Looking for volunteer flocks for parasite resistance study!

In the summers of 2014 and 2015, Drs. Michel Levy and John Gilleard from the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine, have undertaken surveys of sheep farms in Western Canada to assess the level of parasites present. They also conducted more detailed investigation of anthelmintic resistance of 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 prairie sheep flocks have high parasite burdens and that ivermectin and fenbendazole/albendazole resistant parasites may be more common than previously thought in the province.
The Alberta Meat and Livestock Agency (ALMA) has approved funding for a more comprehensive research project to run over three years from 2015 and the plan is to continue and survey sheep flocks for parasites. In the upcoming summer of 2017, the researchers are looking to continue and survey more flocks in Manitoba. 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 developed. Detection of parasite resistance to dewormers and its evolution will be monitored over several years. Sampling kits and instructions can be couriered participating farms.
If you have more than 60 ewes and would like to take part in this research project this year, please contact Dr. Michel Levy or Dr. John Gilleard at the University of Calgary - right now!! Thank you for your help and interest in this project.
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Dr. John Hamerton Scholarship

The MSA provides one $500 scholarship each year to a student pursuing post secondary education.



Canadian Verified Sheep Program

Canadian Verified Sheep Program is an on-farm program created for any Canadian sheep or lamb producer. The program examines all areas of production and outlines good production practices that are designed to minimize food safety risks, maximize animal care, reduce biosecurity risks and produce a safe and high-quality product. Producers can become involved in the program by participating in a training session, adapting the material in the manual to suit needs and conditions of their farm, implement good record keeping systems, and become certified in the program after participating in an on-farm audit. Visit the Canadian Sheep Federation website for more information. 


Bluetongue Insurance

Bluetongue Insurance helps protect sheep farmers in the event of an outbreak of Bluetongue disease. Bluetongue Insurance for Sheep is a commercial insurance program endorsed by the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) with the assistance of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada‚Äôs Private Sector Risk Management Partnerships (PSRMP) Program.


Business Risk Management Programs

Business Risk Management Programs such as AgriStability, AgriInvest, and AgriInsurance help farmers manage risks that threaten the viability of the farm.


Scrapie Education Programs

Scrapie Programs The Canadian sheep industry is committed to the development of initiatives geared towards the detection and eradication of scrapie from the national sheep flock. There are currently three national scrapie programs in Canada. Visit CSF website to learn more. Also visit Scrapie Canada


Cash Advance Programs in Manitoba

There are two organizations in the province offering cash advance program MLA is about 75% backed by the feds and MASC is backed by the province. Terms may be different with both organizations e.g., MLA offers for 18 months for every livestock and MLA offers only for 5 months for sheep.

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Growing Forward 2

Growing Forward 2 catalogue items for sheep producers has been released. Please follow the link for more information.

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Green Gold Program

Green Gold Program helps producers maximize their hay quality by harvesting at the right time. Recieve tested results twice weekly and know the optimal time to cut your alfalfa.



Problem Predator Removal Program


Please be advised that the Problem Predator Removal Program is now in effect. As in the past, through this program, producers who have reported a predator attack on their livestock to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) and received a MASC Claim Number verifying the attack may contact the Manitoba Trappers Association (204-345-9107 and request the services of a member trapper to remove the problem predator (fox, coyote, wolf). This service is provided at no cost to the producer. Read more.

Janine Stewart
Human/Wildlife Conflict Biologist
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship
Wildlife Branch
Box 640 Swan River, MB R0L 1Z0
Phone: 204-734-6817
Fax: 204-734-4210