|OSMA is hiring! - Monday, June 29, 2015|
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency is seeking for a highly motivated, passionate individual for the position of Communications Coordinator. This position is responsible for communicating OSMA’s message to various stakeholders, coordinating and distributing promotional and event materials and working closely with the General Manager to develop and execute various communication and promotional activities.
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|Stolen Lambs and Sheep: What to Do - Monday, June 22, 2015|
Guelph, ON - The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is urging producers to keep a close watch on their sheep and lambs. Due to increasing livestock prices, farmers may be at a greater risk of having livestock stolen from barns and / or pastures. read more ...
|Send a COOL letter to your MP - Thursday, June 11, 2015|
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency is advocating for a full repeal of COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) for all Canadian livestock and is sending out communications on behalf of Ontario’s producers. To further reinforce this message, OSMA requests that you send the attached letter, drafted by the Canadian Sheep Federation, to your MP. Please feel free to edit and personalize it as you see fit.
Last week the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz, repeated Canada’s call for the U.S. to repeal COOL legislation or it will face retaliatory tariffs on exports. Since being enacted in 2009, the contentious legislation has been actively contested by Canada and Mexico. The World Trade Organization (WTO) rejected the U.S.’s appeal in May, stating for the fourth and final time that the legislation is discriminatory to Mexico and Canada and that it violates both the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement. As a result, the U.S. is expected to repeal the legislation for beef, pork, and chicken. Canada perusing retaliatory action for beef and pork, but has not asked for a full repeal of country of origin labeling for all Canadian livestock, leaving lamb still subjected to the requirements.
To find your MP, please go to the following link and enter in your postal code: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC read more ...
For the letter please click on the link below:
|Ontario Expanding Eligibility for Agricultural Insurance Program - Wednesday, May 27, 2015|
New Legislation Passes to Help Protect the Agri-Food Industry
Today Ontario passed the Agriculture Insurance Act, 2015 which will allow more types of agricultural products to be covered by the province’s production insurance program. read more ...
|Approved 2015-16 Advance Payment Rates Effective April 1, 2015 - Thursday, April 02, 2015|
|ACC To Administer National Sheep and Lambs Advance Payment Program - Wednesday, March 25, 2015| GUELPH, ON (March 25, 2015) - Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) is pleased to announce that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has approved ACC’s request to administer the Advance Payments Program (APP) for sheep and lamb producers across Canada.
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|Two New Cost-share Opportunities for Agriculture in SW Ontario - Friday, March 13, 2015|
Guelph, ON Two new cost-share programs: the Manure and Biosolids Management Program and the Dust Deflector Program are now available to producers. read more ...
|Golden Ontario Products Found Guilty - Monday, March 09, 2015|
(Guelph, Ontario) – In a Hearing convened by the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA), Golden Ontario Products, located at 7392 Hwy 89, Mount Forest, Ontario, was convicted of Failing to Assess and Remit Required Licence Fees in the amount of $9,235 (including interest) since March 2013. After receiving notice on February 5, 2015, the defendant failed to appear at the hearing. Golden Ontario Products was ordered to pay outstanding Licence Fees. The failure of Golden Ontario Products to meet the terms set out by the Hearing for payment of the outstanding Licence Fees, will result in the suspension of its OSMA Sheep Slaughter Licence. read more ...
|New Canadians Prefer Taste, Quality of Ontario Meats - Friday, February 27, 2015|
An extensive new study shows that new Canadians prefer the taste and quality of Ontario meat over imported product. The study looked at the eating patterns, shopping habits, and taste preferences of new Canadians of African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Caribbean, and European descent as they relate to the consumption of veal, goat, lamb and mutton, and rabbit. read more ...
|OSMA Announces a Call for Research Proposals - Friday, December 19, 2014|
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is pleased to announce the call for proposals for research that aligns with its current Research Priorities. read more ...
|Ontario Sheep Donation Aids Food Bank - Wednesday, December 10, 2014|
Brantford, ON - The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agnecy (OSMA) continues its commitment to helping Ontario's hungry have access to fresh protein. In November, OSMA had purchased the Reserve Champion at the Royal Winter Fair and this morning, donated the lamb to the Brantford Food Bank. read more ...
|Sanabil Halal Meat Farms Pleads Guilty At Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency Hearing - Thursday, December 04, 2014|
December 4, 2014 - In a Hearing convened by the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA), Sanabil Halal Meat Farms, of 5309 Spring Creek Road, Smithville, Ontario, was convicted of Failing to Assess and Remit Required License Fees. read more ...
|OSMA Congratulates Menzies on Receiving Carl Block Award - Wednesday, November 26, 2014|
November 26, 2014– Guelph, ON – The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) congratulates Dr. Paula Menzies, from the University of Guelph, on receiving the Carl Block Award. The award, presented at the Canadian Animal Health Coalition’s Annual General Meeting, recognizes Menzies’ contributions to the sheep industry and animal agriculture as a whole. read more ...
|OASC Leaders Welcome Removal of Mandatory Agristability Participation for Provincial RMP - Monday, November 24, 2014|
In the spring of 2011, farmer leaders across commodity groups came together with the provincial government to design a made-in-Ontario solution to help bring predictability, stability and bankability to their business operations. Established with much fanfare, a new provincial cost-shared Risk Management Program (RMP) was created to help stabilize the industry as many costs and prices are global in nature and far beyond the farmer’s control. read more ...
|Fischer re-elected as Chairman of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency - Monday, November 10, 2014|
At the recent Annual Meeting of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA), Dennis Fischer was re-elected as Chairman. read more ...
|Deadline Quickly Approaching: Apply Today for the Master Shepherd's Course - Thursday, July 03, 2014| The July 7th deadline is quickly approaching for applications to the Master Shepherd’s Course. This 12 module course will focus on giving experienced producers the tools necessary to expand their business.
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|OASC Holds Second RAISE THE CAP for Risk Management Program (RMP) Event - Friday, June 06, 2014|
Guelph, Ontario – Members of the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC) held their second Raise the Cap for RMP event last night in eastern Ontario at Hoards Station Sale Barn in Campbellford. Farmers and their families, who represented several counties, were in attendance to call on candidates in the upcoming provincial election to pledge their support for raising the Risk Management Program cap from $100M to $175M.
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|Raise the Cap for Risk Management Program (RMP) - Thursday, May 22, 2014|Staffa, Ontario – Members of the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC) are calling on candidates in the upcoming provincial election to pledge their support for “Raise the Cap for RMP”.
OASC has one voice and one message - we speak for more than 50,000 farms. For the candidates running in the 2014 Ontario election, OASC has one message: Raise the Risk Management Program cap to $175 million annually to provide adequate funding for the program.
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|OSMA Podcast with the Ontario SPCA: Animals' Voice Pawdcast - Wednesday, May 14, 2014|
OSMA was invited to discuss the new partnership formed with the Ontario SPCA on the 'Animal's Voice Pawdcast'.
To listen please click here.
Animal's Voice Pawdcast
In this episode of the Animals’ Voice Pawdcast, we interview Jennifer MacTavish, General Manager at Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency. Jennifer sits down with us to talk about the new partnership between the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency and the Ontario SPCA. She explains why they have partnered with the Ontario SPCA, how this partnership will benefit the agency and the animals.
|Carcass Competition at the All Canada Sheep Classic - Wednesday, May 14, 2014|
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is planning a carcass competition at the All Canada Sheep Classic in Ancaster, Ontario on July 10, 11 and 12, 2014. The goal being to hold a competition which engages commercial and purebred sheep producers, judging on the basis of carcass quality.
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|CCWG Announces Price Increase for Shearwell CSIP ASET Tags - Tuesday, May 13, 2014|
Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited (CCWG) has announced that effective immediately, the price of Shearwell CSIP ASET tags will increase by $0.10 to $1.85, subject to tag levies where applicable. This marks the second increase of Shearwell tag prices this year. read more ...
|Exciting Changes To The Advance Payments Program - Wednesday, May 07, 2014|
The Advance Payments Program, which provides cash advances to Canadian producers of up to $400,000 with the first $100,000 interest free and balance at prime, has undergone some positive changes for sheep producers. With the support and assistance of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency, Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) has been successful in improving the Advance Payments Program for sheep producers in Ontario. read more ...
|OSMA and Ontario SPCA Working Together for Sheep Welfare - Tuesday, April 22, 2014|
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) are pleased to announce that they have agreed upon a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will help facilitate joint on-farm visits in complaint cases involving animal welfare on sheep farms.
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|Announcing the Ontario Master Shepherd's Course - Thursday, April 17, 2014|
Applications are now being accepted for the updated Ontario Master Shepherd's Course. If your farm is business focused and you would like to improve profitability through further expansion, then this course could be for you. read more ...
|OSMA Welcomes News of the Approval of Baycox for Sheep in Canada - Monday, January 13, 2014|
|OSMA Welcomes Wes Moore - Licencing Relations Officer - Friday, January 03, 2014|
|Draft Sheep Code of Practice released for Public Comment - Tuesday, July 09, 2013|
|CSF Appoints New Executive Director - Wednesday, June 26, 2013|
|OSMA Defers Implementation of the National Tag Fee - Monday, June 24, 2013|
|Heat Stress App Now Available for Blackberry and Android - Friday, June 14, 2013|
|Growing Forward 2 Information Sessions - Wednesday, May 08, 2013|
|Emergency Response Survey - Tuesday, April 09, 2013|
Please take a moment to fill out the Emergency Preparedness Survey. Click Here
|Dinner Starts Here! - Tuesday, April 09, 2013|
The Brand New Dinner Starts Here Website has been launched! Click Here
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|Latest Risk Management Program Information - Dec 2012 - Monday, December 17, 2012|
For the latest information on the Risk Management Program in Ontario, please click here...
|Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence - Friday, November 16, 2012|
|Learn how to build your agricultural export markets - Monday, October 01, 2012|
"Guelph ON, October 1, 2012 – Farmers can learn more about international export at a series of workshops being hosted this fall by the Agricultural Management Institute (AMI). The “Agriculture Going Global” sessions are designed to help participants make important exporting decisions, avoid common pitfalls and increase their understanding of international trade and foreign markets."
|OSMA Hires New Interim General Manager - Wednesday, July 11, 2012|
The Board of Directors and staff welcome Bill Ingratta as the OSMA Interim General Manager. Bill will be working with the Board and staff until a permanent General Manager is hired. This process is expected to take approximately three to four months.
Bill's experience is extensive. It includes 28 years with OMAFRA as well as prior background in the vegetable processing industry and the seed industry. He received his B.Sc. (Agr) in Horticulture Production from the University of Guelph and M. Sc. in Plant Science from McGill University.
Bill has expertise in crop production, Integrated Pest Management, technology transfer, food safety issues, biotechnology, and policy development.
We welcome him as part of the OSMA team.
|Schmallenberg Virus - Tuesday, February 21, 2012|Click Here
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|Updates to the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program - Thursday, July 21, 2011|
|News Release – Risk Management Program Available for Sheep Producers - Thursday, June 30, 2011|
|OASC NEWS RELEASE : Ontario Budget Delivers New Risk Management Program for Ontario Farmers - Wednesday, March 30, 2011|
|OSMA NEWS RELEASE: Budget Provides for Producer Support - Wednesday, March 30, 2011|
|Food Saftey and Traceability Inititive - Monday, March 07, 2011|
|Predation Article in the Ottawa Sun - Friday, January 28, 2011|
|OSMA Regulation Update - Thursday, August 26, 2010|
At the October 2007 Annual General Meeting, the OSMA Board announced that we were working on changes to our regulations and that producers would be informed in advance of changes. Click here to view more...
|Government Invests to Help Ontario Sheep Producers Prosper - Wednesday, June 30, 2010|
Ontario sheep producers can look forward to enhance genetic improvement services as a result of a $275,000 investment by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Click here to read more...