VETERNARIANS

Dr. Reuben Neumier: Virden, MB (204) 748-6914

Dr. Judy Hodge This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Neil Versavel, Dr. Luc Versavel Equi-Tech Veterinary Inc. Stonewall. MB (204) 467-2083

Dr. Max Popp: CFIA (for scrapie or other CFIA related questions) Winnipeg District Office (204) 984-5067 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Sherry Wurtz: Wheat City Veterinary Clinic Ltd., Brandon, MB (204) 728-9262

Dr. Ellen Amundsen-Case: Parkland Veterinary Clinic, Roblin, MB (204) 937-8952

Dr. Tanya Anderson: Gladstone Veterinary Clinic, (204) 385-2892 Cell: (204) 857-1704 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Allister Gray, DVM Grand Valley Animal Clinic Brandon, MB R7A 0H5 (204) 728-0033

Dr. Cathy Clemence Russell, MB (204) 773-3777 

 

LABORATORY SERVICES

The Veterinary Diagnostic Services Laboratory with MB Agriculture does the majority of disease tests on Livestock in MB. Samples that go to the lab are submitted through a licensed Provincial veterinarian.

Contact is Dr. Mark Swendrowski, Manager - Veterinary Diagnostic Services, Agricultural Services Complex , 545 University Crescent , Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5S6, Phone: (204) 945-0174.

 

SPECIALISTS

 

MB Agricultre Sheep Team:

Rob Berry - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wray Whitmore - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Linda Fox - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2019 MSA Show & Sale 

The 2019 MSA Show & Sale will take place on Saturday, September 14th at the Red River Ex Grounds in Winnipeg!

Please click on the MSA Events tab and then "Annual Show & Sale" for more info.

 

To access an entry form, click here!


June 2019 - SheepSense

The 2019 June edition of the MSA's SheepSense newsletter is here! Click here to access the publication.


MSA Meets with Stakeholders

Manitoba Sheep Association Executive met with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development staff Maurice Bouvier Assistant Deputy Minister, Leo Prince Director of Food & Agri-Processing, Miles Beaudin Director of Primary Agriculture,  Grant Carlson Industrial Development Leader and Linda Fox Sheep & Goat Specialist on May 16, 2019 to discuss the Manitoba Protein Strategy and the need for Federally Inspected Lamb Processing capacity in Manitoba.   The Manitoba Sheep Association is very pleased to see the level of support and interest that the Province has shown with regards to this initiative.

 

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WANTED: Hay Fields for Green Gold Testing

 

Once again we are seeking producers interested in participating in our Green Gold program

 

We believe the MFGA Green Gold Program (Optimum Alfalfa Harvest Date or Hay Day) represents one of MFGA's longest-standing, most successful services to Manitoba forage producers and we want it to be the best program possible. On March 27, 2017, we invited a small group of core stakeholders to sit down with us and chat openly in a structured discussion around MFGA's Green Gold. One clear message was the need for producer recruitment to help make the program stronger.

 

Green Gold is seeking producers with hay fields that are mostly alfalfa, fairly new, and in good condition for testing through the May/June growing season.

 

The Benefits: You will receive results from those fields twice a week from the beginning of sampling until first cut, providing you with some real time information on how the quality of your alfalfa is declining. 

 

Eligibility: You must agree to sample your field twice per week (Monday & Wednesday) and submit the alfalfa portion of the sample to Central Testing via courier. These costs will be covered by MFGA.

 

If interested please contact John McGregor, Green Gold Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Learn more about our Green Gold Program

 


 

 

 

CSIP Tag Issues

There have been lots of conversations regarding CSIP tags and issues associated with them. Are you one of those producers having issues? Please click here for a complaint form.

Many do not like to fill out these types of forms, but they do help the CSF, CFIA and CSIP hold the manufacturers accountable. THis information is also used as part of the CSIP Annual Program Evaluation. MSA would be happy to assist in completing the form if need be. Please contact Kate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

Have your say: Update to the Code of Practice for the Transportation of Livestock and Poultry opens with a survey

The National Farm Animal Care Council is pleased to announce that work to update the 2001 Recommended Code of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals: Transportation, using NFACC’s inclusive, consensus-driven Code development process, has commenced. Identified by NFACC’s members and other stakeholders as being in need of an update, the revised /Code of Practice for the Transportation of Livestock and Poultry /will convey requirements and recommended practices for livestock and poultry transporters, as well as other stakeholders in the farm animal transportation continuum.
 
In keeping with NFACC’s Code development process, a survey to capture top-of-mind welfare concerns from any and all stakeholders has been launched and is available at

www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/transportation . Survey input will be shared with and inform the Code Development Committee’s deliberations throughout the process.


 
 
Workshop Announcement
 
The MSA is pleased to offer a Lambing Workshop with Dr. Rueben Neumier on March 9th near Brandon, MB. See the attached flyer for more info and instructions on how to register!
 
The 1st issue of MSA's SheepSense for 2019 has been published!
 
 
4- Lambing Workshop notice

Health Canada has issued Notices of Compliance for Rumensin Premix and Coban for use in sheep and goats (meat only).

Producers can search via the following Notice of Compliance website (put in the brand name)

https://health-products.canada.ca/noc-ac/index-eng.jsp


 
CCWG Shareholders - Download the 100th Annual Report 
 
 

 
 
Manitoba's Morgan Moore elected Vice-Chair of the  Canadian Sheep Federation Board of Directors
 
 

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) is pleased to announce the election of Allan Ribbink as Chairman of the Board at the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Allan Ribbink, along with his wife Marlene and their son Cody operate a sheep and cash crop farm in Tiverton, Ontario. Their daughter Cailey works off the farm. The Ribbink’s have been involved in Canada’s sheep industry since 1979. “I look forward to working with the CSF Board and staff implementing the organization’s new strategic plan, focused on unifying the industry and helping improve results for the entire value chain” said Mr. Ribbink following the adjournment of the CSF’s 2018 Annual General Meeting.

The CSF Executive Committee has a number of newly elected members this year including Morgan Moore (MB) as Vice-Chair, Liezel Kennedy (SK) as Secretary and Sheri Schweb (BC) as Treasurer. The rest of the CSF Board of Directors consists of Jocelyn McGraw (NB), Joseph Leck (NS), Harry Elsinga (PEI), Wilson Reid (NL), Brian Greaves (CCWG) and Ted Skinner (CSBA).
The CSF thanks departing Chairman Phil Kolodychuk for his years of dedicated service to the organization and continued contributions to the success of the Canadian industry. 

The 2018 AGM took place in Calgary, following two days of Sheep Value Chain Round Table meetings. The Board also spent some time this year modernizing the organization’s strategic plan. 

The Canadian Sheep Federation is a national, non-profit organization with a mission to represent the interests of the Canadian sheep industry, providing leadership aimed at furthering the sustainability, growth and prosperity of the sector.

For more information contact the Canadian Sheep Federation at 1-888-684-7739 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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MB Lamb Featured on Great Tastes of MB

 

The MSA is pleased to share a link to Saturday's broadcast if "Half Cup Habit" featuring Manitoba Lamb!

 

Link to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NCSTrTURJU#action=share


 

Thank you for Attending!

Thank you to all who attended our 2018 MSA Annual General Meeting & Symposium. 

 

To download ad view Dr. Paul Luimes talks on Nutrition, click on the links below:

 

Managing Feed

Research Update 


 

Upcoming Workshop:

Sheep Bytes Workshop - With Paul Luimes, University of Guelph & Ag Sheep Team

Learn to develop rations using Sheep Bytes and have nutrition questions answered for your flock
November 16, 2018;  10:30 - 3:30 ( lunch provided)
Strive Centre, Portage La Prairie, MB  
See link for details https://www.sheepbytes.ca/
$ 50.00/person; $ 75.00/couple
Registration limited to 20 - 25 people 
To register or further information contact MSA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

 

MSA DISTRICT MEETINGS - October 

 

Please note the dates and locations of the following MSA District Meetings...

 

Eastern Region - October 9th - Steinbach Legion (294 Lumber Ave, just north of Steinbach Credit Union) 7:30 p.m.

Central Region - October 10th - Elm Creek Hall (70 Arena Road) 7:00 p.m.
Contact - Ralph Borst 204-436-3577

Interlake Region (MSA Rep Needed) - October 11th - Teulon Ag Office (77 Main Street) 7:00 p.m.
Contact - Kate Basford 204-656-4963

Western Region (MSA Rep Needed) - October 11th -  Hamiota Ag Office (221 Elm Street, Hwy 21N) 7:00 p.m.
Contact - Sheri Bieganski 204-761-2440

Southwest District - October 12th - Super 8 Hotel (Hwy #1), Brandon 7:00 p.m.
Contact - Sheri Bieganski 204-761-2440

Northwest District (MSA Rep Needed)- October 13th - Dauphin -
Super 8 - 1:00 p.m.
Contact - Kate Basford 204-656-4963


DISTRICT MEETING AGENDA

  • 2018 MSA Update
  • Call for Resolutions - 2018 MSA Annual General Meeting
  • District Elections (required in Western, Northwest and Interlake regions)
  • Special Presentation - "Using Alternative Feeds with Sheep" presentation by he MB Ag Sheep Team (Wray Whitmore or Linda Fox)

 


 

 MSA EXECUTIVE MEET WITH MINISTER
 
On September 26, 2018, MSA Executive Sheri Bieganski, Morgan Moore with Executive Director Kate Basford had a productive meeting with the Minister of Agriculture Ralph Eicher. Discussions included the current Manitoba sheep industry and its producers, working with lending institutions to grow the sheep industry; having a designated sheep specialist over the sheep team would benefit the industry and meet producers needs better;  extending AG Action Manitoba to sheep producers and going forward strengthening alliances with MB Ag and MSA.

 

 

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Draxxin Approval

 

Please note that this week Zoetis Canada received approval for the use of Draxxin for foot rot in Sheep as follows:

The indications are: ‘For the treatment of ovine foot rot associated with Dichelobacter nodosus when systemic treatment is required due to the presence of active lesions.’

Dr. Melodie Chan is available to support communication on this new sheep claim.

More information will be made available as we receive it!


Details Released for the 2018 Show & Sale

 

The 2018 MSA Show & Sale took place on Saturday, August 25th at the Carberry Fair Grounds in Carberry, MB

Please click on the MSA Events tab and then "Annual Show & Sale" for more info and a show catalogue!

 

2018 SHOW CHAMPIONS

 

Purebred Grand Champion Ram - Linda Westman
Purebred Reserve Champion - Shereff Stock Farms
Purebred Grand Champion Female - Furze Farms
Purebred Reserve Champion Female - Neil Versavel

 

Pen of Two Grand Champion - Cross Creek
Pen of Two Reserve Champion - Furze Farms

 

Pen of Three Grand Champion - Double M Livestock
Pen of Three Reserve Champion - Double M Livestock

 

Congratulations to all our Champions and participants!

 

2018 SALE STATISTICS

P/B RAM LAMBS 

Top Seller Dorset Ram Lamb Junior - $850.00 
10 Ram lambs sold; average $722.50 
Cdn Arcott ( 1) $650.00 
Dorset (3) average $716; High Seller $850.00 
Suffolk (7) average $707: High Seller $800.00

 

P/B EWE LAMB 
Suffolk (1) $525.00

 

PENS OF TWO 
5 pens sold; High Seller $820.00/pen; Average $ 612.00/ pen

 

PENS OF THREE 
4 pens sold ; High Seller $1050.00 /pen ; Average $971.00/pen

 

JACKPOT EWE LAMB 
4 sold; High Seller $$350.00; Average $325.00

 

JACKPOT MARKET LAMB 
3 sold : average $ 250.00

 

Thank you to all our buyers and consigners!

 


 Ag Action Manitoba

Funding Specifically to Sheep Producers at a 50/50 cost sharing - The Ag Action Manitoba program offers funding activities for farmers that support the growth and sustainability of primary agriculture in Manitoba.  Click here to access the "productivity for sheep" link that provides the necessary program information.


MSA Announces Scholarship Opportunity

The MSA is pleased to once again pleased to offer the Dr. John Hamerton Scholarship!

The $500 award is deigned to promote the future success of the MB Sheep Industry's youth through higher learning, skills development and leadership. It is open to any student who is a current member of the MSA or is related to a current MSA member.  For more information and how to apply, click here.


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 Looking for MB Sheep Flocks for Parasite Study

In the upcoming summer of 2018, the researchers are looking to continue and survey more flocks in Manitoba - this will be the 4th year of the study. The project will look at parasite burden and at the efficacy of treatment at the flock level. Molecular techniques for identification of parasites will be used. Detection of parasite resistance to dewormers and its evolution will be monitored over several years. 
If your flock consist of 20 or more ewes and you are interested in this project, we would like you to contact us (information at right). The results are confidential. However if you want to share the results with your regular veterinarian, we will ask for your consent and will forward the results to her/him

Over the past few years, a team of investigators as well as summer research students from the University of   Calgary,   Faculty   of   Veterinary Medicine have undertaken surveys of sheep flocks in Western Canada (including Manitoba) to assess the level of gastro-intestinal parasites present. The researchers conducted more detailed investigation on parasite resistance to dewormers on a number of farms in Alberta by on-farm visits to perform fecal egg count reduction tests. The results of this work suggests that many Alberta sheep flocks have high parasite burdens and that Ivomec and Safeguard/Valbazen resistant parasites may be more common than previously thought in Alberta and probably Western Canada.

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MSA Mission Statement

To initiate, support, and conduct programs and activities designated to stimulate and improve the economic well-being of all segments of the Manitoba sheep industry.

MSA Sustainability Statement 

A Manitoba Sheep Industry that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable through

continuos improvement and awareness.

About Us

The Manitoba Sheep Association (MSA) is proud to represent over 400 sheep and lamb producers (both commercial and purebred producers) across the province. Our mission is to actively initiate, support and conduct programs and activities designed to stimulate and improve the well being of all segments of the sheep industry in Manitoba. We also present producer concerns and issues to government and other agricultural organizations. The MSA is a member of the Manitoba Forage Council and the Canadian Sheep Federation.

 

The MSA is a proud supporter and Board Member of:

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Our History

The Manitoba Sheep Breeders Association (MSBA) was formed in 1904; an Association that actively promoted the showing and selling of purebred stock. This remained the major purpose of the MSBA, however, it also handled industry concerns. Commercial producers were concerned that their side of the industry was not being served and as a result the Manitoba Lamb Feeders Association was created.

For several years both organizations were active. However, in the late 1940’s, the provincial sheep industry decreased in size and in January 1981 the two groups amalgamated under the name of the Manitoba Sheep Association. In 1989, the Manitoba Sheep Association was incorporated.

In 2003, following a successful referendum, the Manitoba Sheep Association was designated as the official organization representing sheep producers in Manitoba and thus allowed to levy a mandatory but refundable check-off. Manitoba and the other western provinces are now tied to the purchase of a $1.00 national ID tag per animal marketed (Check-off regulations). All producers paying check-off and not requesting a refund are members of the MSA. This check off allows the MSA to more effectively represent sheep producers at both the provincial and national level.

As of January 2013, the Canadian Sheep Federation collects a 25 cent check off fee per tag purchased for use in Manitoba.