The Manitoba Sheep Association (MSA) is proud to represent over 400 sheep and lamb producers (both commercial and purebred producers) across the province. We actively initiate, support and conduct programs and activities designed to stimulate and improve the well being of all segments of the sheep industry. We also present producer concerns and issues to government and other agricultural organizations. The MSA is a member of the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), the Manitoba Forage Council and the Canadian Sheep Federation.
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 will collect a 25 cent check off fee per tag purchased for use in Manitoba.
FROM THE FLOCK NEWSLETTER
KEY INDUSTRY INFORMATION
2014 - August 23 -
Over 70 lots entered in this years show and Sale. Don't miss your chance at some top of the line breeding stock.
2014 - July 15, 2014 - Mitch Millar attended a morning meeting with Agri Minister Ron Kostyshyn on July 9th. For a summary of what they discussed Read More.
2014 - July 8, 2014 - Mitch Millar has been attending daily conference calls with Minister Kostyshyn in regards to the flood situation here in Manitoba. The linked map was released July 12th. We will post more information as it becomes available. Any concerns or questions can be directed to Mitch at 204 280 0822 and he will bring them up at the next conference call. Lake Manitoba Flood Forecast Map
2014 - March 5, 2014 - A new farming venture, Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms is launched. Read more..
2014 - January 10, 2014 - Bayer HealthCare Announces Baycox® 5% (toltrazuril) Oral Suspension Approved for Sheep in Canada. Read More.
2013 - October- Shearwell tags were just recently approved for use in the double tagging of purebred sheep. http://www.sheepbreeders.ca/ .
2013 - Aug 21, 2013 - Breaking News - NZ's China Access could help balance sheep meat market. Read more.
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