The value of having two national sheep organizations continues to be discussed in the sector.

Two national sheep organizations remain after Ontario AGM

Defeated resolution would have allowed producers to decide who represents them on a national level

Reading Time: 2 minutes A resolution to allow Ontario sheep farmers to vote on who represents them nationally was defeated at the Ontario annual meeting. Why it matters: Two national organizations means funds to support sheep farmers across the country are split. The OSF left the Canadian Sheep Federation and created the National Sheep Network with Alberta and Quebec. […] Read more

Production insurance could help stabilize farmer incomes, according to Ontario Sheep Farmers.

Ontario Sheep looks into production insurance

The potential insurance plan would focus on production levels rather than price

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Sheep Farmers is investigating production insurance for its members that would help farmers guard against production declines. Meetings were held across Ontario for producers from Sept. 10 to 12 to discuss the risks they face within their production systems, and for Ontario Sheep Farmers to grasp producer interest in a production insurance program. “The […] Read more

Ontario Sheep Farmers will use Dr. Debra Stark’s expertise as needed to help deal with industry issues.

Stark named independent advisor to Ontario Sheep Farmers

Organization says the unique position will build its capacity to deal with challenging issues

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ontario Sheep Farmers is signing on an independent board advisor to serve as a sounding board, mediator and to help the organization deal with sector-wide issues. Dr. Deb Stark, a former deputy minister of OMAFRA who was also the province’s first chief veterinarian, has signed onto the position. Marc Carere, chair of the board of […] Read more

Jennifer MacTavish, general manager of Ontario Sheep Farmers, encouraged producers attending the recent Grey-Bruce Farmers’ Week to help with the EweGROW project by providing much-needed data.

Data needed to drive Ontario sheep industry forward

Producers have been reluctant to provide even aggregated data for the EweGROW program

Reading Time: 2 minutes The general manager of Ontario Sheep Farmers (OSF) had strong messages for producers gathered at the recent Grey-Bruce Farmers’ Week. “We haven’t had the really hard conversations about where we want the industry to go,” Jennifer MacTavish said. This has resulted in inefficiencies along the supply chain and an unwillingness to commit to and invest […] Read more

Marc Carere acclaimed as Sheep Farmers of Ontario chair

Heather Little and John Hemsted are the new vice-chairs of the organization

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Sheep Farmers elected its officers for 2018-19 and recognized the achievements of some of its members at its recent annual general meeting in Alliston. District 7 director Marc Carere was acclaimed as chair. Carere, his wife Helen and son Matt operate Ballinahistle Farms, a large commercial ewe flock and lamb feedlot. He replaces Rob […] Read more

Editorial: Optimism for sheep farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sheep farming has always been a tough grind. Sheep are not the heartiest of beasts, lambing is a thankless and tiring job and the market has been fickle. But several years of decent lamb prices in Ontario have created optimism I haven’t seen for a long time. The Large Flock Operators group (made up of […] Read more

Ontario’s sheep producers rebrand

Reading Time: 2 minutes The organization that represents sheep farmers in Ontario has a new name and look. The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is now known as the Ontario Sheep Farmers, effective at the Ontario Sheep Convention held Thursday and Friday at Alliston. OSMA’s board of directors made the change following a resolution at the 2015 annual meeting. […] Read more