The Sheep Producers Association of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that we will be offering two industry programs in 2015-2016. The first is the continuation of the Sheep Handling and Parasite Control Program and the second is the Elite Ram Program.
The objective of the Sheep Handling and Parasite Control Program is to provide support to sheep producers for the purchase of fencers, electric fencing and posts, page-wire fencing and posts, livestock gates and handling crates. Pasture rotation has been proven an effective tool in reducing parasite loads in sheep. Up to 40% of the purchase cost will be provided for this equipment.
The objective is the Elite Ram Program is to provide support to sheep producers for the purchase of genetically superior purebred rams. Up to 30% of the purchase price to a maximum of $250 per ram plus $50 bonuses are available for rams with have three positive EPDs or a positive multi-index as well as for rams with confirmed scrapie resistant genotype.
No producer will receive more than $2,000 as a combined program maximum.
All claims for eligible expenses must be submitted to the SPANS office no later than February 29, 2016. For more information please visit www.nssheep.ca/handling-2.