Ag Action Manitoba
Funding Specifically to Sheep Producers at a 50/50 cost sharing - The Ag Action Manitoba program offers funding activities for farmers that support the growth and sustainability of primary agriculture in Manitoba. Click here to access the "productivity for sheep" link that provides the necessary program information.
MSA Announces Scholarship Opportunity
The MSA is pleased to once again pleased to offer the Dr. John Hamerton Scholarship!
The $500 award is deigned to promote the future success of the MB Sheep Industry's youth through higher learning, skills development and leadership. It is open to any student who is a current member of the MSA or is related to a current MSA member. For more information and how to apply, click here.
Looking for MB Sheep Flocks for Parasite Study
In the upcoming summer of 2018, the researchers are looking to continue and survey more flocks in Manitoba - this will be the 4th year of the study. The project will look at parasite burden and at the efficacy of treatment at the flock level. Molecular techniques for identification of parasites will be used. Detection of parasite resistance to dewormers and its evolution will be monitored over several years.
If your flock consist of 20 or more ewes and you are interested in this project, we would like you to contact us (information at right). The results are confidential. However if you want to share the results with your regular veterinarian, we will ask for your consent and will forward the results to her/him
Over the past few years, a team of investigators as well as summer research students from the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine have undertaken surveys of sheep flocks in Western Canada (including Manitoba) to assess the level of gastro-intestinal parasites present. The researchers conducted more detailed investigation on parasite resistance to dewormers on a number of farms in Alberta by on-farm visits to perform fecal egg count reduction tests. The results of this work suggests that many Alberta sheep flocks have high parasite burdens and that Ivomec and Safeguard/Valbazen resistant parasites may be more common than previously thought in Alberta and probably Western Canada.
Sheep Farmers Named 2018 Farm Family of the Year
The Red River Exhibition Association (RREA) has officially named Brian Greaves, Karen Hill and Family of Miniota, Manitoba and owners of Silver Bond Ranch as the 2018 Farm Family of the Year. Brian, Karen and their family have joined a distinguished list of 52 other families who have been honoured with this award since its inceptipon in 1966. To read more about the family and the award, click here. On behalf of the MSA - Congratuations to Brian, Kelly and famiy!
left to right, Mark Greaves (son), Karen Hill, Brian Greaves