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The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) and the Canadian sheep industry at large are facing an exciting time in the evolution of the sheep value chain. Huge opportunities exist today to grow markets, increase value for all stakeholders, and secure the prosperity of the industry for the future.

CSF plays a central role in coordinating efforts to make this happen, including resources like this website that are intended to help existing lamb producers and new entrants find the information and contacts they need to grow and prosper. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please contact the CSF office.

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Sheep Industry Applauds AAFC Support for On-farm Food Safety
June 12, 2015 – Guelph, Ontario – News of a federal government investment of close to $350,000 in the Canadian sheep industry’s national on-farm food safety program, the Food Safe Farm Practices (FSFP) Program, is applauded by Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) Chairman Phil Kolodychuk.
The project will work to enhance the FSFP Program by incorporating animal care and biosecurity into the existing program, with the expanded program seeking further recognition under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Food Safety Recognition Program. The CSF has worked to develop both the Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep and the National Sheep On-farm Biosecurity Standard which, to date, have each existed as stand-alone assurance programs. The end result of this project will see the suite of sheep industry assurance program housed in one.
“Expanding the scope of the Canadian sheep industry's on-farm food safety program helps support our industry's commitment to food safety and responsible livestock production” said Kolodychuk, adding “the end result is an all-encompassing assurance program that is easy for producers to follow and that allows farms to be recognized for their efforts.”

Present at today’s announcement, CSF Vice-Chair Rob Scott stated “Not only will the enhanced assurance program allow producers to maintain and grow domestic markets, it will also contribute to the overall credibility of food safety in Canadian agriculture and support Canada's
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ACC to Administer National Sheep and Lambs Advance Payments Program
GUELPH, ON (March 25, 2015) - Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) is pleased to announce that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has approved ACC’s request to administer the Advance Payments Program (APP) for sheep and lamb producers across Canada.

“ACC has been administering this program for Ontario sheep and lamb producers for several years and looks forward to working with producers nationally to deliver this very beneficial financial program. Producers are eligible to receive up to $400,000, with the first $100,000 being interest-free and amounts over $100,000 at prime (currently 2.85 %),” stated Jaye Atkins, CEO of ACC.

Applications are being received now for the program start date of April 1st, 2015. Producers can complete applications over the phone by calling ACC or through the traditional application process.

“Given the work we have done with ACC and their support for the sheep industry in Ontario, we have great confidence in their ability to administer the APP nationally,” said Jennifer MacTavish, General Manager of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency. ACC will also be working nationally in cooperation with the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative based in Saskatoon and Guelph. “A national lamb and sheep Advance Payments Program administered by ACC will give lamb producers the opportunity to expand their flocks to meet increased demand in both the domestic and export markets,” added Terry Ackerman, CEO of the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative.
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