Glanvac 6 Vaccine [Clostridium Chauvoei-Novyi Type B-Perfringens Type D-Septicum-Tetani-Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis (Ovis) Bacterin-Toxoid] is now approved in Canada for use in sheep.
Fibre Week 2017 is fast approaching. There are a number of exciting big names and fantastic workshops this year to choose from, and once again a sell out Merchant Mall is expected. For more information and to register for classes, visit the Fibre Week website.
Statistics Canada recently released information about the 2016 Census of Agriculture. A general report summarizing trends in agriculture can be accessed on the Statistics Canada website. Commodity specific data was also released, including for the sheep industry. The national ewe flock was 526,286 head in 2016, an 8% decrease from 2011.
The Sheep Value Chain Roundtable Profitability Working Group has developed a national online catalogue of sheep industry experts and available farm management tools. Access the catalogue on the Canadian Sheep Federation website: http://cansheep.ca/cms/en/en/Resource_Catalogue.aspx.
Alberta Lamb Producers (ALP) welcomes the proposed amendments to the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act.
Bill 9: Marketing of Agricultural Products Amendment Act, 2017, will allow for industry organizations like ALP with refundable check-off to hold a producer plebiscite to potentially return check-off to being non-refundable. Prior to September 1, 2010, check-off was non-refundable for lamb producers. Bill 43, introduced in 2009, mandated that check-off be refundable.