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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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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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Harper Government Supports National Livestock Traceability Database
October 9, 2014 - Calgary, Alberta - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $7.5 million to the Canadian Agri Traceability Services to develop, implement and operate a national livestock traceability data service.

This national traceability database will collect, maintain and manage information in accordance with national standards, federal and provincial regulations, and the specific needs and requirements of industry. The project is divided into two phases. The first phase will look at the development and implementation of the traceability database. The second phase will involve seeing it into operation.

The database will reduce red tape and complement the work the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is doing through the Traceability National Information Portal, one of 90 department-specific reforms under the Government’s Red Tape Reduction Action Plan. Streamlining regulations and cutting red tape will help to spur innovation and productivity in agriculture, as well as increase Canadian competitiveness and free business to innovate, invest, grow and create jobs.

Quick facts
  • Traceability is the ability to follow an item or group of items–including animals, plants, food products and agricultural inputs such as feed, seed or ingredients–from one point in the supply chain to anothe
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