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Manitoba Sheep Association Newsletter
Sept 2015

Top 2015 was a busy year for the MSA. We had some change over on the board this last year with both Mitch Millar and Virginia Fox leaving the board after many years of much appreciated dedication. Mitch and Virginia's positions were in turned filled by Adam Donohoe and Kate Basford. 

The MSA hosted a couple production seminars in the early spring where Gord Schroeder shared his extensive knowledge of sheep production. We spent a good deal of time looking into acquiring wool packers to place throughout the province, but due to cost and other unforeseen issues we have put that plan on the back burner for the time being. This last year also saw the MSA host a Pasture Tour with two separate and very different production styles. The tours visited an intensive style farm at Canada Sheep and Lamb by Sarto, MB and the other being the extensive pasture based system of McDonald Farms by Cartwright, MB.

The MSA Board looks forward to a busy year ahead with a symposium and the AGM early in the year. There are also some possible big changes coming about from motions made at the 2015 AGM, mainly being the potential of moving the AGM to the fall. We look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming events and hope to hear from your throughout the year.

Jonathon Nichol
Central Region Director   


CSF Release: Country-of-Origin Labeling remains in place for sheep and lamb

December 18, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - In a joint press held earlier today, Minister Lawrence MacAulay (Agriculture) and Minister Chrystia Freeland (International Trade) announced that an omnibus appropriations bill that includes language to repeal U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef and pork has cleared both the U.S. House and Senate, and was sent to President Barack Obama to be signed. But the bill will not see the repeal of COOL for sheep and lamb products. President Obama has now signed the bill. 

Both Ministers MacAulay and Freeland claimed this recent development a 'victory' for Canadian agriculture. But Canada's sheep industry is exceptionally disappointed in the federal governments elation over what is merely a selective repeal of legislation that will continue to contravene Canada's free trade agreements.

Prior to BSE and COOL, the economic value of sheep and lamb exports exceeded $18million annually. In 2014, Canada exported sheep and lamb export revenues were less than $500,000. As a result of COOL, the Canadian sheep industry estimates it has lost between $223 million and $305 million in sheep and lamb exports. 
"The federal government's position from the beginning of COOL discussions should have been in defense of all Canadian agriculture, and not just a select few" said Phil Kolodychuk, Chairman of the Canadian Sheep Federation. Kolodychuk added "partial repeal of COOL legislation flies in the face of the WTO ruling and undermines existing trade agreements for all agriculture commodities. The decision by the US to maintain some level of COOL legislation in place is a litmus test of Canada's resolve in defending its free trade position." 

The Canadian Sheep Federation has made efforts with both this government and previous Ministers of Agriculture and International Trade to discuss the impact that COOL has had on Canada's sheep industry, but has been refused the opportunity to do so. In today's press conference Minister Lawrence committed to addressing any unresolved COOL issues moving forward.  The Canadian Sheep Federation will aggressively pursue that commitment.

CCWG Wool Industry News 2015
CCWG recently held Management and Board of Director meetings at the 97th Annual General Meeting in Carleton Place, Ontario on October 22nd - 24th, 2015.
The 2015 elected Board of Directors are as follows:
President    -    David Mastine, St. Felix de Kingsey, QC
1st Vice President     -    Brian W. Greaves, Miniota, MB
2nd Vice President    -    Lee Sexton, Hanley, SK 
-    John D. Woodburn, Grimshaw, AB
Additional Directors on the Board are as follows:
Ruth Mathewson, Central North River, NS (Audit Committee)
Ward Harden, Fir Mountain, SK  (Audit Committee)
Roma H. Tingle, Prince George, BC (Audit Committee)
Dwayne C. Acres, Osgoode, ON
Warren L. Moore, Stavely, AB
Allan Ribbink, Tiverton, ON 
For the fiscal year ending February 28, 2015 the co-operative recorded gross sales of almost 9.2 million which represents an increase of 12.5% from the previous year.  Net income increased by 41% mainly due to strong financial performance from the company's retail division.

The Board of Directors have authorized a dividend payment of 7% to the shareholders of record date December 31, 2014. The company has always paid a dividend and it has been 7% annually since 1999. The Shareholder Wool Shipper Loyalty Reward Program (SWSLRP) will be at the rate of 7 cents per pound on the 2014 wool clip. Full details of these programs can be found on the company website Wool volume increased by 2.5% from the previous year. This increase is thought to be mostly attributable to some stored wool coming into the market place.

In other news, a thorough review and evaluation of the company's long term strategic business plan was completed by the Board of Directors and Management team. 

An evening banquet featuring Ontario lamb capped off the three day event with 100 people in attendance. In 2016 the Annual General Meeting will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from October 20th - 22nd.  

Retiring CCWG Directors Margarete Zillig from Scotch Village, Nova Scotia and John L. Farrell from Wingham, Ontario were recognized for their long time contributions to CCWG and dedication to the sheep industry.

Catherine Vallis from Atlantic Wool Growers Supplies who will be retiring on December 31, 2015 was also recognized for her many years of service to CCWG and livestock producers in Atlantic Canada.

The final presentation of the evening was made to long time sheep shearer Clifford C. Metheral from Nokomis, Saskatchewan who has sheared more sheep in Canada during his career than any other shearer currently on record. In addition, Clifford has sheared in many countries and achieved success at numerous international sheep shearing competitions.

  Production Symposium
The MSA is proud to be hosting a Small Ruminant Symposium February 6th in Portage La Prairie at Canad Inns. The speakers at this event will include Dr. Paul Luimes, Dr. Kathy Parker, Dr. Paula Menzies and our very own MAFRD Small Ruminat Specialist Mamoon Rashid. With various topics from Nutrition to What's New with Animal Wellfare to What is Social License.
For more information see the brochure at the end of SheepSense, or talk to your local MSA Director. 

Registration Deadline is January 15, 2016.

Canadian Sheep Federation Update
Here is a brief summary of the CSF's activities in the past year:

In the last year, the CSF has:
  • Addressed the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food with respect to interprovincial trade barriers.
  • Addressed the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry with respect to market access and industry competitiveness.
  • Lobbied the federal government to advocate for full repeal of the United States Country-of-origin labelling (COOL), and the implementation of retaliatory tariffs barring full repeal. Rallied provincial general farming organizations to provide support on the CSF's COOL position.
  • Negotiated with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to generate revisions to proposed traceability program requirements that reflected the interests of Canadian sheep producers.
  • Endorsed projects including the establishment of an ovine embryo transfer facility in Eastern Canada, research into anthelmintic resistance in Haemonchus contortus (Barberpole worm), and the development of respiratory vaccines to fight Manheima haemolytica and Bibersteina trehalosi bacterial infections.
  • Applied for recognition as the Canadian Sheep Identification Program administrator to ensure the program is managed by the sheep industry.
  • Initiated the development of a national traceability database built specifically to fit the needs of the sheep industry.
  • Consulted with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on proposed small ruminant import policy changes.
  • Worked with the Sheep Value Chain Round Table to develop a national research strategy for the sheep industry and prioritize research needs.
  • Undertaken revision of the Food Safe Farm Practices Program, the Canadian sheep industry's national on-farm food safety program, to include an animal care assessment program and biosecurity programs...all the while providing FSFP Program training free of charge to producers nationwide.
  • Participated in the Canadian Meat Council's technical symposium in support of the industry's commitment to addressing food safety, animal welfare and antimicrobial use & antimicrobial resistance concerns.
  • Revised the  Canadian Sheep Industry Information for Lenders  presentation, a document that encourages lenders to fund sheep enterprises by highlighted industry structure, in collaboration with the Sheep Value Chain Roundtable.
  • Worked to influence future federal Growing Forward 3 funding stream through its participation on the Canadian Federation of Agriculture's Agriculture Policy Framework Working Group.
  • Helped develop a national strategy for revising Canada's risk management suite of programs through its participation in the Canadian Federation of Agriculture's Risk Management Working Group.
  • Lobbied Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to have breeding stock included for eligibility in the Advanced Payments Program.
  • Committed to helping resolve interprovincial trade barriers by joining the Canadian Federation of Agriculture's Internal Trade Committee.
  • Worked with the Market Access Secretariat to open access to Mexico for mutton, and more recently to consult on negotiations for live animal exports to Mexico.
  • Lobbied the Market Access Secretariat to re-establish export of breeding stock to the United States, and to establish cross-transit policy that would allow movement of exports through the US to Mexico or for shipment through US airports to other trading partners.
  • Committed to supporting the  Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan  by working with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council as an Action Plan implementation partner.
  • Worked with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council to write a framework of national occupational standards for the sheep industry, aimed at ensuring adequate training for sheep farm workers and managers.

    As you can see, the need for national input continues to be something a lot of us are unaware of, but  the CSF tries to do its best!
    Respectfully submitted by Herman Bouw, CSF director Manitoba 

Canadian Sheep 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.

**Provision of Shelter during Cold and Windy, and Cold and Wet Conditions**

Healthy mature sheep in full fleece and in good body condition with access to feed, water and a choice of appropriate shelter can cope well in cold conditions. However, freshly shorn ewes, newborn lambs, or compromised sheep at any age will require additional protection.
When conditions are cold for the sheep they will (5):
  • face away from the prevailing winds
  • seek shelter from the wind
  • huddle together
  • shift positions within the group
  • shiver.
Wind combined with cold, wet conditions can compromise the welfare of sheep.
  • Cold, wet and windy conditions reduce the insulation value of the fleece
  • Sheep can experience wind chill
  • Wind chill can have a severe impact on the effective temperature experienced by sheep and cause hypothermia
  • Newborn and very young lambs, freshly shorn sheep and compromised sheep are more susceptible to hypothermia.
Sheep must have access to shelter. Shelter can be provided by any natural or man-made structure that acts as a barrier to wind. This can be provided by a building, shed, or portable shelter. Tree lines, bales, the lee of a hill, etc. can also provide windbreaks.

Planning for cold, stormy weather events and providing an appropriate location for the sheep are important factors for minimizing the negative effects of cold conditions.

Sheep must have access to shelter, either natural or man-made, that provides appropriate relief for the regional and seasonal climatic conditions and is appropriate for the individual production system. Properly designed and maintained hedgerows and windbreaks can be adequate, as can natural land features (e.g. lee side of a hill, bush, gully, coulees) for certain classes of animals.

Producers must plan the lambing period for the available shelter and to match local climatic conditions (e.g. provide shelter for young lambs and freshly shorn sheep).

Special considerations for management and shelter during lambing will be required under some conditions. (See  Section 5.11 on Pregnancy, Lambing and Neonatal Care).

When planning for extreme weather events and winter management, a producer must consider and be able to:
  • manage their flock to minimize the risk of hypothermia
  • monitor flock closely for signs of cold stress and take immediate action to provide relief if it occurs
  • relocate sheep to a sheltered area or shed
  • provide more feed (energy)
  • provide extra bedding where appropriate
  • manage timing of shearing events to minimize risk of hypothermia (e.g. if bad weather is predicted, make alternate arrangements such as delaying shearing or increasing available shelter).
  1. consult a veterinarian to establish a protocol for treatment options for sheep showing signs of hypothermia and include this in the flock health and welfare plan
  2. if adverse conditions are expected postpone shearing
  3. use a cover comb (or comb lifter) to provide some protection against cool temperatures, insects and solar radiation as this leaves more wool than a regular comb.

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How the slaughter of pregnant ewes negatively impacts our industry
From CSF newsletter From the Flock:

Over the course of the past year, an increasing number of pregnant ewes have been arriving at Ontario processing facilities. Various concerns have been expressed by processors slaughtering pregnant ewes, including resulting meat quality and yield, the obvious animal welfare prevue and the emotional effect that dealing with fetuses has on plant staff. The slaughter of pregnant ewes is not only distressing for plant employees but severely impacts the efficiency of the production line.

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) developed a protocol for the slaughter of pregnant ewes outlined in a document created by Ad hoc Group on Humane Slaughter of Animals. The document prescribes the means to deal with fetuses during slaughter, and provides the reader with some insight into how those who work on the processing lines would find the handling of pregnant ewes distressing "The foetus must be unconscious before being removed from the uterus...; If a live mature foetus is removed from the uterus, it should be prevented from inflating its lungs and breathing air...; and so on.

Aside from the emotional factor, there is the question of animal welfare when transporting pregnant ewes. 
The Code Of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep clearly indicates animals with "impending Birth" are considered compromised animals and must not be transported. 

A key Code requirement is: "If it is probable the animal will give birth during the journey must not be transported". And of course, there's the economic impact that processing of pregnant ewes on Canada's sheep industry. At one specific Ontario processor 60% of the ewes shipped this spring were pregnant. A significant number of those ewes were pregnant with twins and close to lambing. Theoretically if 2000 animals were slaughtered in a month and 60% were pregnant with twins, that would mean a loss of 2400 marketable lambs. Each marketed lamb has a 5.55-multiplier economic effect; if each lamb could have been marketed at 80lbs with an average price of $278, this loss of lambs would represent a 3.7million dollar loss to Canada's economy.

We are sensitive to the impacts of the severe drought western Canada is experiencing, and its impact on feed availability. We would urge producers to consider alternative marketing strategies for bred ewes, aside from sending them for processing. Kristy House National On-Farm Food Safety Coordinator Canadian Sheep Federation 705-791-9806. Sheep Codes of Practice can be found here:

Upcoming events in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Manitoba Sheep Production Symposium 

Feb. 6  9:00 - 4:30

Canad Inns, Portage La Prairie, MB

MSA Annual General Meeting
March 5th 
Winnipeg, MB
Location to be announced.

SSDB's AGM and Symposium at the Ramada Regina, SK
Jan 15, 2016 1pm - Jan 16, 2016 3pm
Dr. Kathy Parker - keynote speaker Veterinarian and Sheep Producer
more information will be posted at

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Graham Rannie Fleeces the Competition
Congratulations to Graham Rannie of Binscarth, MB on his winning the fine wool category at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, with a Rambouillet fleece.  His wool also won the fine wool category at both the All-Canada Classic and Manitoba Fibre Festival.  His fleece was also Grand Champion white wool at the Classic.

CBSA Update
Well, another year has come and gone.  It's an old cliché, but it rings true every 365.25 days, except for those years that are 366 days long, like 2016. One extra day of lambing this year!  Before we start the cycle over again however, we should re-cap a busy year for purebred breeders in Manitoba.

2015 is the year Manitoba hosted the All Canada Classic in Winnipeg, just in case you missed it.  The last Classic we hosted was in 2007 and we likely won't see it again for another 7 or 8 years, so I hope you had the chance to check it out.  There were some fabulous sheep at the Classic this year and a number of Manitoba breeders put in a good showing.  Johnstone Farm (Janice Johnstone) of Binscarth, MB represented the sole showing of Border Cheviots. Tobacco Creek Sheep (Heather Wilton) of Carman, MB was well represented in the Dorper classes with both the Champion ewe and ram. Shereff Stock Farms (Jeff and Sheri Bieganski) of Carberry, MB had a very good debut with their Polled Dorsets earning the Reserve Champion Ewe, Grand Champion Ram and Champion Flock. Cross Creek Farm (Sarah, John and Bethan Lewis) of Kirkella, MB showed in both the Polled Dorset and North Country Cheviot classes and found themselves winning the Champion North Country Ram. Graham Rannie of Binscarth, MB made sure the Rambouillet breed did not go unrepresented at the Classic. Linda Westman of Fraserwood, MB and Oak Hammock Suffolks (Neil Versavel) of Balmoral, MB both made a strong showing in the Suffolk classes. In all 78 of the some 250 sheep up for sale at the Classic stayed in Manitoba. Clearly Manitoba sheep producers took advantage of the Classic to acquire some top notch genetics. Manitobans also put on a great showing in the Fleece Competition.  Graham Rannie, Sheri Bieganski, Gerry Oliver and Margaret Brook all took top honours. More stats on the Classic can be found on the CSBA website,

I want to send out a big THANK YOU to all those who helped organize the Classic and the volunteers who worked hard to put it on.  Randy Eros, Sarah Lewis, Sheri Bieganski and Wendy Church all made monumental contributions to the organization of the event.  A really big thank you goes to the Eastman Sheep Club.  A number of the club's members worked very hard during the Classic to make sure it ran smoothly and their help is greatly appreciated.  The great thing is they weren't even CSBA members, just enthusiastic shepherds!  Thank you to all who helped make this year's Classic great. You are too many to name, but you all know who you are. We did a fantastic job of showcasing Manitoba!

The Canadian Sheep Breeders Association continues to be diligent in representing its members. The association has been successful this year in getting two CSBA board representatives elected to the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation board of directors.  The CSBA is committed to continuing and improving registration services to its members through the CLRC.  CSBA also represents its members at the Sheep Value Round Table and has contributed to the ongoing efforts to improve shepherds access to labelled pharmaceuticals for sheep. The CSBA has been in contact this year with the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association, CGLA, one its continuing work to improve the trade of live breeding stock between the US and Canada.  The CSBA has continued its work in conjunction with the Centre D'Expertise En Production Ovine Du Québec, CEPOQ, and the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency, OSMA, to advance Genovis, Canada's on-line national record of performance program.  Genovis provides its members with expected progeny differences and growth indices for their flocks, helping to objectively improve the performance of a members sheep.  The program is open to both purebred and commercial producers and you can learn more at

Your purebred association continues to provide support to its members in a number of ways.  Promotional material, including the very popular coloured manual on selecting for proper conformation in sheep, a re-vamped brochure on the breeds of Canada, and a new breed poster, have been translated, published and distributed at no charge to CSBA members and producers alike.  The CSBA provides a $5000 grant each year to the host province of the Classic.  This money helps kick start the financing for the event and does not have to be reimbursed back to the CSBA.  The CSBA also provides $250 each year to one 4-H group per province and provides $1500 and $500 in sponsorship each to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto and Canadian Western Agribition in Regina respectively for their sheep shows.  A $500 scholarship has now been awarded annually for the past three years to eligible members or children of members moving on to post secondary education. The CSBA also contributes generously to funding for sheep related research throughout Canada each year and most notably has made a significant three year allocation for research into respiratory related death in feedlot lambs and the development of a protective vaccine.  Pneumonia represents a 6% loss in feedlot lambs and also a significant loss to the industry that is felt on down the supply chain right to the primary producer.

Of course all this and much more is funded through the money collected from the registration and transfer of purebred sheep. Unfortunately, the number of registrations and transfers have been on a downward trend and the CSBA has twice absorbed an increase of cost in administering registrations and transfers by the CLRC. The board is concerned that if this downward trend continues in association with rising costs of administration, that it will limit the board's ability to service its members in the future. It is important to remember that the registration paper is not a mere formality, but a legally binding document of ownership representing that animal as a true purebred.  The registration paper  conveys important information on the lineage of said sheep, birth size of itself and predecessors, date of birth, identifying tattoos or CSIP tags and changes of ownership.  Furthemore, access to said sheep's registration on-line can provide information on mating type, naturaly vs. AI, contact information for the original breeder and the inbreeding co-efficient for that sheep.  The CLRC now provides an on-line evaluation of a virtual mating with any other registered animal, there by allowing Canadian sheep producers to evaluate the potential level of inbreeding in the their registered stock. So, while the tendency exists to see the registration and transfer of purebred ownership as unnecessary to the successful sale of sheep by both the vendor and buyer, it is important to remember that not only are we not taking advantage of an important marketing and management tool, but we are detracting from the very improvement of our industry itself.

As you may be aware, the new code of practice for the Canadian sheep industry was released in 2014 and now includes a stipulation on how short a docked tail should be.  While the code is not mandatory or enforced, the industry must now be conscious of the implications the code has on the perception of our management practices both from within and outside the industry.  To that end the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency has recently announced it will not be sponsoring sheep shows that do not conform to the code in terms of tail docking.  The issue of tail length has been an ongoing topic of conversation for the CSBA board and your input will help the board in its decision making process.  You can submit your comments to

Finally, I would like to announce that the 2016 Canadian Sheep Breeders Association AGM will be held in Winnipeg on  March 19. The event will take place at the Viscount Gort Hotel across from Polo Park Shopping Center and will feature a presentation on marketing purebred sheep.  It is a great opportunity to meet the CSBA board and co-mingle with your fellow breeders.  I hope you will plan on joining us and we will continue to provide updates as we draw nearer to the date.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and we will see you all in 2016!
  An Invitation
The Manitoba Fibre Festival is heading into 2016 with great excitement!  The festival was so successful in their new location at the Red River Exhibition grounds.  Many attractions were added including sheep shearing, a breed display, fleece competition, vendors, art and craft displays as well as lots of demonstrations and classes.  Truly a celebration of fibre!

As the new year opens, the organizers are already planning for the 4th annual Fibre Festival.  More activities and features will be added to make the next show even better.

This is a celebration of fibre...wool!  As sheep producers, it is gratifying to us to see the delight others express about all the things sheep give us...wool and meat, the process and the products. The fabulous things that are being done with wool and meat is so great!

As we approach lambing for some and shearing, please consider saving some of your best fleeces for the fleece competition.  The cleaner the better!  Just put them in a plastic bag with a label and keep it out of the wool bag.  Meat breed sheep wool can be used to make a wide variety of products, so don't discount its value to a fibre artisan.

Looking forward to seeing you in the fall.  if you need more info, please feel free to contact me.

-Gerry Oliver
204-834-2261 or

Buyers of Manitoba Lambs in Manitoba
In an effort to help Lamb Producers in Manitoba make informed marketing decisions the MSA would like to inform producers of existing lamb buyers within the province. If there are any buyers that are not on the list below that would like to be please email with your name, contact information and what kind of animals your are looking for.

The following listing is not  an endorsement by the Manitoba Sheep Association, but a listing of known buyers. It is highly recommended that all producers take all necessary precautions when selling their animals and make sure that they are selling to reputable buyers. Buyers are to be licensed and bonded to operate in the province of Manitoba, unless the animals are to be kept for more then a 30 day period.
Buyers of sheep in Manitoba

Toni Atkinson, Brandon
Buying agent for Sheep and goats.

Parks Livestock of Canada, LP        
Conta ct Cam Friesen    
Ian Deans
Newdale, MB
Buying Feeders and Fats.

Auction Marts handling sheep in Manitoba

Winnipeg Livestock Sales
(204) 694-8328

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden
TELEPHONE: 204-748-2809 TOLL FREE: 1-888-784-9882

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart
(204) 434-6519

In This Issue
COOL remains for Sheep and Lamb
Production Symposium
CSF Update
Canadian Sheep Code of Practice
Negative impacts of pregnant ewe slaughter
Upcoming Events
CBSA Update
An Invitation
Buyers of Manitoban Lamb
Symposium Brochure
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For Sale
12' 2 axle Rainbow trailer ( car hauler) with removable sides used for hauling lambs. Capacity is 30 market lambs. $2250.00 Crystal City 204-873-2194. Ernie Hildebrand

For Sale
Border Collie Pups
Two males and one female still available.  Born June 22, 2015 From working parents.  Both parents work cattle and sheep.  They have had their 1st shots.
  Price: $350
  Located at Silver Bend Ranch, 3km north of Miniota. Contact Brian Greaves at  or
 Phone 204 567 3509.

Wanted - Merino Sheep Skins in Canada     We are looking for Merino Sheep Skins. Please contact us.
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TEL: 416-8561373 
Posted Aug 12, 2013

For more classified ads and the pictures that go with some of these ads please look at the Classifieds Page on the MSA Website

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