Annual General Meeting Notice

Annual General Meeting Notice

The Manitoba Sheep Association Board of Directors is pleased to provide details surrounding its 2020 Annual General Meeting, being held in a virtual format this year due to government restrictions on gathering size.  This information is also being sent my physical mail to current members.  Please review the information below.

Please Note: Due to the global pandemic, and the current restrictions in place in the Province of Manitoba, the MSA will not be scheduling its annual fall district meetings.  The AGM will take place in a virtual format to comply with government restrictions.

Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, November 17th
7:00 p.m.
Zoom Webinar

The MSA will be posting a link to register for the virtual AGM, as well as all supporting meeting documents (agenda, past meeting minutes, financials) on our website ( by November 1st, 2020.  Please visit the website then to register for the meeting.  In the meantime, please simply save the date.  Please note that registration for the AGM will be required.

The following district representatives will be up for election:

Central District
Interlake District
Western Director
Northwest Director

Additionally, the Board will have one director at large position up for election.

If you are interested in putting your name forward for any of these positions, you must let the MSA office know by October 31st, 2020.  No names will be able to be put forward from the floor at the virtual AGM – all nominations must be received prior to the deadline. 


Members are invited to submit resolutions for review by the Board prior to October 11th, 2020.  Resolutions will be reviewed by the Board and may be included in the resolutions put forth at the AGM.  No resolutions will be taken from the floor at the virtual AGM.

A note to Producers-Sheep Measles: Are You Putting Canadian Lamb at Risk?

A note to Producers-Sheep Measles: Are You Putting Canadian Lamb at Risk?

Sheep Measles: Are You Putting Canadian Lamb at Risk?

Dr. Neil Versavel DVM

Sheep Measles, caused by the canine tapeworm T. ovis, results in small white cysts throughout the meat of sheep rendering it unpalatable and leading to carcass condemnation.  By feeding raw sheep meat back to livestock and herding dogs, sheep producers risk completing the life cycle of the tapeworm and thereby perpetuating this economically disastrous parasitic infection.  Affected sheep cannot be treated for the parasite, only proper treatment of meat products fed to dogs combined with routine deworming of all dogs exposed to the sheep flock with Drontal Plus, Lopatol or fenbendazole can stop sheep measles in its tracks.

Open Letter on the Value of Animal Agriculture

Open Letter on the Value of Animal Agriculture

How livestock is supporting global nutrition, high standards of food safety and public health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

(This letter has been signed by over 65 organisations and individuals from around the world. See all signatories below)

The coronavirus crisis has brought into focus the incredible public health challenge our world faces, and nowhere is this challenge more apparent than in food production. Nourishing the world during this crisis is a top priority across nations.

Our world needs the contributions of livestock. Globally, 1.3 billion people depend on livestock for their employment, while billions more rely on livestock to provide food for their families. Animal agriculture provides milk, meat, fish and eggs at a time when access to safe, nutritious and affordable food is necessary to fend off a potential global hunger crisis, and offers invaluable support for farmers facing severe, often existential, economic hardships.

The precise origin of Covid-19 remains under investigation, but ongoing research continues to confirm that domestic livestock production is safe and has not played a role in the spread of Covid-19Current evidence points to a journey from wild animals to humans, which aligns with research showing most zoonotic diseases originate in wildlife.

However, some are making unfounded claims that livestock and modern agriculture were somehow the source of the pandemic. This threatens to distract the global public health response at a time when animal agriculture can offer lessons for wildlife zoonosis management as part of the long-term pandemic preparedness.

For example, livestock diseases are monitored globally to help prevent them from spreading across borders the way that Covid-19 has done, and advances in farm and facility practices, animal nutrition, veterinary diagnostics and medicine mean many zoonotic diseases, such as Salmonella, are well managed in most economies. Using these learnings to develop more robust early warning systems for wildlife could enhance our ability to detect emerging diseases.

Importantly, livestock production is a regulated, monitored system with food safety and public health at its core. Even in the face of unprecedented challenges, farms and food facilities are taking every precaution possible to keep employees as safe as possible and fulfill their critical roles in our food supply, while producers continue to rely on biosecurity, hygiene, vaccination, and other tools to control animal illness.

The knowledge and expertise of the livestock sector can help strengthen the global Covid-19 response and tackle the growing risk of nutrition insecurity.

We urge authorities, intergovernmental groups, and NGOs to support these efforts by:

  • Reaffirming the safety of livestock production and reminding consumers of our robust food safety system, including the important role of veterinarians and animal nutrition.
  • Refuting misinformation that tries to manufacture a link between livestock and the spread of Covid-19.
  • Consulting with livestock experts, including farmers and other stakeholders in the feed and food chain to understand how to aid their efforts to feed communities.

During this pandemic, livestock farms and the value chain are working tirelessly to ensure we have safe and affordable food to eat and drink. It’s vital that society supports these efforts and tap into their knowledge to build a more resilient world in the future.

This letter is undersigned by the following organisations and individuals*

International Signatories

Dr. Daniel Bercovici
International Feed Industry Federation

Donald Moore
Executive Director
Global Dairy Platform

Guillaume Roué
International Meat Secretariat

Dr. Jimmy Smith
Director General
International Livestock Research Institute

Dr. Judith Bryans
International Dairy Federation

Dr. Patricia Turner
World Veterinary Association

Rick White
International Agri-food Network

Robin Horel
International Poultry Council

Serge Leterme
Diagnostics for Animals

Carel du Marchie Sarvaas
Executive Director

European Signatories

Dr. Anders Karlsson
Head of Department
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Prof. Andrew Peters
Program Director, Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI), Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies University of Edinburgh

Birthe Steenberg
Secretary General

Dr. Daniella Dos Santos
British Veterinary Association

Dawn Howard
Chief Executive
National Office of Animal Health

Dr. Dirk-Jan de Koning
Professor in Animal Breeding
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Prof. dr. ir. Frédéric Leroy
Professor of Food Science and Biotechnology
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dr. Jana Picoka
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Jean-Louis Hunault

Dr. Jude Capper
Livestock Sustainability Consultancy

Karsten Maier
Secretary General
European Livestock and Meat Trades Union

Dr. Mario Estevez
Associate Professor
University of Extremadura

Dr. Michael Lee
Professor of Sustainable Livestock Systems, University of Bristol
Head of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences — North Wyke, Rothamsted

Minette Batters
National Farmers Union of England and Wales

Alexander Döring
Secretary General
European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation

Prof Nigel Scollan
Director, Institute of Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast

Pekka Pesonen
Secretary General

Dr. Philip Skuce
Principal Scientist, Moredun Research Institute
Sector Lead for Livestock, SEFARI KE

Roxane Feller
Secretary General

Santiago de Andres
Director General

Dr Simon Doherty
Director, Blackwater Consultancy Ltd

Dr. Stefaan De Smet
Professor, Department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology, University of Ghent

Dr. Ulf Emanuelson
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

US and Canadian Signatories

Allan Ribbink
Canadian Sheep Federation

Alexander Mathews
President and CEO
Animal Health Institute

Benoît Fontaine
Chicken Farmers of Canada

Brian Bilkes
Canadian Hatching Egg Producers

Catharine Perry
Executive Director
American Dairy Science Association

Chad Gregory
President and CEO
United Egg Producers

Dr. Catherine Filejski
Canadian Animal Health Institute

Dr. Christian Klopfenstein
Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians

Constance Cullman
President and CEO
American Feed Industry Association

Dr. Dan Thomson
Department Chair and Professor
Department of Animal Science
Iowa State University

Darren Ference
Turkey Farmers of Canada

Douglas A. Freeman DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACT
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Ermias Kebreab
Associate Dean and Professor
University of California-Davis

Dr. Frank Mitloehner
Professor of Air Quality Extension Specialist
University of California-Davis, Dept. of Animal Science

Dr. Fred Gingrich
Executive Director
American Association of Bovine Practitioners
American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners

Jean-Michel Laurin
President and CEO
Canadian Poultry &
Egg Processors Council

Dr. Jeffrey Wichtel
Professor and Dean
Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

John Jamieson
President and CEO
Canadian Center for Food Integrity

John Ross
Executive Director
Canadian Pork Council

John Starkey
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

Dr. Joy Mench
Professor Emerita
Department of Animal Science
University of California-Davis

Julie Anna Potts
President and CEO
North American Meat Institute

Kay Johnson Smith
President and CEO
Animal Agriculture Alliance

Dr. Ken Anderson
PhD Poultry Scientist

Melissa Dumont
Executive Director
Animal Nutrition Association of Canada

Pamela Griffin
Vice President
American National CattleWomen

Paul Zajicek
Executive Director
National Aquaculture Association

Dr. Richard Raymond
Former United States Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Food Safety

Dr. Robert Hagevoort
Co-Founder and Director of Development, U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium

Roger Pelissero
Egg Farmers of Canada

Ryan Greir
National Sheep Network

Scott Helps
Egg Farmers of Ontario

Dr. Shanna L. Ivey
Ph.D., Department Head, Professor, New Mexico State University, Departments of Animal and Range Sciences and Extension Animal Science and Natural Resources

Dr. Yvonne Thaxton
Professor Emeritus, Director of the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing, University of Arkansas

New Zealand Signatories

Prof. Pablo Gregorini
Professor of Livestock Production
Lincoln University Pastoral Livestock Production Lab

*Note: Endorsement of this letter by academic signatories does not necessarily reflect the views of their institutions

Temporary Ministerial Exemption process to allow inter-provincial trade of meat

Temporary Ministerial Exemption process to allow inter-provincial trade of meat

Ottawa, ON (May 28, 2020) – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) is pleased to see the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA’s) public announcement of the temporary Ministerial Exemption process to allow inter-provincial trade of meat and poultry products from establishments that are not federally licenced.  The announcement was posted on the CFIA website May 21st, 2020, and details shared with industry groups in a meeting that same day.

“We were pleased to see the CFIA pull together the details of this Ministerial Exemption so quickly” says Allan Ribbink, Canadian Sheep Federation Chairman.  Ribbink adds “this really demonstrates how when we all work together as a sector, we can overcome long standing issues that really needed to be fixed in this emergency.”

The Canadian Sheep Federation first raised this issue during the March 20th Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) COVID-19 Working Group meeting, encouraging AAFC and CFIA to prepare for possible disruptions in the meat supply system should processing facilities suffer from reduced capacity related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through April and May, the CSF met with CFIA to discuss the Ministerial Exemption process, review draft protocols and work through logistics of applying for the Exemption.  Likewise, the CSF met with provincial representatives in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta to discuss the process and opportunity for granting Ministerial Exemptions for lamb.

“We appreciate the amount of work the CFIA has put into developing the Ministerial Exemption protocols” says CSF Executive Director, Corlena Patterson, “and hope they can be readily accessed when they are needed the most”.

Information about the Ministerial Exemption can be found on the CFIA website at  If you are a provincially inspected lamb processor and need help navigating the ME protocol, please contact the Canadian Sheep Federation by calling 1.888.684.7739 or by emailing

2020 MSA Show & Sale Cancellation

2020 MSA Show & Sale Cancellation

Due to the ongoing global pandemic and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation in Manitoba and Canada, the MSA Board of Directors regrets that the 2020 MSA summer Show & Sale will be cancelled.

Please stay tuned for more information from the MSA regarding the option for members to showcase their available breeding stock in MSA’s Sheep Sense publication and the MSA website in lieu of the in person sale.

Sheep Productivity Webinars

Sheep Productivity Webinars

  1. Sheep Handling Equipment – This webinar explains the use of low stress handling techniques and equipment. Well designed handling equipment and setup will allow a sheep producer to raise and manage more sheep on their farm, using less labour while minimizing stress to both the animal and handler.

Sheep Handling Equipment

  1. Artificial Lamb Rearing – This webinar deals with milk replacer feeding and the management of orphaned lambs or those produced by prolific ewes on an intensive sheep operation.  We discuss milk replacer selection, milk preparation, the equipment required and sanitation practices to successfully rear lambs to weaning.

Feeding Milk Replacer to Lambs – Artificial Lamb Rearing

  1. Pregnancy Management – This webinar explains the technology involved for producers to identify ewes on their farm carrying multiple lambs allowing for more precise feeding and husbandry management.

Pregnancy Management

  1. Flock Health, production records and biosecurity – This webinar broadly discusses how to increase your ability to identify superior individuals within a flock to improve flock management and productivity. The production limiting disease Maedi Visna (MVV) and genetic Scrapie screening practices are both discussed as ways to identify disease resistance and improvement within the breeding flock.

Flock Health, Production Records and Biosecurity