For more than 30 years Ontario Sheep Farmers has been an advocate and unified voice for the Ontario’s 3,000 sheep farmers, representing the sheep, lamb and wool industries. The organization (and its predecessors) was established to promote and represent the industry’s interests and began with the formation of the Ontario Sheep Association in the 1970s.
With increasing concerns about the marketing of lambs and market share relative to imports in the early to mid 1980s, a request was made to the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission to develop and implement a marketing plan for sheep in the province. The result was the implementation of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) in September of 1985. In the late 1980s, the Ontario Sheep Association and OSMA amalgamated, retaining Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency as the association’s name.
In the fall of 2017, the organization evolved to become Ontario Sheep Farmers, enhancing its visibility and engagement with stakeholders in the sheep value chain in Ontario, and across Canada.
To enhance producer returns and provide consumers with safe premium lamb.
Enable Ontario sheep producers to be the supplier of premium lamb and sheep products.