About Us

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.


The Canadian Sheep Federation publishes this newsletter. To subscribe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to view go here.

 New CLPC Ad August 7 2015.pdf


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 Show Catalogue

2015 - May 17 - The MSA Annual Show and Sale is now accepting entries for the 2015 fall Show and Sale. This year's sale is scheduled for August 28th and 29th at the Carberry Agri Grounds. More information will be availble shortly. The MSA is also hosting a 3 day shearing school August 26-28th, there is room for up to 6 shearers for the full three days and for those interested in trying it out without commiting to the full 3 days there will be room for 2 beginners each of the 3 days. For more information and availability of spots contact Jonathon Nichol @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 204-246-2565. 

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 

2015 - February 12 -  The 2015 AGM is being held in Portage La Prairie on March 7th at the McKenzie United Church 85 11th St. NW. For more information and to see the resolutions being put forward go to the Coming Events page. ***Please RSVP by February 27th if you plan on attending by contacting Jennifer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 1-204-421-9434.***

2014 - November 13GOVERNMENTS HELP MANITOBA LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS PURCHASE FEEDFollow the link to learn more http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/print,index.html?item=33210&posted=2014-11-12

 New Markets Open for Canadian Sheep Products in Mexico 

The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) is pleased to announce that, thanks to the efforts of the Market Access Secretariat (MAS), Canadian sheep and goat meat, offal and viscera from animals without any age restriction can now be shipped to Mexico.....In 2013, the total value of Canadian mutton exports was estimated to be worth slightly over $800,000. Canadian exporters now have an immediate opportunity to export $12.5 million worth of mutton to Mexico,

Follow the link to read more http://cansheep.ca/aspx/Public/News/NewsItem.aspx?item_id=279

2014 - October 23 - Growing Forward 2 – Financial Assistance for Sheep Producers. Click on the link below to find out more

2014 - August 23 -

 2014 Show and Sale Catalogue 

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 - March 20, 2014 - From the Flock - Canadian Sheep Federation Newsletter - Read the: English Version, French Version..

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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