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    BC Sheep Federation

    BC Sheep Federation
    Annual General Meeting, Seminar and Field Day

    Oct 15 & 16, 2010
    Princeton, BC

    Sheep Seminar Friday, October 15th
    at Riverside Centre 148 Old Hedley Rd, Princeton
    ( the x school, across from ice arena)

    8 am. Registration coffee & muffins

    9 - 9:45 am Terry Ackerman, Canadian Lamb Co Initiative, SK
    How can the Canadian Lamb Initiative affect/benefit BC?
    “Canadian Lamb Company :A Food Company Initiative”

    In June 2010 the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board (SSDB) announced the formation of the Canadian Lamb Company Initiative (CLCI) The objective of this new initiative is to test the feasibility of a producer owned and producer controlled food company, the Canadian Lamb Company (CLC) that would maximize the market opportunity for Canadian lamb products. Once operational, the CLC would provide existing Canadian lamb producers with both the financial and market incentives needed to profitably expand production, and also encourage the entrance of new Canadian lamb producers into the market. A major objective of the CLC will be to develop a range of competitive value added lamb products for the retail and food service markets in Canada. Terry Ackerman of Guelph, Ontario has been appointed by the SSDB as the Business Development Manager for this initiative. Terry has been meeting with producers, processors and industry stakeholders over the summer to determine the level of interest in the initiative.

    Terry Ackerman was born in Victoria and is a graduate of the University of Victoria. Terry has held senior marketing and management positions in multinational corporations, private companies and cooperatives in both Canada and the U.S. Terry has helped develop, launch and market over 200 consumer and industrial products and has managed distributors in 22 countries. Terry's retail experience in the food industry includes developing and implementing broker, distributor and private label programs with national, regional and independent food retailers across Canada.

    9:45-10:15 am Brian Harris, Wildlife Biologist, Penticton
    “Reducing the Risk between wild and domestic sheep”

    Brian Harris is a Wild Life Biologist with the Ministry of Environment in Penticton. He has been working on Bighorn sheep enhancement for many years and is interested in keeping domestic sheep separate from Bighorns.

    10:15-10:30 coffee break/stretch

    10:30 - noon BCSF Annual General Meeting

    noon - 1 pm LUNCH

    1-2 pm Jacques Campbell, Saturna Island
    “Sheep Producer Experience with the National RFID Trial”
    Jacques Campbell, of Campbell Farms, Saturna Island together with her family own and operate a government inspected abbatoir and also produce lamb and beef. They are one of the selected sheep producers to be trying and testing RFID technology on their farm. She will be discussing their experience, so far.

    2-3 pm Dwane Morvik, Saskatchewan - Chair, Canadian Sheep Federation
    “Traceability, RFID and the Role of the CSF to the Canadian Sheep Producer”.
    Dwane Morvik:For nearly 25 years now, my wife Jaime and I have been ranching together in southwest Saskatchewan just outside the town of Eastend. During those years, we have raised sheep and cattle in the Frenchman River valley. We shear in early April and then lamb our 300 Targhee ewes later in the month through the lambing sheds and try to time it so the lambs and ewes turn out onto green grass in the spring. They remain on grass rotating through fields until weaning in late September or October. Replacements ewe lambs are kept or sold and our wether lambs are sold direct to the feedlot at that time. We have enjoyed raising our family (son and daughter) and growing our sheep flock together, especially in years when the coyotes haven’t been a problem to deal with and look forward to many more years of good lambing and high prices!
    3-4pm Coffee
    Questions and Discussion

    4 - 4:30 pm Alex Atamanenko, MP BC Southern Interior and the NDP Agriculture Critic. Alex has been involved in developing a comprehensive Canadian Food Strategy that includes offering incentives and designing policies to promote local food production, processing capacity and distribution including support for small farm gate operations.

    Lamb BBQ 6 pm + Happy Hollow Farms
    (cost included in either day registration)

    11 km east of Princeton on Hwy 3 at straight stretch with 2 red pump houses at driveway, house on south, on hill with red roof

    Field Day Oct 16,
    at Happy Hollow Farms

    9 am Farm Tour - Bev Greenwell and Charles Weber : offer a tour of their ma & pa operation.. producing Purebred Suffolk sheep for both breeding stock and market lambs and 200 acres of irrigated hay land.

    10:30 - noon Drew Carmichael, Predator Loss Prevention, Mitigation Pilot Project, together with Al Lay, BC Conservation Officer will provide a “Workshop on Predation and Sheep Production.”
    The workshop will include Opportunities for Prevention, Identification of the predator when there is a kill, and steps to deal with the problem after. The outdoor/farm location will be used to demonstrate hide areas, predator travel routes/ corridors etc.

    noon - 1 LUNCH

    1-3pm Continuation of the Predation Workshop, with full discussion of the WPLP Pilot project.

    $70.00/person for entire 2 days or $35 for one day only

    Please send registration to Freda Horton 2625 - 13 St Keremeos, V0X1N6 or fax (250) 499-5612. Makes cheques payable to BC Sheep Federation
    Accomodation: free camping at Happy Hollow Farms 250-295-6419
    or the Villager Inn, Princeton 1-877-295-6996 ( between Billy’s rest & Brown Bridge Pub on Vermilion St)

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    Barbara Johnstone Grimmer, P. Ag.
    President, BC Sheep Federation
    2310 Grimmer Road
    Pender Island, B. C. V0N 2M1

    Animal Health Consultation
    BC Ministry of Agriculture
    PO Box 9303 Stn Prov Govt.
    Victoria, B. C. V8W 9N1

    Fax: 250-387-2410

    Re: Animal Health Consultation – Industry Submission by the BC Sheep Federation

    The BC Sheep Federation (BCSF) represents sheep producers in BC. Our membership includes the BC Purebred Sheep Breeders Association and various regional sheep producer associations. Sheep are produced throughout the province, primarily as part of mixed farms or small farms. There are a few larger commercial flocks. Sheep producers are aware of the fallout from animal disease outbreaks, notably from BSE in cattle in 2003 which resulted in dramatically reduced prices for sheep and lambs, and the more recent trace-back from a scrapie outbreak in Alberta to three BC flocks, which were subsequently found to be free of scrapie. Good preventative measures by government and industry, good extension services to provide up to date information and education to producers, and an efficient and effective traceability system are of interest to sheep producers to minimize the impact of a serious disease outbreak.
    BCSF is a member of the Canadian Sheep Federation, an organization that is committed to traceability for the Canadian sheep flock by 2012 through mandatory radio frequency identification tags and a traceability system that will trace individual sheep movements through the supply chain and other movements off the farm (breeding stock sales, fairs and exhibitions, grazing away from the home farm). This traceability and identification system is intended to aid in the rapid identification of exposed sheep in the event of a serious disease outbreak, thus minimizing the unnecessary destruction of animals and also minimizing unnecessary distress to the flock owner and their family. The traceability and identification system is being developed by industry with input from other stakeholders including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
    Until this fall, BC sheep producers had a part time provincial sheep specialist. Recent correspondence with the BC Ministry of Agriculture indicate that a replacement will not be made due to financial hardship by the ministry. Significant extension services and communications by the Ministry to sheep producers have been lacking, leaving the BCSF to take up the slack as much as possible with our quarterly newsletter and annual sheep seminar. Due to privacy laws we do not have access to a complete list of sheep producers in BC and only have a portion of the province's sheep producers as fully paid members in our federation or network of associations. The statement in the Animal Health Consultation paper that “recently both Alberta and Ontario have expanded their focus to include a broad range of animal health diseases” is only possible in those provinces because they both have greater support and expertise with full time extension staff, and they also have a check-off system that ensures communication with all sheep producers. I have met both Sue Hosford, Alberta Sheep Specialist, and Anita O'Brien, Ontario Sheep and Goat Specialist and not only can they share their knowledge and expertise with their producers, but they are also critical in serving as advisers to their respective provincial governments as to the state of the sheep industry. Such expertise would also be valuable in a disease outbreak, in that a trusted government official with an ongoing relationship with producers would be an advantage and critical to a positive outcome.
    Besides a lack of government extension services to sheep producers in BC, we also lack veterinarians with expertise in sheep. The proposed changes to the animal health act and related legislation suggests more surveillance and inspections which would be suited to local veterinarians. However, many sheep producers do not use veterinary services because of the lack of specific sheep knowledge by many veterinarians. As public human and animal health become more important it would also be important for veterinarians to be trained beyond their career goals, usually as small animal vets, so that they would be prepared for an expanded role in their community.
    Premises identification of every location livestock would reside would be important in a full traceability system and should be mandatory. Premises identification is a provincial responsibility and BC has not set up a system yet.
    Communication at each stage is critical. At the prevention stage, the provincial and federal governments should utilize agri-intelligence methods to determine the state of animal disease exposure in BC. This information should be communicated through livestock associations and/or to producers directly. More and more new farmers do not have any experience in agriculture, as our population becomes more urban. Without good extension services and education, and minimal knowledge requirements for raising livestock, there is added risk to accidental disease transmission or breaches to traceability, putting all of our farms at risk.
    It has been stated that we are always at risk, because not all food shipments into Canada are checked. The provincial and federal governments should be taking steps to improve biosecurity and disease control at our own borders. In the case of an outbreak (even if our own farmers have practised good biosecurity on their own farms) management, quarantine, surveillance, control zones and destruction should be well planned in consultation with all stakeholders, especially with producer associations. There should be a livestock industry advisory board established to consult on all potential scenarios and assist in the case of an animal disease outbreak.
    I attended the Foot and Mouth Disease workshop in Abbotsford in 2009, and can appreciate the impact of a disease like that on our province, especially when we are importing from countries with a variety of diseases that could cause immeasurable problems in our province if an outbreak were to occur. I have concerns that the ever-reducing budget of the BC Ministry of Agriculture will not support an expanded animal health system, unless there are immediate measures to provide effective education and extension support services for livestock producers, especially for the sheep sector which has nothing at all in place at this time except for what the BC Sheep Federation can offer its membership.

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    Membership in the BC Sheep Federation

    To make your views known, network with other sheep producers, and learn what is new in the sheep industry, join the BC Sheep Federation.

    To do this, join a local sheep association (check the BC Sheep Federation website) and pay your membership to BCSF through your local assn., or form a sheep association if you don't have one nearby. All you need are some sheep producers - a minimum of six to have a director from your association assigned or elected to the BCSF board. And if you are just a lone shepherd in our expansive province of ours and can't muster up enough for an association, you can pay your membership directly to the BC Sheep Fed.

    Membership is $20 payable to the BC Sheep Federation. Mail your cheque and some info on your flock and you to:
    Kathy Millar
    Membership Secretary BCSF
    2881 Mountain Road
    Duncan, BC
    V9L 6N4

    With your membership you will get four issues each year to the N'Ewes, our newsletter. You can also advertise your sheep on our website. And you will be informed of anything pertaining to our industry, including an invitation to our annual sheep seminar and AGM.

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    The Wild Predator Loss Prevention Pilot project is on the Ardcorp website -

    The Wild Predator Loss Prevention and Mitigation Pilot Project was initiated in August 2009 and will end in December 2011.

    The project is designed to reduce the economic impact of wild predators on the cattle and sheep industries in BC. The priorities are: the development of prevention measures; the investigation and verification of predator harassment, injuries, or killing of livestock; and the implementation of targeted predator control strategies. Throughout the Pilot Project, various delivery models for the above items will be tested. The project will also deliver a socio-economic analysis of British Columbia’s past and present Wild Predator Loss Prevention and Mitigation initiatives.

    The project is delivered by the B.C. Agricultural Research and Development Corporation (ARDCorp). There is a Project Manager who works closely with, and seeks priorities and direction from, a steering committee. The Steering Committee is made up of the Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.) of ARDCorp, 2 representatives from the B.C. Sheep Producers, 2 representatives from the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association (BCCA), representatives from the Ministry of Environment and from the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.

    ARDCorp and the BCCA have negotiated an agreement for the delivery of contracted field services by Wildlife Specialists (WS). The Wildlife Specialists deliver verification and mitigation services to livestock producers on behalf of the Pilot Project and the Predator Loss Compensation Program, administered by the BCCA for cattle losses.

    Drew Carmichael, Project Manager

    Agricultural Research & Development Corporation,

    #230-32160 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, B.C., V2T 1WS

    Phone 604-854-4483 Toll Free 1-866-522-3447

    Reporting Predator Problems:

    24 hour Report Line Toll Free 1-866-398-2848

    If you are a cattle producer and need a predator livestock interaction verification completed for compensation, you must contact this Toll Free number.
    Recent Change as of January 1, 2011:

    The Conservation Officer Services of the Ministry of Environment have advised they will be taking a lead in Predator control (mitigation).

    Conservation Officer Toll Free number


    A report on Best Management Practices for Sheep is also on the site - or link to http://www.ardcorp.ca/userfiles/file...20Jan.%206.pdf

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    Drew made a presentation recently at one of the regular meetings of the Shuswap Sheep Producer's group. It was very informative and interesting.
    I understood that he would be quite willing to make similar presentations to other producer groups.

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    2011 BC Sheep Federation AGM and Seminar Oct 14 & 15 in Duncan

    BCSF Sheep Seminar and AGM October 14-15, 2011

    Schedule of Events

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14: Ruminant Seminar: Dr. Paul Dettloff, D.V.M., from Minnesota – Alternative Treatments for Ruminants. Animal health through soil fertility using the Albrecht approach for dry blend corrections and Reams foliar applications. Discussion of a high forage diet and ten veterinary tools: - tinctures, biologicals and homeopathy.

    Location: Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn, 6474 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan

    8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration, refreshments

    9:00 am – 3:00 pm (morning break and lunch included)

    3pm-6pm BCSF Director's Meeting, Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn

    6:30 pm Dinner & Social: St. John’s Church Hall, 486 Jubilee St., Duncan.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 BC Sheep Federation Seminar and AGM:

    Location:Agricultural Hall, 5855 Clement Street, Duncan

    8:00 am to 9:00 am Registration and refreshments

    9:00 am to 9:45 am Penny Stapleton: Building a new sheep farm; considerations

    9:45 am to 10:00 am Break

    10:00 am to 10:30 am Everett Dixon, Top Shelf Feeds nutritionist:Feeding haylage

    10:30 am to NOON BCSF Annual General Meeting

    NOON to 1:00 Lunch

    12:30 pm to 1:00 Lunch Speaker Terry Ackerman: Canadian Lamb Company

    1:00 pm to 1:30 Kevin Murphy, BCMAg Premises Identification program

    1:30 pm to 1:45 Jenny Balke, DVM, RPBio. “Keeping Flocks Healthy”


    Anyone interested in producing sheep for fun or profit is welcome to attend. Bring a friend!

    Speakers’ Biographies

    Dr. Paul Dettloff D.V.M. was raised on a farm in Wisconsin, USA and began in 1967 as a conventional practitioner. He now specializes in the sustainable and organic/biological treatment of dairy and beef cows, sheep and goats using natural remedies, botanicals, homeopathy and holistic treatment of the farm. He operates out of Arcadia, Wisconsin and is a consultant to Organic Valley and other dairy operators. He also offers veterinary workshops for farmers as well as Dr. Paul’s Lab and is a co-founder of Crystal Creek, a firm that provides natural vet supplies and remedies. Dr. Dettloff is the author of “Alternative Treatments for Ruminant Animals”.

    Penny Stapleton has been a sheep producer for over 30 years and the former editor of the N’Ewes. Penny has been focused on quality meat and direct marketing of her Dorset flock and is now developing her new farm just south of Nanaimo with an eye towards efficiency and production.

    Everett Dixon is the livestock nutritionist for Top Shelf Feeds in Duncan. He has been consulting with Penny Stapleton on the development of the feed rations for her flock which will include haylage as a major component.

    Terry Ackerman was born in Victoria and is a graduate of the University of Victoria. Terry has held senior marketing and management positions in multinational corporations, private companies and cooperatives in both Canada and the U.S. Terry has helped develop, launch and market over 200 consumer and industrial products and has managed distributors in 22 countries. Terry's retail experience in the food industry includes developing and implementing broker, distributor and private label programs with national, regional and independent food retailers across Canada. Terry is now working with the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board on the Canadian Lamb Company initiative.

    Kevin Murphy is an Agrologist with the BC Ministry of Agriculture and currently working on a voluntary premises identification database which is part of a livestock traceability system. Our Minister of Agriculture agreed with other provinces (with the exception of Saskatchewan) and the federal government to have a premises registry available in British Columbia for four livestock sectors, including sheep, by the end of this calendar year. The task Kevin was asked to work towards was to make as much progress as possible towards developing a premises registry for BC livestock producers. Prior to this assignment he was working as the Regional Agrologist for the North Okanagan and Shuswap regions and is still located in the Vernon Agriculture office.

    Jenny Balke is a DVM and Registered Professional Biologist and is working with Dr. Nancy deWith of the Animal Health Center, BC Ministry of Agriculture developing workshops and resource materials for sheep producers in a project called “Keeping Flocks Healthy.”

    BC Sheep Federation Seminar & AGM

    October 14 & 15, 2011

    Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

    Hosted by the Inter Island Sheep Breeders’ Association

    Name:_____________________________________________ _______________

    Address: __________________________________________________ _______

    Telephone: _____________________ email _____________________________

    Friday Seminar (includes lunch) $45.00

    Friday evening dinner $20.00

    Saturday Speakers & AGM (includes lunch) $10.00

    Renewal or New BCSF Membership* $20.00

    PLEASE REGISTER BY OCTOBER 8, 2011. Contact Kathy at 250-748-0487 homefarm@telus.net and make cheques payable to the BC Sheep Federation. Mail to:

    K. Millar,

    2881 Mountain Rd.,

    Duncan, BC

    V9L 6N4.

    Renewal is due August 31, 2011. If you have already done this, thank you. For new members, a BCSF Membership includes four issues of the BCSF Journal, “The N'Ewes” and a voice in your provincial sheep organization, with representation in the Canadian Sheep Federation.


    Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn, Trans Canada Hwy (north of Duncan). 1-800-927-6199 (Mention the BC Sheep Fed for their corporate rate of $99.00)

    Falcon Nest Motel, 5867 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan 250-748-8188 $65.00 – 70.00

    Travel Lodge Silver Bridge Inn, Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan 1-888-858-2200

    Super 8 Motel, 5325 Trans Canada Hwy., Duncan1-866-500-4938 $75.00 – 93.00

    Thunderbird Motor Inn, 5849 York Rd. (close to Falcon Nest Motel), Duncan 1-877-748-8192 $68.00 -120.00

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