially from Australia to take part in the working meetings of the Organizing Committee at the Bergerie Nationale... [see more information]

October 2008 : signing of an agreement on preparation of the 8th WMC and management of the Merinos flock ... [see more information]

Merinos d’Arles sheep in the French Alps