Industry News & Events

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.

Calling All 4-H Members!

The Maritime Beef Council is offering a 20% discount on single conference rates for up to 100 4-H members! Please book online for verification of 4-H status:

For questions, please contact the 2018 Maritime Beef Conference Coordinator:, or call 506-260-0872

“Genetic Improvement for Ewe Traits” Webinar

Below is information on an upcoming sheep genetics webinar for those interested:

“Genetic Improvement for Ewe Traits”, a talk by Mohammed Boareki, MSc.
He will be discussing the selecting for ewe traits using Canadian sheep data.
January 23, 2018 from 1pm-1:45pm.
This is hosted by the University of Guelph and OMAFRA.
Please contact Delma Kennedy ( for more information.

Saltscapes Expo April 20-22, 2018

The registration for the 2018 Saltscapes Expo is open and the early booking rates have been extended until January 31, 2018.

If you are interested in registering for this “buy local” weekend event, please see the below link:

Traceability Update – Livestock Operators Encouraged to Apply For a Valid PID Now

“CFIA’s proposed animal identification and livestock traceability regulatory amendments may require all livestock operations to have a valid PID and use it to report animal movement data to the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) database.”

For more information, please click the following link to read the article in the Canadian Cattlemen Association:

Fresh Canadian Lamb Website

Canadian Sheep Federation is excited to announce the Fresh Canadian Lamb website is back up and running! Here you can find loads of information on products, cutting charts, recipes and labels.

Check it out at:

Contact SPANS

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