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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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Small ruminant import policy to change February 1, 2016

Small ruminant import policy to change February 1, 2016

For Immediate Release

November 16, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario - Following a lengthy consultation period that saw three draft policies considered over the past 3 years, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that revised import policy for small ruminants intended for breeding purposes will change effective February 1, 2016.
Among other revisions, the policy will require that:

  • Imported females must originate from a farm that is considered a “negligible risk premises”
  • Imported males must meet ONE of the following criteria to be eligible for import from the US: 
    • Must originate from a “negligible risk premises”, OR 
    • Rams must be of the codon 136AA 171RR or 136AA 171QR genotype, OR 
    • May be imported from any premises in the US provided they are imported onto a farm that has been enrolled in the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (VSFCP) for a minimum of 1 year. Under this option, there are additional post-import restrictions placed on imported animals including how they are kept and where they can move.

The policy describes what constitutes a “negligible risk premises” in detail. In essence, US farms enrolled in the USDA Scrapie Flock Certification Program Export Monitored stream for a minimum of 5 years (even if they have not yet reached 'Export Certified' status) constitut

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

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