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Officers elected for the Ontario Sheep Farmers

November 5, 2018

Officers elected for the Ontario Sheep Farmers

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November 5, 2018 (Guelph, ON) – The Ontario Sheep Farmers elected its officers for 2018/2019 at its annual general meeting, recently held in Alliston.

Marc Carere, director for District 7, was acclaimed as chair. Carere, his wife Helen and son Matt operate Ballinahistle Farms, a large commercial ewe flock and lamb feedlot.

Heather Little was acclaimed 1st vice chair. Little is the OSF director from District 5 and she, along with her husband Kevin, and their children have a commercial flock near Grand Valley. 

John Hemsted, director for District 6, was acclaimed as second vice chair. Hemsted and his wife Josephine own and operate Sunningdale Farms which has a commercial ewe flock as well as a flock of purebred British Milk sheep. 

Ed Post, from Parkhill, joins the Ontario Sheep Farmers board as a director for District 1. Post, along with his wife Linda, operates Willow Creek Sheep & Cattle which has a commercial sheep flock along with a small cow calf operation and tree fruit production. 

Director positions for Districts 4 and 10 remain vacant. The remainder of the Ontario Sheep Farmers board is as follows:
Jay Lewis, District 2
Sandi Brock, District 3
Gary Fox, District 8
Chris Moore, District 9
Colleen Alloi, District 11.

The 2018/19 board is excited to work on the opportunities and challenges facing the industry and build on the efforts of the previous board. 

Praising Rob Scott for his commitment to the sheep industry, incoming Chair Marc Carere said, “Rob raised the profile of the sheep industry at both the provincial and national levels. His commitment to and passion for the industry was second to none and I want to thank him for all he has done for the sheep industry.” Carere went on to thank outgoing board members Fraser Hodgson (District 1) and Sally Jorgensen (District 10). “It has been a pleasure working with Sally and Fraser.”

Ontario’s 3,000 sheep producers are represented by the Ontario Sheep Farmers organization. With a focus on profitability and sustainability, the organization works in the areas of advocacy, industry capacity, research and market development. Its goal is to provide consumers with premium lamb and sheep products. For more information visit 


For more information:
Jennifer MacTavish, General Manager
Ontario Sheep Farmers
Office: (519) 836-0043 x323

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