We believe the MFGA Green Gold Program (Optimum Alfalfa Harvest Date or Hay Day) represents one of MFGA's longest-standing, most successful services to Manitoba forage producers and we want it to be the best program possible. On March 27, 2017, we invited a small group of core stakeholders to sit down with us and chat openly in a structured discussion around MFGA's Green Gold. One clear message was the need for producer recruitment to help make the program stronger.
Green Gold is seeking producers with hay fields that are mostly alfalfa, fairly new, and in good condition for testing through the May/June growing season.
The Benefits: You will receive results from those fields twice a week from the beginning of sampling until first cut, providing you with some real time information on how the quality of your alfalfa is declining.
Eligibility: You must agree to sample your field twice per week (Monday & Wednesday) and submit the alfalfa portion of the sample to Central Testing via courier. These costs will be covered by MFGA.
CSIP Tag Issues
There have been lots of conversations regarding CSIP tags and issues associated with them. Are you one of those producers having issues? Please click here for a complaint form.
Have your say: Update to the Code of Practice for the Transportation of Livestock and Poultry opens with a survey
www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/transportation . Survey input will be shared with and inform the Code Development Committee’s deliberations throughout the process.
Health Canada has issued Notices of Compliance for Rumensin Premix and Coban for use in sheep and goats (meat only).
Producers can search via the following Notice of Compliance website (put in the brand name)
For Immediate Release
December 1, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) is pleased to announce the election of Allan Ribbink as Chairman of the Board at the 2018 Annual General Meeting.
Allan Ribbink, along with his wife Marlene and their son Cody operate a sheep and cash crop farm in Tiverton, Ontario. Their daughter Cailey works off the farm. The Ribbink’s have been involved in Canada’s sheep industry since 1979. “I look forward to working with the CSF Board and staff implementing the organization’s new strategic plan, focused on unifying the industry and helping improve results for the entire value chain” said Mr. Ribbink following the adjournment of the CSF’s 2018 Annual General Meeting.
The CSF Executive Committee has a number of newly elected members this year including Morgan Moore (MB) as Vice-Chair, Liezel Kennedy (SK) as Secretary and Sheri Schweb (BC) as Treasurer. The rest of the CSF Board of Directors consists of Jocelyn McGraw (NB), Joseph Leck (NS), Harry Elsinga (PEI), Wilson Reid (NL), Brian Greaves (CCWG) and Ted Skinner (CSBA).
The CSF thanks departing Chairman Phil Kolodychuk for his years of dedicated service to the organization and continued contributions to the success of the Canadian industry.
The 2018 AGM took place in Calgary, following two days of Sheep Value Chain Round Table meetings. The Board also spent some time this year modernizing the organization’s strategic plan.
The Canadian Sheep Federation is a national, non-profit organization with a mission to represent the interests of the Canadian sheep industry, providing leadership aimed at furthering the sustainability, growth and prosperity of the sector.
MB Lamb Featured on Great Tastes of MB
The MSA is pleased to share a link to Saturday's broadcast if "Half Cup Habit" featuring Manitoba Lamb!
Link to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NCSTrTURJU#action=share
Link to the recipe: http://greattastesmb.ca/recipes/lamb-black-bean-meatballs/
Thank you for Attending!
To download ad view Dr. Paul Luimes talks on Nutrition, click on the links below:
Sheep Bytes Workshop - With Paul Luimes, University of Guelph & Ag Sheep Team
MSA DISTRICT MEETINGS - October
Please note the dates and locations of the following MSA District Meetings...
Eastern Region - October 9th - Steinbach Legion (294 Lumber Ave, just north of Steinbach Credit Union) 7:30 p.m.
Central Region - October 10th - Elm Creek Hall (70 Arena Road) 7:00 p.m.
Contact - Ralph Borst 204-436-3577
Interlake Region (MSA Rep Needed) - October 11th - Teulon Ag Office (77 Main Street) 7:00 p.m.
Contact - Kate Basford 204-656-4963
Western Region (MSA Rep Needed) - October 11th - Hamiota Ag Office (221 Elm Street, Hwy 21N) 7:00 p.m.
Contact - Sheri Bieganski 204-761-2440
Southwest District - October 12th - Super 8 Hotel (Hwy #1), Brandon 7:00 p.m.
Contact - Sheri Bieganski 204-761-2440
Northwest District (MSA Rep Needed)- October 13th - Dauphin -
Super 8 - 1:00 p.m.
Contact - Kate Basford 204-656-4963
DISTRICT MEETING AGENDA
- 2018 MSA Update
- Call for Resolutions - 2018 MSA Annual General Meeting
- District Elections (required in Western, Northwest and Interlake regions)
- Special Presentation - "Using Alternative Feeds with Sheep" presentation by he MB Ag Sheep Team (Wray Whitmore or Linda Fox)
MSA EXECUTIVE MEET WITH MINISTER
Please note that this week Zoetis Canada received approval for the use of Draxxin for foot rot in Sheep as follows:
The indications are: ‘For the treatment of ovine foot rot associated with Dichelobacter nodosus when systemic treatment is required due to the presence of active lesions.’
Dr. Melodie Chan is available to support communication on this new sheep claim.
More information will be made available as we receive it!
Details Released for the 2018 Show & Sale
The 2018 MSA Show & Sale took place on Saturday, August 25th at the Carberry Fair Grounds in Carberry, MB.
Please click on the MSA Events tab and then "Annual Show & Sale" for more info and a show catalogue!
2018 SHOW CHAMPIONS
Purebred Grand Champion Ram - Linda Westman
Purebred Reserve Champion - Shereff Stock Farms
Purebred Grand Champion Female - Furze Farms
Purebred Reserve Champion Female - Neil Versavel
Pen of Two Grand Champion - Cross Creek
Pen of Two Reserve Champion - Furze Farms
Pen of Three Grand Champion - Double M Livestock
Pen of Three Reserve Champion - Double M Livestock
Congratulations to all our Champions and participants!
2018 SALE STATISTICS
P/B RAM LAMBS
Top Seller Dorset Ram Lamb Junior - $850.00
10 Ram lambs sold; average $722.50
Cdn Arcott ( 1) $650.00
Dorset (3) average $716; High Seller $850.00
Suffolk (7) average $707: High Seller $800.00
P/B EWE LAMB
Suffolk (1) $525.00
PENS OF TWO
5 pens sold; High Seller $820.00/pen; Average $ 612.00/ pen
PENS OF THREE
4 pens sold ; High Seller $1050.00 /pen ; Average $971.00/pen
JACKPOT EWE LAMB
4 sold; High Seller $$350.00; Average $325.00
JACKPOT MARKET LAMB
3 sold : average $ 250.00
Thank you to all our buyers and consigners!
Ag Action Manitoba
Funding Specifically to Sheep Producers at a 50/50 cost sharing - The Ag Action Manitoba program offers funding activities for farmers that support the growth and sustainability of primary agriculture in Manitoba. Click here to access the "productivity for sheep" link that provides the necessary program information.
MSA Announces Scholarship Opportunity
The MSA is pleased to once again pleased to offer the Dr. John Hamerton Scholarship!
The $500 award is deigned to promote the future success of the MB Sheep Industry's youth through higher learning, skills development and leadership. It is open to any student who is a current member of the MSA or is related to a current MSA member. For more information and how to apply, click here.
Looking for MB Sheep Flocks for Parasite Study
In the upcoming summer of 2018, the researchers are looking to continue and survey more flocks in Manitoba - this will be the 4th year of the study. The project will look at parasite burden and at the efficacy of treatment at the flock level. Molecular techniques for identification of parasites will be used. Detection of parasite resistance to dewormers and its evolution will be monitored over several years.
If your flock consist of 20 or more ewes and you are interested in this project, we would like you to contact us (information at right). The results are confidential. However if you want to share the results with your regular veterinarian, we will ask for your consent and will forward the results to her/him
Over the past few years, a team of investigators as well as summer research students from the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine have undertaken surveys of sheep flocks in Western Canada (including Manitoba) to assess the level of gastro-intestinal parasites present. The researchers conducted more detailed investigation on parasite resistance to dewormers on a number of farms in Alberta by on-farm visits to perform fecal egg count reduction tests. The results of this work suggests that many Alberta sheep flocks have high parasite burdens and that Ivomec and Safeguard/Valbazen resistant parasites may be more common than previously thought in Alberta and probably Western Canada.