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PSBANS Breeders Directory Advertising Form

Purebred Sheep Breeders Association of Nova Scotia (PSBANS) announces that it will not be holding the Atlantic Fall Sheep Sale in Sept. of 2020 due to COVID-19 and the regulations under the Public Health Act.  The association is instead working on a new Breeders Directory as a way to move forward with the goals of the association.  Please see the below form.

The association looks forward to hosting a physical sale in 2021.

Sheep Breeders Directory Advertising Form

Your Farmers, Your Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA) through Meet Your Farmer, is excited to announce a new initiative called “Your Farmers, Your Nova Scotia” that works to build a stronger connection between farmers and the people living in their communities.

“Your Farmers, Your Nova Scotia, was created in an effort to connect Nova Scotians not only with the food on their plates, but how it got there and who produced it. We have seen the rise in the “buy local” movement and we hope that the momentum continues in the years ahead,” said Victor Oulton, President of NSFA. “This campaign will help connect your families to our farm families, one bite at a time.”

The campaign coincides with a refresh of NSFA’s Meet Your Farmer website, and will profile stories of farm families located from one end of the province to the other, share favourite Nova Scotia inspired recipes, and provide details on how to purchase products in order to support the local economy and contribute to efforts of sustaining our food supply.

Visit www.nsfa-fane/yourfarmers-yournovascotia/ for the full press release.

2019 AAFC Sheep & Lamb Sector Statistical Briefer

2019 Sheep & Lamb Sector Statistical Briefer, prepared by the Red Meat Section of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

CSBA Upcoming Online Auction

The CSBA will be hosting an online auction for its members on July 11, 2020.

A few highlights of the upcoming Sale:

• This is a timed auction event
• Sale day is July 11, 2020: Bidding starts Friday July 10th at 9:00 am and will end at 6:00 pm on Saturday July 11th. Times are MST
• This is a “racehorse style” finish – where there will be extended bidding time during the last 5 minutes
• Consignors will need to send photos and forms to CSBA office by June 10th and all animals will need to be approved by the sale committee
• Signed Registration papers will need to be submitted by June 30th to the the CSBA office
• There is a $20 nonrefundable entry fee/ animal and 7% commission fee
• Buyers need to register with DLMS but all payments will be due to CSBA
• Transportation will be the responsibility of the buyer – we will post any available transportation options on the website.
• Anyone interested in providing transportation is asked to send their contact information to the CSBA to be updated on the website
• Online catalogue of animals will be available after June 20th here

Any questions please contact the CSBA office at office@sheepbreeders.ca or any one of the CSBA board of directors.

East Coast Ag Has Plenty of Room For More

Country Guide
By: Ralph Pearce
March 31, 2020

The agri-food industry has been losing farmers for decades, yet that doesn’t distract most producers from doing the job they do, in spite of what federal Census of Agriculture numbers indicate. The fact is agriculture continues to drive excellence in quality, in volume and in encouraging investment in infrastructure and technology, even if the number of farms and the total acres farmed have dropped since 1996.

It’s true across the country. No province saw an increase in either category between 1996 and 2016, yet agriculture is one of the country’s most important economic industries, with expansion in the use of farm products and increasing demand in human resources. Processors and manufacturers are finding more ways to use what’s being grown in Can­ada, regardless of declining numbers.

That is particularly true for farming in the Atlantic provinces. Farm acres in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland account for an admittedly small area — a combined 2,397,200 acres (see Table 1 below), according to the 2016 census — but don’t tell producers in the region that their farms don’t make a difference. In terms of self-sufficiency and interest by industry stakeholders, agriculture in the four provinces has never been more important, or more recognized.

To read the full article please click here.

SPANS COVID-19 Update

Here at the Sheep Producers Association of Nova Scotia we are following the COVID-19 situation very closely and following all public health recommendations related to meetings and other gatherings.  As of now, we are currently working to sort out cancelling or rescheduling all planned workshops and meetings up until April 3, 2020, where possible we will be holding meetings via electronic means such as conference call or video conference.  We will update you as we determine alternative arrangements for these events.  To help protect yourself and other, please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus.  For additional farm specific resources, please visit the Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council.

In an effort to continue to provide service to our members and clients we will continue to maintain regular office hours until further notice.  However, we do ask that you only visit the office if required.

If we are required to close the office for public health reasons, we can assure that we have the ability to work remotely and will do our best to maintain our high level of service.

We are working very closely with our related organizations at ACMA as well as the Canadian Sheep Federation to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in the Province, region and nationally.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Producer Transportation Regulations Workshops

Canadian Sheep Identification Program Fees Increasing

Please see the below release issued from the Canadian Sheep Federation February 3, 2020 in relation to the increase of sheep tags.

CSF Release: Canadian Sheep Identification Program Fees Increasing Today

Steve Kenyon Presentation in Truro

Please note: while this presentation is put on by the NSCP, much of the content will also be relatable to sheep and grazing management

Disaster Financial Assistance for Small Businesses: Hurricane Doiron

The Disaster Financial Assistance program is now available for those whose operations were effected by Hurricane Dorian.

This program is meant to help individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations with uninsurable losses, from Hurricane Dorian, to return to pre-disaster conditions.

Full details of the program for small businesses is available at:
https://beta.novascotia.ca/disaster-financial-assistance-small-businesses-hurricane-dorian

Contact SPANS

7 Atlantic Central Drive
East Mountain, NS B6L 2Z2
Phone: 902-893-7455
Fax: 902-893-7063
novascotiasheep@gmail.com

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