***Resolutions #8 thru #10 make changes to the MSA By-Laws and were carried at the 2015 Annual General meeting. To make these changes they must be passed again at this years AGM.
 
Resolution # 1   Motion made by Virginia Fox, seconded by Ken Maclaren
 
Manitoba Sheep Association's should have a member's only component to the MSA website.
 
WHEREAS many other provincial sheep associations have a members only access to their website, which enables their members to have access to information that non- members and the general public do not have.
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Manitoba Sheep Association develop a member access section on the MSA website.
 
Resolution # 2 Motion made by Clifford Flynn, seconded by Pat Flynn
 
Manitoba Sheep Association should lobby Canadian Wool Growers to continue to have a sufficient supply long round tube bags.
 
WHEREAS there is limited access to wool packers for the New Zealand square  bags in the Province of Manitoba and many producers have wool packers or access to wool packers for the  long round bags.
 
WHEREAS the cost of the wool packers for the New Zealand square bags is very expensive and producers are not apt to replace their current long bag wool packers for New Zealand square wool packers.
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Manitoba Sheep Association lobby the Canadian Wool Growers to continue to have an ample supply of long round wool bags until there is at least one New Zealand wool packer at each wool depot location in Manitoba.
 
Resolution # 3    Motion made by Clifford Flynn, seconded by Ken McLaren
 
The Manitoba Sheep Association continue to work toward acquiring New Zealand Wool packers for the Four (4) Wool Depots located within the Province.
 
WHEREAS the New Zealand square bag is growing in popularity and the industry is having a preference to the NZ square bags for their ease of packing.  With the ever increasing cost of transportation; the long round bags are becoming less desirable and eventually unavailable to producers.
 
WHEREAS it has been determined a need for NZ wool packers both within the industry but also as a safer alternative to the long round bag wool packers. By placing a NZ wool packer at each wool depot, all local producers would have access to a safer wool packer.
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Manitoba Sheep Association continue to acquire 4 New Zealand wool packers and these be located at the 4 wool depots in the province.
 
 
Resolution # 4   Motion made by Linda Fox, seconded by Pat Flynn
 
Manitoba Sheep Association provide a quarterly update on their activities to their membership. 
 
WHEREAS Manitoba Sheep Associations Board of Directors need to be communicating better to its membership as to its activities and how it is working for its membership to better the Manitoba sheep industry.
 
 WHEREAS the MSA Sheep Sense is an excellent vehicle to disseminate this information and should include a board update, activities and industry issues in each sheep sense edition.
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Manitoba Sheep Association Board of directors advise its membership on a quarterly basis on its activities and now it is working to better the Manitoba sheep Industry for small sheep flock operators and large flock businesses.
Resolution # 5   Motion made by Linda Fox, seconded by Pat Flynn
 
Manitoba Sheep Association develop a new Strategic plan for the Manitoba sheep Industry, which will take sheep producers and the industry into year 2020.
 
WHEREAS the MSA business plan was last developed in 2013 and most of the items has be identified or achieved.
 
 THEREFORE It is time for Manitoba Sheep Association to embark on the process to develop a relevant business plan for 2016 the will take the association and its membership into the year 2020.
 
 
 Resolution # 6 Motion made by Linda Foxx, seconded by Kate Basford
 
Manitoba Sheep Association should promote research on Malignant Catarrhal Fever
 
WHEREAS Sheep are known to be carriers of Malignant Catarrhal Fever, which is lethal to Bison.
 
WHEREAS Malignant Catarrhal Fever has the potential to limit areas that sheep are allowed to be raised in Manitoba as has been attempted in Saskatchewan by Bison Producers.
 
 THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Manitoba Sheep Association promote there be further research to better understand the  interaction and transmission of Malignant Catarrhal Fever.
 
Resolution # 7 Motion made by Clifford Flynn, seconded by Llyall Fox
 
COOL (Country of Origin Labelling) continues to obstruct imports of Canadian Lamb into USA markets.
 
WHEREAS the COOL labelling has been lifted from the other livestock commodities in 2015.
 
WHEREAS the COOL labelling continues to obstruct the imports of Canadian Lamb into the USA and continues to create an unfair market.
 
WHEREAS the closure of the USA border contradicts the Strategic Plan for the development of the Manitoba Sheep Industry.
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Manitoba Sheep Association aggressively pursue its strategic alliances with the the Canadian Sheep Federation and other Provinces to aggressively  lobby the Government of Canada and the Manitoba Government to  activity work towards rescinding the COOL provisions on Canadian lamb, which is  merely a protectionist movement by the American Sheep Industry.
 
RESOLUTION # 8
The MSA Board of Directors resolves that the wording in the MSA By-laws and Regulations regarding our year end financials be changed from,

2.07. Appointment of auditor. At each annual meeting of the association the members shall appoint by resolution an auditor to audit the books of the association, and if an auditor is not so appointed, the board of directors shall appoint an auditor.

to,
2.07. Appointment of auditor. At each annual meeting of the association the members shall appoint by resolution an auditor to perform a financial review of the books of the association, and if an auditor is not so appointed, the board of directors shall appoint an auditor.

RESOLUTION # 9
As per Resolution #11 of 2015 and amended to the following;

**MSA financial year-end be changed to the last day of July each year.

WHEREAS the current year end forces the MSA to hold the AGM at a time of year when many producers are busy lambing, changing the year end date would allow the MSA to move the AGM date to a mid to late fall time frame.

 

RESOLUTION # 10
Jonathon Nichol moves that by-law 8.02, which reads "Associate Membership. Any person, firm, incorporated company, or department of the Government may become an associate member upon payment of an annual fee, the amount of which to be determined by the Board of Directors. In the case of a firm, incorporated company or department of the Government, such an organization may appoint one person in any one year as their representative or upon notice to the Association and upon acceptance may make one change of person as the representative during the term of the membership.", be left as is.

Sub-section 8.02.01to be added to by-law 8.02, it will read: "an associate member will be given a vote at District or Provincial meetings when a person, firm, incorporated company, or department of the Government contribute a minimum of $5000.00 per fiscal year.", seconded by Sarah Lewis.

**Amended at the 2015 AGM to read "an associate member will be given a vote at Provincial meetings when a person, firm, incorporated company, or department of the Government contribute a minimum $5000.00 per fiscal year" - Carried