Industry News & Events

Fleece Competition – July 5-7, 2018

There will be a Fleece Competition at The All Canada Sheep Classic, held at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition (NSPE) Grounds in Truro, NS from July 5-7, 2018.

Please note:

– White and natural coloured fleeces from sheep within any Canadian province can be entered
– There is a $5.00 per fleece entry fee, with a maximum of two entries per farm

All registrations can be sent to:
Ruth Mathewson
989 Upper Brookside Rd.
Central North River, NS
B6L 6W6

Fleece Competition Entry Information (PDF)

Fleece Competition Entry Form (PDF)

Livestock Identification and Traceability Program

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants to enhance the health and well-being of Canadians, the environment and economy.

Livestock traceability is the ability to follow an animal or group of animals during all stages of its life. There are three main pillars to livestock traceability systems:

– Identification of livestock with an approved indicator;
– Identification of premises where livestock are kept, assembled or disposed of; and,
– Reporting events related to livestock such as movement of animals from one premises to another.

The goal of the livestock traceability system is to provide timely, accurate and relevant information to reduce the impacts of a disease outbreak, food safety issue or natural disasters originating from and/or affecting livestock.

The Livestock Identification and Traceability Program (TRACE) has been administered jointly by CFIA and industry since 2001. The program is regulated and enforced under Part XV of the Health of Animals Regulations, made under the authority of the Health of Animals Act.

Newsletter Trace Regulations April 2018 (PDF)

2018 Field Forage Day

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are committed to ensuring farmers and processors have the tools they need to innovate, grow and prosper. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement is part of a commitment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to promote productivity and profitability for the sector. The programs are designed to help the industry position itself to respond to future opportunities and to realize its full potential as a significant contributor to the economy. Programs are also tailored with the flexibility to meet diverse regional requirements.

The partnership is a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments that aims to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector and ensure continued innovation, growth and prosperity. The partnership includes $1 billion for federal activities and programs, and $2 billion in cost-shared programs delivered by provinces and territories on a 60-40 cost-shared basis.

In Nova Scotia, $37 million will be invested through provincially delivered programs focusing on markets and trade; science, research and innovation; environmental sustainability and climate change; risk management; value-added agriculture and agri-food processing; and public trust.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Improving Lamb Survival Workshop – Aylesford

Sheep Producers of Nova Scotia Workshop

Antibiotic Changes – Effective December 2018

Below is a fact sheet prepared by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) on the changes to antibiotic purchases. While created by BCRC, this information is not necessarily only cattle specific, as these factors apply to many livestock sectors. The list of the affected medications is included within the document (page 2).

Antimicrobial Resistance Fact Sheet

Canadian Sheep Federation Newsletter

The Canadian Sheep Federation has been busy advocating on behalf of Canada’s sheep farmers and ranchers.  Highlights in this edition of From the Flock include the CSF’s trade mission to Mexico, USDA’s audit of the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program as they prepare to change import policy, changes in CSF program fees and more. Keep reading for more industry news.

The newest edition of the “From the Flock” newsletter by Canadian Sheep Federation:
From the Flock – Canadian Sheep Federation

Farm Safety Nova Scotia Upcoming Courses

Contact Farm Safety Nova Scotia if you’re interested in any of these important workshops and training courses! Please see the below pdf.

Farm Safety Nova Scotia Upcoming Courses

Lamb Ultrasound Webinar

Below is the information needed for the Lamb Ultrasound Project Webinar, happening tomorrow evening at 7:30PM:

Conference call number (for sound): 1-866 219-7782 
Access code: 178817#

It is recommended you click the link and set up the program in advance, to ensure this works with your system. This may need to be downloaded. The screen works best if not in “maximum” mode.

If you have questions, please contact Ashley at We will also have this set up at 60 Research Drive, Perennia Park, for those wanting to just arrive and participate.

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week in Nova Scotia Discounts

Contact SPANS

60 Research Dr
Perennia Innovation Park
Bible Hill, NS
B6L 2R2
Phone: 902-893-7455
Fax: 902-893-7063

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