Notice of Meeting – CSF AGM 

Notice of Meeting – CSF AGM 

Canadian Sheep Federation Annual General Meeting info:
Tuesday January 11, 2022 @ 7:00 pm Eastern

This year’s AGM will be held virtually via Zoom.Pre-registration is required to participate. Please use the link below to register.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

THE BORDER IS OPEN –  APHIS Updates Import Regulations for Sheep & Goats

THE BORDER IS OPEN –  APHIS Updates Import Regulations for Sheep & Goats

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published a final rule updating its import regulations for sheep, goats and their products, such as meat.  This rule removes remaining bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) import restrictions on sheep, goats and their products, and aligns the regulations with the current scientific understanding of BSE.

BSE is a fatal brain disease that is part of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).  Other TSE diseases that can affect animals include scrapie in sheep and goats and chronic wasting disease in deer, elk and moose.  When APHIS originally established BSE-related import restrictions, the potential risk of species other than cattle, including sheep and goats, was unknown.  However, since BSE was first identified, scientists have learned much more about how BSE works, and their extensive research shows that sheep and goats pose a minimal risk of spreading BSE. 

While BSE-related restrictions are no longer needed, APHIS is updating its scrapie requirements for importing live sheep and goats and their germplasm to continue to protect the U.S. herd.  Any live sheep or goat not transported directly to slaughter, or to a designated feedlot and then to slaughter, must originate from a scrapie-free country or flock with a herd certification program equivalent to the U.S. Scrapie Flock Certification Program.

APHIS will also allow on a case-by-case basis the importation of certain wild, zoo or other non-bovine ruminant species.  The Agency will evaluate the disease risk of each animal and the receiving entity’s ability to manage the risks before deciding whether to issue an import permit allowing the animal entry into the country.

APHIS issued a proposed rule outlining these changes in September 2016.  This proposal was based on a thorough review of relevant scientific literature, international guidelines, and a comprehensive evaluation.  After considering all comments received on the proposed rule, APHIS determined that these changes will continue to guard against TSEs entering the United States, while allowing additional animals and animal products to be imported into this country.  View the final rule at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2021-26302/importation-of-sheep-goats-and-certain-other-ruminants.

Getting Started in Sheep Workshop

The MSA is pleased to partner with the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board to announce that it will be hosting a virtual opportunity for members to participate in the ‘Getting Started in Sheep’ workshop as per the details below:

January 27-29, 2022
facilitated by Gord Schroeder over the Zoom Platform

Times:
January 27th – 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
January 28th – 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
January 29th – 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $175/individual or $300/couple + GST
Participants will be provided with full course materials in printed form prior to the course dates.

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot.  Class size is limited to allow for a good interactive learning experience.

Please call (306) 933-5200 or email sheepdb@sasktel.net to register!

Workshop Topics:
  • Sheep Industry Opportunity
  • Purchasing your Flock
  • Flock Health Management
  • Biosecruity and Why it’s Important
  • Lamb Production for Profit
  • Insights into Handing Sheep
  • Lambing Time Management
  • Marketing
  • Basic Sheep Nutrition
  • Shearing and Wool
  • Predation Management
This virtual course will cover the basics of getting started in the sheep industry. It is designed for those who are looking at getting into sheep and those who are already in the business on the beginner level. To allow for a positive learning experience course enrollment is limited.

Presenter Bio: Gord has been heavily involved in the sheep industry for over 35 years, 28 years as a large flock lamb producers and 22 years working as the Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board. He brings a wealth of experience from both the production and industry organizational operations side.  Gord’s goal is to share his experience and help individuals get a good start raising sheep.

MSA AGM & Webinar Announcement

MSA AGM & Webinar Announcement

MSA 2021 Annual General Meeting – November 12th

Due to current public health orders and vaccine mandates, the MSA Board has made the decision to offer the 2021 Annual General meeting in a virtual format only.

Friday, November 12th
6:00 p.m.
Zoom
Registration Required – click here to register

Please click the links below to access the meeting documents:

Webinar Following the MSA AGM – 

Resilient Farms and Families: Responding to Stress with Kim Moffat
Farming was tough before the global pandemic. Added pressures to the industry have trickled down impacting a farmer’s sense of well being and bottom lines. This has left many of us feeling overwhelmed at times and struggling to cope. Conversations that acknowledge the pressures facing farmers and the reality that our mental health has been negatively impacted, can help bring about relief and help. This discussion will highlight some of the signs of stress, remind producers of the importance of reaching out for help, and to ask for what they need.

Kim Moffat is a Farm Wellness Consultant based out of Strathclair Manitoba. She has worked in the field of mental health for over thirty years. Following her passion and experience, she has specialized in the field of agricultural mental health and wellness for the last twenty years. She offers online and in-person consulting services including webinars, workshops, and presentations designed to support farmers.