Industry News & Events

Purebred Sheep Breeders Association of Nova Scotia – Sheep Sale Announcements 2018

The Purebred Sheep Breeders Association of Nova Scotia is proud to be hosting the All Canada Classic Sheep Show and Sale which is the National Show and Sale sponsored, annually, by the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association (CSBA).  The 2018 “Classic” will be held at the Provincial Exhibition Grounds on July 5th, 6th, and 7th, with the sale being conducted on the last day with Andy Carter as our Auctioneer.  For a more detailed schedule of events and entry forms, please go to the CSBA website at  Entry forms and catalogues may also be requested by calling 1-866-956-1116.

Because of the hosting of the Classic, the Association will not be holding the Atlantic Fall Sheep Sale on the Labour Day weekend in September this year.

Improving Lamb Survival Workshop

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

February 13, 2018 – Ottawa, Canada – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector is a key driver of economic growth, innovation and trade. Economic indicators show a strong and dynamic Canadian agricultural sector, with a growing global middle class looking for our world-class products.

Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, celebrated Canada’s Agriculture Day alongside farmers, ranchers, food processors, industry leaders and youth today in Ottawa, where he officially launched the six federal programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (see Backgrounder).

The Partnership is a progressive $3-billion, federal-provincial-territorial agreement that will help chart the course for government investments in the sector over the next five years.

Read the full news release from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada here:

Canadian Agricultural Partnership News Release

Third Sheep Genetics Webinar

The third sheep genetics webinar for 2018 is occurring:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:15pm

Presenter: Aroa Suárez Vega will be discussing “Using genomic tools for the identification of the causal mutations of hereditary Mendelian diseases in Spanish flocks”.

Please contact Delma Kennedy at for connection details.

December 2018: Health Canada Changes Affecting Livestock Antibiotics

Starting Dec. 1, 2018, all livestock producers will need a prescription from a licensed veterinarian, before they can buy a medically important antibiotic (MIA) for therapeutic use in livestock production. This applies to all beef cattle sectors using antibiotics — cow-calf operators, feedlots and feedmills (and really all sectors of animal agriculture including beef, dairy, hogs, sheep, horses, fish and even bees).

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International Smart Farming Seminar

International Sustainable Smart Farming Seminar

March 15-16, 2018

Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, Dalhousie University
Registration fee: $60 (includes access to entire program, ticket to banquet, lunch and all coffee breaks)

Join Dalhousie Agricultural Campus’ Precision Agriculture team as they host a two-day seminar on smart farming technologies on March 15–16, 2018. Workshop participants will include individuals from government, high value crop producers, processors, academia, private agricultural machinery companies, engineers and non-governmental organizations that work on or interested in the sustainable development and adoption of smart precision agriculture technologies.

12 Lessons For a New Sheep Farmer

“Buy sheep that are already being managed under a similar management system to your own. As Steve Ernewein says, sheep are excellent at self-culling. Save yourself the loss, and don’t try and put barn sheep on pasture and expect them to thrive.”

Click the link below to read more of “12 lessons for a new sheep farmer” by Lyndsey Smith, realagriculture.

Sheep Genetics Webinar

The second genetics webinar for 2018 hosted by the University of Guelph and OMAFRA is:

Tuesday February 6, 2018

Presenter: Erin Massender (Meat me Halfway: Methods to Improve Carcass Traits Through Indirect Selection). She will be discussing what she has learned about selecting for carcass traits using Canadian sheep data.

Please contact Delma Kennedy at for connection details.

New Concept in Controlling Internal Sheep Parasites

Please see the below link for more information from CSF on a “New Concept in Controlling Internal Sheep Parasites” which is now available in Canada (Zoetis).

2018 NS Sheep Expo Date

The 2018 Nova Scotia Sheep Expo will be August 26th at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds; more details to follow.