ALP Needs You!
Join the ALP Board of Directors – Fall 2021!
*Nominations are due by July 31, 2021*
Five Director-at-Large positions on the ALP Board will be up for election this fall.
Alberta Lamb Producers is the voice of producers in discussions with industry stakeholders and government. ALP needs a strong Board of Directors to ensure the interests of producers are represented, viable marketing opportunities are developed, and that check-off dollars are spent wisely.
To stand for election, you MUST submit a completed nomination form to the ALP office by July 31, 2021.
There are Five Director-at-Large positions open on the 2021/22 Board. Candidates can be nominated from any region in the province - there no restrictions due to zone or geographical location.
The official ballots for the 2021 ALP Director’s election will be mailed with the fall issue of N’ewesletter. Producers have the option of advance voting by mailing the ballot to the ALP office or of voting in-person at the AGM on November 20th at Old College (depending where we are at with the Covid-19 pandemic, restrictions and group gatherings, please be aware that this could be changed to a virtual format closer to the event date).
What do you need to serve on the ALP Board as a Director?
- No previous board experience is required.
- Must be an eligible sheep producer residing in Alberta (Eligible producers must have paid service charge (check-off) to ALP within the last two years i.e. after Sep 1, 2019).
- Enthusiasm, ideas and a vision for building a strong lamb industry.
- A commitment to collaboration and the ability to work with other board members for the benefit of the industry.
- Ability to make the minimum commitment of 3-4 in-person board meetings, bi-weekly conference calls, and the ability to monitor and respond to emails at least every 48 hours. Per diems and expense reimbursements are provided.
It’s not all work! In addition to contributing to the industry, serving on the Board gives you opportunities for personal growth and skills development, such as making important industry contacts, and obtaining experience in board governance, leadership and project management.
As we approach the post-pandemic reopening of Canadian businesses, the time seemed right to begin what all intend to be a successful, growing collaboration between provincial associations and their collective members.
On March 18, the board of directors of three provinces, (Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec) met in an inaugural townhall to discuss issues of mutual interest and to consider opportunities for enhanced collaboration.
At the December National Sheep Network meeting, Ryan Greir from the Alberta Lamb Producers was acclaimed chair for his second term, and Pierre Lessard from Les Eleveurs d’ovins du Quebec was acclaimed as vice chair.
In March, the NSN held the first ever all directors meeting. All members from each of the provincial boards met for an initial discussion geared at building stronger relationships between the participating organizations and to enhance effectiveness through thoughtful collaboration. A summary report of this meeting will be circulated shortly.
‘The estimated market price for a 120 lb. Alberta market lamb trended above the 5-year average for most of 2020,’ says Jason Wood, provincial livestock market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
In the last quarter of 2020, October to December, the Alberta market lamb price increased 18%. In the first part of 2021, the estimated price for a 120 lb. market lamb averaged $280 per head ($2.33 per lb.), 14% higher than in 2020 and 25% higher than the 5-year average.
AFAC hosted a Small Ruminant Humane Transportation webinar featuring CFIA, that focused on the amendments to the humane trabsportation regulations. AFAC has shared the webinar summary along with a Q & A document for Producers to have access to. Please find both documents below.
N'ewesline is an e-mail notification service of timely news and updates concerning the sheep industry. Effective Friday, January 22, 2021, ALP will be changing the distribution format of this e-communication from weekly to monthly.
N'ewesline will now be sent mid-month however if there is important information to share with our industry, we will be send out an additional N'ewesline publication, separate from our mid-month edition.
ALP knows how valuable it is for producers to have access to educational tools and relevant and informative resources. We are excited to announce that starting in January 2021, we are launching a NEW Producer Education Webinar Series! This new webinar series will be hosted on the ZOOM platform and will be free of charge for Alberta eligible Producers to register for and attend. Please note that you will need to register in order to be sent the Zoom Meeting link to join the webinar.
ALP has created a new tab on our website to post our upcoming webinars. It can be found under the ‘Resources’ tab and then you select the ‘Producer Education Events’ tab. The direct link is: https://ablamb.ca/index.php/resources/producer-education-events. Once a webinar has been confirmed, we will be posting the information here on our website, along with the registration link to sign up.
Never used the ZOOM meeting platform before? We’ve got you covered; ALP has put together a document that provides the information on how to join the meeting/webinar along with some tips for a successful experience!
Unable to attend one of the webinars? No problem – we will be recording the webinars and sharing them afterwards on our website, YouTube channel, social media platforms and our weekly e-communication, N’ewesline!