INTRO TO SHEEP PRODUCTION
The Manitoba Sheep Association endeavours to provide current, topical information for you. The development of this page is a work in progress.
Please feel free to drop us a line to suggest publications and best management practices that are of benefit to your fellow producers.
TAGGING INFORMATION: All sheep transported must be tagged. A mandatory system for the identification of the sheep across the nation (except Quebec) was implemented in January 2004. This Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) was developed by the sheep industry to address consumer issues around food safety and quality assurance and to provide a traceback system for disease control in the livestock sector. Producers, truckers and auction marts who transport or receive untagged sheep are in violation and will be fined.
5. (1) The amount of the penalty in respect of a violation that is committed by an individual otherwise than in the course of business and that is not committed to obtain a financial benefit is
(a) $500, for a minor violation;
(b) $800, for a serious violation; and
(c) $1300, for a very serious violation.
(2) The amount of the penalty in respect of a minor violation that is committed by a person in the course of business or in order to obtain a financial benefit is $1,300.
(3) The amount of the penalty in respect of a violation that is committed by a person in the course of business or in order to obtain a financial benefit is $6,000 for a serious violation and $10,000 for a very serious violation, with adjustments, if any, determined for each total gravity value, as established in accordance with section 6, that is set out in column 1 of Schedule 2 in accordance with the calculation set out in column 2.
Read more on the Canadian Gazette website: http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2010/2010-10-27/html/sor-dors215-eng.html
To find out more read the Q & A’s on the Canadian Sheep Federation website.
Wool purchases, wool sales and ID tag purchases are made through the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers
Sheep Predator Control - Control of predation among sheep flocks is a serious problem. The wildlife species known to be involved in predation in Canada include the coyote, wolf, fox, black bear, cougar, grizzly bear and bobcat. Manitoba's major problems are coyotes and domestic dogs. Other predators are rarely involved in predation of sheep, although losses caused by them can be severe when they occur. Losses can be reduced by the use of electric fences, guardian animals and management practices. Generally, producers use a combination of these control methods. Prevention cannot be stressed enough because after predators kill once they are more likely to return and kill again. Read more.
Canada Plan Service - Plans for sheep facilities
Manitoba Agriculture, Food & Rural Initiatives - Information on Sheep
Sheep 101 - The purpose of Sheep 101 is to teach 4-H and FFA members, students, teachers, beginning shepherds, and the general public about sheep, their products, how they are raised, and their contributions to society. The author of Sheep 101 is Susan Schoenian, Sheep & Goat Specialist at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research & Education Center.
Sheep Nutrition - University of Maryland Small Ruminant Page
Tagging Videos - developed by the Canadian Sheep Federation
Tag Purchases - check out our Check off/ Tag info page