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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.

Producer Resources

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

Resource Catalogue

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.

Regulations Animal Movement

Common Questions and Answers on the Humane Transport Regulations for the Sheep Sector PDF

Questions- réponses courantes sur le Règlement sur la santé des animaux — transport sans cruauté pour le secteur ovin PDF


View our current and ongoing research list:

If additional information is required please contact us.

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.



Canadian sheep farmers are revitalizing the domestic wool industry by raising regionally adapted sheep breeds, prioritizing climate-conscious practices, and fostering local processing infrastructure, as explored by sheep farmer Anna Hunter across the country.

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