Ontario sheep farmers awarded 2017 GenOvis performance awards - Tuesday, October 31, 2017
The winners of the annual GenOvis performance awards were recognized at the Ontario Lamb Banquet last week, hosted by Ontario Sheep Farmers. read more ...
Officers elected for the Ontario Sheep Farmers - Monday, October 30, 2017
The Ontario Sheep Farmers elected its officers for 2017/2018 at its annual general meeting, recently held in Alliston. read more ...
Ontario pasture award winner named - Friday, October 27, 2017
Wand Family Livestock Farm from the Parry Sound area is the recipient of the 2017 Ontario Sheep Pasture Award. The award sponsored by MAPLESEED, the Ontario Forage Council and the Ontario Sheep Farmers, was presented today at the Ontario Sheep Convention. For their environmental and pasture improvements and management, the Wands receive $500 and a bag of forage seed. read more ...
Sandi Brock is Ontario Sheep’s 2017 Outstanding Shepherd Award winner - Friday, October 27, 2017
Ontario Sheep farmer Sandi Brock is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Shepherd Award in recognition of her leadership and contributions to the Ontario Sheep industry. The award was handed out at last evening’s Ontario Lamb Banquet.
Brock owns and operates Shepherd Creek Farms with her husband Mark and children Jack and Jessica. Their operation consists of a 500-ewe flock for lamb production. They also grow corn, wheat, soybeans, alfalfa, and edible beans. read more ...
Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency reveals new association name and brand - Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) has announced that the association has a new name and brand and will now be Ontario Sheep Farmers. The new name and brand elements were unveiled at the Ontario Sheep Convention.

Brought forward as a resolution at the OSMA annual meeting two years ago, the new name coincides with a shift in focus for the association as it strengthens its lobbying efforts. The updated association name also better aligns it with other commodity organizations in Ontario.

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Ontario Sheep Farmers announce new EweGROW program - Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Ontario Sheep Farmers have launched their new program, called EweGROW, today at their annual convention. EweGROW is designed to increase the availability and quality of Ontario lamb to meet increasing consumer demand for product. 

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National Sheep Network update - Friday, September 22, 2017
 In November 2016, the National Sheep Network (NSN) was formed. Currently comprised of three provincial sheep organizations, the Alberta Lamb Producers (ALP), the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) and Les Eleveurs d’ovins du Quebec (LEOQ), the NSN has been designed to be a resource-effective way to advocate for the Canadian sheep industry.
Coming together to address issues of common interest, the chairs and vice chairs of these three organizations meet monthly via teleconference. The current membership is based on provinces that have expressed interest and who are committed to actively participating on national issues.
With no formalized budget, the NSN allows the member organizations to pay for the advocacy work they can afford and provide whatever support staff resources they can. This allows the members to better prioritize their spending, with budget decisions being made on an as needed basis.
While admittingly this is an unconventional approach to a national voice, for a small industry like the sheep industry, funding a formalized national organization is challenging. However, over the past ten months that the NSN has been active, it has proven that a virtual national organization can be successful.
Some of its key achievements include:
  • Being an active member of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.
  • Being the only livestock member of the AgGrowth Coalition, which has successfully lobbied for a comprehensive review of business risk management programs for Canadian farmers to better support the risks and opportunities of 21st century agriculture. The focus now is on ensuring that the industry is a trusted, authoritative partner in the review process.
  • Active international engagement, including building relationships with the American Sheep Industry.
  • Engaged in discussions on income tax reform, front of label packaging, and proposed changes to Canada’s food guide.
  • The provincial organizations continue to work on issues related to traceability and are actively participating in the development of the Canadian Verified Sheep Program.
Some producers have expressed concern that they are not aware of the work that the NSN has been focused on. Given that the provincial organizations are members of the NSN, the communication of the work that the NSN is engaged in is done through the provincial organizations. To keep up-to-date, you are encouraged to make sure that you are receiving your provincial magazines and e-newsletters as well as following them on social media.
Your provincial directors continue to be your main communication vehicle. Like with other issues, your director can bring your NSN questions and concerns to your provincial board for discussion, which will then be brought forward to the NSN. 
Pink Ketchum Kurl-Lock tag to be revoked from CSIP by end of October - Friday, September 15, 2017
Canadian sheep farmers and ranchers should expect the pink metal Ketchum Kurl-Lock #3 tag to be revoked from the Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) at the end of October 2017.  In an upcoming meeting of national ID program administrators, stakeholders and government representatives scheduled for early October, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will recommend revoking the pink metal Ketchum Kurl-Lock tag.  In a meeting earlier this week, the Canadian Sheep Federation Board of Directors elected to support the tag’s revocation, as they considered a recommendation from the CSIP Working Group to do so.   read more ...
AgGrowth Coalition Poised for Next Steps in BRM Review - Thursday, September 7, 2017
In response to the Federal Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Agricultural Ministers’ commitment to a comprehensive review of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs over the coming year, several agricultural organizations have formalized their structure and plans as the AgGrowth Coalition. The Coalition has committed to advocacy efforts and policy research that will position industry as a trusted, authoritative partner in this critical review process.  read more ...
GLANVAC 6 now available from Zoetis Canada - Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Zoetis announced today the availability of GLANVAC 6, a vaccine for use as an aid in prevention of caseous lymphadenitis (CLA or cheesy gland), enterotoxaemia (pulpy kidney disease), tetanus, black disease, malignant oedema (blackleg like disease) and blackleg in sheep and lambs and swelled head in rams. read more ...
2017 All Canada Sheep Classic results - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The 2017 All Canada Classic was held at the Westerner Fair Grounds in Red Deer, AB from June
29 to July 1, 2017.
The 3-day event was sponsored by the Canadian Sheep Breeders’ Association and hosted by the
Alberta Sheep Breeders’ Association. A reception for exhibitors and sponsors was held on
Thursday night and a lamb BBQ and fun auction followed the show on Friday. The Classic
included a fleece competition, trade show, national GenOvis awards, back fat and loin-eye
ultrasound demonstrations, junior show and market lamb jackpot. During the Classic, the
Canadian Sheep Breeders’ Association and Canadian Sheep Federation hosted a Mexican
delegation, which toured local farms and Sungold Specialty Meats, as well as meeting with
numerous industry leaders to continue to develop the Canada-Mexico partnership.
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Glanvac 6 Vaccine now approved in Canada for use in sheep - Monday, June 12, 2017
Glanvac 6 Vaccine [Clostridium Chauvoei-Novyi Type B-Perfringens Type D-Septicum-Tetani-Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis (Ovis) Bacterin-Toxoid] is now approved in Canada for use in sheep. Glanvac 6 is used as an aid in the prevention of caseous lymphadenitis (CLA or cheesy gland), enterotoxaemia (pulpy kidney disease), tetanus, black disease, malignant oedema (blackleg like disease) and blackleg in sheep and lambs and swelled head in rams.

Caseous lymphadenitis is a chronic disease of sheep. It is characterized by abscesses, containing a cheese-like green pus, in the superficial and internal lymph nodes (glands) and lungs. The disease is caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis (ovis) which gains entry through breaks or abrasions of the skin or mucous membranes. The disease is spread when superficial abscesses burst during handling or shearing with consequent contamination of the shearing floor, holding yards, dips and shearing tools. In a moist environment, the bacteria are able to survive for up to 8 months. It has been implicated as a cause of ill-thrift in ewes. Prevalence increases with age. Clean properties may become infected by the introduction of an infected animal.

Black disease occurs as a sequel to liver fluke infestation and can result in death. The use of Glanvac 6 as an aid in prevention of black disease does not protect against disease associated with liver fluke infection.

From the label
For use in healthy sheep.

It is important that the vaccine is kept properly mixed before and during use.

Primary vaccination: Shake well and administer 1 mL subcutaneously high on the neck, behind the ear, followed by a second 1-mL dose 4 to 6 weeks later.

Revaccination: Annual revaccination with a single 1-mL dose is recommended. Booster doses typically confer lifelong immunity against tetanus, blackleg and malignant oedema. Lifelong immunity is not established against enterotoxaemia (pulpy kidney), black disease or caseous lymphadenitis.
Immunity to Clostridial diseases is established approximately 10 days following initial vaccination. The second dose, given four to six weeks after the first, should ensure a high level of immunity against these diseases. Immunity against caseous lymphadenitis develops within two weeks of administration of the second dose. To achieve maximum protection against caseous lymphadenitis, lambs should be vaccinated 2 weeks before probable exposure to infection. Annual revaccination should therefore be timed to provide protection at times of maximum exposure to the infectious agent e.g. for caseous lymphadenitis, before shearing and dipping; for enterotoxaemia prior to transfer to lush pasture or grain feeding.

See product label for general vaccination recommendations and a full list of product precautions.
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Ontario Sheep applauds Minister Leal for proposing BRM reform at FPT meeting - Friday, May 12, 2017
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) applauds Minister Leal for highlighting the need for a comprehensive reform of the business risk management (BRM) programs.
Agriculture ministers from across Canada met in Ottawa this week to discuss the next agricultural policy framework. At this meeting, Minister Leal proposed a 12-month review of the business risk management programs. He noted that the ministers have asked officials to continue to work on a path forward that would address business risk management and other aspects of the agricultural policy framework as part of an overall package that will be presented at their July annual conference. 
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OSMA District 10 Wool Day - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
News Release: Wool Day - Making Connections
At Glengarry Pioneer Museum, Dunvegan ON
Saturday, May 27, 1 – 4 pm
Organized by District 10 of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency
The purpose of this day is to begin to establish connections between the producers of sheep and their wool, and the local fibre users: the spinners, weavers, felters, rugmakers, and others.
The day will be divided into two with speakers and a panel discussion being one part, and an exchange and marketplace being the second.  
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New Canadian Verified Sheep Program announced - Friday, March 3, 2017
 The Canadian Sheep Federation is pleased to introduce the new Canadian Verified Sheep Program. This program is an expansion of the Food Safe Farm Practices Program to include chapters on animal care and biosecurity.

The Canadian Verified Sheep Program has been developed to allow producers to demonstrate responsible management practices on their sheep farm, building off the Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep and the National Sheep On-Farm Biosecurity standard.

Contact the Canadian Sheep Federation for program materials, or take the training online at

For more information:
Kristy House, CVSP National Coordinator
Canadian Sheep Federation
(888) 684-7739 or (613) 220-2711 
New videos about Ontario sheep farming released - Monday, December 5, 2016

 A series of five videos produced by the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) are now available for viewing on the Ontario Sheep YouTube channel.

Featuring Ontario sheep farmers, farm families and industry professionals, the videos cover the topics of housing, transportation, nutrition, livestock guardian dogs and sheep shearing – all subject areas that Canadians have questions about. The videos complement other initiatives and educational resources that have been developed to answer questions Canadians have about farming.

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Trillium Lamb Producers group recognized with a Premier’s Award for Agri Food Innovation Excellence - Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The Trillium Lamb Producers group has been awarded at 2016 Premier’s Award for Agri Food Innovation Excellence. The group was honoured at a ceremony in Uxbridge hosted by the Honourable Tracy MacCharles, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East earlier this month.

The Trillium Lamb Producers are dedicated to providing processors with a consistent supply of high quality lambs. The group of sheep producers has been collecting carcass and product quality data on the lambs they market, and then using this data to help make production and management decisions back on their farm, and as a group. This provides Ontario consumers with consistent quality, impacting the consumer's experiences when they are choosing Ontario lamb.

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New National Sheep Network formed Un nouveau Réseau ovin national est créé - Friday, November 11, 2016
Sheep farmers in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have formed a new partnership to continue to move the sheep industry in Canada forward.

The National Sheep Network – comprising of the Alberta Lamb Producers, the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) and Federation des producteurs d’agneaux et moutons du Quebec- represents 75 percent of the ewe-flock in Canada and will leverage the resources of the sheep industries in the three provinces to continue to move the sheep industry in Canada forward. The Network will be joining the Canadian Federation of Agriculture as a member, effective January 1, 2017.

Les éleveurs d’ovins des provinces de l’Alberta, de l’Ontario et du Québec viennent de créer un nouveau partenariat pour continuer à faire avancer la production ovine au Canada.

Le National Sheep Network, ou Réseau ovin national, composé de l’Alberta Lamb Producers, l’Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) et la Fédération des producteurs d’agneaux et moutons du Québec — représentant 75 % du troupeau de brebis au Canada — va profiter de l’effet levier des ressources de l’industrie ovine des trois provinces pour continuer à faire avancer l’industrie ovine au Canada. Le Réseau va se joindre à Fédération canadienne de l’agriculture en tant que membre dès le 1er janvier 2017. read more ...
GenOvis program update - Fall 2016 - Thursday, November 3, 2016
 The Fall 2016 update on the GenOvis program is now available. read more ...
Canada and Ontario supporting farmers affected by wildlife damage - Thursday, November 3, 2016
 The federal and provincial governments are helping Ontario's livestock, poultry and bee farmers by ensuring more consistent, transparent and timely appeals processes and compensation when their animals are injured or killed by predatory wildlife.

Effective January 1, 2017, standardized compensation rates for animals, bee colonies and hives will be the same for all farmers across the province. It will be based on the average price a farmer would receive in the open market for an animal with similar characteristics, such as age and weight.

The updated Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (OWDCP) will clearly define the requirements farmers need to meet to receive compensation. A new, single-stage appeal process will provide clarity for these farmers and help expedite compensation.

Providing accessible, efficient support for farmers and farming operations is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. read more ...
2016 OSMA award winners announced - Monday, October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016 (Guelph, ON) – Two long time sheep farmers were recognized by their peers for their leadership and contributions to the Ontario sheep industry at the annual Ontario Lamb Banquet last Thursday evening.

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CCWG Fall 2016 update - Monday, October 31, 2016
 Below is a link to the fall 2016 update from CCWG. read more ...
2016/2017 OSMA officers elected - Monday, October 31, 2016
October 31, 2016 (Guelph, ON) – The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) elected its officers for 2016/2017 at its annual general meeting, recently held in Alliston.

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Ontario sheep farmers awarded 2016 GenOvis performance awards - Monday, October 31, 2016
October 31, 2016 (Guelph, ON) - The winners of the annual GenOvis performance awards were recognized last Thursday evening at the Ontario Lamb Banquet, hosted by the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA). read more ...
New selection indexes coming for GenOvis program - Thursday, October 13, 2016

The needs of the sheep industry have evolved in recent years, so genetic selection guidelines had to be reviewed. Therefore, in November of this year, the genetic evaluation program, GenOvis, will update its selection indexes. The planned adjustments will serve to broaden genetic advancement and will specifically target breeding characteristics that carry an economic impact. These new indexes will also meet the needs recently expressed by purebred and commercial producers. 

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Elanco announces launch of Flukiver™ - Monday, October 3, 2016
Guelph, ON (October 3, 2016) — Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY), is very excited to announce the launch of Flukiver™ (closantel), an oral anthelmintic, newly available to Canada, which is safe and highly effective for the treatment of Haemonchus contortus (Barber Pole worm) in ewes and lambs.

“To date, closantel was only available through an Emergency Drug Release, so with this now being a product that we can distribute directly to customers is extremely pleasing to us at Elanco Animal Health and we are proud to add Flukiver to our family of products,” says Trenna Derdall, Food Animal Business Director.

Haemonchus contortus is incredibly costly to the Canadian sheep industry. Of all the gastrointestinal nematodes (GIN) found in sheep, Haemonchus contortus is the most pathogenic, causing significant performance losses, morbidity and mortality. Additional costs to the industry include drug costs, labour associated with treatment and management, and the inability to effectively utilize contaminated pastures for grazing. While mixed GIN infections are common on Canadian sheep farms, research in Ontario and Quebec has demonstrated that H. contortus often predominates on most farms, particularly during the summer months.1,2

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Notice to Producers: Proposed Ban on Wolf and Coyote Hunting in Parts of Ontario - Tuesday, August 9, 2016
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has proposed a ban on wolf and coyote hunting in parts of Ontario. Anti-hunting and anti-trapping groups are pushing for a much broader ban that includes 37 Wildlife Management Units from Marathon to Timmins, Orillia to Arnprior and everywhere in between.

OSMA is working with the Ontario Fur Managers Federation and the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters to get this message out to as many people as possible and encourage individuals to comment on the proposed ban.

For more information on the ban visit please visit and search for EBR #012-8104.

An easy-to-use comment submission template has been provided by the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters at
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APHIS Proposes New Rules for the Importation of Sheep and Goats - Monday, July 18, 2016
 July 18, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - The US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) publishes proposed rule changes for the importation of sheep, goats, and certain other ruminants into the US from Canada.

"The US border has been closed to (small ruminant) breeding stock for over a decade," says Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) Chairman Phil Kolodychuk, "and this proposed rule marks the first steps in re-establishing access to the US market".

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OSMA Withdraws from the Canadian Sheep Federation - Friday, July 15, 2016
July 15, 2016 – Guelph, ON – Effective September 1, 2016, the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) will no longer be a member of the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF).

“This was not a decision that OSMA took lightly and it is unfortunate” says OSMA Chairman Rob Scott, “OSMA has put a lot of time and effort into trying to work with the CSF, but at the end of the day, the OSMA Board is accountable to its membership for the effective and efficient use of its financial and human resources.” 

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Metacam Approved for Use in Sheep - Friday, April 29, 2016
On April 28, 2016, Health Canada, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (NZMPI) simultaneously approved a new use for pain relief in sheep for the veterinary drug Metacam. 

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CCWG Announces Price Decrease for Shearwell CSIP ASET Tags - Friday, April 15, 2016
April 15, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited (CCWG) has announced that effective immediately, the price of Shearwell CSIP ASET tags will decrease to $1.95, subject to CSIP fees and tag levies where applicable. CCWG cites a slight increase in the Canadian dollar against the British pound and financial support from the UK tag manufacturer, Shearwell Data Limited as the contributing factors for the price cut. CCWG has worked extensively with manufacturers to manage tag costs to producers. 

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2016 Census of Agriculture Benefits Farmers - Friday, April 15, 2016

The Census of Agriculture is now on the horizon. In early May, you will receive a letter with easy to follow instructions on how to complete your questionnaire. Census of Agriculture data are the definitive source of community-level data. By drawing on these data, decision makers will be assured that they are acting in the interest of farmers, farm communities and agricultural operations.

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From Farm to Food Bank: Donating Lamb to Ontario Food Banks - Monday, April 11, 2016
Have you considered donating lamb to a local food bank? There's a huge need for fresh meat and protein sources and Ontario Lamb is an ideal choice! You'll even receive a 25% Tax Credit for your donation. For more information, visit 

Molly Leblanc Wins First Ontario Lamb Recipe Challenge - Monday, March 21, 2016
 March 21, 2016 – Guelph, ON – Congratulations goes to Molly Leblanc of Conestoga College for 1st place at the inaugural Ontario Lamb Recipe Challenge with her Juicy Tzatziki Lamb Burger recipe! On Saturday March 19th, at Conestoga College, three finalists from Conestoga, Durham and Fleming Culinary School Programs, faced off in the first ever Ontario Lamb Recipe Challenge Finals. Each student prepared their own original recipe featuring Ontario Lamb and presented it to a panel of four judges. This year, judges sampled Lamb Goulash, a Lamb Burger and Honey Garlic Lamb Chops.

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Profitable Pastures Conference and Trade Show 2016 - Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The Ontario Forage Council is proud to announce our upcoming annual Profitable Pastures 2016, this years’ theme is: The Art of Good Pasture Management -"It Really Works!” The conference will be held in Elmwood, at the Elmwood Community Centre, on Tuesday, March 9th. Additional remote locations have been added. Presentations will be broadcasted digitally to the Green Tractors Dealership in Earlton, as well as the Algoma District Services Administration Board Head Office, 1 Collver Road Thessalon. Please watch our website for news on additional locations. Presentations are CEU accredited.

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Elanco Canada Introduces Flukiver for the Treatment of Haemonchus contortus in Sheep - Tuesday, February 2, 2016
 GUELPH, ONTARIO: February 1, 2016 - Elanco Canada, introduces FLUKIVER, an oral suspension for the treatment of Haemonchus contortus (Barber Pole worm) infection in sheep and lambs. This is a prescription product available only through veterinarians. Canadian labelled product is anticipated to arrive late spring of 2016 and at that time veterinarians will be notified of its availability.

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OSMA applauds approval of relaxing cable restraints in Ontario - Friday, January 8, 2016
January 8, 2016 - Guelph, ON - As of January 1st, 2016, trained trappers and producers will be able to use relaxing cable restraints (RCRs) in Ontario. RCRs will be legal for use by licensed trappers or by producers on their property for trapping of wolves and coyotes during the open season, or in protection of property situations year-round. Certain seasonal and geographic restrictions will apply to the use of this tool. There are also technical specifications guiding the design of this restraint to help avoid capture of non-target animals and improve animal welfare. Additionally, training on the proper use of RCR’s will be added to Ontario’s mandatory trapper education program and Best Management Practice information will be made available to support producers and trappers using RCRs.

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Country of Origin Labeling Remains in Place for Sheep and Lamb - Monday, December 21, 2015
December 18, 2015 - Ottawa, ON - In a joint press conference held earlier today, Minister Lawrence MacAulay (Agriculrue) and Minister Chrystia Freeland (International Trade) announced that an omnibus appropriations bill that includes language to repeal U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef and pork has cleared bot the U.S House and Senate, and was sent to President Barack Obama to be signed. But the bill will not see the repeal of COOL for sheep and lamb products. President Obama has now signed the bill.

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Upcoming OSCIA Workshops in 2016 - Friday, December 18, 2015
The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is hosting a number of workshops on Food Safety, Traceability and Biosecurity over the next few months at various locations across the province in both English and French. 

Food Safety worksop details
Traceability workshop details
Biosecurity workshop details 
OSMA Merchandise Catalogue Now Available! - Thursday, December 17, 2015
Need some gift ideas for those sheep enthusiasts in your life? Check out OSMA's new Merchandise Catalogue which can be found on the website under Production Info > Other Resources.

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Interest Free and Low Interest Cash Advances on Certain Crops now Available from ACC - Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) announced that the application window is open for cash advances on all fall seeded crops, greenhouse floriculture and vegetable crops, and Christmas trees. Producers looking for an advance on stored crops and livestock are also available.

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Kolodychuk Re-acclaimed as CSF Chairman for Third Term - Monday, November 30, 2015
November 30, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – During the Canadian Sheep Federation’s (CSF’s) recent Annual General Meeting, Phil Kolodychuk was acclaimed as Chairman for a third consecutive term.

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Now posted: OAHN Small Ruminant Report - Wednesday, November 25, 2015
 The Ontario Animal Health Network quarterly report is now available online. This report provides a review of surveillance and early disease detection work that various groups have been working on in the last quarter across Ontario. 

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2015 Carl Block Award Recipient Announced - Wednesday, November 25, 2015
 (Ottawa, Ontario) November 25, 2015 - The Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) is honoured to name Mr. Ray Armbruster of Rossburn, Manitoba as this year's recipient of the Carl Block Award. Ray represents similar qualities as Carl Block in his dedication to beef cattle production, animal health and welfare issues in the sector, love for the land, the environment and strong family roots. Ray, like Carl, embodies the true cowboy spirit that epitomizes the beef cattle industry in westerrn Canada.

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SMART Water Project: Water Use Assessments - Friday, November 20, 2015
Farm & Food Care has been contracted by OMAFRA to conduct a number of water use assessments to help growers better understand how and where they use water. By having better information, growers are often able to reduce their water use, cut costs and generally find lower cost treatment systems.

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Ontario's RMP is Growing Ontario's Economy and Protecting Agriculture Related Jobs - Wednesday, November 18, 2015
 TORONTO, ON (November 16, 2015) – The Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC) today released an Economic Impact Assessment of the Risk Management Program (RMP) undertaken by Harry Cummings and Associates (HCA) on their behalf. Conducted this past summer, the study examined the economic value of the RMP to Ontario farmers who partnered with the Government of Ontario to design the cost-shared insurance program in 2011.

“This landmark economic study confirms what farmers know all too well – Ontario’s RMP program is helping farmers grow Ontario’s economy and protect good farm and agri-food jobs through unsettled markets,” OASC Chairman and Beef Farmers of Ontario President Bob Gordanier said.

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Small Ruminant Import Policy to Change Feb 1, 2016 - Monday, November 16, 2015
 November 16, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario - Following a lengthy consultation period that saw three draft policies considered over the past 3 years, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that revised import policy for small ruminants intended for breeding purposes will change effective February 1, 2016.

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OSMA's Master Shepherd's Course Wins 2015 Regional Premier's Award - Monday, November 9, 2015
Guelph, ON – The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) has been selected for one of 50 Regional Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, in recognition of work done in the development and implementation of the Master Shepherd’s Course. This was a pilot project, mimicking a similar course that was offered by the University of Guelph and supported by OSMA, almost 20 years ago from 1996-1998.
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OSMA's 30th Annual General Meeting - Monday, November 2, 2015
 November 2, 2015 – Guelph, ON – On October 29th and 30th, 2015, over 150 sheep producers and industry professionals from across the province gathered at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston for OSMA’s 30th Annual General Meeting, a Fresh Ontario Lamb banquet and the Sheep Seminar run by OMAFRA. Over the course of the two day event, guests enjoyed three delicious lamb meals prepared by the Nottawasaga Inn chef with lamb generously donated by White Valley.
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OSMA Board Announces New Chair and Vice-Chair - Monday, November 2, 2015
 November 2, 2015 – Guelph, ON – Over 150 sheep producers and industry representatives met in Alliston last week for the 30th Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA).  Following the election on Friday, Rob Scott was announced as the incoming Chair for the 2015-2016 year, with Marc Carere being elected as the Vice Chair.  
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Memo to Ontario Sheep Producers Regarding Tail Docking - Thursday, October 15, 2015
 Over the past few months OSMA Board members had been fielding concerns around the length of tails of sheep at sheep shows and this, coupled with increasing public scrutiny around livestock production, led to the OSMA Board deciding that it had to ensure that OSMA’s actions were in line with the best management practices that are being promoted.
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CCWG Announces Price Increase for Shearwell CSIP ASET Tags - Friday, October 2, 2015
October 2, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited (CCWG) has announced that effective immediately, the price of Shearwell CSIP ASET tags will increase to $2.05, subject to tag levies and CSIP fees where applicable. 
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OMAFRA News Release - Bluetongue Confirmed In Ontario - Friday, September 4, 2015
On August 7, 2015, samples collected from an animal in an Ontario abattoir as part of the national Bovine Serological Surveillance program returned a positive result for Bluetongue serotype 13. 
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Bluetongue virus detected in Ontario beef herd - Thursday, September 3, 2015
September 3, 2015 (Guelph, ON) The Ontario Sheep MArketing Agency (OSMA) was informed today that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that there has been a positive case of Bluetongue Virus in an Ontario cattle herd.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)      Clinical Signs, from mild to severe    

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Canadian Sheep Identification Program Fees Increase September 1st - Friday, July 17, 2015
July 17, 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) announced today that Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) fees will increase by $0.05/tag effective September 1, 2015, to $0.23/approved tag. CSIP fees will remain at $0.18/tag until August 31, 2015.
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OSMA's press release re Increase in Cost of Canadian Sheep ID Fee - Friday, July 17, 2015

July 17, 2015 (Guelph, ON) -- The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) has recently announced an increase in the cost of the Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) administration fees by $0.05/tag effective September 1, 2015. 
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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:

For the letter please click on the link below:
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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.
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Approved 2015-16 Advance Payment Rates Effective April 1, 2015 - Thursday, April 2, 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.
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Golden Ontario Products Found Guilty - Monday, March 9, 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.
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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.  
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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. 
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Sanabil Halal Meat Farms Pleads Guilty At Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency Hearing - Thursday, December 4, 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.

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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.
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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. 

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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 3, 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 6, 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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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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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'.

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.

To listen please click here.
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.

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Exciting Changes To The Advance Payments Program - Wednesday, May 7, 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. 

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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.

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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 3, 2014
OFC Mapleseed Pasture Award Press Release - Thursday, October 31, 2013
Fischer re-elected Chairman of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency - Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Draft Sheep Code of Practice released for Public Comment - Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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CSF Appoints New Executive Director - Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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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
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Growing Forward 2 Information Sessions - Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Dinner Starts Here! - Tuesday, April 9, 2013
 The Brand New Dinner Starts Here Website has been launched! Click Here for more information. 
Emergency Response Survey - Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Please take a moment to fill out the Emergency Preparedness Survey.  Click Here
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 1, 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."

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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.
Thank you
NEW Wool Depot in Northern Ontario - Monday, June 18, 2012
Schmallenberg Virus - Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Updates to the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program - Thursday, July 21, 2011
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News Release – Risk Management Program Available for Sheep Producers - Thursday, June 30, 2011
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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 7, 2011
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Predation Article in the Ottawa Sun - Friday, January 28, 2011
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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...