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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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CCWG Announces Price Increase for Shearwell CSIP ASET Tags
For Immediate Release

October 2, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited (CCWG) has announced that effective immediately, the price of Shearwell CSIP ASET tags will increase to $2.05, subject to tag levies and CSIP fees where applicable. CCWG cites the depreciation of the Canadian dollar against the British pound as the contributing factor for the increases. Shearwell tags are manufactured in Scotland, and the weakening Canadian dollar has a significant impact on the landed cost of the tags. CCWG has worked extensively with the manufacturer to minimize price increases and will continue to monitor the impact of the strengthening British pound on tag costs.

The Canadian Sheep Federation is committed to ensuring the Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) evolves with the changing needs of producers, the industry and global market demands with a focus on being “affordable, flexible and effective.” In keeping with this purpose, the Canadian Sheep Federation will continue to explore opportunities for minimizing CSIP costs to producers while continuing to ensure an effective program.

For more information about purchasing sheep tags in Canada, contact the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited by calling1-800-488-2714 or visit their website at For more information about the Canadian Sheep Identification Program visit or contact the Canadian Sheep Federation at 1-888-684-7
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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