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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
May 13, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited (CCWG) has announced that effective immediately, the price of Shearwell CSIP ASET tags will increase by $0.10 to $1.85, subject to tag levies where applicable. This marks the second increase of Shearwell tag prices this year. 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 ensuring an effective program. For more information about the Canadian Sheep Identification Program visit or contact the Canadian Sheep Federation at 1-888-684-7739 or
New Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep released
(Ottawa) 18 December 2013 – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are pleased to announce the release of the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep. The Code is available electronically at “The Canadian Sheep Federation is pleased to have been part of the sheep Code of Practice development committee, supporting the sustainability of the Canadian sheep industry and the success of our producers,” stated Corlena Patterson, Executive Director of the Canadian Sheep Federation. “Our industry's participation in the Code development process demonstrates our producers continued commitment to animal health and welfare, and dedication to responsible animal husbandry.” The Code’s development was led by a 17-person Code committee comprised of sheep producers, animal welfare and enforcement representatives, researchers, transporters, processors, veterinarians and government representatives. Aiding in their work was a four-person Scientific Committee that included research and veterinary expertise in sheep behaviour, health and welfare. “I am impressed with the industry’s dedication to seek ways to improve the welfare of sheep in Canada and believe that this new Code will achieve that goal," says Dr. Carol Morgan, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies representative on the Code Development Committee. "In particular, it's encouraging to see this Code define new standards for

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