Industry News & Events

Grow Nova Scotia

Grow Nova Scotia is holding meetings in both Berwick and Falmouth to discuss the importance of increasing local food in schools.

Contact Shelly at 902-774-0528 or for more information.

Grow Nova Scotia – Berwick Meeting Info

Grow Nova Scotia – Falmouth Meeting Info

Faecal Egg Count Workshops July-August 2018

SPANS Workshop July-August 2018

New USDA Import Permit Regulations

Effective May 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will require USDA import permits for all live animal shipments via a land border port between Canada and Alaska.

Please note this is not a regulation change. We are enforcing our current regulations, which allow the entry of certain types of live animals from Canada without a USDA import permit if the entry is at a designated land border port as listed in 9CFR Part 93. However, there are no designated land border ports on the Canadian/United States border to Alaska. Therefore, we require all APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) regulated live animal imports from Canada to Alaska to have a USDA import permit issued prior to entry into Alaska to facilitate inspections. Live animals requiring an inspection that present at a non-designated U.S. Land Border Port without a USDA import permit will not be eligible for entry. This includes all bovine, swine, farmed cervids, ovine, caprine, domestic camelids, poultry and hatching eggs, ratites and hatching eggs, pet birds, germplasm, and permanent entry horses.

Canadian horses may enter the US temporarily without a USDA import permit, but must exit the United States by the 30th calendar day—post inspection—as listed on the health certificate (HA 1964).

The USDA import permit application (VS 17-129) may be submitted using this email address:

You may also submit an application online by clicking here:

This alert does not affect those subgroups already requiring a USDA import permit for entry such as VS-regulated fish, exotic or zoo animals, and animals in transit to a third country.

Contact information for the USDA APHIS VS Northern Border Port Services may be found at the following website: or email

Antimicrobials Requiring a Veterinary Prescription as of December 1, 2018

The Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) has created a visual aid representing the antimicrobials which will require a veterinary prescription beginning December 2018.

This list represents multi species within the livestock sector.

Canadian Animal Health Institute AMR Poster Feb 2018 (PDF)

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

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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