Frequently Asked Questions

On Forms and Fees, and where to find information. 
All forms for the Registry KSAR are under the Registry tab. Fees are listed in document 5 Work Order/Fee Schedule. They are briefly listed here:

Registration, with Application  @ 5.00
Registration, Photos Only Application  @ 10.00
Transfer, per certificate @ 3.00
Duplicate Registration, per certificate  @ 3.00
Pedigree, if available   3-generation @ 5.00     5 generation @ 10.00

Rush Fee – 1 week or less – Any service, per certificate @ 5.00

Priority Mail, USPS (2-3 days in route)         8.00
Highly recommended for TRACKING
We use Priority when mailing 4+ certificates

There are no membership fees to join the Alliance in order to register sheep.

For payments we take checks made out to Karakul Shepherds Alliance or PayPal at the same name, email: info@karakulshepherds.org. PayPal is an additional $2.00 fee per transaction over $50, $4.00 fee over $100. Thanks!

Are you seeking information on Karakul sheep? The breakdown of pages:

Articles – recent and worldwide
History – pioneer shepherds & the search for US Karakul artifacts
Historical News – short-stories of the past
Karakul sheep – basic and scholarly papers
News – quick updates, Karakul sheep & shepherd’s news

Why did The Alliance conduct a Karakul census in 2017?   We worked with the Livestock Conservancy to get a more accurate Karakul population count. We do not believe annual lamb registrations are a realistic summary of Karakul sheep numbers in the US. Many of us know at least one breeder, usually more, who has not registered lamb crops in several years, for a variety of reasons. We counted many flocks, small and large, registered and unregistered. This gave us a closer approximation of the total American Karakul sheep population. Check out the Census Data on the Census page. The full Census Report is under Census Results. Although the results exceeded our expectations, we are still looking for ‘lost’ Karakul flocks. We found a few more soon after the census closed Spring 2018. If you are a Karakul shepherd reading this for the first time and would like to share your story and bloodlines, please go to the Flock Finder page and tell us a little bit about you and your sheep. Thanks! 

Tell me more about The Alliance’s registrations.  Our Registry’s abbreviation is KSAR. In order to register sheep from isolated flocks we need to know the history of acquisitions, where the original sheep came from in order to track Karakul bloodlines. After that, we look for identifying information on a sheep presented for registration. Advisors are aware the registration process can be arduous for Karakuls. Each individual sheep can be so unique with numerous characteristics to identify—lamb birth coat, ear length, tail size, color, horns, etc. The Alliance is preparing for the first-ever database for American Karakuls! We have tried to keep the registration process simple while cataloging the characteristics that make an individual Karakul distinctive, with data we can use in the future. KSAR highly encourages lamb birth coat identifiers be recorded on the application. Spring 2020 we instituted a Star Rating for Lamb Birth Coats to maintain the best Karakul genetics.

Here are 3 KSAR certificate examples: Anastasiya (old style), Toque, Tin Man are certificates designed in preparation for the database, focus more heavily on identifying the individual sheep and calculating bloodline percentages, with a 2-generation pedigree on the reverse side. The very latest certificates have more detailed Bloodline calculations (when pedigrees are available) and a 3-generation pedigree on the reverse with three places for transfers.

Is it true there are now three registries issuing certificates for Karakul sheep in the US?  
Unfortunately yes.

The Alliance came together to find the Karakul flocks since the subsequent AKSR Registrar closed the flock book, soon after the Registry was purchased from Julia DeVlieg in 2000. In 2005 three passionate Karakul breeders—Julia DeVlieg, Washington, Joe Schukar, Nebraska, and Deborah Hunter, Washington started brainstorming about a solution for the ‘left out’ flocks. After one start in 2007 (domain names but no work completed) we launched the Karakul Shepherds Alliance blog/website in 2014, along with Letty Klein, Michigan. We knew we would need to offer registry services. Janie Cheers wanted to be a Registrar, so she joined our project. Soon after we got our whole Registry picture finalized in summer 2015, Ms. Cheers disconnected from us, not understanding what we were trying to accomplish. The registry documents we had drafted were re-purposed by her for the third registry, Karakul Sheep Association.

After Alliance forms were re-designed and uploaded in August 2016 Deborah Hunter has been issuing registration certificates for the Karakul Shepherds Alliance Registry, now called KSAR for short.  The state of Washington has licensed Karakul Shepherds Alliance as a sole proprietorship business. The Alliance will always have a team of specialized Advisors to assist with registration evaluations, drafting and editing of printed materials, research, and advice on all things related to Karakul sheep. There are no salaries for Alliance Advisors and no hierarchical, ordered positions. 

Three registries cannot be good for US Karakul sheep. Are there any plans to bring everyone together?   Possibly. We are hopeful. We will continue to advance the coming together of US Karakul registries under one umbrella, while working with the Livestock Conservancy for guidance. 

What makes The Alliance different from the other two Karakul registries?   We are interested in ALL Karakul flocks in North America, not just sheep from already registered parents. We have an Open flock book because we have a special concern for flocks which have been isolated for several years without additional bloodlines. Alliance Advisors have the experience, knowledge, and sensitivities to evaluate Karakul sheep for entry into our Registry. At the same time we would like to get in touch with shepherds of Karakul flocks who have not registered their sheep for a number of years—to reconnect, get a Karakul count, exchange information, and offer a Registry service, should they have a need or desire for certificates. There are no membership fees as our primary goal is to FIND Karakul flocks and for shepherds to find each other. 

Why is The Alliance interested in these isolated flocks?  The possibilities of finding ‘new bloodlines’ makes these isolated flocks especially interesting, but also because it brings shepherds into the fold. That’s how it was with the AKSR (American Karakul Sheep Registry) before 2000. The AKSR was started by Julia DeVlieg in 1985 and it seemed several breeders had an isolated flock and very few of them knew more than two other shepherds who had Karakuls. Most of these isolated flocks were beautiful Karakul sheep, line-bred for generations. 

Why do you ask about other sheep breeds and crossbreeding on the Farm & Flock Finder and the Karakul Census?   Because The Alliance has an Open Registry and we are evaluating non-registered Karakuls for entry into our flock book, we need to do the best job we can to make sure they are as pure-blooded as possible. Karakuls are a very distinctive sheep breed and many of their characteristics dominate genetically. However, when outcrossed with another breed the Central Asian fat-tail and lamb birth coat disappear for a generation or two. This is part of the evaluation process that Alliance Advisors will undertake when evaluating new sheep from unregistered or isolated flocks for possible entry into the KSAR flock book. We took the advice from the Livestock Conservancy – We would like to know if there is another breed of sheep on the farm. 

Is there a membership fee to join The Alliance?   No. We do not see the need for a fee to join us. In lieu of a membership fee we are asking for a little information on your flock and farm. If you would like to be part of the Karakul Shepherds Alliance, we hope you will provide this information via the Farm & Flock Finder form or online at Flock Finder. At the bottom a question asks if you would like your farm contact information listed on the Alliance Breeders page. Answering Yes will give your farm or ranch free advertising on our Website. You do not need to register individual sheep to have your flock listed. We will appreciate any donations to the Karakul Shepherds Alliance, which will be put towards website costs, the database, and advertising in sheep and agriculture publications.

Please spread the word. Tell every Karakul breeder you know about the Alliance and ask them to join us at the Flock Finder and tell us their history with American Karakul sheep. Thank you!

Julia and Deborah

We are interested in your comments, suggestions, ideas, requests that you might have regarding this project. Please connect with us via a Blog post or email in private: info@karakulshepherds.org   Thank you.

Page last updated June 2020


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