Past Projects

PROJECT# GF2 0441: Captive Bolt Euthanasia Training Courses for Sheep and Goat Producers

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Farmers
Timeline: August 2016 to October 2017

Objectives:

This project will focus on hands-on training of producers on how to effectively euthanize sheep and goats on-farm using a penetrating captive bolt pistol. The decision to train using captive bolt is an important one as some producers do not have firearms on-farm and/or are not comfortable using them to euthanize animals. Training will include: providing producers with information on how to make the decision to euthanize a sheep/goat, acceptable and unacceptable methods of euthanasia, additional requirements when using a captive bolt (secondary steps), how to safely use a captive bolt, how to properly maintain a captive bolt pistol, the opportunity to practice on sheep and/or goat heads (visualize external landmarks specific to the species, bolt penetration within the skull) and a written quiz at the conclusion of training. Producers will develop a flock/herd specific euthanasia action plan upon course completion and will leave the session with their own captive bolt pistol. Multiple training courses for both sheep and goats will be offered to ensure that as many producers as possible have access to funding. Hands-on training has been used successfully in other livestock industries (ie. swine, poultry) to train producers on euthanasia methods. 


PROJECT# GF2 0470: Piloting sheep flock health clubs

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Farmers
Timeline: October 2016 to October 2017

Objectives:

  • pilot the concept of sheep flock health clubs across Ontario;
  • aim to prove the benefits of sheep flock health clubs to strengthen the sheep producer-veterinarian relationship and its impact on farm productivity and profitability;
  • veterinary facilitated dicussion groups will provide producers with access to cost-effective veterinary advice, produce a steady income for veterinarians via monthly club subscriptions, and create further opportunities for veterinarians to work on sheep farms;
  • sheep flock health clubs will aim to provide knowledge transfer regarding health and productivity of Ontario sheep farms;
  • sheep flock health clubs  will aim to improve sheep health by improving disease prevention, recognition and appropriate treatement of common diseases, and providing a strong relationship with a veterinarian when new or emerging diseases occur;
  • produtivity will improve by better tracking, analysis, and benchmarking of important producitivity data on each farm - and participating in facilitated group discussion on how to improve.

PROJECT # R15-4: Nutritional Value and Integration of Hybrid Willow and Poplar as Fodder for Sheep

Applicant: Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
Timeline: May 2015 - March 2017

Objectives

  • determine growth and yield of hybrid poplar/willow and native tree regrowth with and without livestock integration; 
  • determine preferences of sheep fodder varieties/tree species; 
  • determine body condition score and weight changes when sheep are provided a high fodder diet;
  • investigate practical applications of fodder crops as alternative feed (windrows, alleys) and; 
  • determine economic attractiveness of perennial fodder as alternative feed of sheep through costs benefit analysis.

PROJECT # GF2 0180: Price Predictability 

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Farmers 
Timeline: June 2014 - March 2017

Objective:

To build a web-based price predictability tool that can be used to forecast lamb prices. This resource will provide decision-making information in light of significant increases in price volatility and will act as a market risk mitigation tool. 


Growth Strategy 

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Farmers 
Timeline: February 2016 - February 2017 

Objective:

To develop a comprehensive picture of the economic and financial health of the sheep, lamb and wool industry in Ontario, including the development of metrics and data collection to conduct the required analysis to strategically allocate resources to maximize industry growth and profitability.


PROJECT # GF2 0352: Development of Sheep Welfare Videos

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Farmers 
Timeline: September 2015 - December 2016

Objective:

To produce a series of innovative consumer-facing videos on animal welfare regarding the Ontario sheep industry. These five 5-minute videos will be designed to cover animal care and handling procedures and provide consumers with information on how sheep in the province are cared for and will be aligned with the national Codes of Practice for sheep.


PROJECT # OFIP 0007: Maedi-Visna in Sheep and Potential Interaction with Mycobacterium avium spp. Paratuberculosis (MAP)

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Farmers 
Timeline: September 2013 – September 2015

Objective:

This project will investigate the prevalence of Maedi Visna Virus(MVV) and MAP co-infection in Ontario sheep flocks, and will investigate how MVV and MAP infection and co-infection alters the host immune response. 


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PROJECT # R122-3: Seasonally Anestrous Ewes Bred to a Novel Estrus Synchronization Protocol for Timed AI

Applicant: David Barrett, Dalhousie University, Truro
Timeline: January 2013-December 2015

Objective:

To examine a novel synchronization breeding protocol for sheep. Test the efficacy of the synchronization protocol for timed AI.


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PROJECT # GF2 0011: Development of Master Shepherd Program

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Farmers
Timeline: November 2013-October 2015

Objective:

Develop a master shepherd education program for commercially-minded lamb producers wishing to expand their production and busineses management skill base. The project scope will include the development of the educational material and the initial delivery (pilot).


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PROJECT # OFIP 0063: Preliminary Investigation into Ewe Feed Efficiency

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Farmers
Timeline: October 2013 - August 2015

Objective:

To give shepherds information on feed use and efficiency of ewe of varying mature body size. Shepherds need to know what impact breeding for small, medium or large frame ewes has on overall farm feed use and efficiency.


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PROJECT # GF2 0140: Alternative Feeds

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Farmers
Timeline: August 2014 - July 2015

Objective:

To compare intake, growth performance, feed use efficiency, carcass measurements and meat quality analysis of lambs fed corn cob meal verus traditional feeds. 


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PROJECT # R12-1: Effect of Targeted Selective Deworming at Lambing on Haemonchus Burdens on Ontario Sheep Farms with Anthelmintic Resistance

Applicant: Andrew Peregrine, University of Guelph
Timeline: May 2012-April 2015

Objective:

To determine the efficacy of closantel against ivermectin- and fenbendazole-resistant Haemonchus in sheep. Also to determine if selective treatment of ewes at lambing with closantel has the same impact on farm parasite burdens as whole flock treatment with closantel at that time. 


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PROJECT # GF2 0088: Understanding Ethnic Market Opportunities for Veal, Goat, Lamb and Rabbit

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Farmers
Timeline: January 2014 - January 2015

Objective:

To gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with various consumer segments; insight into market penetration of meat products and assess future potential of targeted ethnic communities; insight into shopping patterns, consumption behaviour, factors impacting meat selection and price sensititives related to product attributes.


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