Sheep Sense    

Manitoba Sheep Association Newsletter
  June 2014

The CSF has recently been contacted by the CFIA in response to a number of cull ewes being transported into Ontario from Western Canada without proper CSIP tags. The CSF would like to warn producers that there are hefty monetary fines for non-compliance of the tagging requirements.
The MSA website is in the process of transferring to a new host and has not been updated as reliably in the last little while as we would like to see. We look to improve upon that as soon as the transfer is complete and look forward to hearing from our membership about ways they would like to see it improved. New Classified Ads will be posted as soon as the transfer is finished.

Sheep Sense is looking for producers that would like to have their farms showcased in upcoming issues of our newsletter. Large or small, registered or commercial we would like to hear from you and see how your operations run. If anyone is interested please let us know at or by phone at 204-421-9434 

Jonathon Nichol
Central Region Director   


MSA Show and Sale, Carberry MB Aug 29-30
The Show and Sale has been moved to Carberry, and will be held at the Fair Grounds. Carberry has camping on site allowing producers the ability to stay on site with their animals. 
There will be a market lamb grading seminar held in conjunction with this years Show and Sale, put on by the CLPC. This seminar is meant to teach producers what they should be looking for in a finished lamb.
The Manitoba Sheep Association has generously sponsored this years Grand Champions in all the classes, except the Market Lamb class which has be generously sponsored by the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative.
New to this Year - Over $2000 dollars in Prize Money
MSA Sponsored Prize Money to the  Grand Champions 
Purebred Grand Champion Ram - $500
Purebred Grand Champion Female - $500
Grand Champion Pen of 2 - $200
Grand Champion Pen of 5 - $250
Jackpot Ewe Lamb - $250
Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative Sponsored
Jackpot Market Lamb 

Market Lamb Class. Maximum 2 entries per farm unit. Must be bred and raised by exhibi�tor. Open to wethers (completely healed) and ewe lambs. No intact ram Iambs allowed, a belly nut is consid�ered intact. All animals will remain the property of the exhibitor regardless of placing.   1s1place/Grand Champion Market Lamb: $300 . 2nd: $200, 3rd: $100. Thank you to Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative for Sponsoring the 2014 Market Lamb Class.

Meeting with Agri Minister Ron Kostyshyn

The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers will be meeting in Winnipeg from July 16-19, 2014.  Topics for the Ministers meeting will include key challenges and opportunities impacting the sector in the medium and long term, innovation and infrastructure, grain transportation, variety registration, regulatory modernization, business risk management programs, emergency management, and international strategy and trade. There will also be discussion on current issues and opportunities such as organic development, labour, bees, animal diseases, and water management. 


The Honourable Ron Kostyshyn has invited the MSA, along with the other Agriculture groups with in the province, to join him for a consultation meeting in preparation for the July 16-19 meeting. The MSA is sending the Interlake Director and MSA Vice-Chair, Mitch Millar, as our representative. If you have any concerns or ideas regarding this meeting please forward them via email to:


Please send any correspondence by July 8th as the meeting with Minister Kostyshyn is July 9th.

MSA Wool Packers
The MSA in partnership with the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers has started building two new horizontal wool packers that will be made available to MSA members free of charge. The wool packers are going to be run electrically, running off of 110 volt power. The packers are mobile units with the wheels being directly mounted to the machine allowing it to be classified as a farm implement. They will be using the newer style square wool sacks, as these sacks store and ship better then the sausage style wool sacks. The current plan is to situate the packers around the province to make them as accessible as possible to the membership. 

The wool packers are planned to be completed for the end of June. We are aware that for this year they will be a little late for most of the shearing, but that they will be ready to go at the beginning of the next shearing season.

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Director Bio
Sheri Bieganski,
Southwest Region Director
Hi there,

My name is Sheri Bieganski and I am the new director for the Southwest Region. Along with my husband Jeff and son Lucas we operate Shereff Stock Farms near Carberry, 

Manitoba. We have a mixed  livestock operation of commercial cattle, Purebred Registered Polled Dorset and Suffolk sheep. The Dorset is on an accelerated lambing system and the Suffolk lamb in January and April. Calving along with multiple lambings gets very busy at times but it gives us the opportunity to make better use of our rams and have more marketing options for the progeny.


Just recently I received certification as a Carcass Ultrasound Scanning Technician through the CUP Lab in Ames, Iowa, for NSIP (National Sheep Improvement Program) in the United States and through GenOvis which is a Canadian Record of Performance Program for sheep. I am very eager to get scanning for anyone who is interested in seeing how the "inside" of their sheep look.


I am enjoying being a director and working with the rest of the board. I am always willing to chat about sheep and any issue that may arise in our industry, so, please don't hesitate to call or email me and I will be glad to take your concerns to the board or help out however I can.


I look forward to seeing you at our MSA Show & Sale which is being held in my hometown of Carberry this year. We are very excited to be part of this event and hope to see lots of sheep and producers out for this event.


Till' then,



Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative Update


Submitted by Gord Schroeder


The Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative has now begun purchasing lambs from Members in western Canada. The purchasing of Members lambs will now continue on a regular basis. The price that the Cooperative will pay for lambs is posted on the Cooperative's website every Friday morning for the upcoming week.  The Cooperative pays its Members in five (5) business days and pays all transportation costs from assembly points located throughout the province.


The prototype work on the LG-409 electronic instrument grading probe has been completed and the first testing of the probe on lamb carcasses was done at the University of Guelph in April 2014. The electronic instrument grading system is scheduled to be installed in two processing plants in early spring of 2015.


The new value-added and fresh product packaging is in the process of being developed. It is planned the first prototypes of the packaging will be ready in early June 2014.


Product testing is now underway on several value-added lamb products. It is planned these products will be ready for presentation to retailers in late June or early July 2014.


The Cooperative will be sponsoring a Supreme Market Lamb Class competition and hosting a "Market Ready Lamb" workshop at Grasslands Show and Sale in Drake, SK. The same type of event is planned at the summer show in Manitoba.  Prize money for the Market Lamb competition is 1st place $300, 2nd place $200 and 3rd place $100.  The Cooperative will also be donating an additional $100 into the jackpot judging competition in Drake, SK.      


I have been talking to lamb producers who tell me they are going to wait and see how things go and join the Cooperative later. It is important that producers understand that the Cooperative is a private organization and membership is by application. There is no guarantee that membership will be open when a producer decides to join.  Memberships will be accepted until the Cooperative reaches the number of contracted lambs required to meet the organization's needs for a specific period.  Once these levels are reached membership approvals will be limited until such time the business grows and more lambs are required. 


Existing Members may also increase their production to meet the additional needs of the Cooperative.  The wait and see attitude may keep you waiting longer than expected.  I want to encourage producers to take a good look at becoming a member of the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative now.  All the information is on our website at  However, if you have additional questions please give me a call at 306-933-7166 or email me at  



Goiter In Sheep


When an animal does not get enough iodine in its diet; it develops a disease condition known as goiter. The goiter or swelling of the thyroid gland is caused by the thyroid gland enlarging as it tries to produce the thyroid hormones needed by the animal. Thyroid hormones, T3 and T4 and are very important for maintaining control over metabolism. Shortages or excesses of T3 or T4 have very pronounced effects on the animal. The thyroid gland is located in the throat/jaw area of sheep.         


Soils in Western Canada are deficient in iodine, so forage and grain grown here are deficient in iodine. To prevent goiter in livestock and people, salt is fortified with iodine (iodized). Iodized salt is necessary to prevent goiter. It is possible to buy iodized (red) salt, cobalt-iodized (blue) salt and fortified trace mineral salt. Make sure that any salt you buy for your sheep has iodine as an ingredient on the feed tag. 


Salt intake will depend on whether there is any other source of salt available to the sheep. If you are feeding a mineral mix that contains salt then the sheep may not eat salt from other sources. Try to only offer one source of salt. This is one way of force feeding minerals. Sheep will eat the salt-mineral mix to get salt. If the salt-mineral mix contains iodine, there should be no problems with goiter.


Sometimes water can be is high in sodium, and this can reduce salt intake.  If salt intake is low, sampling the water source might be a good idea.


The bottom line is, make sure to offer your sheep a salt product that is iodized and make sure the sheep are eating it. Intake is critical; the best product in the world is not doing you any good if your sheep will not eat it! 



Wray T. Whitmore



Canadian Sheep Code of Practice, Shearing
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.
All wool sheep must be shorn at least annually and as frequently as necessary, to mitigate animal health and welfare concerns.

Shearing must be performed by, or under the direct supervision of a competent shearer using techniques designed to minimize animal stress and injury.

Shearing of pregnant ewes in the last month of gestation must only be done by an experienced shearer.
All shearing related injuries must be attended to promptly and according to the flock health and welfare plan. 

Farms must have a suitable area that can be set up for shearing that is adequate in size, clean and well-lit to ensure the well-being of both the sheep and the shearer.

All shearing equipment and clothing that moves between farms with the shearer must be cleaned and disinfected between flocks at a minimum and disinfected between animals within a flock if there is known disease transfer risk.

When planning shearing, producers must take the time of year, expected weather, local insect season and available shelter into consideration and take steps to prevent the
potential negative outcomes associated with shearing (e.g. hypothermia, sunburn, biting insects, health problems). 

a. consider using a cover comb or comb lifter to leave an insulating layer of wool, if shearing must
take place during poor weather conditions or shelter is limited

b. provide extra feed, shelter and shade for sheep after shearing

c. take steps to reduce rumen and bladder fill prior to shearing

d. crutch full-fleece ewes if they can not be shorn prior to lambing 
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Campaign for Wool, coming to Canada!




The Campaign for Wool is a global endeavour initiated by its patron, The Prince of Wales, in order to raise awareness amongst consumers about the unique, natural and sustainable benefits offered by wool.  The Campaign for Wool currently runs in 12 different countries including France, Australia, Japan and the United States.


A launch event was held in Pictou, Nova Scotia on Sunday, May 19, 2014 and included local sheep, farmers, artisans, representatives of the Canadian Wool Industry and models wearing wool designs from the Campaign's newly confirmed founding retail partners Holt Renfrew, Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan.


"We are thrilled to be able to bring the Campaign for Wool to Canada," says Eric Bjergso, General Manager for Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers, The Campaign's Canadian delivery partner.  "Wool is a wonder material; a sustainable fabric that supports rural economies.  We are grateful to The Prince for helping to share that story with Canadians".


Campaign activities are centered on an annual Wool Week, a weeklong festival of events and workshops celebrating wool in all its guises.  Canada's first Wool Week will debut this fall in Toronto in partnership with our founding retail partners.  Specific events and timings will be announced at a later date.


Encouraging collaboration between an international community of woolgrowers, major fashion designers, retailers, manufacturers, artisans and interior designers, the Campaign has been instrumental in educating consumers about the versatility of wool, and reconnecting them with its myriad uses - From luxurious fine merino knitwear to fire-retardant insulation for the home.


Since its launch in 2010, The Campaign for Wool has influenced a new demand for wool on an international scale, and its efforts have seen an outstanding threefold increase in the price farmers receive for their wool.


For more information, please visit

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In Memory Of James Baxter

James Baxter of Prairie Dog Farm at Deleau, Manitoba passed away peacefully on May 18, 2014.


 James was an avid Dorset and Suffolk breeder who came to Manitoba after he retired from his position with Calgary Transit in Calgary, Alberta. James was very involved with Stock Dog Trials in Alberta and even travelled to Mexico with the dogs.


 Jay, as he was known to many of us, loved life on his farm. He especially enjoyed picking out which animals would get to go to various shows and sales and getting them ready to make their appearance. Along with his sheep, he had llamas, guardian dogs for the sheep and working border collies. Jay always enjoyed a visit with a neighbor, fellow farmer or sheep producer whether you were from near or far. He was always eager to hear about how things were going at your farm and any new additions you had acquired whether it be a new animal or piece of machinery.


 James was a long-time member of the CLRC (Canadian Livestock Records Corporation) the CSBA (Canadian Sheep Breeders Association) and a past member of the American Border Collie Association.


 He had connections with sheep producers from B.C. to P.E.I. and was proud of it.  James will be missed by many of us who both visited with him and purchased breeding stock from him. His sheep are part of purebred and commercial flocks throughout Manitoba and parts of Canada.


 Sparky, Pip, Mike, Bear along with the remainder of his Suffolk flock have adjusted well to their new home at Shereff Stock Farms near Carberry, Manitoba.


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

Ian Deans
Newdale, MB
Buying Feeders and Fats.

Toni Atkinson, Brandon
Buying agent for Sheep and goats.

Parks Livestock of Canada, LP        
Contact Cam Friesen                                            

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

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Manitoba Sheep Association Post-Secondary Scholarship 2014

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.                                                                                   


1)     The applicant must provide official proof of current enrollment 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.                                                                                             


 Please submit your completed application by July 15, 2014

Manitoba Sheep Association Scholarship Committee


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 2014.


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Shearers available for 2014

The Shearers available for work in Manitoba are listed below. Please remember to speak to your shearer early to assure your place in his or her schedule.  Make sure sheep are dry both for the shearer and for the value of the wool as wet wool will not keep.


 Tips for working with a custom shearer:
■ Book well in advance
■ Pen sheep close 12 hours prior to shearing with no feed or water
■ Prepare a clean, well-lighted area with access to an electrical outlet
■ Provide plenty of head room
■ Have catch pen near the shearing area

■ Have extra help for filling the catch pen and preparing the fleece for market. 

(This was taken from the Wool Production Guide)


Shearers Available in Manitoba (From Shearers Page)

Herb Benson



Louis Bisson (MB & SK)



Pauline Bolay

Fairford - pbolay@hotmail.com204-659-2673

Ivan Bugera

St. Pierre -


Heinz Krauskopf



John Lewis



Vernon Webe



Russell John EddyYorkton306-620-6434
Ampie EsterhuyseGrenfell306-451-7809
Clifford MetheralNokomis306-528-2113
David StottYorkton306-782-2137 or 204-526-5503


Manitoba Wool Depots

Howard Alexander



Tony Atkinson   *  * NEW * * Brandon


Herb Benson



Brian Greaves


Wayne & Maria McDonald     * * * NEW * * *

Cartwright (wool loading day)204-529-2633
Ken & Agnes McLarenSifton


Jake Thiessen



Linda WestmanInterlake area (wool loading day)


Please phone ahead to all depots


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 


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B.B.Q. Season is Here!

Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb Recipe

  • Prep time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour

In this recipe we sear the lamb first, on both sides, grilling on high heat for a short amount of time. Then we cook the lamb on lower heat until it is cooked through. In our opinion, the only way to eat lamb is medium rare or rare. There is nothing more depressing than dried-out, over-cooked lamb. For this reason it is essential that you use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature of the roast.


  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, or 1 Tbsp dried
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 boneless leg of lamb, 5 to 6 pounds, butterflied

1 Put onion, garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil into a food processor and pulse to combine. (If you don't have a food processor, just chop the onions, garlic, and rosemary very well and combine with the rest.)


2 Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper over the lamb. Place marinade and lamb into a 1-gallon freezer bag. Spread marinade over all sides of the meat. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.


3 Remove lamb from refrigerator and let come to room temperature (about 20 minutes). When ready to put on grill, remove from marinade bag. To help make the lamb easier to turn on the grill you can insert a couple of skewers through the lamb, crosswise. 

(A tip learned from Rick Rodgers in Kingsford Complete Grilling Cookbook.)  

4 Prepare grill. If you are using a charcoal grill, prepare the coals so that they are double layered on one side of the grill, and sparsely single layered on the other side of the grill (this is called "banked" grilling). If you are using a gas grill, heat the grill on high on all burners to start. After the initial browning you will reduce the heat.


5. Place the lamb, fat side down, on the grill on the hot side (double layer charcoals). You will get likely get flareups, so be prepared with a squirt bottle of water or a couple of cups of water (if using a charcoal grill) to control the flames if needed. (My brother Matt swears by shaking the bottle of beer he is drinking to squirt some beer on the coals when needed for flareups.) Sear one side for 4 minutes, then flip the lamb over to sear the other side for another 4 minutes. Then, if you are using a charcoal grill, move the roast to the less hot side of the grill. If you are using a gas grill, lower the heat to low. You will want to maintain a temperature of 300-350�F. Cover the grill and let cook for an additional 35-45 minutes (depending on how thick, and how many pounds the roast is), until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roast registers 130�F (for medium rare).


6 Transfer to a cutting board with a well to catch the juices. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Remove the skewers if you are using any. Cut across the grain, 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick slices. Serve slices on a warm platter; pour meat juices over the slices. Serve with mint jelly or horseradish. Serves 8-10.





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In This Issue
MSA Show and Sale
Meeting with Ron Kostyshyn
MSA Wool Packers
Director Bio
CLPC Update
Goiter in Sheep
Canadian Sheep Code of Practice
Campaign for Wool
In Memory of James Baxter
Buyers of Manitoban Lamb
MSA Post-Secondary Scholarship 2014
Shearers Available in 2014
Growing Forward 2
B.B.Q. Season is Here!
Coming Events
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Sarto Sheep Farm

"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 or call 204-434-6456.  We sold out last year so if you are interested please book early.

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(204) 842-3389 or    

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Buying Agent for Sheep & Goats

MJ Millar Ranch
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Suffolk, Dorset, Rambouillet, Texel, Commercial  
Contact: Mitch at MJ Millar Ranch Inc., Lundar, MB (204) 280-0822,,
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SheepBytes Ration Balancer
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Forty percent of the cost of bringing a lamb to market comes from feed. SheepBytes is an online tool that helps adjust feeding rations not only to make them cost-effective, but also to provide optimal flock nutrition for sheep in every stage of production.

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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MSA Annual Show and Sale

The 2014 Show and Sale is scheduled to take place August 29th & 30th in Carberry, MB. The sale will be held at the Fair Grounds


If you are interested in consigning animals to this sale please contact 

or call 204-421-9434

for more information. 

Classified Ads

For Sale
For Sale: 25 Polypay ewe lambs. Born early February. From prolific
flock. $25.00 per lamb deposit will hold till September. Contact Ernie
Hildebrand 204-873-2194 or email 
Posted April 30, 2014

Weight scale for sale . Comes complete with scale and wheels .
 Can be used as mobile unit or remove the wheels and use as a stationary unit.This unit has access doors on the side head gate on the front. I used it for
preg checking etc.

Contact: Mitch 204 280 0822
Posted April 21, 2014

 Akbash/Great Pyrennes 
Pups For Sale
A Great Sheep Guard Dog! Puppies come from working parents.
Born on March 13th. Asking price $275.00. Call 204-828-3308 or 204-750-1209.  Posted April 16, 2014  

32 Commercial Ewes for Sale      Some suffolk and some East Fresian Polypay X.  1st time lambing. Due to start July 11th. Bred to North Country Cheviot. Asking $250.00 each. Email: Phone Wendy Kunzelman: 204-278-3517   
6 Sheep Guardian Dogs
 For Sale: 6 (six) sheep guard dog puppies.  Marema, Akbash cross.  Parents are both working dogs protecting 1000 ewe sheep flock.  Born and raised with sheep.  Well bonded.  3 males, 3 females.  $250 each. or call (204) 529-2633 


Help Wanted TMR Mill Operator - Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms  
Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms, previously known as Sarto Sheep Farms, is in the process of a significant expansion. We are looking for a mature and reliable individual who can operate a Ford T7 tractor and Supreme 900 TMR mill to make and distribute feed to our 2300 ewe flock and associated lambs.  This position is initially at our current facility near Sarto, and for the first year will be working closely with an experienced manager.  Starting in June of 2015 there will be an opportunity to take over responsibility for a feeding yard near Zoda.  In this role we will provide a house on the property for the right candidate.
Experience with sheep is not necessary. Experience in operating farm equipment and a demonstrated reliable work history are essential.
If this position seems right for you, forward your resume to 
Patrick Smith
Sarto Sheep Farm Inc
Our Ewes Grow Your Profits 

More Help Wanted - Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms (Shift Work)

Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms previously known as Sarto Sheep Farms is in the process of a significant expansion. We are looking for reliable individuals who are eager to learn the sheep management business through working closely with an experienced team as we grow our ewe flock.  We have positions for late afternoon and early evening and overnight shifts during peak lambing periods and daytime work during the July-Dec period.

These positions have the opportunity to grow into more independent and responsible roles either at our current location near Sarto or our feeding location near Zhoda.

Experience with sheep is not necessary.   A demonstrated reliable work history is essential.
If this position seems right for you, forward your resume to  
Wanted - Merino Sheep Skins in Canada  We are looking for Merino Sheep Skins. Please contact us.
Marlen Shamilov. 
TEL: 416-8561373 
Posted Aug 12, 2013

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Manitoba Sheep Association
400 Lockwood Street
Winnipeg, MB R3N 1S4
p: (204) 421-9434