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2016 - Dec 27 - East region is electing a new Regional Director on Jan. 10 2017. The meeting will be at 7:30 upstairs at the Steinbach Superstore.

2016 - Oct 14 - 2nd Annual MSA Farm Tours. Canada Sheep and Lamb Lundar Location and Albert Giesbrecht at Altona. For more information go to the Coming Events page.

2016 - August 11 - The Catalogue is now available for the 2016 Show and Sale. As of release there are 48 lots at this years sale. Come out to Portage August 20th and find yourself some new blood to improve your flock.

Click on the link to view the 2016 Catalogue

2016 - August 8 - Heartland Livestock Virden is having a Sheep, Lamb and Goat sale Wednesday August 24th at 1pm. Please call 204-748-2809 to consign.

2016 - June 20 - Manitoba Hay Day is June 23. This event is all about hay from best practises to new equipment. For more information follow the link. HAY DAY

2016 - May 25 - The Green Gold reports are now available for Eastern, Central and Western/Interlake. Follow the link to find all of the up to date reports for your area. Green Gold Reports 

2016 - May 25 - CCWG will be attending MSA's Show & Sale in Portage, and will bring a selection of sheep supplies, including CSIP tags, wool bags etc. If you wish to pre-order special items please get your order into CCWG by Monday August 1.

2016 - May 24 - This year the MSA Annual Show and Sale is going to be held in Portage La Prairie August 19th &20th. Entry deadline for the Show and Sale is August 3rd. For more rules and a prize money list please follow the link below to view the entry forms. This year the MSA AGM will be held in conjunction with the Show and Sale and will be held Friday August 19th. Show and Sale Forms

2016 - May 24 - The MSA Board would like to remind everyone with university/college students that the John Hamerton Memmorial Scholarship is again available this year and as it was not awarded last year due to a lack of applicants there will be (2) $500 dollar scholarships being offered in 2016. Please send applications to Suite 244, 23-845 Dakota St. Winnipeg, MB R2M 5M3. For rules and requirements of applicants please follow the link.    Scholarship Info

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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.


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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 - Feb 13 - The MSA is holding this years Annual General Meeting at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg - Airport West, 2520 Portage Ave. March 5th with registration starting at 9:30am. If you wish to attend please contact your District Rep. or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., deadline for registration is Feb. 24th. To review this years Resolutions prior to March 5th please follow the link. 2016 Resolutions

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.

 Small Ruminant Symposium  

The latest Growing Forward 2 catalogue items for sheep producers has been released. Please follow the link for more information.

GF2 Catalogue 

Central Region will be holding its annual meeting Friday Jan 29th at 7:00pm, for more information and to RSVP please contact Jonathon Nichol at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 204-242-0925. Location will be decided depending on interest.

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.***

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