Monthly Update

April 2023

The Sheep Producers Association of Nova Scotia issues a monthly update to members, occurring the last Friday of each month. This Monthly Update is comprised of industry news and updates, upcoming events, upcoming sales, and relevant articles.

If you have content to be added, such as an upcoming sheep event/workshop, please contact the SPANS office at 902- 893-7455 or

Industry News


Northumberlamb offers custom processing. Get pricing details HERE!

Transportation Manifests

As a reminder, the SPANS Livestock Transportation Manifest books of 50 triplicate copies can be picked up from our office for a fee of $10.00.

Carcass Ultrasound Services

The Nova Scotia Cattle Producers (NSCP) are proud to offer live animal ultrasound technology services for cattle and sheep in the Maritimes. The NSCP obtained the imaging technology equipment and certified two technicians, Jacy McInnis and Ellen Davis, and are proud to offer the first permanent technicians this side of Quebec!

By having ultrasound services readily available to producers, the hope is that overall carcass traits and expected progeny differences (EPD’s) within the region will be increased. This service will aid in future breeding practices, as results will illustrate the appropriateness of breeding stock, indicating which heritable traits, such as those within feed efficiency and carcass measures, should be improved for optimal production.

For more information click HERE

Global Sheep Forum Next Generation 2022 and 2023 Podcasts

If you haven't checked out the Next Gen Sheep Producers podcast series yet, you really should!  The Next Generation Global Sheep Forum has come out of a group of international sheep producer organizations, American Lamb Board, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, British National Sheep Association, Canadian Sheep Federation, National Sheep Association, National Wool Growers’ Association of South Africa and Sheep Producers Australia.

2022 and 2023 Podcasts

Regulations Amending the Health of Animals Regulations (Identification and Traceability)

The Government of Canada has launched a new online commenting system in CG I that permits stakeholders to comment on proposed regulations online during the consultation period. All stakeholder comments that conform to government guidelines will be posted online after the comment period ends. Making stakeholders’ comments on proposed regulations publicly available will increase transparency and accountability, generating a better understanding of the regulatory concerns and challenges of Canadians and stakeholders, and has the potential to facilitate important discussions between regulators and stakeholders. The online commenting feature has been designed to be easy to use and we strongly encourage you to use it to submit your comments on the upcoming proposed amendments to Part XV Health of Animals Regulations (Identification and Traceability).

For more information, including instructions on how to comment, please see the Comment on proposed regulations page on the Canada Gazette website.

Sheep Owners Guide 

Agri LMI survey extended until May 7th – More time to have your say!

It is vital that you share your input as producers continue to have difficulty recruiting a sufficient workforce for their operations resulting in lost production. This urgent issue in the agriculture sector may have dire consequences for this vital part of the Canadian economy.

Ongoing evaluation of the current labour market for Canada’s agricultural industry assists in quantifying shortages facing agriculture and accurately forecasting worker requirements.

You will find the survey at:

Upcoming Events

PSBANS Judging Clinic

April 29

WoolstockEAST Fibre Market & Village

September 16

Book your booth today for the 5th Annual WoolstockEAST. The WoolstockEAST Fibre Market & Village will be held at the North Shore Recreation Centre in Tatamagouche.

Apply Here

Sheep Producer Programs

For a complete listing of all programs,

please visit for more information.

Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Program

Application deadline: 15 June, 2023 & 15 September 2023

The Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Program supports the Agricultural sector in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. This program helps primary producers accelerate the adoption of priority beneficial management practices. Click HERE for more information.

On-farm Technology Adoption Program

Application Deadline: 15 June 2023

The On-farm Technology Adoption Program helps producers invest in equipment and processes that provide labour efficiencies, reduce cost of production, increase yields and support more efficient use of inputs. Click HERE for more information.

Value-adding Equipment Program

Application Deadline: 30 June 2023

The Value-adding Equipment Program supports value-added businesses. The program helps increase local food production and improve food security and sustainability for farms and communities. Click HERE for more information.

Limestone Trucking Assistance Program

Application Deadline: 30 September 2023

The Limestone trucking assistance program aims to help Nova Scotia farms defray the cost of trucking limestone to give equal opportunity in neutralizing the acidity of the soil on agricultural land and improve production efficiencies. Click HERE for more information.

Get Growing Program

Application deadline: 30 September 2023

The Get Growing Program supports small farms in adopting specialized infrastructure and equipment. The program helps with the expansion of local agricultural production for local markets. Click HERE for more information.

Wildlife Damage Mitigation Program

Application deadline: 31 October 2023

The Wildlife Damage Mitigation program helps farms protect crop and livestock from wildlife damage to improve industry competitiveness and resilience. Click HERE for more information.

On-Farm Industry Preparedness Program

Application deadline: 31 December 2023

The On-farm Industry Preparedness Program supports primary producers with water management activities, creating greater resilience against ongoing climate events.  Click HERE for more information.

Planning New Opportunities Program

Application Deadline: 31 December 2023

The Planning New Opportunities Program helps farms and agri-businesses be more competitive, manage a transition, develop risk management strategies and respond to change. Click HERE for more information.


An all-inclusive information portal is available to help farmers, food processors and agri-food businesses find information on new and existing programs and financial resources to address hardships that many are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada website HERE.

Links of Interest

Check This Out!

Agri-Commodity Management Association (ACMA), hosts Maritime AgCast - an agricultural podcast based on discussions of important topics for livestock farmers with local, regional and national guests.

The podcast episodes will include topics about disease management, forage and pasture management, bull selection and much more!

Click Here for more information!

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