Sheep Sense    

Manitoba Sheep Association Newsletter
  December 2013

TopWhen I started in the sheep industry, I found that I didn't really know what was going on in the industry, or who I could ask to get that information from. When I volunteered to be the Central Region Director, I found myself meeting and getting to know some very knowledgeable people who were already in the business and acting as Directors for the various other regions of the province. Hopefully the Bio`s (two articles down) will help everyone to understand and get to better know the people that are representing all of us at the provincial and national levels. I plan to have two Director Bio`s per Sheep Sense issue until we have covered everyone. If anyone has ideas for articles, information that they think would benefit the producers of our province, or even a question or concern, please send me an email at and I will see what I can do to help. Enjoy this issue of Sheep Sense and happy reading.
Jonathon Nichol
Central Region Director   


CSIP Tag Information
            There has been some confusion with regards to the new CSIP (Canadian Sheep Identification Program) RFID tagging system that has been brought in to replace the previous CSIP tagging system. The previous system was strictly a visual number on the approved tags. These tags were the pink Allflex Dangle tag and the Pink Ketchum Kurl-lock steel tag. These tags are no longer available for purchase, but producers are still allowed to use them until such time as the CFIA deems them no longer relevant. At that time, any animal with an original CSIP tag that is not also an RFID tag will need to have an RFID tag placed in its ear as well as (not instead of). These numbers then will need to be recorded and matched to the original CSIP tag number.  The original tag will remain on the animal.                                                                           
Here is a link to the latest CSF update on the new traceability program.
The first four pictured tags below are those that are currently being sold and are accepted for the new RFID traceability program. The  Allflex Combo RFID and Dangle and the Shearwell Double Set tags are only required for Registered animals that are not tattooed. For commercial animals being sold or transported, the Shearwell RFID tag or the Allflex RFID button tags are the current options.

 Shearwell RFID                 
 Allflex RFID
 Allflex Combo
RFID and Dangle
 Shearwell Double Set 
 Allflex Dangle
  Ketchum Kurl-Lock
   Here is a link to the CSF website that has some helpful videos concerning the tags and tagging of sheep and lambs with the new CSIP tags.
CCWG Increases Price Of CSIP Tags
Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited (CCWG) has recently announced the price increase for CSIP approved Shearwell ASET tags to $1.75, effective this December.  The increase is attributed to the depreciation of the Canadian dollar against the British pound, given that Shearwell tags are manufactured in the UK.  CCWG continues to work with the manufacturer to minimize price fluctuations taking advantage of every savings possible to control costs to producers. 
Shearwell Data Ltd. (SDL) has advised us of slight changes to the CSIP-approved SET tag. Based on feedback from users there have been improvements made to the current ESET tag.  
Improvements to the new ASET tag: 
1. Spike is 1 mm longer to reduce pinching when the tag is closed on thick-eared sheep. 
2. Body of tag is thicker on the spike end to reduce the possibility of tags bending when being applied in warm weather.
3. Overall tag length is slightly longer to help with bigger ears, plus increase accuracy and reduce bending when closing the tag.
4. An additional bump on the underside of the tag for fitting into the automatic applicator.
The new ASET tags need a different jaw insert in the applicator. The new jaw inserts are black 
so it is easy to tell if you are using the right applicator for the right tags; BLACK jaws for the 
new ASET tags, GREEN jaws for the original ESET tag.

Director Bio's

Herman Bouw, Eastern Region Director, President

  Herman farms with his sons Jonathan and Stefan. Their farm includes a herd of registered Angus cattle under the Edie Creek prefix, as well as a 300 ewe flock of Rideau Arcott crosses. Both livestock operations are run 
on an organic land base certified by O.P.A.M. The flock lambs mid-May to mid-June, and is shorn prior to lambing. The ewes are bred to Rideau, Canadian, Ile de France and Texel rams. Lambing data is recorded electronically, which certainly improves and speeds up management of the entire flock! The flock is rotationally grazed on alfalfa/grass pastures that are perimeter fenced with 5 strands of electrified hi-tensile 12 gauge galvanized wire. The grazing paddocks are made using flexible/portable electro-net fencing, and the sheep are moved as required, usually every 3 days. There is a significant coyote population in the area, but with 4 guard dogs and 2 llamas in the flock, we have yet to lose a lamb to predators! It's been an encouraging experience operating a dual livestock operation. It allows us to maximize our land base, buildings and labour. We've joined the Canadian Lamb Co-op and are hopeful that it will provide a consistent opportunity to market the top quality lambs that we produce.

Jonathon Nichol, Central Region Director

  Our farm is located eight miles north of Darlingford, which is about twenty minutes west of Morden. I am a relatively new producer, having only started in the sheep industry around four years agoI began  
with a small commercial flock of fourteen mainly Suffolk ewes and have grown from there to my current thirty-seven ewes. That being said, I grew up on a sheep farm with my parents running a 150 ewe purebred Suffolk flock that went under the name Braemar farms. I am currently diversifying my livestock, having recently purchased a couple of pigs that I am planning on using to produce pastured pork, and possibly selling some weanlings as well. My wife Jennifer is a High School English teacher at our local high school in Miami and we have a twenty month old son as well. I have been the Central Region's Director now since April 2013.
Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative Update

The phones are busy with enquiries about the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative.  Among the questions; is the cooperative buying lambs and how and why do I want to get involved.   


We continue to work hard towards having the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative operational as soon as possible.   Before some of the work could begin we needed producer investment.  With the producer investment received we were able to establish the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative as its own identity, get a skeleton staff in place and lessen our dependence on the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board to carry the project.   The investment has also allowed us to begin working on the electronic grading system and the lamb purchasing, processing and marketing processes.   We are currently working on securing funds for the purposes of purchasing lambs.  Once the funds are in place the purchase and marketing of lambs will begin.


As to why you want to get involved; three good reasons, national pricing based on three Ontario auctionsCookstown, Brussels and Kitchener, instrument grading which will allow you to receive premiums of up to 16% on quality carcasses and ownership in a structure marketing company marketing your lamb products.


As to how you can get involved; we are actively recruiting members for 2014.  For more information on membership please see our web-site or  give either of us a call


Terry Ackerman                                         

Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative       

Suite 351- 5420 Highway 6 North                   

Guelph, Ontario N1H 6J2                                    


Phone: (519) 823-2200                                        

Fax: (519) 823-2205    


Gord Schroeder

Canadian Lamb Producers  Cooperative

213C Hanselman Court

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7L 6A8


Phone: (306)933-7166

Fax: (306)933-7182

7th Annual Mountainview Show & Sale - Oct 5, 2013 Results


The Northwest District featured their annual event this year once again at the Dauphin Ag Society Fair Grounds, Dauphin, Manitoba.  There was 131 entries for this sale and they sold as follows:


Top selling yearling ram went to a big stretchy Dorset ram consigned by Heeroma Farms of Neilburg, Saskatchewan.  It sold for $475.00 to new Manitoba Dorset Breeders, Ben and Linda Fox of Justamere Ranch, Dauphin, Manitoba.


High selling ram lamb went to Jo Walker of Maryfield, Saskatchewan; on a young Dorset ram selling for $320 to Matt Helash of Fork River, Manitoba.


In the commercial pen of three breeding ewe lambs, the high price was garnered by Ken McLaren of Sifton, Manitoba on a fancy set of straight bred Texel ewes.  They sold to Heather Mayne of Makinak, Manitoba at $220.00 per head.


John Lewis of Kirkella, Manitoba sold the high selling market lamb at $1.39 lb.


The feeder lamb sale was brisk with 7 pens selling as follows;

Ram lamb feeders averaging 99.8 lbs sold @ $1.23 lb.

Suffolk x feeders averaging 85 lbs sold @ $1.30 lb.

Suffolk x feeders averaging 75 lbs sold @ $1.33 lb.

Suffolk x feeders averaging 66 lbs sold @ $1.30 lb.

Suffolk x feeders averaging 101 lbs sold @ $1.30 lb.

Prime Dorset lambs averaging 95 lbs sold at $1.33 lb.

Dorset feeder lambs averaging 95 lbs sold at $1.31 lb.

Market lamb average price was $1.34 lb.


Organizers felt that this was a successful event with preference manifesting itself with strong bidding on the commercial entries.



The CCWG recently held Management and Board of Director meetings at the 95th Annual General Meeting in Saint-Hyacinthe, QC on October 18 & 19th, 2013.
The 2013 elected Board of Directors are as follows:
President - Dwayne C. Acres, Osgoode, ON

1st Vice President - David Mastine, St. Felix de Kingsey, QC

2nd Vice President - John L. Farrell, Wingham, ON
                            - John D. Woodburn, Grimshaw, AB

Additional Directors on the Board are as follows:
Margarete Zillig, Scotch Village, NS (Audit Committee)
Lee Sexton, Hanley, SK (Audit Committee)
Roma Tingle, Prince George, BC (Audit Committee)
Brian Greaves, Miniota, MB (CSF Representative)
Warren L. Moore, Stavely, AB
Ward Harden, Fir Mountain, SK

Sincere appreciation for his many years of service are extended to retiring director and past president John D. Balderson who has represented Alberta South for the past 20 years.
We also wish to recognize the long time service of Ken H. Mallinson who very capably represented British Columbia on our board. We are sorry to advise that Ken passed away in May 2013, we extend our sincerest condolences to his wife Nancy and their families.

For the fiscal year ending February 28, 2013 the co-operative recorded gross sales of $8,688,513 which represents an 8% increase from the previous year. Sales have increased almost 28% over the past three years. The Board of Directors have authorized a dividend payment of 7% to the shareholders of record date December 31, 2012 and 5 cents per pound to the Shareholder Wool Shipper Loyalty Reward Program (SWSLRP). Full details on these programs can be found on the company website Wool volume increased by 8.2% in 2011 and 8.6% in 2012 but slipped by 6.5% in 2013, due mainly to a reduction in wool consignments from Qu´┐Żbec.  


For more information go to



New Executive Director at Manitoba Sheep Association


 In October we hired a new Exective Director to fill the vacancy from Corie's resignation. There was a very good response to the job posting, receiving thirty-one applicants which was then narrowed down to three for interviews. From all of this, the MSA has hired Jennifer Peters as our new Executive Director. 


Jonathon Nichol



Hello to all MSA members, I hope that over time we will be able to meet in person, but until then I will tell you a little about myself. My background is in office management; I have primarily been employed in healthcare and for not-for-profit. I have worked for Health Sciences Centre, the Cerebral Palsy Association and Sport Manitoba all of which has given me the varied experiences that I bring to your organization.

On the personal side I am married and have three wonderful children ages 7, 5 and 3 who keep us very busy!


I am very excited to have joined the MSA and I look forward to learning more about your organization and the sheep industry. 




Canadian Sheep Breeders Report

Greetings!  Another year is almost over.  It was a tough year to sell purebred stock.  With commercial lamb prices being depressed, you had to be willing to hang in for the long haul to get your rams sold.  Compare that to last year where most rams where sold or spoken for well before we even hit fall! 


With the end of the year, it's time for a bit of an update.  2011 and 2012 saw a substantial increase in the number of purebred members and registrations and transfers.  Not surprisingly, registrations are down for 2013; 13% lower by July for the same time in 2012.  I don't imagine that trend improved much as the year progressed.


The 2013 Classic was held in Barriere , British Columbia with 294 animals on offer sale day.  Average prices were down compared to 2012 (Ewes - $451 Rams - $613), but still respectable.  Eighteen animals in total sold for over $1000 dollars indicating that despite the current lamb market, people are still willing to invest in genetics for the future.  As in 2012, the high selling animal once again was again making the trip to Manitoba.  The Suffolk ram Jordan Power Play 20A, consigned by Jordan

Livestock, Rimbey, AB, sold for $3,400 to All Livestock, Ste Rose Du Lac, MB.  It's great to see these powerful  animals coming back to our province! The 2014 Classic will be held in Ancaster, Ontario July 9-12.


Some useful information is now available at . This includes documents on how to import embryos and semen, correcting tattoo errors, terms and conditions for the sale of purebred stock, an information package for new breeders and forms for ordering replacement tags. And for those who may not know, the much awaited Shearwell Double Tag is now here! 


The CSBA once again supported 4-H in Manitoba with a $250 grant.  Research on important production limiting diseases, Maedi visna, Bovine Viral Diarrhea and Johne's Disease is being supported by the CSBA in the amount of $1000.  The CSBA also continues its commitment to improving the foundation genetics of the Canadian Sheep Industry with its support of GenOvis.  $5900 was ear marked for the development of a course on genetic evaluation and conformation.  I hope to have this seminar available for Manitoba producers in 2014. I enrolled in GenOvis myself for the first time this past spring and I am looking forward to continuing to work with it in 2014. You can check out GenOvis for yourself at


As part of the Canadian Sheep Federations renewal process, the CSBA along with the Canadian Wool Growers have been voted out of the CSF membership.  While the CSBA and the CWG campaigned against this move, now that it is in place the CSBA is still endeavoring to maintain a working relationship with the Canadian Industry's key players.


With that I will bring my report to a close.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we'll see you again in 2014!


Neil Versavel

CSBA Manitoba



Director Positions - Vacancies
There are currently two Director positions vacant. We would like to see these filled to maintain proper producer representation throughout the province. The regions that are currently requiring Directors are the West and the Southwest regions. 

Requirements of a Director
  • Attend meetings as they are scheduled, usually one conference call a month (1.5-2.5 hrs in length), and a couple face-to-face meetings a year. The face-to-face meetings will usually replace that months conference call.
  • Working on committees as required.
  • Being a member of the Manitoba Sheep Association and being in good standing with the Association.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

To see which areas these, are please go to and look at the 2012 District Map, which you can find a link to on the Directors page at the bottom, or click on the link below.

Growing Forward 2 - Growing Assurance Food Safety

Financial Assistance for SHEEP Producers

Under the On-Farm Food Safety Program: Sheep, funding of $3000 (65:35 cost share) is available to cover the costs of implementing Food Safe Farm Practices (FSFP) program on the sheep farms.


Funding details:

  • FSFP first audit cost: $500 Max (65:35 cost share)
  • Veterinary Consultation: $500 Max (65:35 cost share)
  • Purchase of Approved Equipment: $3000 Max (65:35 cost share).

Each applicant can access a maximum of $3000 for any eligible expense for the 5 - year life of the program.



  • Recognised sheep producer currently rearing sheep and has valid Premises Identification Number (PID)
  • Complete the training for FSFP program (provided by CSF) not required if applying only for Veterinary Consultation.
  • Not eligible if received funding for similar item in the past (GF1)


Application Process:

  • Submit complete application with eligibility documents to the GO Office
  • All applications will be entertained on first come first serve basis
  • Applicants will receive approval or rejection letter with or without any conditions
  • Initiate the project per directions stipulated in the approval letter



  • Complete first audit of FSFP program except the claims for veterinary consultation visit.
  • Submit invoices for veterinary consultation along with the veterinarian report. Max payable $500 (65:35 cost share)
  • Submit invoice for the FSFP first audit along with the copy of the audit report. Max payable $500 (65:35 cost share)
  • Submit invoices for the purchased equipment. Max payable $3000 (65:35 cost share).


Note: All invoices must be dated after the approval date of the application. Other proof of purchase may be required on case by case basis. Max payable $3000 (65:35 cost share) for the whole program. For example, Mr John has three invoices: $400 for veterinary consultation, $300 for FSFP first audit and $1500 for a weighing scale. The payment will be issued as: $260 for vet consultation, $195 for the first audit and $975 for the scale. Mr John still has $1570 available to purchase any other equipment from the approved list at 65:35 cost share.


Approved Equipment List Sheep

Practice code

Eligible Equipment Expenses


RFID reading equipment and software


Scale for weighing animal feed and water additives


Label makers


Sharp containers


Single-animal scale


Light bulb covers, shatter proof light bulbs


Chemical storage cabinet


Plastic bins with secure lids


First time FSFP audit cost


Veterinary flock consultation* (with recommendations on on-farm food safety and/or biosecurity practices)


For more information or to submit applications:


Contact your local GO Office (MAFRD) OR



Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD)
PO Box 1240, 810 McPhillips Street
Portage la Prairie MB R1N 3J9
Fax: 204-239-3180 

Christmas Lamb Recipe

Honey, Rosemary, and Lemon Roast Lamb

Tried this one myself and it was really good, though I used lemon juice instead of zest as I'm not a fan of lemon zest. The picture is of the roast that I made shortly after coming out of the oven.

  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2.25kg (5 lb) whole leg of lamb
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Prep: 15min    Cook: 1hr20min    Ready in: 1hr35min 
  1. In a small bowl, combine the honey, mustard, rosemary, ground black pepper, lemon zest and garlic. Mix well and apply to the lamb. Cover and marinate in the fridge overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 230 C / 450 F.
  3. Place lamb on a rack in a roasting tin and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 200 C / 400 F and roast for 55 to 60 more minutes for medium rare. The internal temperature should be at least 63 C or 145 F. Let the roast rest for about 10 minutes before carving.
Serves: 7

Sheep Fluff
Everyone's always wondered what a farmer would do if he or she had some spare time. Click on the link below to find out. 

In This Issue
CSIP Tag Information
Tag Price Increases
Director Bio's
Canadian Lamb Producers Co-op
7th Annual Show & Sale Oct 5th Results
CCWG Wool Industry News
New Executive Director
Canadian Sheep Breeders Report
Director Positions
Growing Forward 2
Christmas Lamb Recipes
Sheep Fluff
Coming Events
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If you are interested please email or call 204-434-6456.  We sold out last year so if you are interested please book early.

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SheepBytes has been developed and tested by nutritionists, software developers, industry advisors and end users. The program uses the latest nutrition requirement research to help improve the productivity of a flock.

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Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting is to be held in Rapid City, at the Legion Hall March 1, 2014 with lunch to be served. 
Start Time will be 9:00 am 
Speakers to be announced at a later time.


Classified Ads

For Sale
Purebred Great Pyrenees Puppies for Sale 
5 available; 2 females and 3 males.  Both parents are working dogs and puppies are being raised in the barn with sheep. 
Born Oct. 16th, ready to go Dec. 11.   
For more info, please call 204-534-2450 or email
 Posted Dec 2, 2013 

 Young Productive Sheep for Sale.
30 Suffolk cross ewes 4 years old and younger. Easy lambers. In 2013 lambing average was 2.1. Also ewe lambs available. Great starter or expansion flock. Ready for breeding. $200 each. Green Pastures Farm, Gardenton 204 371 4993
Posted Oct 29, 2013  
4 Yearling Rams for Sale  
We have four yearling ram lambs left for sale , they are out of Charollais or Canadian Rams and Canadian ewes, all weigh between 140 and 160 lbs and can be used on a commercial flock to improve weights , asking $300 or best offer, more pictures available contact or Chris or Gail Milton at 204-437-3073 . 
Posted Oct 28, 2013
13 Week old Male Maremma Puppy for sale Being raised with sheep, both parents purebreds.350.00 he is going to be a big boy.  ( 204) 367-8945 Lori Chartier    Posted Oct 14, 2013   
Suffolk/Hampshire Cross Yearling Ram lambs and ewe lambs for Sale Call
Leona for more info:
                204 215-0499 (cell)  
                 Posted October 8, 2013 

1.5 year old Katahdin Cross Ram for Sale:  He's done his job with excellence, but he needs a new home since he can't breed his daughters. He's a real go getter with all my
lambing done in two weeks. Come see his lambs. asking $150 obo. call
204-379-2848 if interested and ask for
Jean between 4:30-10:00 on
weekdays, or all day weekends.           
Posted October 5, 2013        
Suffolk Ram Lamb for Sale 
This ram was born February 2013 and is ready to start working. Worming and vaccinations up to date. His dam and sire can be seen if desired. Contact Debbie Chikousky, 1-204-278-3640
Posted Oct 2, 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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