Ag Action Manitoba

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. It is open to any student who is a current member of the MSA or is the student relation of a current MSA member.  For more information and how to apply, click here.

Shearing Course Opportunity - ONLY 2 SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE!

A two-and-a-half-day shearing course will take place at Tony Atkinson yard in Brandon starting Friday afternoon, May 25th-27th. Open to beginners and experienced shearers who wish to improve their technique. Cost will be $300 for the full course and instructors will be Brian Greaves and Chris Eddy.  Equipment will be supplied by CCWG and will be available for purchase at the end of the course.

Want to learn how to best prepare your wool for best financial return?  Attend a free session in the afternoon of May 26th for a demonstration on wool preparation – open to all producers!

For more info phone Brian at 204 567 3509 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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.

In the upcoming summer of 2018, the researchers are looking to continue and survey more flocks in Manitoba. 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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THIS PROJECT. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING, PLEASE CONTACT THE RESEARCH GROUP AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

MSA Mission Statement

To initiate, support, and conduct programs and activities designated to stimulate and improve the economic well-being of all segments of the Manitoba sheep industry.

MSA Sustainability Statement 

A Manitoba Sheep Industry that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable through

continuos improvement and awareness.

About Us

The Manitoba Sheep Association (MSA) is proud to represent over 400 sheep and lamb producers (both commercial and purebred producers) across the province. Our mission is to actively initiate, support and conduct programs and activities designed to stimulate and improve the well being of all segments of the sheep industry in Manitoba. We also present producer concerns and issues to government and other agricultural organizations. The MSA is a member of the Manitoba Forage Council and the Canadian Sheep Federation.


The MSA is a proud supporter and Board Member of:

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Our History

The Manitoba Sheep Breeders Association (MSBA) was formed in 1904; an Association that actively promoted the showing and selling of purebred stock. This remained the major purpose of the MSBA, however, it also handled industry concerns. Commercial producers were concerned that their side of the industry was not being served and as a result the Manitoba Lamb Feeders Association was created.

For several years both organizations were active. However, in the late 1940’s, the provincial sheep industry decreased in size and in January 1981 the two groups amalgamated under the name of the Manitoba Sheep Association. In 1989, the Manitoba Sheep Association was incorporated.

In 2003, following a successful referendum, the Manitoba Sheep Association was designated as the official organization representing sheep producers in Manitoba and thus allowed to levy a mandatory but refundable check-off. Manitoba and the other western provinces are now tied to the purchase of a $1.00 national ID tag per animal marketed (Check-off regulations). All producers paying check-off and not requesting a refund are members of the MSA. This check off allows the MSA to more effectively represent sheep producers at both the provincial and national level.

As of January 2013, the Canadian Sheep Federation collects a 25 cent check off fee per tag purchased for use in Manitoba.


The 2017 Manitoba Sheep Association Symposium will take place as follows:
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Stride Place - Rotary Multi Purpose Room
245 Royal Rd S
Portage la Prairie, MB
A full agenda for the day can be found here: Agenda 
To register for the Symposium, please contact the MSA Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (204) 421-9434.  The cost for the day is $25/person payable at the door via cash or cheque.  A lamb lunch will be provided.
MSA Annual General Meeting
The MSA Annual General Meeting will take place as part of the Symposium, starting at 1:00 p.m.  Please note that all are welcome for the AGM, and members are not required to attend the symposium in order to attend the AGM.  
Please review the following documents pertaining to the AGM:
All MSA members who purchased tags in 2016 will also receive notice of this meeting by mail including the opportunity to vote for the directors at large Board positions.