Sarto Sheep Farms
Sheep Sense
Manitoba Sheep Association Quarterly Newsletter
March 2016
 
Lambing season is here with some producers having finished and others waiting to start, it is also the beginning of shearing season. For those producers who haven't talked to their shearer yet its never to early to reserve your spot on the list. Remember that it is mandatory to have your wool sheep shorn yearly as stated in the Code of Practice.
Its been an eventful start to the year for the Manitoba Sheep Association starting with hosting the Small Ruminant Symposium Feb 6th in Portage that was well received with a nice turn out of producers. This was followed by the  AGM  March 5th in Winnipeg at the Holiday Inns Airport West. Turn out to this meeting was limited, but there was some lively discussion on some of the issues being debated.  The MSA has provided funding to Dr. Paul Luimes to carry out a research project looking into the Fibre requirements of sheep. We have also sponsored Ag in the Classroom to support their continued effort of teaching urban children about farming and what it means to society. MSA now has a representative on the Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association board, Colin Hunter has stepped down as a Director at Large to take on this new responsibility for the MSA. 
As always the MSA Board would like to make sure that we are reaching all of the producers that we can. If you know someone that has recently entered the industry or may not be recieving SheepSense please get them to contact Linda at mb@mbsheep.ca or call 
204-421-9434.

Jonathon Nichol
Central Region
MSA Annual General Meeting
The 2016 Manitoba Sheep Association Annual General Meeting was held March 5th at the Holiday Inns Airport West. Attendance was down this year with approx 25 producers coming out for the day. 

The speaker for the morning was Dr. Reuben Neumeyer who presented on "Practical Sheep Matters from a Vet's Perspective". This was a well received, rather informal, presentation with lots of questions being posed by the audience. 

Dr. Neumeyer's presentation was followed by a lamb kabob lunch prepared by Holiday Inns. 

After the lunch break the business portion of the AGM got underway. Herman Bouw (MSA Chair) introduced the rest of the board members that were in attendance, followed by the Annual Chairman's report. This was followed by the Treasurers Report presented by our new Association Manager as Kate Basford was unable to attend. Brian Greaves reported on the CCWG. The report from the CBSA was presented by Sarah Lewis as Neil was unable to attend. Herman Bouw reported on the CSF. For a more in-depth look into these reports please go to the MSA webpage and the Resources tab go to the Industry Info page. Click Here

After the reports were given the meeting moved on to this years resolutions. There were 10 separate resolutions to be voted on this year, three of which were carry-overs from last year needing a second vote to change the by-laws. To see the Resolutions please go to the MSA website www.mbsheep.ca and look for a link under the Key Industry Info heading dated Feb 13, 2016. The results of the resolutions are as follows.

Resolution #1 To create a Members only portion on the website
All opposed, motion defeated.

Resolution #2 To lobby the CCWG to maintain a good supply of both styles of wool bags.
All in favor, motion carried.

Resolution #3 To have the MSA purchase square bag wool packers.
All opposed, motion defeated.

Resolution #4 To have the Board of Directors report quarterly to the membership.
All in favor, motion carried.

Resolution #5 To develop a new business plan to carry the MSA into the future with a clear directive.
All in favor, motion carried.

Resolution #6 To promote research into Malignant Catarrahal Fever.
All opposed, motion defeated.

Resolution #7 To have the CSF lobby the Federal government to have COOL repealed on lamb and sheep.
All in favor, motion carried.

Resolution #8 To change terminology in the By-laws to allow financial reviews instead of audits.
All in favor, motion carried.

Resolution #9 To change the year end.
All in favor, motion carried.

Resolution #10 To allow Associate members a vote at the AGM.
Motion was amended and the voted on.
11 votes in favor, 3 abstained from voting, motion carried.

After the resolutions there was a call for a Director at large though there were no nominations from the floor. 

Tendering for next years Auditor will be handled by the Board.

The Board announced funding for a project that Dr. Luimes is running looking into the fibre requirements of sheep.

In New Business there was discussion about partnering with Manitoba Beef Producers in pasture research projects.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:50pm.

To read the full minutes of the AGM follow this link.

Federally Inspected Lamb Processing Plant coming to Southeast MB
Canada Sheep & Lamb Farms Ltd. has received approval from the Manitoba Government and the RM of Stuartburn to begin construction of a 15,000 lamb "Animal Confinement Facility" and Processing Plant, subject to receiving a Water Licensing agreement.   Canada Sheep will apply for CFIA certification to allow lamb to be exported from Manitoba throughout Canada.

This facility will support Canada Sheep's plans to build a world class sheep enterprise in Manitoba in combination with family farms interested in providing the expertise and facilities for year round lambing of ewes from our flock.   Other producers will have access to a Manitoba based processing facility.   It is our expectation that Canada Sheep will provide 50% of the plant's capacity with the remainder from other producers.   The plant will initially process 60,000 animals per year growing to 100,000 in year 2.

Canada Sheep is interested in working with individuals, families or communities interested in lambing 2500+ ewes per year using our genetics and supported by our extensive training and ongoing support programs.    Our Multiplier program can allow you to repurpose existing facilities and enjoy a full time position as a shepherd with a lower investment.  If you are interested please contact us via the website or directly via cell below.

We will be hiring up to 200 people for the Stuartburn location.   If you are interested please forward your resume and we will get in touch via email  pat@cansheepfarm.com

Patrick Smith
Canada Sheep&Lamb Farms Ltd.
Our Ewes Grow Your Profits

2016 John Hamerton Memorial Scholarship
This year the MSA will be awarding up to two scholarships due to a lack of applicants during the 2015 year.

Purpose: This $500 reward is designed to promote the future success of the Manitoba Sheep Industry's youth and the Manitoba Sheep Industry through higher learning.

Eligibility: The MSA scholarship is open to any student who is a current member of the MSA or is the student relation of a current MSA member.

Criteria:

1) The applicant must provide official proof of current enrolment in a post-secondary program.

2) The applicant must provide two references indicating their active involvement in the community and/or MB Sheep Industry. Immediate family members do not qualify.

3) The applicant must submit an essay no longer than 2 pages highlighting their involvement in the community and how their post secondary education could contribute to future involvement in their community / province of Manitoba.

 Applicants currently involved in the Manitoba sheep industry should cite their activities and how they foresee their post-secondary involvement contributing to future involvement in the sheep industry. Applicants involved in the Manitoba sheep industry will receive preference in scholarship selection, however, those involved in community activities are encouraged to apply.

Limitations: All students are eligible to apply for the scholarship consecutive years in a row, but may only be rewarded the scholarship one time. Only one applicant
may be awarded a scholarship per school year.

Contact: Please submit your completed application by June 30, 2016

Manitoba Sheep Association Scholarship Committee

mb@mbsheep.ca

The applicant will be notified by letter of their success. The scholarship recipient will be presented the award at the MSA Annual Show in August 2016.
CBSA Annual Report
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The 2015 All Canada Classic held in Winnipeg was a success. I received numerous comments on how well organized and smooth the event was. 
We did a fantastic job show casing Manitoba and it was great to see both commercial and purebred members of Manitoba's sheep community come together to host such a great event.  

The 2016 All Canada Classic will be in Richmond, Quebec July 7-9.

The CSBA is solely funded through the registration and transfer of purebred sheep by its membership. The CSBA uses this money not only in the promotion and advancement of purebred sheep, but also for the betterment of the Canadian sheep industry as a whole. Some of the highlights include:

* Funding 2015 to date:

- $10,000 in the support of GenOvis, Canada's national record of performance database (matching funds will be used for research at the University of Guelph)

- $1000 for SheepBytes ration verification study in Alberta

- $1000 for hormone research on out-of-season breeding in ewe at Nova Scotia

- $5000 for developing new growth curves at CEPOQ for the betterment of GenOvis

- $8000 for developing a pneumonia vaccine through the Veterinary Infectious Disease Organization

* Promotional expenses in 2015:

- $500 annual scholarship, winner announced in January

- $1,500 for Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

- $500 for Agribition

- $2250 for Provincial level 4-H Sheep Events

- $2500 for videos on tattooing, dual tagging and tail docking

- $2000 to align ON's and QC's Maedi-Visna programs

- $1000 for an additional set of retractable banners

* Under development: junior membership, new member registration incentives and photo contest

The $8000 dollar commitment per year for 3 years towards the development of a pneumonia vaccine is a fantastic investment in the Canadian sheep industry.
Lamb losses from pneumonia in feedlots can be up to 6% and these losses are ultimately passed right on down to the primary producer and affect the price for lambs at the auction mart. Investing in a papered purebred ram is not simply an investment in you flock, but an investment in the Canadian industry.

Neil Versavel
Code of Practice 
This is a section out of the Canadian Sheep Code of Practice that all producers must comply with. To see the Code in its entirety visit
or contact your district's Director to receive a paper copy of the Code of Practice

Signs of abnormal deliveries  

Most ewes will lamb unaided and about 95% of lambs are born in the normal presentation, forefeet first. A normal delivery usually takes 5 hours from the start of cervical dilation to the delivery of the lamb, 4 hours for the dilation of the cervix and 1 hour for the actual delivery. The first 4 hours often go unnoticed.
If the ewe:
  1. continues to strain, but there is no sign of the waterbags, or
  2. continues to strain an hour after the rupture of the waterbags but there is no sign of a lamb, or
  3. if the lamb appears to be wedged in the birth canal, or
  4. if there is an abnormal presentation, a leg back, head back etc., assistance may be needed. Any delay in assistance could mean the difference between a live and dead lamb.
Making the internal examination
Cleanliness is important to prevent infection of the uterus. Wash the area round the ewe's vulva with soap and a mild disinfectant to remove any manure and other debris. Scrub hands and arms with soap and a mild disinfectant, and lubricated with soap or an obstetrical cream. The hand is carefully slid into the vagina to feel the lamb and assess the situation. Obviously a person with a small hand is best suited for this task.

In many cases the lamb will be presented normally, you will feel two forelegs with the head between them, in others there will be a malpresentation hindlegs instead of fore legs, or one or both hindlegs back, or a breech presentation, only the tail and rump felt. 


Normal Presentation

One Leg Back

Elbow Lock

Both Legs Back

Head Back

Four Legs - One Head

Twins - One Forward, One Breech

Breech Presentation


Resolutions
Normal Presentation - place the noose of a lambing cord over each leg above the fetlock joint and apply a firm steady pull synchronized with the ewe's straining. Lubricate the vagina around the lamb with obstetrical jelly to smooth the passage of the lamb. This is especially important if the waterbags have been ruptured for some time and the vagina has lost this natural lubrication.

Abnormal presentations must be corrected before attempting to pull the lamb. Do not attempt to convert a hind leg presentation to the normal delivery. Pull the lamb out hind legs first, straight back until the lamb's hind legs and pelvis are out of the vulva, then change the pull to downwards towards the ground behind the ewe. Pulling down before the lamb's pelvis is out will wedge the lamb in the pelvic canal of the ewe. Other malpresentations are possible.
Remember that multiple births are common. Two lambs may be presented with legs intertwined. Always ensure that the legs and head are part of the same lamb before attempting to pull it.
Occasionally, deformed lambs will be produced with enlarged heads, stiff joints or skeletal deformities. To successfully lamb a ewe in these situations may require help from an experienced shepherd or veterinarian.
As ewes often have multiple births, the same sequence of the rupture of the waterbag and expulsion of the lamb will be repeated for the delivery of each lamb. After an assisted lambing always check the ewe internally that there is not another lamb to be delivered.

Aftercare
In all cases, whether the delivery was natural or assisted, check that the lamb is breathing, its nostrils are clear of mucous and are not covered by any uterine membrane. At this time the lamb's navel should be disinfected to prevent infection.
The ewe usually starts to lick the lamb, this is a natural process and should be allowed to continue. Some ewes will eat the afterbirth, but this should be prevented as it can lead to digestive disturbance.
A healthy lamb struggles to its feet soon after birth and starts to nurse its dam. Lambs, weak from a protracted delivery should be helped to nurse, or given up to 250ml of colostrum by stomach tube. This first nursing is critical as the colostrum contains antibodies to give the lamb immediate protection against infectious agents common to the flock. All lambs should nurse or be tube fed colostrum within 6 - 8 hours of birth. In the first 24 hours of life, each lamb should receive about one litre of colostrum. After 36 hours the lamb is unable to absorb any more antibody from the colostrum.
After any assisted delivery the ewe should be given an antibiotic injection and have an antibiotic oblet put into the uterus.

This factsheet was originally written by John Martin is a Veterinary Scientist, Sheep, Goat and Swine, Agriculture and Rural Division, OMAFRA, Fergus.
www.ontario.ca/livestock


Open Farm Day 2016
Open Farm Day 2016.  Are you willing to open your farm for a day on September 18?
This province-wide venture is organized by Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies. Two sheep farms took part in 2015 and MAAS is looking for more participants.  There is information here (aimed at visitors)

If you are interested in hosting, look at  openfarmday.ca, cl ick on the "Apply today" link  and it will give a list of requirements for farm hosts.

Deadline to apply is April 30, but we recommend you call the MAAS office (1-204-727-1852) to make sure you understand the various requirements involved in opening your farm to the public.


Price Improvement Program
The Price Improvement Program is an initiative to improve both the quality and quantity of livestock sales reporting to Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) Market Intelligence.

MAFRD will publish, via the web, compiled sales data on a weekly basis in the Manitoba Markets  Weekly Report at:
 
http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/market-prices-and-statistics/livestock- statistics/livestock-market-prices-current.html.

Compiled information is intended for use by industry stakeholders, for Government compensation programs, by Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) for lending purposes and will be shared with Statistics Canada.

A standardized Excel template will be used by participants for reporting of sales information. These forms will be made available on the MAFRD website. Sales information can be sent to Industry.Intelligence@gov.mb.ca. This mailbox resides in the secured Manitoba government
electronic network.

Your sales reports will remain confidential. Only compiled data will be published if there are sufficient volumes of sales. Contributors' identity will not be revealed ensuring complete confidentiality. Copies of sales receipts will be requested periodically to verify data.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank in advance all participants in this price reporting improvement initiative. Compilation of verified sales information is critical to the prosperity of the livestock industry, in Manitoba.

Marni Donetz, MSc, P.Ag
Market Intelligence Specialist-Livestock
Research and Market Intelligence
809-401 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 0P8
Cell: 204-791-6887
Fax: 204-948-2498
marni.donetz@gov.mb.ca

Bruce Collins, B.Sc. P.Ag.
Research Analyst (Markets)
Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, Morris, MB
Ph: 204-746-7505 Fax: 204-746-2932
bcollins@masc.mb.ca

The form is also available on the MSA website mbsheep.ca by going to the Industry info page and following the Price Reporting Form link or by clicking on the following link. 

Flukiver Anthlemintic



Flukiver Anthlemintic (closantel sodium) Oral Suspension for the treatment of Haemonchus contortus (Barber Pole worm) infection in sheep and lambs.

Elanco Canada, introduces FLUKIVER, an oral suspension for the treatment of Haemonchus contortus (Barber Pole worm) infection in sheep and lambs. This is a prescription product available only through veterinarians. Canadian labelled product is anticipated to arrive late spring of 2016 and at that time veterinarians will be notified of its availability. 

At this time a small stock of Flukiver continues to be available through the Emergency Drug Release (EDR) approval program managed by the Veterinary Drugs Directorate - Health Canada. 

For technical Information regarding Flukiver please contact Nancy Perlich at  perlich_nancy@elanco.com  or directly by phone at +1 403-360-2658. For assistance with the EDR process please contact Nicole Pinto at  pinto_nicole@elanco.com  or directly by phone at +1 519-341-7002. 

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Red River Exhibition - Touch the Farm Exhibit
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Every year the Red River Exhibition includes an exhibit called Touch the Farm. This exhibit hosts various producer organizations, such as dairy, goat, alpaca and poultry, to promote and explain modern farming. 

 

Manitoba Sheep Association is looking for volunteers to man the MSA booth in the Touch the Farm exhibit. At least two more volunteers are required to cover slots between June 17 and 26


 

Please phone or email Linda at the office for more information. 204-421-9434 or mb@mbsheep.ca

 

Thank you to volunteer Courtney Hermanson for stepping up to help at the Red River Exhbition "Touch The Farm" exhbition. 

 

Growing Forward Funding
The Farm Tours and the Small Ruminant Symposium

MSA received a grant through the Growing Forward 2 funding initiative of the Federal and provincial governments. The project The Farm Tours and the Small Ruminant Symposium was to bring together researchers, specialists, veterinarians and successful producers, who in a collaborative approach shared their experiences, knowledge and guidance with Manitoba producers and industry stakeholders to deliver the objectives of this project to increase producers exposure, knowledge base and developing skills to raise lambs and kids in an more efficient and sustainable manner.

There was 71 sheep producers and industry stakeholders on the Farm Tours on Oct 6, 2015 and 55 producers, industry stakeholder and veterinarians attended the Small Ruminant Symposium on Feb 6, 2016 in Portage La Prairie.The Farm Tours provided an opportunity for producers and stakeholders to see and hear how two large scale operators approached their sheep businesses from different production methods. Both producers presented how they used business planning and sound management principles, marketing and market development, food safety and biosecurity in completely
different ways to achieve their successes.

The Canada Sheep and Lamb Ltd.is anticipated to market over 15,000 lambs in 2016, markets a leaner lamb that today's health conscious consumer is demanding. Pat Smith presented how he markets his lamb; year round; both as meat products and as breeding stock. Wayne McDonald explained how The Macdonald Farm direct markets through a website, all their grass fed animals including lamb to an altogether different consumer. It's a consumer that wants to know where their meat was raised and by whom. That, it was raised ethically and humanly without the use of antibiotics in an environmentally sustainable way.

The Small Ruminant Symposium focussed on researchers, veterinarians and specialist presenting relevant production and management information to assist producers and veterinarians improve their production practises.

Dr. Paul Luimes from the University of Guelph presented on Nutrition, explored how to measure production efficiency with the concepts of feed to gain ratio and average daily gain and how the two are related to total feed cost of marketed lambs. Discussed the impact of ewe weight and prolificacy on feed cost per lamb and feeding strategies for lambs. Discussed fibre and protein requirements in sheep and provided management ideas to make nutrition more efficient and suggested other ways to improve efficiencies such as providing adequate housing, waterer and feeder space for ewes and lambs and to identify and eliminate inefficient ewes.

EMF Nutrition was present with a nutritionist and information on their products developed for sheep production.

Dr. Kathy Parker (a practicing Vet and sheep producers) discussed the importance of record keeping to identify management and health issues in your flock, to be proactive with your flock's health not reactive. She elaborated on management protocols and health practices that she employs in her own flock, particularity with lambs and their importance. She discussed ram conformation, viability and importance of feeding mineral and vitamins especially Vitamin E. A growing health and production issue is parasite control due to mismanagement and overuse of anthelmintics (dewormers). Dr. Paula Menzies from the University of Guelph presented a sustainable integrated parasite management program, along with providing information on important Gastrointestinal (GIN) Parasites for producers to better understand, manage parasites in their flock and build parasite resistance in their flocks. She discussed that 30 % of ewes are infecting 70% of pastures. She stressed the need for record keeping and only treating affect animals will reduced Anthelmintic resistance and will identify animals carrying resistant parasites and to cull them.

Dr. Paula Menzies presented what's new in animal welfare and stressed the social importance of being a good producer and not to ship animals that are sick and lame and how to deal with them in a humane and ethical manner. Codes of practices guidelines were available for producers to take home. Producers need to be constantly aware of what is considered good production practices to remain sustainable and maintain consumer acceptance.

Mamoon Rashid - Small Ruminant Specialist MAFRD presented on marketing and market development and provided information on the ever-growing ethic market in Canada. Who they are, what are they buying and when do they buy. He discussed supply chain sustainability, to understand consumer demands, awareness of specific slaughter requirements (Halal), the need to provide a consistent supply and when to sell to get the best lamb prices in the Canadian market. Participants were exposed to various aspects of marketing and the notion that they
should effectively be producing their lambs for a specific market and to be aware of the demands of the market they are producing for ... such as timing, type of lamb wanted, to maximize the cash returns through the use of social license and consumer demand, opposed to just selling their animals.

Jeff Eastman - Small Farms Specialists - MAFRD spoke on agricultural awareness and social license. How it related to agriculture and the sheep industry that social license and verification programs were moving down the supply chain. Producers had to provide assurances that they were producing animals in a humane and ethical environment that was sustainable, using biosecurity and food safety protocols.

Speaker Panel Discussion with Dr. Paul Luimes, Dr. Kathy Parker and Dr. Paula Menzies and symposium attendees. The group had many questions and discussions on the topics discussed by the speakers. It was informative to have all speaker perspectives and knowledge presented at one time.

The evaluations from the participants felt the events where successful, met their needs and wanted to see more events like the Farm Tour and Symposium. Dr. Paul Luimes, - Nutrition, Dr. Kathy Parker- Healthy Flock and Dr. Paula Menzies - Parasite strategies were identified as being the most beneficial information to take to one's operations . Marketing, Animal Welfare and genetic selection was also identified.

MSA considered these events very successful as well, many of Manitoba Sheep producers participated and felt they received good information to take to their operations. As a result of these events MSA has contributed to a research project of Dr. Paul Luimes to identify the actual Fibre requirements of Sheep. We are also planning to bring Dr. Paul Luimes to do some regional presentations on Nutrition, later in 2016 and will be looking into doing more farm tours within Manitoba and another symposium.

By Kate Basford
CCWG Update - Spring 2016
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International Wool Market
As we enter the 2016 wool marketing year, demand for wool has been reasonably good with any price movement mainly attributable to local currency adjustments to the USD. Wool prices in general have held up quite well compared to other textile commodity fibres which have all fallen in recent weeks. Oil based synthetic fibers in particular such as polyester, acrylic and nylon have all declined in price due to lower oil prices and excess production capacity.  Cotton prices have also continued to fall, due mainly to high global supplies.  World wide wool availability is quite constrained so there is no concern in the short term about over supply.
China continues to lead the way as the major global importer of raw wool but retail clothing sales in China and wool clothing exports are both lower compared to a year ago. Although there is currently slower economic growth in China, it is still projected at a very respectable 7% for the next two years. There is still uncertainty about the Chinese stock market and the transition of the economy in China from a manufacturing export model to one that is more focused on servicing domestic consumer demand. Elsewhere the economies of many of the major wool consuming countries have steadily improved during the past year which should result in improved prospects for wool in 2016.
At the present time stocks are reported to be quite low throughout the Chinese wool textile industry and mills remain very cautious with new purchasing requirements. This is mainly due to the slower Chinese economy and also a further tightening of credit availability which in some cases is hampering new buying activity. On the fashion runways wool continues to exhibit a strong presence and more wool is now being used by sport and leisurewear manufacturers. This is a very positive development but there is also concern in some quarters regarding changing global climatic patterns and the impact it may have on some wool clothing sales, in particular cold weather countries that are now experiencing milder than usual winter conditions.
World wide wool production remains at 70 year lows with no significant increase predicted in the near future. Australian flocks continue to decline due to ongoing drought conditions in many of the major wool producing regions. Although Australian wool production is projected to decline by 7% this year, it is predicted that sheep numbers and wool production will start to increase at a modest rate over the next few years.
Elsewhere, New Zealand wool production is expected to fall by 5% this year which follows a 2% decrease the previous year.  Sheep numbers have declined in New Zealand while other farming entities such as dairy have gained in popularity.
In 2016 the outlook for the overall global wool market is generally positive going forward, but there can always be unforeseen risks or uncertainties that may have a negative impact on the market and on consumer confidence.

Domestic Wool Market

The bulk of the 2015 Canadian wool clip has now been sold and at CCWG we are continuing our practice of orderly and disciplined wool marketing going into 2016. We have negotiated a number of forward contracts to our established international network of wool buyers in China, USA, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, India, Uruguay and Canada. Wool sales and currency hedging will continue to take place throughout the year, thereby enabling us to average our exposure to currency fluctuations and changes in the market place. As always, our standard of consistently graded and objectively measured wool is a key component to successful wool marketing and satisfied customers.
In other news, a few highlighted items of recent CCWG activities are as follows.
- CCWG sales for fiscal year ending February 29, 2016 just under 10 million dollars and wool volume is up 7% compared to the previous year. Paid out 7¢ per pound in profit sharing for the Shareholder Wool Shipper Loyalty Reward Program (SWSLRP), see www.wool.ca for more information. The retail division of the company has again achieved highly satisfactory financial results that have contributed to the companies' positive bottom line.
- The company is expecting to proceed in 2016 with plans to build a new 14,000 square foot warehouse and retail facility at Broxburn Business Park which is located just outside Lethbridge, Alberta. This will replace an older company owned property located within the city of Lethbridge.
- Renovations were completed in 2015/16 at our retail locations at CCWG Livestock Supplies and Equestrian Centre, Real Wool Shop in Carleton Place, Ontario and Premier Choix Agricole in Saint-Hyacinthe, Qu ébec. Improvements were also made to wool handling equipment at the Carleton Place wool grading facility
- Upgraded company websites and invested in more user friendly ecommerce platforms.
- As a sheep industry partner we continue to financially support initiatives such as All Canada Sheep Classic, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, International Campaign For Wool, Canada's Outstanding Young Farmer Program, Canadian sheep shearing competitions and shearing schools, numerous sheep shows and 4H competitions across the country.
- Established an annual National 4H Scholarship Program with 4H Canada to commence in 2016.
- Developed new printed promotional material to assist producers in improving the Canadian wool clip. A best practices wool video will be produced in 2016 that follows Canadian wool from the farm through to the final graded and baled product at Carleton Place.
- Appointed a new Agent to represent CCWG in Atlantic Canada, Antigonish Farm and Garden Co-op from Antigonish, NS.
- Looking forward at plans to commemorate the companies 100th anniversary which will be in 2018.
- On going implementation of the companies new long term strategic business plan.

For more information on the wool market or assistance in marketing your wool clip with CCWG, please contact the undersigned.

Yours truly,
Eric Bjergso, General Manager 
ericb@wool.ca  www.wool.ca

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formerly Sarto Sheep 

"Our Ewes Grow Your Profit"
We have been raising sheep near Sarto for over 40 years consistently selecting our replacement ewes for productivity and ease of management.  We have over 2000 unregistered straight Rideau and 300 50% Rideau/Ile De France ewes bred to our own Rideau Rams.  Our flock is on a year round breeding cycle and highly prolific, dropping 261% lambs over the last 12 months with very low flock mortality.

If you are interested please email  farm@sartosheep.com or call 204-434-6456.  We sold out last year so if you are interested please book early.

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