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
2016 - Feb 18 - The speaker at this years AGM will be Dr. Reuben Neumeyer speaking on Practical Sheep Matter from a Vet's perspective. Dr. Neumeyer will be speaking from 10:00 until 12:00 followed by lunch. After lunch will be the business portion of the AGM with an approximate adjournment of 3:30. Registration starts at 9:30 am, if you plan to attend please rsvp by Feb 24th.
2016 - Jan 4 - Manitoba Sheep Association is holding a Small Ruminant Symposium at the Canad Inns in Portage La Prairie Feb. 6th. Registrations must be in by January 15th. Please follow the link for more information.
The latest Growing Forward 2 catalogue items for sheep producers has been released. Please follow the link for more information.
2015 - Nov 25 - Manitoba Sheep Association - NW District Regional Meeting - December 12, 2015 at 1.p.m at the old Pet Valu location, at the Dauphin Market Place Mall access from parking lot. Further information contact Kate Basford 204-656-4963
2015 - Nov 19 - The Eastern Region Annual District meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 8th at the Super Store in Steinbach, 7:30 in the upstairs meeting room. The meeting will include an overview of MSA events in the past year, as well as opportunity to share new ideas for the MSA to pursue. Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of Eastern region sheep producer hospitality!
2015 - Sept 29 - Mountainview 9th Annual Fall Sheep Sale Dauphin, MB October 3rd , 2015
Once again the Mountainview Sheep Association is planning their annual Fall Sheep Sale along with theBetty Wallace Junior Show. This year it will be held on October 3rd with animals to come into the barn on October 2nd to proceed through the culling committee evaluation and be properly penned for viewing by potential buyers.
For more information follow this link MountainView Sale Form
2015 - Sept 17 - MSA Hosting Sheep Farm Tours
Sheep Farm Pasture Tour
Registration and Transport: $10/ea by September 30, 2015
Free Lunch Sponsored by EMF
Manitoba Sheep Association 204-421-9434
For more information follow the link
2015 - Sept 4 - Bluetongue Confirmed in Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
On August 7, 2015, samples collected from an animal in an Ontario abattoir as part of the national Bovine Serological Surveillance program returned a positive result for Bluetongue serotype 13. The positive animal did not show any clinical signs of the disease prior to slaughter. On September 2, 2015, follow up testing on the farm of origin, which is located in southwestern Ontario, detected two other positive animals. None of the animals had ever left the farm nor were there any US import animals on the premises.
To Read more on this follow the Link Bluetongue
2015 - Aug 24 - The MSA Annual Show and Sale Catalogue is now available for viewing. Please follow the link below.
2015 - April 30 - The MSA is now accepting applications for the John Hamerton Memorial Scholarship. Click here for more information
2015 - April 17 - Manitoba Stock Dog Association is looking for 150 sheep preferably ewes for the Continental Stock Dog Championships June 20 &21. Trucking has been arranged for pickup and return and the Manitoba Stock Dog Association is paying $10 per head per day for the two days. The animals are not required to all be from the same location though that would be preferable. Please contact Kaelene Forsyth at 204-280-0739 for more information.
2015 - March 23 - Please follow the link to find the various All Canada Classic 2015 Sponsorship and Catalogue Ad. forms and information.Classic 2015
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