Sheep Sense    

Manitoba Sheep Association Newsletter
  March 2014

Winter is slowly loosening its grip on our part of the world as we look ahead to another hopefully successful lambing season. The AGM was held on March 1st in Rapid City with a reasonable turnout considering the weather for the day was around -30 with blowing snow, making the drive interesting to say the least.

 The Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative has said that they plan on purchasing their first lambs in April of this year, which has many producers waiting to see what impact it will have on the domestic market. 
In February the MSA hosted 2 production seminars featuring Gordon Schroeder of the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative and the Sask. Sheep Development Board. The seminars were located in Steinbach and Neepawa in an attempt to make them convenient for as many producers as possible. Gordon with his 28 years experience, spoke on sheep behavior and handling techniques which was very well done and well received by the participating producers.  
If anyone has anything that they are wishing to sell please use our classified listing service, its free to all MSA members. Just send your ad to and we will have it posted on the website and included in each issue of Sheep Sense as long as the ad is posted on the website.
If anyone is interested in supplying articles or has ideas that they would like included in Sheep Sense feel free to send those ideas to We would like to hear from our producer membership as well. If you have an opinion you would like to share feel free to send those in as well, they may not all make it into the newsletter but we will try our best.

Jonathon Nichol
Central Region Director   


AGM in a Nutshell
Jane Thorton gave an interesting talk on Pastures and Forage plants and the best way of using the plants to get optimum performance of your stands. There was good discussion on different ways producers can use and manage their pastures to get the most out of them while still improving them for successive years. 

Neil Versavel gave two talks, the first regarding the way that sheep digest their food and how they make use of the feed we give them, the second being on genetics and how to go about picking a breed. Neil's discussion on Digestion and the ways that things can go wrong even with the best intentions was very interesting and informative. His talk on genetics was well done and explained where crossbred animals from known parentage can be a benefit to the lamb producer.

The meeting was called to order at 1:40 PM.

1.0            Chair's Report - Herman Bouw

  • Herman attended meetings on behalf of the MSA this year for the Livestock Predator Protection Group, The Trapper's Association and The Canadian Sheep Federation. Mitch sat on the Provincial Animal Care Committee.
  • MSA had Gord Schroeder host two seminars on Sheep Production on February 7th and 8th. We plan on hosting more of these types of seminars throughout the year.
  • We tried to find more shearers in the province this year and will continue to do as this is a need within our province.
  • Canada Sheep Farms continues to move forward. Sarto Sheep Farms will grow to 6000 ewes by 2016 and eventually up to 50,000 ewes by 2018.

 2.0      Treasurer - Virginia Fox

The 2013 audited statements and the 2014 budget were circulated.


            2013 Audited Financial Statements:

  • As per the audited statements there was $14,342 in revenue in 2013 which is an improvement over 2012.
  • The 2013 AGM cost was much higher than 2012 because we received a grant and invited non-members to attend. This caused the overall meeting costs to be higher for 2013.
  • The photoperiod project was completed in 2012 therefore there was no longer revenue from this project in 2013.
  • Revenues were down for the show and sale in 2013, we show a loss of $100 for the sale. The expenditures for the show and sale are the purchase of sheep which is then collected from the buyers.
  • A question from the floor regarding what is included in the account called casual labor? This included wages for staff and people who worked at the sale. In 2013 staff wages were classified under casual labor in 2012 they were classified under Admin fees.
  • Membership and licenses are down because we no longer have to pay a fee to CSF as an Association. We do still pay membership to The Forage Council and Ag in the Classroom.
  • Website costs are down because in 2012 we were developing the website which increased the costs, we now only pay for maintenance of the site.
  • Sheep purchases in 2012 should have been classified under the show and sale account.

 2014 Budget:

  • A new account called Educational Seminars has been added to the budget with an amount of $4000.00 allotted to the account. Randy Eros asked if Gord Schroeder's expenses have come out of this amount yet? No they have not but they will.
  • The amount allotted to check off refund is hard to predict as we never know how many people will request a refund so we base it on last year's number. Randy Eros calculated the check off refund percentage to be approximately 4%; he indicated that anything under 8% is great so we are doing really well.
  • Virginia reminded the group that we have $10,000 in a separate account in the bank; we have this saved for the unlikely event that one day all of our members ask for a refund.
  • No further questions from the floor.


Virginia Fox moves that the financial statements be adopted as presented, seconded by Neil Versavel.                                                                                                  CARRIED


 3.0            2014 Business Plan  - Colin Hunter

The list of new business plans is included after the 2014 Budget.

  • We will try to make members aware of the new marketing opportunities. A comment from the floor was that in addition to Tony Atkinson there is Ian Deans from Minnedosa who will come to your farm if you have enough sheep. He is in Yorkton right now and is bidding higher than Tony.
  • Jonathon suggested that we need to get all the options out there so we know where the best prices are.
  • Colin suggests that we put a link on the MSA website showing all the marketing options.
  • MSA has realized that our education marketing has been targeting younger students; we are working on how to capture agriculture students.
  • We would like to hold a lamb carcass quality course that is partly held in classroom and then moves to a farm so that participants can actually get the feel of what makes a quality carcass.
  • We would also like to hold a course on guard animals and predator control. A question from floor: Do we get paid for kills? Yes, if you have the carcass you can get paid $225 for a breeding ewe. Discussion around this topic varied, most people have had good experience receiving their payments; one person continues to have trouble with his insurance representative.
  • Question from the floor about horizontal wool packers, if we receive funding for 4 they will be spread throughout the province so all districts will have access to one. One member asked if you can make one yourself? Yes, but it is expensive. There is one in Tony's yard that is free to use.
  • Randy Eros asked if the shearer course advertised on our website is being put on by MSA? No, we are just advertising it for another group.

4.0      Advanced Payment Program

  • Information on this can be found on the government website You can take an advanced payment to purchase feed for your sheep, this is a loan not a grant, much like a cash advance.

5.0      Canadian Sheep Federation - Herman Bouw

  • Check off fee $1.00 in Manitoba. Canadian Sheep Federation Check off is $0.25.
  • CSF changed the number of directors, but weighted the votes of each province based on the number of sheep in each province. For example Ontario has one director but their vote counts as 1 while Manitoba has one director but our vote counts as .5.
  • Quebec is no longer a member of the CSF.
  • Corlena Patterson is the new Executive Director.
  • Conference call meetings continue with one face to face meeting per year.
  • CSF continues to promote 3 programs, Traceability, Biosecurity and Code of Practice. Manitoba and Saskatchewan are the only provinces who voted against supporting these three programs. CSF is a National organization that represents all the provinces, Herman strongly feels that we need to support them even if we don't agree with all their programs.
  • CSF is looking into charging check off for all lambs sold into the country.
  • Randy Eros asked if the newsletters From the Flock and Point of View will be issued again from the CSF. Herman thinks that new ED will be reviving the newsletters soon.

6.0      Director at Large

Patrick Smith agrees to let his name stand for the Director at Large position, seconded by Randy Eros.                                                                CARRIED

7.0      Canadian Sheep Breeders Association - Neil Versavel

Neil provided everyone with material from the CSBA.

  • Neil spoke about Genovis, it is open to all producers, is extensively used in Quebec but not widely used in the west. For more information go to

Meeting adjourned at 2:30 PM

Thanks to EMF Feeds (sponsor) and Rapid City 4H-ers for the meal and coffee.

Annual Budget 
This is the Annual Budget put forth by the MSA Board of Directors at the March 1st AGM in Rapid City. The projected Gross Revenue for the year is $56,600.00 with an expected Expenditure of $47,250.00 with an excess of revenues over expenditures of $9,350.00. 

Revenue Budget 2014 
Actual 2012Actual 2013Budget 2014 
Ck Off Revenue35,705.0043,020.0043,000.00
Show & Sale12,097.009,760.0012,000.00
Growing Forward Grant
Meeting Registrations0.001,575.000.00
Advertising Revenue0.001,075.001,500.00
Photo Period Project9,910.000.000.00
Expenditures Budget Actual 2012Actual 2013Budget 2014
Show & Sale8,069.009,832.0010,000.00 
Casual Labour1,875.007,523.001,500.00 
Meeting Costs2,134.006,632.002,000.00 
Professional Fees3,952.004,680.002,000.00 
Advertising & Promotions2,417.004,485.002,500.00 
Memberships & Licenses8,201.003,939.001,500.00 
Ck Off Refunds2,445.001,640.001,600.00 
Website Maintenance5,193.001,200.001,200.00 
Ck Off Commissions734.001,076.001,000.00 
Red River Ex950.00818.001,500.00 
Travel Expenses1,872.00775.00
Brandon Winter Fair736.00751.001,500.00 
Admin Fees7,750.00485.00500.00 
Int & Bank Charges307.00165.00100.00 
Office Expense533.0068.00350.00 
Event Supplies650.000.00300.00 
Affiliated Districts Support250.000.002,500.00 
Capital Expense0.000.003,000.00 
Educational Seminars0.000.004,000.00 
Excess of Revenues over 
expenditures for the year.-7,299.0014,342.009,350.00 

2014 Business Plan Update




  • 4 wool bag packer machines 
    • Funding has been applied for through the Provincial Government.                                                            
  • Mobile show ring/pens/trailer     
    •    Funding has been applied for through the                Provincial Government.                                           
  • Continue to encourage new and experienced shearers to operate  in Manitoba                                         
  • Make members aware of different marketing opportunities both in and outside MB                                        
  • Target agriculture students to educate them in the opportunities that exist in the sheep industry in Manitoba.                                                                                
  • Establish ram testing station within Manitoba


  • Organize a lamb quality carcass course including using live lambs to see how to grade lambs correctly       
  • Guard animal / predator control seminar - speeches and seminars and training methods                        
  • Alternative sheep feeds                                                       
  • Organize a provincial pasture tour                                        
  • Organize course on sheep behavior and handling       
    •  Completed Feb 14th, 2014
Director Bio
Mitch Millar - Interlake Region Director, MSA Vice-President 
I was given the opportunity to take over the business when my parents Bob and Marlene Millar retired in 1997. They had operated the business successfully since 1972. In 2001 MJ Millar Ranch Inc was formed. We currently are breeding 1750 head of Suffolk and Suffolk X ewes using Suffolk and Dorset rams. Our goal is to raise fast gaining lambs for the meat
industry and produces excellent commercial ewe lambs for replacements. My wife Julie and daughters Marri, Jenna, and Lannea support me in running the operation.
Parks Livestock Transporting Lambs to Ontario

 The Parks Companies was started as a single marketing facility by Lawrence Parks in Oakwood, Illinois in 1976.  Since that time, the Parks Companies have become geographically diverse with a wide range of livestock marketing services located throughout North America.


Our current services include but are not limited to :


Cull swine marketing

Butcher hog marketing

Cattle marketing

Roaster pig harvest

Early weans and feeder pig purchases and sales

Swine finishing facilities

Livestock transportation services

Trailer wash facilities


Our location in Blumenort, Manitoba was established in 2000 as a cull swine marketing facility designed to purchase hogs through Western Canada and sell them to processing plants throughout the United States and Canada. Our 57,000 sq ft facility is able to accommodate various sizes and group numbers of animals.  All of our employees are certified in proper animal handling practices and every animal that enters our facility is properly bedded and receives feed and water.


Our venture into the sheep industry began with some local producers looking for an assembly point to drop off their market lambs, as they were looking for something more convenient.  They were finding it difficult to transport their lambs to market in a timely fashion and when they did, it was a struggle to have all of the producers meet with the truck and load the animals properly.  Loading times would run late into the evening.


Upon discussion with our management,  we felt our facility was somewhat centralized for the Southeast Manitoba sheep producer and that we would be able to sustain the increased volume in our barn.  We then decided to participate in a local MSA meeting to see how much interest producers would have in using our facility as an assembly point to drop off their cull ewes and lambs with Parks Livestock charging a holding fee and handling the transportation to market.


The response has been very positive as we've assembled multiple loads to Ontario for various producers including the Aggasis Co-op.   We are currently running a same day in and out with producers delivering until 2:00 pm on Fridays and a truck loading at 3:00 pm to deliver to the Ontario Stockyards.  We would also be open to other types of scheduling if needed.  Given that we also have hogs flowing through our facility every day of different group sizes, it's difficult to establish a maximum capacity of lambs at one time at our yards.  I am confident, however, that we would be able to handle 2 - 3 quad deck loads at any given time.  Costs to ship loads to Ontario are factored by load size, type of trailer and current freight rates so those prices can vary.  As a bonded livestock dealer, we also offer the option for the producer to sell to Parks directly.


Feel free to contact me with any other questions.




Cam Friesen

Parks Livestock of Canada, LP

 (204) 346-9749 


Feeding Your Flock

 Sound nutrition is essential for normal health, growth and reproduction. It has been estimated by sheep producers and sheep scientists that a proper nutrition program is doing 85% of the work to ensure a healthy and productive flock. It is important to realize that many sheep diseases are due to nutrition problems, i.e. polio, white muscle disease and ketosis. A vaccination program along with an internal/external parasite program will cover much of the rest. Sheep utilize nutrients (not feeds) to meet their nutritional needs. A wide variety of feeds can be used to provide the needed nutrients. Proper feeding will avoid these problems. When designing specific feeding programs several factors should be considered.


  • 1.    Nutrient content- feed analysis is the best and most specific means of determining nutrient content. The nutrients we need to be concerned with are; protein, energy, vitamins, minerals and water. The most important nutrient is the one that is in the shortest supply in a feed. Usually the critical nutrient is energy and a deficiency of energy is seen as thin or skinny sheep and body condition scoring is how to monitor energy intake in animals.                                                                       
  • 2.    Voluntary intake- the fibre content of forages and grains is an indication of expected intake. Chemical or Infrared analysis of feeds is used to estimate the energy content or the Dry Matter Intake (how much feed an animal will eat).                               
  • 3.    Cost per unit of dry matter of individual feeds. When you want to compare buying energy or protein in two different feeds make sure to remove the effect of water and compare the price of each on a Dry Matter basis. If you have questions, contact your nutritionist or local MAFRD office for help.                               
  • 4.    Nutrient requirements- NRC (2007) should be consulted for requirements of the sheep you are feeding.                                
  • 5.    Separation of sheep with different nutrient requirements into compatible groups, i.e. pregnant ewe lambs should be in a separate group which allows them access to better quality feed. Ewes raising singles can be separated from ewes raising twins so they aren't over fed. Grafting another lamb onto a ewe with a single should be mandatory if possible. The feed costs needed to raise twin lambs compared to a single lamb aren't huge but the financial returns from the twin lambs is 100% better than a single. Ewes raising triplets need access to the best feed on the farm and a creep feeder needs to part of the management system for triplets.                                                                     
  • 6.    Feed waste- well designed forage and grain feeders will save money and allow more precise feeding.                              
  • 7.    Body condition score - using the body condition scoring system is one way to monitor the success of your feeding program. This is critical to the management of a sheep flock. The intent is to have all animals in a similar body condition; you don't want excessively fat (non producers) or thin animals (disease issue). This is important before lambing, ewes should be in a body condition of 3.5 -  4.0 (out of 5) so they are not over conditioned for lambing and they have the body reserves that can be utilized for milk production when they can't eat enough feed to meet their nutritional needs in early lactation. A ewe in a body condition score of 3.5 before lambing will produce good quality colostrum containing the immunoglobulin's that lambs need to thrive. New born lambs depend on ewe colostrum for their immunity to diseases until their own immune system develops later in life.       

 Bottom line: The proper feeding of your flock is probably the most important management tool you have for your sheep flock. A proper nutrition program allows you to control feed costs (which are a significant part of a flock expense), eliminate or avoid nutrition health issues and increase growth and production in your flock. Properly fed sheep are productive and they do the work which means you can concentrate on other things. Always look at and condition score your flock to make sure everything is working; nutrition problems don't often happen overnight and they occur over time and they are much easier to avoid than treat.


Wray Whitmore



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


Canadian Sheep Breeders Report

I am happy to announce that Manitoba will be hosting the 2015 All Canada Classic June 24 - 27 at the Red River Exhibition Grounds in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  It has been eight years since Manitoba last hosted the Classic in Brandon in 2007 and it is a great opportunity for us to once again show case our great province and its sheep industry.  I have had a number of individuals express a desire in helping to host the event and if you would like to be involved please let me know.


The CSBA is working on funding to bring a course on selection of breeding stock based on genetic evaluation using GenOvis to Manitoba.  GenOvis provides an objective means of comparing sheep within the same breed across Canada.  This allows purebred breeders to identify genetic lines that can be used to improve the performance of the seed stock they sell to commercial producers.  Commercial producers benefit from an objective set of data they can utilize to choose rams that will improve the profitability of their flock.  With the advent of the Canadian Lamb Co-operative and the loss of our major feedlot, producing finished lambs that meet the requirements of buyers will become increasingly important in the years to come.  GenOvis is an online tool that will help all members of the sheep industry meet these goals.  Manitoba currently has two breeders enrolled in GenOvis and it is my hope that with proper education that number will grow. Please stay tuned for further developments in the coming year.




Neil Versavel
CSBA 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 districts Director to receive a paper copy of the Code.
Tail docking in sheep is done for health and hygiene reasons (47). Some studies have shown that tail docking can reduce the risk of fly-strike in situations where fly-strike is likely to occur (33). Fly-strike is a risk in most parts of Canada. Docking tails also helps to address food safety concerns, as there is generally a decrease in dag (manure build up) on a docked animal, helping to avoid contact of the meat with bacteria at processing (52). [There is more to this paragraph in the Code of Practice document]
There are five main methods for tail docking; hot iron, rubber ring, rubber ring combined with clamp, crush and cut, and surgical method. The evidence on the relative severity of pain associated with various methods of tail docking is not clear. Some research indicates that these pain responses are not  
as apparent with the hot iron method as compared to rubber ring, rubber ring and clamp, or surgical method (33).

The pain associated with rubber rings can be reduced by (33):
a. combining the use of a rubber ring with a clamp
b. using local anesthesia at the site before the rubber ring is applied
c. using an analgesic (e.g. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAID]).

Docking a tail too short can lead to more problems than not docking (e.g. increased risk of rectal prolapse and fly-strike). Tail docking at the fourth tail joint causes fewer problems than those that are docked at a shorter length (33). 

The decision to tail dock must be based on a welfare risk/benefit analysis rather than as a routine; the basis for this decision should be part of the flock health and welfare plan.
Tail docking must be performed by, or under the direct supervision of, competent personnel using proper, clean, sanitized, and well-maintained tools, and accepted techniques.Producers must monitor for signs of post-operative complications and take appropriate
corrective action.Tail docking using a surgical technique (e.g using a blade alone) must be done by a licensed veterinarian with anesthesia and analgesia.Tail docking for lambs over six weeks of age must be done by a licensed veterinarian with
anesthesia and analgesia.Rubber rings must not be applied beyond six weeks of age.Docked tails must cover the vulva in ewes and the equivalent length in rams. Tails must be docked no shorter than the distal end of the caudal fold. 
(See Appendix F: Tail Docking).

a. base the decision to tail dock on a welfare risk/benefit analysis rather than doing out of routine; the basis for this decision should be part of the flock health and welfare plan
b. tail dock using rubber rings should be performed between 24 hours - 7 days of age
c. use the hot iron method when and where ever possible
d. administer pain relieving drugs (anesthetics and/or analgesics) when and where ever possible
e. consider performing tail docking and castration at the same time 
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 with in 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.

Ian would like to remind producers to deworm their dogs as there has been an increase of C. Ovis cases from Manitoba lambs. As well he recommends marketing all old crop lambs (lambs born in early 2013) before then end of April as they move into the mature category of animals and go for mutton, reducing their value.

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
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 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 forsee 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 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.

C. Ovis  Beat it before it Starts
What is it?  
C. ovis is the intermediate larval life stage of the canine adult tapeworm Taenia ovis.The intermediate life stage of the parasite infects the muscle of sheep. Infection is not detectable until slaughter, and most often results in condemnation of the entire carcass. Cysts are typically found in the heart, diaphragm, masseter (cheek) muscle but also commonly occur throughout the meat, making the carcass unacceptable for human consumption. 
It can be a very fast acting parasite with lesions showing up in 
the muscle within 13 days after infection. 
Once ingested by a dog the larvae can develop into an adult tapeworm, and begin shedding eggs in dog feces within 6 to 9 

Eggs can survive 3-5 months on feed or pasture                                   
Tapeworm eggs are shed by dogs and contaminate feed or pasture.
Sheep ingest these eggs which hatch in the gut. The larvae enter the blood stream and migrate to the muscles where each larva creates a fluid-filled cyst. These remain infective for months, possibly up to one year or even longer. The life cycle moves from sheep back to dogs when meat infected with C. ovis cysts, is consumed by a dog.                                        
Taenia ovis is the adult tapeworm form of C. ovis. Any dog or wild
canid can be its host. Control of the infection in sheep is done by controlling the infection in your farm dogs and preventing infection of
coyotes, wolves and foxes. Once a sheep is exposed to the tapeworm
eggs, there is no available method of preventing development of the cysts - either through medication or vaccination.                                      
Control is done by:                                                                                
* Proper deadstock management to prevent scavenging of carcasses by all canids                                                                                                
* Routine de-worming of all farm-dogs with medications effective against tapeworms                                                                              
* Assuring that farm dogs are only fed safe forms of dog food                         
Dog Feeding Options:                                                                           
There are options if dead stock must be used as feed for farm dogs. Killing the cysts by either freezing or cooking the meat will eliminate the potential infection of the dogs and end the cycle.                                   
* Freezing: freeze carcass to -10 degrees Celsius for 7 days                       
* Cooking: cook meat to an internal temperature of 72 degrees Celsius                                                                                               
 (Information from CSF C. Ovis Brochure)
Buying Or Selling Livestock In Manitoba

Any person who buys or sells livestock is required to be licensed and bonded as a livestock dealer under Livestock Dealers and agents Licensing Regulation, 1998, enacted pursuant to The Livestock and Livestock Products Act. However, a producer who buys livestock and retains the title to the majority of it for more than 30 days is not required to be licensed. The purpose of the above mentioned regulation is to protect producers from non-payment when selling livestock to a licensed dealer.

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) administer the livestock dealers/agents licensing program (LDLP). MAFRD issues and maintains the database for all the licensed livestock dealers in Manitoba. Licensed dealers are required to carry surety bond coverage as stipulated in the regulation. In case a default occurs, sellers can make a claim against the dealers bond to recover the full or partial (depending upon the number of claims) value of the livestock.

In order to ensure the intended protection, sellers and the buyers must adhere to the following requirements before making any deal.


  • Must ask for a livestock dealer's/agent's license before continuing the deal.
  • Must verify the status of the dealer's/agent's license from MAFRD.
  • Expect the payment of the sold stock within one day of the price determination unless otherwise agreed upon.
  • Must notify MAFRD immediately in case of the payment omission.
  • Must present the check to their financial institution for payment within 8 business days of the day of the price determination. In the case where the seller is a livestock dealer, the cheque must be presented in 5 business days.
  • Must notify MAFRD within 7 business days of a returned check due to non payment.

Licensed Dealers:

  • Must hold and display a valid livestock dealer's/agent's licence.
  • Must provide the license info in all the livestock sale/purchase related advertisements.
  • Must provide sellers with a written statement about the details of the purchase including: name and address of the seller, name and address of the dealer, number and kind of livestock bought, unit and gross purchase price, and weight of the livestock if bought on weight basis.
  • Must ensure only licensed agents act on behalf of the licensed livestock dealer.
  • Are required to make payment of any livestock purchases within one day of the price determination unless otherwise agreed upon.
  • Must carry proper security with MAFRD.
  • Must notify MAFRD within 24 hours if he/she sells livestock to another licensed livestock dealer who defaults on the payment.
  • Must make all the records of livestock sale/purchase available to the designated person by MAFRD as and when requested.


Contact for more information:

Phone: 204-945-7691      Fax: 204-945-4327

EMAIL: Rashid, Small Ruminant Specialist & LDLP Administrator)



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 

In This Issue
AGM Speakers and Minutes
2014 MSA Budget
2014 Business Plan Update
Director Bio's
Parks Livestock Transporting Lambs to Ontario
Feeding Your Flock
Shearers Available in 2014
Canadian Sheep Breeders Report
Canadian Sheep Code of Practice
Buyers of Manitoban Lamb
MSA Post-Secondary Scholarship 2014
C Ovis...Beat It Before It Starts
Buying or Selling Livestock In Manitoba
Growing Forward 2
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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 Contact: Chris Iverson 

(204) 842-3389 or    

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MSA Annual Show and Sale

The 2014 Show and Sale is scheduled to take place August 29th & 30th in Rivers, MB. The sale will once again be held at the Riverdale Community Center. 


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

or call 204-421-9434

for more information. 

Classified Ads

For Sale
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 - 
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 
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

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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$250 per year gives you to top placement on our website, in our newsletter and enables you to promote your business at our Show & Sale and AGM.

Selling Lamb?

If you sell provincially inspected lamb and can provide a certificate to prove this please send us your details. The $250 posted above will provide you with a direct link to our customers. The MSA is regularly contacted by consumers who want to know where they can purchase lamb. Contact MSA. 

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