Virtual Tool Box
The Virtual Tool Box is a virtually based tool box to assist new entrants to the Canadian sheep industry. It's full of information producers need to know in relation to running a business and managing production. Existing producers may also find it a helpful resource as they evolve and expand their operations. Simply click on an item in the following list to download a PDF of that section.
Whether you need help tackling a specific problem in your flock or making plans to take your operation to the next level, there are a number of valuable information resources available to sheep producers. The CSF put together a team of reviewers to scour the Internet and personal libraries to compile lists of available resources – books, factsheets, courses, websites and more – from around the world. They also categorized each resource by level of producer – from beginner to advanced. Simply click on one of the following categories to download a PDF listing of resources by format.
This compilation of resources is the result of the Master Shepherd's Course Development project. The CSF, through engagement and consultations with producers, provincial organizations, lenders, nutritionists, geneticists and government representatives, conducted a needs analysis of resources to help producers in strengthening their business and increasing production and profitability. View the full Master Shepherd's Course report in:
Animal Owner FAAST Sheets
Below you will find a series of information sheets (or FAASTsheet) reviewing the upcoming policy and regulatory changes related to antimicrobials, along with key tools and recommendations for reducing antimicrobial use without compromising animal health or food safety.
Antimicrobial Resistance: What is it and Why is it so Important?
You & Your Veterinarian
Medically Important Antimicrobials Changing to Prescription Status
In-feed Antimicrobials and Working with Commercial Feed Mills
Categorization of Antimicrobial Drugs
"Own Use" Importation of Drugs for Use in Farmed Animals
Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR) in Ontario
Removal of Growth Promotion Claims for Medically Important Antibiotics
Changes to Veterinary Health Products
Parasite Fact Sheets
Abortion Fact Sheets
The Sheep Value Chain Round Table Profitability Working Group developed this national online catalogue of widely-recognized sheep industry experts and available farm management tools within each province. These tools will improve management skills along the value chain and facilitate greater access to management tools.
Predation Suggested Reading
This low resolution PDF version of the Coyote Predation of Livestock is available at no charge and can be used as outlined in the terms of the Open Government Licence Alberta.
Livestock Guardians is a comprehensive guide for farmers struggling to reduce predation of sheep, goats, and other livestock.
Orysia Dawydiak and David Sims have achieved international fame for their pioneering work with livestock protection dogs. For years they have championed the age-old practice of using dogs to guard herds and flocks.