Industry News & Events

On-Farm Safety Inspection Workshop and Substance Abuse in the Workplace

On-Farm Safety Inspection Workshop – Feb 22

Have you ever wondered how an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) inspection occurs? What do Inspectors look for on your farm? Is your farm ready for an inspection visit?  Learn about how an OHS inspection works on a farm, what your requirements are and how to create a safe farm workplace.  A “mock” inspection will be conducted by OHS Inspectors and be solely educational.

 Where: Viking Crest Farm Ltd.

4744 Highway 6, Shinimicas

 When: 10am on Friday, February 22

Register by February 20 so we can be sure to have enough coffee to go around! Please respect the farm’s biosecurity practices by ensuring you wear clean footwear and clothing. Footbaths will be provided.


Substance Abuse in the Workplace – March 7

Have you ever wondered as an employer how to deal with substances abuse in the workplace (e.g. alcohol, cannabis)? Take the opportunity to learn what you need to know about substance use policy and procedures, identifying and addressing workplace impairment and more.

Where: Berwick Fire Hall

When: 9am – 1pm on March 7th

Member Cost: $75

Register by February 28. – – 902.893.2293


Draxxin Approved for Ovine Foot Rot

Montreal – September 7, 2018. Zoetis Canada announces that Draxxin® (tulathromycin) Injectable
Solution has received approval from Health Canada for the treatment of ovine foot rot associated with
Dichelobacter nodosus when systematic treatment is required due to the presence of active lesions.
Foot rot, which is caused when the bacteria Dichelobacter nodosus infects the horn of the sheep’s hoof,1
is highly contagious and has serious implications, such as lameness and reduced production.

Draxxin Press Release- Foot Rot 

Upcoming Workshops and Contests

Chainsaw Safety Awareness Workshop:

September 13th – Falmouth, NS: 9AM – 4PM (Register with by September 5th)

October 4th – Truro, NS: 9AM – 4PM (Register with by September 27th)

FSNS Member Cost: $75.00.

Youth Calendar Drawing Contest:

(Register by September 30th at

Youth Video Contest:

(Register by September 30th at

Progressive Ag Safety Day:

October 20th – Yarmouth, NS: 10AM – 2PM (Register by October 15th by submitting an application form here). 

For further information about these workshops and contests, please visit, or contact Carolyn Van Den Heuvel at (902)893-2293 or at

Ewe Nutrition Workshops

Save the dates!

Please note to register by Thursday September 6, 2018.

Canadian Sheep Federation – Website

The Canadian Sheep Federation has a new website! Be sure to check out at

2018 SPANS Summer Social

The SPANS Summer Social is quickly approaching!

Please note that if attending to register by August 30, 2018.

This farm is located on a long dirt road, please park on the side of the road, rather than blocking the road/driveway.

Startect from Zoetis

Are you doing all you can to control internal parasites in your sheep?

See the below product information sheet on Startect, a highly effective, short-acting sheep drench and the first new class of drench to be approved in combination. 

Zoetis Product Information – Startect

The Royal’s Annual Fleece Wool Competition

It’s that time of year again! That’s right – The Royal’s fleece wool competition prize book is available online.  Now you can find everything you need to know about entering our annual competition.  This year, the wool auction will take place on Sunday, November 11.

Entry deadline for the 2018 fleece wool competition is September 24.

For more information about The Royal, please go to:

Questions about this year’s competition? Contact The Royal’s Manager, Agriculture and Food Trish Scott:

To view the prize book, click here.

4-H NS Market Committee

Do you have experience with lamb marketing? Would you like to help support 4-H youth in learning livestock market skills?

The 4-H NS Market Committee is currently seeking new members!

The committee’s goal is to facilitate a successful Market Show and Auction annually at the 4-H NS Provincial Show and to provide support to 4-H members leading up to that event.

Committee members must be willing to complete 4-H volunteer screening (Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry check, 3 references), attend 2-3 meetings and 4-H NS Provincial Show annually.

This year’s 4-H NS Market events will be held Sept 28 & Sept 29 at the South Shore Exhibition Grounds in Bridgewater, NS.

To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Carolyn Gibson at or 902-843-3980.

Part II Faecal Egg Count Workshops

Part II Faecal Egg Count Workshops are upcoming; one August 2nd at 6:00PM in Bible Hill, and the other August 7th at 6:00PM in Aylesford.

With the hot weather we have been experiencing lately, we would expect for egg counts to be on the rise, so doing a second faecal sample now would be very useful.

For this Part II, Dr. Gwyneth Jones will be delivering presentations discussing wormers, selecting for improved resistance, correlating worm burdens with the weather and a reminder of the technique.

If you are interested in attending Part II but were not able to attend Part I, please contact Ashley at 902-895-0581 or email to be added to the registration list!

Contact SPANS

7 Atlantic Central Drive
East Mountain, NS B6L 2Z2
Phone: 902-893-7455
Fax: 902-893-7063

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