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The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep - 5-year review has been completed.
Detailed information is available on the National Farm Animal Care Council website: click here
Thank you to producers who participated in the review process, the work supports all sheep/lamb producers in Canada.


-Dec 14, 2020




Aug 10, 2020

The Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board applied for funding under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership/Saskatchewan Agriculture Awareness Initiative Program for the purposes of creating a new Agri-ed/ Ag Awareness display.  We would like to thank and provide recognition to the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan for the funding provided to complete this project.   We are looking forward to the opportunity to use the new display and to continue to bring awareness to agriculture and to the sheep industry. 

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Attention Producers - May 19, 2020
Farmers to directly benefit from changes to Canada Emergency Business Account
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Attention Producers - March 23, 2020
From the Canadian Sheep Federation 
The CSF is a member of the newly established COVID-19 Industry-Government Working Group and have a direct line with AAFC to deal with real-time production challenges.  Please send us any and all of your feedback on problems your producers are currently facing, and we'll make sure they become a priority on the government work plan.
The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. These are certainly unprecedented times and we know that this is causing new challenges specific to the agriculture and agri-food sector.  To help ensure that you have access to pertinent information, we have launched a new page on our main webpage ( through which to share information related to the COVID-19 situation. This is in addition to our ongoing engagement through our newly established COVID-19 Industry-Government Working Group teleconference. The new page contains a specific link for industry that contain Questions and Answers to particular issues, as well as a series of related links at the bottom of the page.  
We will continue to update this new page regularly.

Prime Minister announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19

Aug, 2019

2019 All Canada Sheep Classic
Canadian Sheep Breeders� Association Press Release - Read complete press release here

July 22, 2019

For immediate release

The Canadian Sheep Federation was honoured to host a select group of senior industry executives at its first Global Sheep Conference, which took place July 18th through 20th in Saskatoon.� The goal of this inaugural event was to share common experiences, challenges and opportunities the sheep industry faces, look for areas for future global collaboration and bring the Canadian sheep industry into the spotlight.� The meeting far exceeded those expectations!

Among those in attendance were Rob Williams, International Business Manager with Meat and Livestock Australia; Andrew Morrison, Chairman, and Jason Frost, North American Trade and Relationship Manager from beef + lamb New Zealand;� Pat and Ann Vorster, Principles at Morriston Merino Stud (South Africa); Phil Stocker, Senior Executive of the National Sheep Association (UK); Dale Thorne, Chairman of the American Lamb Board; Roberto Cardellino, Principal at Delta Animal Production Consultants and co-author of the IWTO�s wool production reports, as well as a number of invited Canadian industry executives.

Delegates spent Friday sharing experiences and identified a number of areas for future collaboration including inspiring global consumption and supply, elevating the profile of sheep farmers and sheep products around the world, and inspiring the future generation of strong leaders, among others.� Videos of the day�s presentations will be available shortly through various CSF platforms.� On Saturday, the delegation attended the 2019 All Canada Classic and Grasslands Exhibition in Humboldt, meeting with producers and getting a look at what our industry has to offer.� They were greeted with the warmth and professionalism needed to take the Canadian industry to the global stage.

2019 Options For Producers Dealing With Dry Conditions -Please see for complete information.

2019 CSIP Fees Increase Press Release January 2019

Allan Ribbink elected Canadian Sheep Federation Chairman of the Board

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.
  For more information contact the Canadian Sheep Federation at 1-888-684-7739 or


2018 CSBA Press Release August 2018

North American Lamb Company Press Release July 20, 2018


Parasite Study to Continue this Summer!

Study Information

News Release - Canadian Sheep Federation- January 22, 2018

STARTECTTM A New Concept in Controlling Internal Sheep Parasites Now Available from Zoetis Canada

From a press release issued by Zoetis

Kirland, QC (January 22, 2018) Zoetis announced today the availability of STARTECTTM, a dual active oral anthelmintic solution for sheep. STARTECT contains 1.0 mg abamectin and 10 mg derquantel and is a highly effective, short-acting oral sheep drench designed to optimize flock productivity1-5, and is the first new class of drench to be approved in combination ? a combination developed to be effective against parasite resistance. “Parasite resistance has become an important issue in sheep flocks in Canada leading to a loss in productivity and even death. The introduction of STARTECT will have a major impact on reducing this management concern.” comments Dr. Melanie Wowk, Manager Veterinary Services ? Cattle, Equine, Genetics Product Support.

STARTECT treats and controls a broad range of adult and immature worms, including the “barber pole worm”, Haemonchus contortus, and other important gastro intestinal nematode parasites such as Teladorsagia and Trichostrongylus. Startect has also demonstrated high efficacy (greater than 95%) against certain worms known to be resistant to other dewormers.

“Zoetis, along with veterinarians and the Veterinary Directorate branch of Health Canada acknowledge that the use of STARTECT in flocks should be combined with a sustainable Integrated Parasite Management program in order to preserve efficacy. In order to help producers manage resistance, all parties collaborated to develop a Customer Information Sheet that is included with every unit of STARTECT” comments Toni Bothwell, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilence at Zoetis Canada Inc. “Zoetis is proud to support the Canadian sheep industry and to build collaborative relationships with multiple industry stakeholders”.

A prescription from a licensed veterinarian is needed to obtain STARTECT. For more information about STARTECT and its role in flock health, contact your veterinarian and your Zoetis Territory Manager.



News Release - Canadian Sheep Federation- November 23. 2017

Pink Ketchum Kurl-Lock #3 tag (OVI-07-01) revoked from CSIP effective immediately...more information

News Release
From Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (

Livestock premises ID participation strengthens Canadian agriculture

July 25, 2017

Livestock traceability protects Canada’s livestock industry and the public’s well-being by strengthening the ability to respond quickly to disease outbreaks, food safety issues and natural disasters.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), provinces and territories, and members of the livestock industry are promoting #PremisesIDWeek taking place from July 25 to 31, 2017. They are encouraging producers, farmers and operators in the Canadian livestock supply chain to participate in livestock premises identification.

Identifying premises for livestock operations has many benefits, particularly during an emergency or disease outbreak. Knowing where livestock are located and how to contact owners can reduce potential economic, social and environmental impacts to livestock operations. Livestock traceability that uses valid premises identification numbers helps the industry to:

* rapidly notify registered livestock stakeholders
* prepare, manage and reduce the impact of animal health or food safety issues, such as diseases, fires or floods
* track and trace animals in the event of an emergency
* better manage emergencies to help maintain market access

The CFIA is considering changes to the Health of Animals Regulations ( for livestock traceability. These changes would require all Canadian operators of premises where livestock may be loaded or unloaded from a vehicle to have a valid premises identification number for each site, and to report the number when receiving livestock.

Canada’s livestock traceability system is a collaborative effort involving federal, provincial and territorial governments as well as livestock and poultry sectors. A robust traceability system helps ensure we can continue to maintain Canada’s world-class reputation of producing safe and healthy food, which helps ensure a profitable agricultural sector.

For more information on getting your free premises identification number, or to find a contact in your province or territory, please visit ( .


“Being able to trace the movement history of an animal from one point to another will strengthen Canada’s ability to respond quickly to health threats and other emergencies. We encourage producers and stakeholders across the supply chain to increase participation in livestock premises identification.”
* Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Quick Facts

* Getting a premises identification number is free and easy. Operators need to provide the following information: location of the premises; animal species kept at the premises; the type of agriculture and food operations; and contact information.
* The five Canadian provinces with mandatory premises identification are Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta ? but all provinces and territories have systems in place to issue PID numbers.
* Sectors such as poultry have already independently developed systems for collecting traceability information.
* New or existing premises identification numbers should be shared with livestock traceability administrators, such as the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency or Pig Trace Canada, to initiate or complete registration.

Official News Release Document  



Ottawa, ON (February 28, 2017) - The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) is pleased to announce that it has completed Technical Review Part 2 of its Food Safe Farm Practices Program under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA’s) Food Safety Recognition Program.? This CFIA-led management system review examined the CSF’s Food Safe Farm Practices Program and found that it meets Government Requirements for a Management Manual of a National Food Safety Program, supporting the production of safe food at the farm level.

“We’re pleased with the outcome of the management system’s technical review” says Phil Kolodychuk, CSF Chairman “and appreciate the CFIA’s recognition of our ability to deliver this program to Canadian sheep farmers and ranchers.? We would also like to thank Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for partnering with us, providing project funding through Growing Forward 2.”

The Food Safety Recognition Program has been developed as a framework for industry groups to develop quality assurance programs for producers within their sector. A recognized quality assurance program is a positive step in helping to build consumer trust in Canadian lamb products in both domestic and international markets.

CSF Executive Director Corlena Patterson and National On-Farm Food Safety Coordinator Kristy House met with Martin Appelt (Director, Program Control and Performance Division ? CFIA), Dr Boubacar Sidibe (National Manager, Program Design and Modernization - CFIA), Iliyan Staykov (National Coordinator, Food Safety Recognition Program) and the rest of the Program team in Ottawa the morning of Feb 23^rd 2017 to accept the Certificate and Letter of Completion.

For more information about the Canadian sheep industry’s Food Safe Farm Practices Program, visit our website, email us at ( or give us a call at 1.888.684.7739.








Canadian Sheep Federation Tag Assessment Form

The goal of this assessment form is to assist the CSF in assessing the performance of official CSIP tags. The form provides producers, tag users, the opportunity to give feedback on the CSIP tag performance over time and in farm situations. By providing with CSF with feedback on tags, producers will help ensure that the industry is being provided with the best tags possible.
Please complete the form with as much detail as is known. Include, when possible, any damaged or tags found that animals have lost. These problem tags will help identify manufacturing or usage issues.
Upon completion of the form please forward by mail with damaged or recovered lost tags to:

Canadian Sheep Federation 130 Malcolm Road Guelph Ontario N1K 1B1

Tag Assessment Form


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