Manitoba Sheep Association    
MSA News
July 18, 2013

Events, Education & Scholarship Info.


Join us for the Annual Show & Sale 
August 23/24th, Rivers, MB


Aug 24th is the Show & Sale 
Aug 23rd - Speakers at Dinner: 


- Gord Schroeder, Member Relations Manager,
Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative and 
- MSA Board / Brian Greaves (Producer & Member of Development Committee) led Discussion Draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep.


Attend the Shearing School
August 22/23rd, Tony Atkinson's Farm near Brandon, led by Brian Greaves
$500 Scholarship Still Available
Submit by July 30, 2013 (see below)
 - easy to apply format



Our 2013 Annual Show & Sale is a great time to select some new genetics for your stock!


We will again be hosting our Show & Sale at the Rivers Rec Centre in Rivers, MB (appx. 1/2 hour northwest of Brandon).


The Annual Show & Sale is about top quality sheep and education. This is a way to improve your flock and learn about the launch of the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative and have input into the NEW Code on the Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep. 


This is your ONLY opportunity to  have input into a Code that is workable for Sheep Producers. Therefore, it is important that you view the document now and be prepared to make comments at the Show & Sale, or send your comments in to MSA and we will forward on.


Read the Draft Code of practice here as soon as possible.




The event will be open to both purebred rams/ewes and commercial ewes. We will once again have market lamb and jackpot ewe lamb classes. Hair sheep classes for both Dorper and Katadhin breeders are welcomed. We will be allowing entry of mature animals born after January 1, 2009.

You are also welcome to show your sheep with no obligation 
to sell, provided you enter at least one animal in the sale. This is a great opportunity for breeders who want to promote their sheep, but are limited on the animals they can commit to the sale. Also, if you are a spring breeder, you can take this opportunity to showcase your young stock and drum up interest for sales at a future date.

We want to see a large number of top quality sheep at this year's sale and we need your help to do it. Focusing on maternal genetics? Manitoba is in need of top quality female lines! No experience showing? No problem! This event is all about the promotion of sheep, not the show ring. So, as you plan your 2013 marketing strategy, make sure to keep the annual MSA Show and Sale in mind.

DOWNLOAD & SUBMIT BY AUGUST 9, 2013. E-mail or fax to (204) 253-9308.

SPEAKERS AT DINNER, FRIDAY, AUG 23RD - RSVP Required for Dinner $15 per adult, $10 - 12 years and under.
- Gord Schroeder, Member Relations Manager, Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative on the new Cooperative.
-  Discussion with members regarding the Draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep.


NOTE: The Wool Growers Cooperative will be at the Show & Sale so if you need tags or supplies - call ahead and save shipping. 1-800-567-3693




Thursday, August 22, 2013 

Sheep Shearing Course at Tony Atkinson's Collection Yard (near Brandon). Registration Required - see below.


Friday, August 23, 2013

All day: Continuation of Sheep Shearing Course

3:00 p.m. - Penning set up  at River Rec Centre

3:30 p.m. and onwards - Arrival of animals
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Culling committee

7:00 p.m. - Lamb Dinner - $15 per person, $10 for 12 years and under   



7:45 p.m. SPEAKER: Gord Schroeder, Member Relations Manager, Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative.


The Co-op is officially underway! 166 members signed up and are now receiving their official packages. These members will be shipping 10,000 lambs out of Manitoba every year. According to federal government regulations, new members will be allowed to join in the 3rd year of operation. Find out how the program works and how you can become part of the process to help improve the supply and profitability of the lamb sector in Manitoba.



SPEAKER: MSA Board / Brian Greaves (Producer / Member of Development Team)  led discussion with members  regarding the Draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep.


The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) have a draft code for us to review and make comments on. Your opinions are welcomed and will be recorded. 


The sheep Code revision is led by a 17-person Code Development Committee. Members include sheep producers, animal welfare and enforcement representatives, researchers, veterinarians and government representatives. The final sheep Code of Practice will be released by the end of this year. More information on the Code development process is available at


The sheep Code is one of eight Codes of Practice currently under revision as part of a multi-year NFACC project. Codes of Practice serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices. It is important Codes be scientifically informed, practical and reflect societal expectations for responsible farm animal care. The Codes cover housing, feed and water, handling, euthanasia, transport and other important management practices.



Read the Draft Code of practice here



Saturday, August 24, 2013  


7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast provided by Rivers Rec Complex for nominal fee.


10:00 a.m. Show starts 
Order of show: Youth, Jackpot, Commercials, Purebreds ,Wool show

2:00 p.m. Sale starts

Auctioneer - Tyler Slawinski (2012 Champion Rookie Auctioneer)

Order of Sale: Jackpot, commercials, Fleeces, Purebreds.

2:45 p.m. (appx.) sale of fleece

3:30 p.m. End of Show 





Sarto Sheep Farm

Sarto Sheep Farms "Our Ewes Grow Your Profit"     

 Sarto Sheep Farm has been raising sheep for over 40 years; consistently selecting their replacement ewes for productivity and ease of management.  They have over 2000 unregistered straight Rideau and 300 - 50% Rideau/Ile De France ewes bred to their own Rideau Rams.  Their flock is on a year round breeding cycle and highly prolific, dropping 261% lambs over the last 12 months with very low flock mortality. 
 Late summer and early fall 2012  unregistered Rideau and Rideau/25% Ile De France ewe lambs available for sale starting Jan 2013 for $250.

Contact Pat Smith at or 204-434-6456.
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Lakeland Group 
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 Lakeland Group is the market leader in premium but affordable sheep handling equipment & supplies. 

Whether you need a simple scale to weigh your lambs or a whole crowding tub & working chute, or maybe a nutritional supplement, Lakeland has it all right here in Manitoba ready to deliver direct to your door. Visit our website to find out more or call 

toll free (866) 443-7444 to talk to one of our knowledgeable experts!

Federated Co-operatives Limited
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Federated Co-operatives Limited  - Your source for Feed and Animal Supplies   

Contact Dennis Lonsdale, Feed Plant Manager, Moosomin, SK


 Ph: (306) 435-3331 or  

MJ Millar Ranch
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Suffolk, Dorset, Rambouillet, Texel, Commercial  
Contact: Mitch at MJ Millar Ranch Inc., Lundar, MB (204) 280-0822,,

Zubot Welding & Manufacturing
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Zubot Welding and Manufacturing is a family run business that provides people with well built equipment that will last you for years.  

Richard at (306) 682-3252.   

Twin Valley Co-op
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 Contact: Chris Iverson 

(204) 842-3389 or    

East-Man Feeds
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Proud to be a Canadian Family Owned and Operated Business 
Breaking New Ground Since The 1960's 
For over 40 years we have been providing customers of all sizes with Quality Products, Quality Service and Reliability. We are here to help you build your future in the livestock industry and supply all of your needs.

Eastman Feeds provides comprehensive services, including on-farm consulting, animal nutritional information, genetics and breeding advice, and feed equipment calibration.

Tyler LaFreniere
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Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited
Catering to Sheep Producers 
Agricultural Supplies & Tags
Western Wool Depots
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 1- 800-567-3693
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Tony Atkinson, Sheep & Goat Buyer
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Tony Atkinson, buying agent for all classes of sheep & goats. 

 Contact: (204) 724-3171. 

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 AUGUST 22/23RD, 2013


at  Tony Atkinsons collection Yard Brandon


The cost will be $275 and this will include lunches and a comb and 2 cutters. Those who supply their own equipment the fee is $200.


The course is open to beginners and shearers who want some advance training. 


Also on the 22nd there will be wool preparation instructions for  shearers and producers, this is open to everyone at no cost.


Contact Brian Greaves  (204) 567- 3509 or 




2013 Manitoba Sheep Association 

Post-Secondary Scholarship 





Purpose: This $500 award is designed to promote the future success of the Manitoba Sheep Industry's youth and the Manitoba Sheep Industry through higher learning.


Eligibility: The MSA scholarship is open to any student who is a current member of the MSA or is the student relation of a current MSA member. 




1)   The applicant must provide official proof of current enrolment in a post-secondary program prior to receiving the scholarship. Please indicate your field of study.


2)   The applicant must provide two references from someone in the community or sheep industry. 


3)  Submit a 1 page essay outlining EITHER


a) your involvement in a community activity (i.e. school, church, community club, 4-H, hospital, charity work, etc.)




b) your involvement in the sheep industry.


Limitations: All students are eligible to apply for the scholarship consecutive years in a row, but may only be rewarded the scholarship one time.  Only one applicant may be awarded a scholarship per school year.


Contact:  Please submit your completed application by July 30, 2013


Manitoba Sheep Association Scholarship Committee


The applicant will be notified by letter of their success.  The scholarship recipient will be presented the award at the MSA Annual Show in August 2013.


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