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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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New Markets Open for Canadian Sheep Products in Mexico
October 31, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) is pleased to announce that, thanks to the efforts of the Market Access Secretariat (MAS), Canadian sheep and goat meat, offal and viscera from animals without any age restriction can now be shipped to Mexico. Prior to today’s announcement, there were restrictions on these products that limited Canada’s ability to export mutton to that country.

Early in 2014, the Canadian Sheep Federation filed a request with MAS to negotiate a new export certificate with Mexico that would allow the export of a wider range of Canadian sheep products to that country. MAS is industry’s contact with the Federal Market Access Team, a portfolio which includes Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) that takes a collaborative approach to advance interests for Canadian agriculture abroad. The CSF worked with MAS by providing supporting statistics to the negotiations and prioritizing the market’s importance to the Canadian sheep industry. Today’s announcement exemplifies how successful collaboration between industry and government can create new international market opportunities.

“We are pleased with the announcement,” says Phil Kolodychuk, Chairman of the Canadian Sheep Federation, “this opportunity increases the value of mature sheep and lends to increased profitability for Canadian sheep producers”. In 2013, th
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Canada invests in a national livestock traceability database
October 16, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) commends the federal government for its $7.5 million investment in Canadian Agri-Traceability Services (TraceCanada) and its commitment to a world-class national livestock traceability database. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced the investment at a meeting of the traceability Industry-Government Advisory Committee held in Calgary last week.

This investment in TraceCanada will support the development, implementation and operation of a national livestock traceability data service that will collect, maintain and manage traceability information in accordance with national standards, federal and provincial regulations, and the specific needs and requirements of industry. The announcement comes as the sheep, goat, cattle, bison and cervid sectors consult on traceability program requirements that could come into effect as soon as 2016. Canadian Agri-Traceability Services will provide a database that all sectors can utilize, capitalizing on the cost-sharing benefits of a single traceability window.

“We are pleased with the federal government’s continued commitment to the livestock industry” says Phil Kolodychuk, Chair of the Canadian Sheep Federation “and appreciate that this single multi-species database will help minimize the cost of traceability to producers by sharing costs amongst stakeholders. A sound and sustainable traceability program will not only protect producers and consumers in
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